Solved How to permanently delete a desktop icon ?


idainc

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I installed the release of MS PC Manager and it didn't offer an option to either install or not install a desktop icon. I keep it on the Start Menu. Every time I start Windows 1 I get the icon on the desktop in addition to the Start Menu. I right click and delete and it reappears at the next start up.

This one has me beat and I cant figure out how to get rid of it permanently. All ideas much appreciated.
 

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Try Revo Uninstaller to remove the PC Manager. It should work fine. It is a program held with high regard by members in this forum.


It may be in “All Programs” or “Windows Apps”

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
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    Sin-built
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
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    Onboard
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
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    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
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    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
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    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
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    …still on a horse.
Thanks. I'm familiar with Revo Uninstaller. I just don't want to load the damm icon to the desktop all the time.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP All in One
    CPU
    i7 12700T
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24" Touch
    Hard Drives
    WD 256 GB NVME
    WD 256GB SSD
    Keyboard
    USB
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 MBS
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS
My apologies, I confused you wanting to remove the icon with wanting to remove the app.
Someone might know how to remove it via the registry.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
My apologies, I confused you wanting to remove the icon with wanting to remove the app.
Someone might know how to remove it via the registry.
I wasn't clear in my goal. But I appreciate the help anyway !
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP All in One
    CPU
    i7 12700T
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24" Touch
    Hard Drives
    WD 256 GB NVME
    WD 256GB SSD
    Keyboard
    USB
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 MBS
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS
Be sure you are showing Hidden Files
Browse to the hidden file, C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop.
If the icon is there, Delete it.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
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    Gigabyte Z390 UD
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    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
    PSU
    850w PSU
    Case
    Cyberpower PC
    Cooling
    Water cooled
    Keyboard
    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
    Mouse
    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
    Internet Speed
    1 GB mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
I haven't used it myself but after reading the following thread I don't think I'll install it.

I don't know how to stop the desktop icon reappearing but I would just uninstall the app and the problem is solved. The app isn't essential.

 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
Be sure you are showing Hidden Files
Browse to the hidden file, C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop.
If the icon is there, Delete it.
Perfect solution ! Thank You !
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP All in One
    CPU
    i7 12700T
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24" Touch
    Hard Drives
    WD 256 GB NVME
    WD 256GB SSD
    Keyboard
    USB
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 MBS
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP All in One
    CPU
    i7 12700T
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24" Touch
    Hard Drives
    WD 256 GB NVME
    WD 256GB SSD
    Keyboard
    USB
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 MBS
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS
If you really want to keep the app then try stopping the process then stop it from running at startup and also running in the background.

In support of my post #7 the author of the following site "Strongly recommends ignoring this app....": -

A quote from this article: - "Also, you can configure this app to run at startup, ironically, and “join the Microsoft PC Manager Pop-up Plan” and help Microsoft optimize this app’s pop-up management feature."

Hope this helps. Good luck.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
If you really want to keep the app then try stopping the process then stop it from running at startup and also running in the background.

In support of my post #7 the author of the following site "Strongly recommends ignoring this app....": -

A quote from this article: - "Also, you can configure this app to run at startup, ironically, and “join the Microsoft PC Manager Pop-up Plan” and help Microsoft optimize this app’s pop-up management feature."

Hope this helps. Good luck.
Thank You. It seems to work out well. I am using PC Manager because every time I use CCleaner I wind up losing some passwords even in Chrome and I couldn't figure out how to configure it to not touch them.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 11 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP All in One
    CPU
    i7 12700T
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24" Touch
    Hard Drives
    WD 256 GB NVME
    WD 256GB SSD
    Keyboard
    USB
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 MBS
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS
I gave up on Ccleaner after it gained a bad reputation. I don't know how its reputation stands these days but I use 'Privacy Eraser free' instead and have never had any trouble with it. I believe it has good reviews. To stop Privacy Eraser erasing passwords make sure 'Saved passwords' is unchecked in the 'Browser' tab.

See: -

 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
If you're still having this issue you could try settings it's attributes to 'Hidden'
 

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  • OS
    WIN 10 Pro
The microsoft pc manager is actually pretty concerning how bad it is. I would not recommend using it. It has some questionable signs of being not well thought out or reviewed properly by microsoft itself.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell G15 5525
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    Ryzen 7 6800H
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 3050 4GB Vram
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
    Internet Speed
    800mbps down, 20 up
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    Windows 11
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    Tablet
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    Lenovo ideapad flex 14API 2 in 1
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    Ryzen 5 3500u
    Motherboard
    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
    Hard Drives
    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme
The microsoft pc manager is actually pretty concerning how bad it is. I would not recommend using it. It has some questionable signs of being not well thought out or reviewed properly by microsoft itself.

I finally found an older beta version that does a decent job and doesn't put a shortcut on the desktop unless you want it to.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP All in One
    CPU
    i7 12700T
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24" Touch
    Hard Drives
    WD 256 GB NVME
    WD 256GB SSD
    Keyboard
    USB
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 MBS
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS
every time I use CCleaner I wind up losing some passwords even in Chrome
I know CCleaner very well indeed, having used it since its inception and having been active on the CCleaner forums, so my first advice to new users of CCleaner is UNCHECK EVERYTHING that's checked in the Custom Clean categories. I especially think you must have "Saved Passwords" checked in at least one browser's listings there. In all of Custom Clean, I never have more than about ten check marks, and it does a great job. I've never lost a password to CCleaner, ever. Give it a chance, with conservative checkmarks, and NEVER use Health Check. Health Check is destructive. Also, I'd suggest you completely avoid the Optimizer and the Driver Updater.
 

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  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
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