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Windows 7: *Some* Desktop Icons Keep Disappearing


19 Oct 2009   #1

 
*Some* Desktop Icons Keep Disappearing

Hi all

I have been running 6.1 (7600) for some time now, and in the last week or two I have been getting some bizarre behaviour.

My desktop has around 50 icons, I have always had lots on my desktop. Over the last 2 weeks, I find 5 of them (always the same 5) disappearing. 1 is to a hard disk, 3 are for DVD drives and another is a game.

The devices themselves never disconnect or become unavailable...I know this because I was watching a DVD full screen, and when it finished...the icons had disappeared again (including the drive I was watching).

Restarting doesn't cause this to happen. When I replace the icons and reboot, they are still there.

I can't find anything similar about this.

Any ideas?

Many thanks


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19 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums, PureLoneWolf
I had a problem like this with my gadgets gone missing. Then I saw my 5yr old hitting the x and making them go away. I am sure your problem is not that simple but thought a little fun might ease your pain. Good luck to you with this delema!
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19 Oct 2009   #3

 

lol - thanks for the welcome...unfortunately I am the only kid using the PC...and I have been watching myself very carefully to make sure I am not pressing anything
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20 Oct 2009   #4

Win 7 Ult 64 bit
 
 

I have had similar problems and it is usually happening with "shortcut" Icons.

One fix I have is to reset the IconCache. To do this:

1. Close all folder windows that are currently open.
2. Launch Task Manager
3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
7. In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:
CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
EXIT

8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
9. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.


Hope this helps


Kevin




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PureLoneWolf View Post
Hi all

I have been running 6.1 (7600) for some time now, and in the last week or two I have been getting some bizarre behaviour.

My desktop has around 50 icons, I have always had lots on my desktop. Over the last 2 weeks, I find 5 of them (always the same 5) disappearing. 1 is to a hard disk, 3 are for DVD drives and another is a game.

The devices themselves never disconnect or become unavailable...I know this because I was watching a DVD full screen, and when it finished...the icons had disappeared again (including the drive I was watching).

Restarting doesn't cause this to happen. When I replace the icons and reboot, they are still there.

I can't find anything similar about this.

Any ideas?

Many thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2009   #5

 

Thanks very much for that - I have done it and will see if it helps.

Cheers
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05 Dec 2009   #6

linux
 
 
Question

It is hard to tell whether or not the advice offered was helpful to you or not. Or if it solved your problem or not. Common group etiquette dictates that if you post a question and you are offered a possible solution to your problem that you take the time to post any info as to whether or not it helped with the problem so that others can make use of the solution or information.
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14 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Im not sure if im going to get shouted at for opening such an old thread but I just wanted to say a massive thanks to KevinC your a life saver, and the tutorial you gave sorted it. I really need to have a crash course in command prompt

Anyway in answer to your question vnzjunk it does work, and PureLoneWolf you should have said so.

Thanks again, really much appreciated
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Ben9, Welcome to SevenForums
Thanks for telling us that you was able to resolve this problem. I hope that you enjoy your time spent on SF.
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14 Jan 2011   #9

 

I would just like to say that, firstly, the issue was indeed resolved by the info KevinC provided.

I can only apologise for not returning to confirm the fix. It's by no means an excuse, but due to the intermittent nature of the issue, that would happen randomly and in no fixed time period. By the time I noticed that the issue was resolved, I had forgotten it existed in the first place. Unfortunately I didn't receive any notifications that replies had been posted, else I would have dropped on to confirm a LOT earlier.

Once again, many thanks for the assistance, and I will most definitely return to confirm fixes in the future.

A red faced wolf
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14 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7
 
 

I've got the same issue. I'll give this a go. :-)
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