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Windows 7: "Show desktop icons" does not stay unchecked

09 Apr 2010   #1

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"Show desktop icons" does not stay unchecked

Hello,

Since I want a pretty minimal interface I don't want my desktop icons to show. However, whenever I uncheck "show desktop icons" they always return whenever I restart my computer or plug/unplug my power supply. Also, whenever I try to uncheck "show desktop icons" I usually have to do it twice before it actually works.

I am running an ASUS Notebook K51AE/K70AE Series running 7 Home Premium 64-bit. It has 4GB of RAM and an AMD Turion 2.20 GHz Dual Core processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 graphics.

I have read other threads where people have similar problems with ASUS laptops but they haven't been able to solve it properly either. I have tried all the things in this thread (Show Desktop Icons won't stay unchecked - Windows 7 Forums) and tried some things from several others but nothing has worked so far. I haven't yet tried anything with the registry as I'd rather leave that alone unless I have to.

Thanks!

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09 Apr 2010   #2

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Did you try everything in this tutorial?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...hide-show.html
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09 Apr 2010   #3

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I did the first one earlier, and have just tried the second, and neither have worked unfortunately.
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09 Apr 2010   #4

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There may be some small corruption in your system. Then again, it may be a bug. I did not hear about this situation before but, Try this

Type cmd in search (do not hit enter) right click run as administrator. In cmd type
sfc /scannow. Run 3 times if errors are found, then report back.
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09 Apr 2010   #5

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It said "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations" after the first time, so I've not run it any more times.

Just remembered something. In one thread they suggested making another admin account and seeing if it did the same thing on there. Well when I did that it did the exact same thing on that account, but when I went back to my main account with the new one still logged in the icons remained hidden even when I unplugged my power supply. When I logged the other account out the problem returned.

I'm thinking that whatever is causing the icons to change is something to do with the power monitoring thing, and when I have another account logged in that account might take over, causing the problem to move onto that account. Of course, this is pure speculation, but it might help.
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09 Apr 2010   #6

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Good we know it is not corruption. Here are several things to try.

Desktop Icons won't stay hidden - The Win Forums
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09 Apr 2010   #7

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I tried installing IconsOff normally and in a few compatibility modes but it didn't have any effect on the icons whatsoever. As for the 2nd post in that thread, removing all of the desktop items individually would work, but isn't really a proper fix. I'd rather the problem be properly fixed rather than avoided, and I'd also simply like to know what's causing it, because I'm curious like that.
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09 Apr 2010   #8

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I would like to know, too; but so far we are not doing too well. I searched the forums and google, but no definitive answer, yet.
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09 Apr 2010   #9

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Just did another experiment regarding my power theory. Whenever I change power modes without unplugging the power, the same thing happens. I'm going to try uninstalling the ASUS power management thing to see if that's what is causing the problem.

Update:
It worked!
I didn't really use the ASUS power management program at all, so it's no big deal not having it. The power programs I used were the built in windows ones, so I've not lost any important functionality.

Thanks for your help!
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09 Apr 2010   #10

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Try any theory that you have. Just be careful that you do not make matters worse. Something that I have seen many, many times at the Forum.
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