How to prevent the Edge shortcut from appearing on a desktop after the Windows 10 1803 upgrade

During my early testing of the Windows 10 1803 upgrade, I have noticed that Microsoft is now creating an Edge shortcut on the desktop.

This shortcut is not in the default profile but you can disable the functionality by running the following command:

reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v "DisableEdgeDesktopShortcutCreation" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f


  1. Simple but useful line! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. This works well. Do we have another reg key that does the same thing but instead of Edge can it be for OneDrive that appears in AppData\Romaing\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\OneDrive ??

    • Jose Espitia

      May 29, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Jago Wu,
      Glad to see another Spiceworks member on my site 🙂
      I would recommend removing the OneDrive setup from the Default profile’s RUN key. This would prevent OneDrive from installing under any new user’s profile.

      reg load HKLM\DEFAULT c:\users\default\ntuser.dat

      # Remove OneDrive Setup from the RUN key
      reg delete “HKLM\DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run” /v OneDriveSetup /F

      reg unload HKLM\DEFAULT

      • Balaji Sivapragasam

        The edge desktop shortcut is not getting removed by using the registry mentioned, kindly suggest how to remove the edge from desktop shortcut.

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