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[Solved]Opera makes new desktop icon at each startup. Why??

  • Opera makes new desktop icon at each startup and displays right click context menu on top...
    This behavior started up to 1 week ago.
    Anyone else have this?

  • @burnout426
    Thanks
    Doesn't work for me.
    Even if i use this desktop icon, i get right click menu...
    shortcut details

  • @burnout426
    If i pin my Opera to "Taskbar" and start it from pined icon or my shortcut in "Quick Launch", then it will not create new icon on the desktop.
    If i unpin Opera from Taskbar and start from shortcut in "Quick Launch", new icon on the desktop is created.
    If i remember correctly, last time Opera updated, it pined it self on Taskbar. Is it possible there is some connection? I don't want programs pined to Taskbar

  • @denistablica said in Opera makes new desktop icon at each startup. Why??:

    Quick Launch

    What Windows are you using? "Quick Launch" implies WinXP, but "pin my Opera to "Taskbar" implies Win7 or newer.

    Also, I see Opera is installed in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera". The x86 implies that you're on 64-bit windows, but have 32-bit Opera installed. Is that correct?

    I don't want programs pined to Taskbar

    Okay.

    last time Opera updated, it pined it self on Taskbar. Is it possible there is some connection?

    It's possible, yes.

    Even if i use this desktop icon, i get right click menu.

    Could you clarify? Are you saying that when you double-left-click the Opera's desktop shortcut, it's as if you right-clicked it and went to properties?

  • @burnout426 said in Opera makes new desktop icon at each startup. Why??:

    @denistablica said in Opera makes new desktop icon at each startup. Why??:

    Quick Launch

    What Windows are you using? "Quick Launch" implies WinXP, but "pin my Opera to "Taskbar" implies Win7 or newer.

    Also, I see Opera is installed in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera". The x86 implies that you're on 64-bit windows, but have 32-bit Opera installed. Is that correct?

    I don't want programs pined to Taskbar

    Okay.

    last time Opera updated, it pined it self on Taskbar. Is it possible there is some connection?

    It's possible, yes.

    Even if i use this desktop icon, i get right click menu.

    Could you clarify? Are you saying that when you double-left-click the Opera's desktop shortcut, it's as if you right-clicked it and went to properties?

    1. Windows 10 can have Quick Launch and pined programs to Taskbar
    2. Windows 10 Version 1909 (OS Build 18363.476), 64 bit; I have Opera 65.0.3467.62; can't find if it's 32 or 64 bit.
    3. When I use newly created shortcut (by Opera each time I start Opera) that is on the Desktop, over the Desktop Opera shortcut appears right click contexts menu. Same happens if I use Quick Launch shortcut
  • This might not get rid of it, but first, make sure Opera is set up properly and installed in the right spot.

    • Uninstall Opera via Programs and Features in the Control panel. Choose to keep your data if you want.

    • Delete the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera" folder if it's still there. Do the same for the "C:\Program Files\Opera" folder if it's there. Do the same for the "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Programs\Opera" folder if it's there.

    • If you chose not to keep your data when uninstalling, delete "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable" if it's still there. Do the same thing with "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Opera Stable".

    • In the Windows Task Scheduler, delete any Opera autoupdate tasks you see. (At least delete the one for Opera Stable.)

    • Unpin any Opera icons on the taskbar that are left. Delete any Opera shortcuts that are on the start menu or your desktop. Also, delete any that are in the Quick Launch. Actually goto "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" in Windows Explorer to confirm there are no Opera shortcuts there. Do the same for the "User Pinned" folder in there. Inspect "C:\Users\Public\Desktop" for the same. Inspect "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" directly in Windows Explorer too.

    • Delete everything (or at least Opera-related files and folders) in "C:\Windows\temp" and "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\temp".

    • In the registry (via regedit), delete all these keys/strings in the registry if they're present:

    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Opera Software"

    Any Opera strings (at least for Opera Stable) in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\RegisteredApplications".

    Any Opera strings (at least for Opera Stable) in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications".

    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet\OperaStable"

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\OperaStable"

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\OperaStable"

    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OperaStable"

    "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OperaStable"

    • Download https://ftp.opera.com/ftp/pub/opera/desktop/65.0.3467.62/win/Opera_65.0.3467.62_Setup_x64.exe, launch it, click "options", set "install path" to "C:\Program Files\Opera" (not "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera"), set "install for" to "all users", uncheck "import data from default browser", adjust the other options and install.

    • Once Opera is uninstalled, close it and unpin it from the taskbar and delete its desktop icon. In the Windows Task Manager, restart Windows Explorer. Then, in Windows Explorer, goto "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch", right-click on the Opera shortcut, goto "properties", goto the "shortcut" tab and make sure the command points to "C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe". If the shortcut isn't present in the quick launch, right-click on "C:\Progam Files\launcher.exe" and choose to create the shortcut on the desktop. Then, cut it from the destkop and paste it into the quick launch folder.

    • Then, start Opera from the quick launch toolbar and see if Opera still creates a desktop icon. If not, you're good to go. If it still does, at least you know Opera is installed correct and we can try some other things.

  • Do you have multiple monitors and or multiple desktops in Windows 10 like the one user in the thread mentioned earlier?

  • After today's update, my "problem" is gone.