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Windows 7: Desktop icons keep disappearing?

22 Jun 2009   #1

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
Desktop icons keep disappearing?

Now I didn't know if this was the correct place to post this but I have a strange problem with my desktop icons in Windows 7 RC (build7100). Everytime i reboot the PC my desktop icons disappear, so i right click the desktop and go>view>show desktop icons but its already ticked. If i disable icons and re-enable them they come back but when i reboot they are gone again and sometimes when i close apps. If anyone could please shed some light on the problem it would be muchly appreciated.


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22 Jun 2009   #2


Hi samstar, welcome to the forums.

Was it an upgrade or clean install of Windows 7? Upgrades can sometimes produce unpredictable results due to remnants of the previous OS (files/registry).

Has this been happening since the beginning?

Also, you could try to restore your system files, type CMD into the start menu, when it comes up right-click & run as administator. When CMD opens, type sfc /scannow which will check system file integrity and replace any damaged/changed files.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2009   #3

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)

This was a clean install on a fresh partition as im dual booting it with vista home premium on my laptop. I have been dual booting it for about a week and it started happening after about 2-3days but during this time it BSOD twice but that was my fault for installing an incompatible anti-virus application and i know have the leaked microsoft security essentials beta but before that i also tried kapersky for Windows 7 technical preview and avg free (avg=fail). Apart from a few little problems i have had such as the desktop icons (not fixed yet), ati graphics drivers (fixed) and for some reason youtube wont load at all not even the home page it just loads for a while and then says connection has timed out. But youtube is the only page it does it on. Anyway back to the apart from section Windows 7 is the best ting that ever happened to my laptop. Even though it has pretty decent hardware vista was always a little slow to boot and always crashes and gives me other troubles but Windows 7 is super quick takes about 30 seconds from booting and choosing Windows 7 up until i get to a usable desktop, in vista its 1-3mins before i can even really click on anything. Anyway im trying that system scan you suggested so far its been going for bout 5mins and its at 61%
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22 Jun 2009   #4


If that scan fails you could try Repair Install tutorial. There are a very good selection of tutorial that are well worth reading into, id advise you to have a browse as some will help you get the best out of Windows 7.
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22 Jun 2009   #5

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)

The scan just finished and it says: Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. Oh well i might just have to get use to it. Do you have any insight on why youtube wouldn't be loading? i tried IE8 and FireFox 3.1 and 3.5RC (what i currently use) and neither work, however if i boot into vista it loads youtube fine. I duno why, if you could please help or point me in the right direction please?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2009   #6


Not sure about the YouTube issue as i've never had any issues. Are you using the latest flash player?
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22 Jun 2009   #7

vista 64 Win7

There may still be issues with the desktop, if the UAC is completely disabled.
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22 Jun 2009   #8

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)

Yes i installed the latest flash player. Its not just the videos themselves that wont load its the whole of the site. Not a single page of youtube will load not even ones with no videos on them. I have searched everywhere but cant find any info about it.

I do have UAC disabled as of today but that was only to install my graphics drivers and it was doing it before i turned UAC off
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22 Jun 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

What antivirus, firewall and anti-spyware programs are you running?
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16 Oct 2009   #10


My desktop icons are gone after each reboot. I need to go in and click View / Show Desktop Icons every time. Does anybody have any insight as to why this is occurring? I have not changed anything or installing anything new - it just started happening out of the blue. Quite annoying...
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