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Windows 7: Disappearing Icons on Desktop

02 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
Disappearing Icons on Desktop

Dell Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 Computer
Inspirion 545s 00
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
6GB Memory
750GB Hard Drive

The icons that I put on my desktop for 3 of the Games shown on the startup menu will not stay on my desktop. I have done "Create a Shortcut" for Hearts, Freecell, and Spider and they will stay until shutting down. When booting up the next day, they're no longer there. These are the only icons that I have this situation with. The others are fine and do stick around for me, which I'm glad.

Is there a trick to getting the games icons to stay put? Is there somewhere I need to change a setting for the icons to be cleaned up like I did in XP? The ones I have there I don't want to go away on me.



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02 Apr 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1

Here's a tutorial to create a shortcut for the whole games explorer, Probably not what your looking for but I'm sure someone will come along with better info.
Games Explorer Shortcut - Create
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04 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm believe I am having the same issues, and this never happened before, it just started happening a few weeks ago.

I can create the game short cuts from the games explorer on to the desktop, then for some reason (either a reboot or just some time by the next morning) the are gone.

Other game shortcuts created from the "start menu" stay.

Any ideas on why this would be happening now?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7

I sure don't know -- mine has been happening since day one! I can still get to the games on the start menu, but I was in hopes of a shortcut on the desktop like I had in XP. I do plan to digest the tutorial provided by someone above though. Maybe it will do the trick.
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26 Apr 2012   #5

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Having identical problem, even to the same games. Once a week, usually Sunday morning, they disappear. Have tried rebuilding icon cache, no change. The ONLY icons being deleted are those that i create by going into Explorer, to the program executable, selecting & right-clicking, then using the "Send to Desktop (Create Shortcut)" option. System icons, and any created by an install process, are left alone. Hopefully, this might give someone else a clue??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Apr 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello K, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the tutorial below to turn off the System Maintenance Troubleshooter may stop them from disappearing on you afterwards.

System Maintenance Troubleshooter - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps,
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