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  1. selfinfliction

    selfinfliction New Member

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    hey guys new here.

    installed win7 a few days ago and today when booting up all of my desktop icons are gone. everything is still in the c:/users/%user%desktop folder, but nothing will show up on the actual desktop.

    not sure why this is happening but seen another post about is as well. you can try two things to fix it:

    right click desktop>view>show desktop items

    if that does not work (didn't for me)

    right click desktop>personalization>change desktop icons>restore default>ok

    then do

    right click desktop>view>show desktop items

    should come up after that. not sure what the glitch is in it but it seems to be a minor nuisance, easily fixed
     
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  2. qbnito

    qbnito New Member

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    Having the same problems as you but none of that worked. I even tried deleting the icon cache so that it could rebuild itself and also tried restore point to no avail. My gadgets are also gone.
    Sure would appreciate it if some one could help.
     
  3. Number5

    Number5 New Member

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    Is your UAC turned on ???
    The Gadgets and Folder Icon customization will not work unless UAC is set to at least the minimum annoyance level.
    This is what I've found so far, Maybe this is a problem in viewing the desktop also ??
     
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  4. qbnito

    qbnito New Member

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    Thank you very much for your help. I don't know what a UAC is but I resolved the problem on my own. First, I found the place where it says to turn the desktop on, at the right side of the taskbar. I did, and my gadgets came back but my icons didn't. By intuition I changed the theme, and that did it.
    Thanks again.
    Qbnito
     
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  5. Number5

    Number5 New Member

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    UAC = "User Account Control" ... also know as ... "User Annoyance Control"
    Found at ... Control Panel >> User Accounts >> Change User Account Control settings

    Looks like M$ is trying to force us to keep it turned on
     
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  6. TrippyZippy

    TrippyZippy New Member

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    I hate UAC also. I keep it off 100% of the time. Bah!!

    If you have 2 monitors. I try this trick [Windows key + P] this toggles to clone and dualview. I toggle it to something other than what I have [dualview] like to clone or single monitor, then toggle it back to Dualview.

    Maybe it will work with single monitor also.

    Also, sometimes I do the CTRL+ALT+DEL combo to get to the main logoff screen. then I just cancel it.

    hope one of those works for you. :)

    ~TZ
     
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  7. qbnito

    qbnito New Member

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    Thank you for enlighteing me on the user account annoyance setting.
    Very helpful!!!!:D
    Qbnito
     
  8. blatsha92

    blatsha92 New Member

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    answer:
    right click desktop>view>show desktop icons
     
  9. jsudds

    jsudds Senior Member
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    The Windows Key+P trick worked for me

    I couldn't right-click on the desktop anywhere -- believe me, that was the *first* thing I tried.

    Using the Windows Key + P key, the icons reappeared as soon as I switched to single monitor ("Computer only") mode, and stayed visible when I switched back to multimon mode ("Extend").

    Signed, Happy Camper.
     
  10. apants

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    I just had this issue and for some reason after reboot they were still gone. I did notice that an instance of "Windows Explorer" was still running in the task manager (after reboot because I have folders set to restore on reboot) Once I canceled that instance of explorer, everything re-appeared.

    lets roll out SP1 OK! I don't want tyo have to refer to this OS as Bluescreen7 :razz:
     
  11. trace1

    trace1 New Member

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    Thanks! I tried all other suggestions, but "Windows + p" is the only thing that finally worked for me. After playing around some more...I found that the blank "iconless" screen is what I get when I toggle from "computer only" to "extend".
     
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    majoodmud New Member

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    thanks man
    that saved my day :D
     
  13. bashfoc2

    bashfoc2 New Member

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    Only some icons??

    Hey guys, i've tried all of the above but still having problems, only 2 icons have shown up, none of the rest? This happened after i reinstalled my touchpad driver and i have no restore points.... Help please!! :)
     
  14. jorgegarcia

    jorgegarcia New Member

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    This worked for me:

    I tried all what you guys said in windows 7, but nothing worked, this is what helped me:

    right click on the desktop
    view
    auto arrange icons

    bingo!
     
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  15. infomike

    infomike New Member

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    I found a good reference which describes these problems and offers some suggestions on how to fix them, perhaps it can help you too. Icons on Desktop Hidden, Disappeared or Missing on Windows 7

     
  16. EricOtt

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    ICONS go missing after my computer goes into hibernation?

    I've had this problem from the beginning. Only certain icons disappear. I have shortcuts to files on the network at work that stay and shortcuts to files on my computer that stay but I also have both types that disappear.

    Help!!!
     
  17. h2000fb

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    NETWORK desktop icons disappear leaving local icons

    My issue is my NETWORK desktop icons disappear leaving local icons.
    After reading this thread, I checked "Diagnosis" under Control Panel. The last instance of disappearing icons was Monday. After returning from lunch... gone. No NETWORK icons. Today, Tuesday, I checked the Diagnosis and noticed it completed Monday at 12:34. So, this probably caused it. However, computer was on and connected to network. How do I correct this? I hate to turn-off this scheduled procedure because it may actually be beneficial to computer (except for network Icons!).

    Also, from my blue screen I tried the "Only for Network Icons, Right-Click on desktop>properties>Modify Desktop Icons (on the right of panel) make your choice." Only when I right-click on desktop... no properties?

    How do I keep my Network Icons visible?
     
  18. mrgcav

    mrgcav Well-Known Member

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    have Win 7 Ultimate x64 and a ReadyNAS. I put shortcuts for my readyNAS on my desktop. Every Monday the shortcuts to my ReadyNAS disappear from my desktop. None of my other shortcuts or icons on the desktop are affected. I do not have Infrarecorder installed. This is a clean install. the Right click > show icons is always checked.

    This some win 7 cleanup routine.


    Mrgcav@gmail.com
    EEI.vstore.com


    Explanation of cause : Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

    FOUND ANSWER: Fix Windows 7 Desktop Shortcuts Disappearing
     
  19. ellyklamo

    ellyklamo New Member

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    For anyone having recurring dissapearing desktop icons:
    Go to :
    control panel > system and security > Power options >
    Under select a power plan heading :
    Is the setting Power 4 Gear Quiet Office (or equivalent) checked ?
    If so: change it to Power 4 gear entertainment (or equivalent)
    and VOILA!!! ICONS ARE BACK! Restart computer. The icons are still there!!!
    Its fixed!
    Let me know if this was the same problem you had, and if it worked 4 u?!!!
     
  20. dwings

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    Re: The Windows Key+P trick worked for me

    Thanks - this did the trick!!! Windows crashed and 90% of my desktop icons disappeared. System Restore didn't work, and my User Account Control settings were turned off, so I was pretty relieved to find your posting. I use a 2nd monitor, and did exactly what you said. Everything returned when I used the "Windows Key + P" and switched to single monitor, and remained visble when I went back to extended desktop.

    - Another happy camper!
     

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