Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Desktop icons disappear if i leave my pc on while away

11 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Desktop icons disappear if i leave my pc on while away

hi guys,

i am using windows 7 64bit.
some of my desktop icons disappear when i leave my pc on and i have to go a do something else. my monitor gos into sleep mode after 10 mins but i do not have sleep or hibernate on at all.
this is strange because not all of the icons disappear, the main ones stay but my some of my games shortcuts go?

any help please :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Hi Mark,

When you say the "shortcuts go", do you mean temporarily until your monitor awakens, and then they appear again?

Can you try this:

1. Click the Start Orb, type power into the box.
2. Find and select the option called Change power-saving settings
3. Refer to the attached image - this is what you should see.

Play around with some of the options (see the ones I annotated) to prevent your monitor turning off.

Post back here if you need more help.


Attached Thumbnails
Desktop icons disappear if i leave my pc on while away-capture.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Desktop icons disappear if i leave my pc on while away

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Some of my Desktop Icons Disappear
I have changed some of my Desktop icons. The original icons came from the Control Panel or Devices and Printers. At times, they just disappear from my Desktop. Is there a way to lock them on the Desktop? Thank you..........
General Discussion
Desktop Icons sometimes don't disappear after I delete
This happens quite often; sometimes when I delete icons from the desktop, they don't disappear from the desktop. If I try to click one, however, it gives me a message that it cannot be found. I have to go to the task manager and close explorer and re open it. Any registry fixes?
General Discussion
Unused desktop icons disappear
I have noticed that some of the icons I added to my desktop periodically disappear because they aren't used frequently. I'm guessing this would have to do with something similar to the "Desktop Cleanup Wizard" in XP. How can I turn off this functionality in Windows 7? I really don't want to...
General Discussion
Desktop icons randomly disappear
Every once in awhile the Show Desktop Icons option gets unchecked randomly. I have to reenable it. Seems more common on x64 then x32. In both cases using 7 Pro. Any suggestions to keep it enabled permanently as it is a random issue?
General Discussion
Desktop icons disappear at every start of the pc
as title, every time i start my pc (win7 ultimate) there aren't desktop icon and i must enable it with the command from context menu "show desktop icons" there is a way for fix this little bug?
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:54.
Twitter Facebook Google+