I wondered why the installation of Office2k3 didn’t install icons on the desktop, especially with outlook, but apparently it’s because this goes against Windows XP Certification. Adding a desktop icon can be done by adding a key to the registry. Thanks to Outlook-Tips mailing list
1. Open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
2. Click Edit | Add Key and add the following key:
3. Quit the Registry Editor. Refresh the desktop to see the restored icon.