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Windows 7: Desktop Icons removed

05 Apr 2011   #1
Windowz7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Desktop Icons removed

Hi,

All of my desktop shortcuts and programs (excluding the defaults like Recycle Bin) were removed from the desktop after I uninstalled the Medal of Honor PC Demo from my computer. My brother actually installed the game on his User, and used my User as an Admin account without me knowing. During the un-installation, it asked, "Save Game data?" or something close to that. I pressed "No" and saw my desktop shortcuts and programs disappear one by one. My desktop looked as if I just made a new User. I have no idea what happened and I have been looking through the internet for solutions. I didn't think that by "Game Data," it meant EVERYTHING. So what I'm asking is,

How do I resolve this issue?

Thanks!

P.S. My "Show Desktop Icons" is checked.


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06 Apr 2011   #2
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Have you been through the standard procedure?
Right clcik the desktop and select "personalise"
Up in the left, select "Change desktop icons"
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06 Apr 2011   #3
Windowz7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have tried that. But again, my "default icons" are still on the desktop. The Computer, Network, Recycle Bin, etc. are still there. Everything else is gone. Thanks anyways.
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06 Apr 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello Windowz7, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if right clicking on the Desktop and clicking on Refresh, or restarting the computer may return them if it was just a glitch.

What were the shortcuts of?

Are you able to create or move any other shortcut to the desktop and have it stay displayed?
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06 Apr 2011   #5
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Sorry, I didn't see that bit in your post "excluding the defaults like Recycle Bin"
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06 Apr 2011   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Just out of curiosity have you looked in the Recycle Bin to see if the shortcuts were somehow moved to there?
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06 Apr 2011   #7
Windowz7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Sorry for the late reply :P

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Windowz7, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if right clicking on the Desktop and clicking on Refresh, or restarting the computer may return them if it was just a glitch.

What were the shortcuts of?

Are you able to create or move any other shortcut to the desktop and have it stay displayed?
Thank you for the welcome, and I have done both of those,finding no success. The shortcuts were various files placed on the Desktop for easy access, such as Game shortcuts, Text files, Zip files, and programs to do certain things on the computer (like Hamachi and Steam). I am able to create shortcuts and place them on the desktop, which is confusing to me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Just out of curiosity have you looked in the Recycle Bin to see if the shortcuts were somehow moved to there?
Yes, I have checked my Recycle Bin. And no, I did not empty it beforehand.


Oh, I am sorry for my first post. When I said Desktop Icons, I meant the Programs and various files I placed on the Desktop. I am sorry if I confused any of you. It should be changed as of now.
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06 Apr 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

The only thing I can think of is that program had a buggy uninstaller.

Other than manually recreating all of your missing shortcuts, you might try the free program ShadowExplorer or Recuva on your C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop folder to see if one of them may be able to recover the shortcuts.
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06 Apr 2011   #9
Windowz7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Brink, you are amazing. And so is Shadow Explorer. With your help, Shadow Explorer has just recovered everything that was removed from my Desktop. Luckily I read your post before I was about to remember and find every program I placed on there. I commend you.

Thanks a lot!
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06 Apr 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

You're most welcome. That's great news.
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