Windows Desktop Update
The description of Windows Desktop Update (in the Internet Explorer installers) is "Provides true web integration into your desktop experience."
It was first present in Windows Nashville.
Compatibility and Installation
Original Windows Desktop Update
The original Windows Desktop Update shows a blue band on the top with a large icon of the folder.
Windows 98 featured a Sidebar with a medium-sized icon, common folder actions, and folder description.
Windows ME and Windows 2000
Windows XP only used a few features of Windows Desktop Update, and hid (although still accessible if one looks closely) the other Windows Desktop Update features such as Active Desktop, and the Improved Start Menu (it was replaced by Windows XP's new start menu).
It's Explorer sidebar stopped showing the folder name and icon, instead making it a place for common tasks and file information and preview showing.
Windows Vista and above
Windows Operating Systems after Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, although still shipping Windows Desktop Update with it, no longer uses its original features. Windows Vista removed all settings of Active Desktop by introducing its new "Simple" Personalization options. Windows 7 completely removed the Quick Launch bar by introducing its new Superbar, and also removed the original Start Menu.
- Active Desktop - Enables the desktop to act like the Web, to display web pages on the desktop.
- Quick Launch - The quick launch bar first appeared with the Desktop Update, providing a horizontal alternative to Microsoft Office 95/97/2000's vertical launch bar
- Explorer improvements - The File Explorer now acts like a Web Page and has additional web content, and explorer also has larger toolbar buttons with labels like Internet Explorer's Toolbar.
- Improved Start menu - Including a new 'Favorites' section, more options on the 'Find' menu and menu item drag and drop, edit and delete support