Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:17 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Windows Microsoft has posted the release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to its download site. The move marks the first opportunity for all users of the six-year-old operating system to try out its final upgrade. Previously, several thousand users were given access to test builds of SP3 only by Microsoft's invitation. Update: I just installed the RC on my Windows XP MCE installation, and it all went fairly painless. I haven't noticed anything radically different either yet.
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Internet Explorer Icon
by mbot on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:55 UTC
mbot
Member since:
2007-09-18

I've been running SP3 for a while now and I recently noticed this: I can't put the IE icon on the desktop anymore. You know the one without the shortcut arrow. I go to display properties, then to customize desktop and see that the option to display the IE icon is gone. I only get 'my documents,' 'my computer,' and 'my network places.'

Does anybody else have this problem? I don't know if SP3 made this change or if it was slipped into some update. Documentation says nothing about this.

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RE: Internet Explorer Icon
by terog on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:53 in reply to "Internet Explorer Icon"
terog Member since:
2007-03-09

"I've been running SP3 for a while now and I recently noticed this: I can't put the IE icon on the desktop anymore. You know the one without the shortcut arrow."

Does anybody else have this problem?

How in the world is this a problem for you? The regular shortcut works just fine.

IMO, this is exactly the way it should be. IE is just an another application like say, Firefox. It is not a system component even though Microsoft has been trying hard to convince people otherwise.

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RE[2]: Internet Explorer Icon
by StuffMaster on Thu 20th Dec 2007 14:39 in reply to "RE: Internet Explorer Icon"
StuffMaster Member since:
2006-12-26

How in the world is this a problem for you? The regular shortcut works just fine.

IMO, this is exactly the way it should be. IE is just an another application like say, Firefox. It is not a system component even though Microsoft has been trying hard to convince people otherwise.



Exactly. IE is a program like any other. It's an executable. The idea of "special" shortcuts that don't show you what they link to and only the system understands is just dumb. Microsoft likes to do this for Office too. Microsoft Word isn't a magical system call, it's a program dammit.

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RE[2]: Internet Explorer Icon
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 20th Dec 2007 20:19 in reply to "Internet Explorer Icon"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

This is the way it should have been, from the beginning. Just create a shortcut to C:Program FilesInternet Explorer/iexplore.exe on the desktop named "Internet Explorer, and boom--done. If you want to get rid of the shortcut icon (the arrow), go get TweakUI and find the checkbox that removes the little arrow from shortcut files. This is just another of a long list of changes that should have been done long ago.

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RE: Internet Explorer Icon
by kwanbis on Fri 21st Dec 2007 00:56 in reply to "Internet Explorer Icon"
kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

well, the real problem is having the IE icon at all ;)

www.getfirefox.com or www.opera.com if you know what i mean.

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