Today I was looking for a way to change the size of icons on the desktop through group policy or some other method to make them smaller for users on a terminal server.
A lot of sites were suggesting that the registry key “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics” is where the appropriate settings are stored, however this didn’t seem to be the case for Windows 7 (perhaps for Vista?).
I ended up on a wild goose chase around the interwebs until I stumbled across this Microsoft support article related to fixing an issue where icon settings are lost for a folder: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813711
The article lists the following keys (among a few others):
I exported the settings from a user that had the icons configured to the size I wanted them and placed them into another users NTUSER.DAT hiv (that had large icons configured). When I logged in as that user the icons were configured how I wanted them. Huzzah!