If you wish to remove Internet Explorer, the In Box, and/or the Recycle Bin from your desktop, you may use the following registry hack. Before doing so, you may wish to create shortcuts for these and place them on your Start menu. You can create the shortcut by right clicking on the icon and dragging the resulting shortcut to edit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

Double Clicking on NameSpace will reveal the keys for these 3 desktop icons. Clicking each one will show you the icon name in the right hand pane. To remove an icon, select the key and delete it.

You may wish to use LAYOUT.DLL from the resource kit to save your desktop icon positions.

on removing Network Neighborhood and for implementing other desktop restrictions.