Setting the Desktop Icon Size through the Registry for Windows 7

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):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU

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!

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