In order to be able to manage the f%&cking icons on your desktop, you need to enable the
Desktop Experience feature.
It looks like someone in Microsoft thought "wise" to include everything even remotely related to the user experience in this optional feature, which is of course not enabled by default on server systems; this includes:
- Desktop themes (actually no longer in use, although the OS still seems to support them).
- Access to the Windows Store.
- Windows Media Player and related audio/video software.
- The whole "Personalization" menu you can access by right-clicking on the desktop or from "Settings" in the Charms Bar.
- Last but not least, the ability to control the system icons on your desktop, which are managed from the above-mentioned "Personalization" menu.
This leads to some interesting side effects even for pure server application, like Lync and Exchange, which need Windows Media codecs in order to perform audio/video encoding; and guess which feature is required to enable those codecs? Yeah, you guessed right:
Anyway, the ability to show or hide system icons on your desktop is part of the
Desktop Experience feature. Either you accept to live withouth them (and with the Recycle Bin permanently stuck there), or you have to enable the whole feature, up to and including access to the Store.