I like a nice clean desktop with a good wallpaper, I don't like it being cluttered with icons, so I disable all of the icons from the desktop.
These steps are on Windows 7, it's nice and easy to do, go to
Control Panel -> Personlisation
In the top left there is an option for "Change Desktop Icons"
Once you have clicked on this you have the screen below
So now you can disable all the icons you don't want to see.
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