Here's an answer for #2 Deleting Desktop icons.
Open My Computer
Open Windows Folder
Open Desktop Folder
Find the Shortcut that you want to delete and select it
you can right click and select delete or after selecting go to File and selete delete.
It will probably ask if you are sure so then click okay.
When you restart the icon should be gone. I have never tried it. I that doesn't work then I am thinking that you would have to edit the registry. I am curious though. Why do you want to delete the desktop icons? I didn't think there were that many.
Last edited by imaredr; 02-08-2010 at 02:30 PM.