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Windows 7: icons missing from Desktop

28 Apr 2011   #11
nfusmani

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

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Restored manully as well. nothing works. There has to be a solution. Folders are there but I cant see them on my DT.

What do you see when you look directly at your desktop folder, something like this?



( I have no other icons except the default system icons on my desktop )

Regards....Mike Connor

No. i have all the default icons plus some files which i copied later.


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28 Apr 2011   #12
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nfusmani View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nfusmani View Post
Restored manully as well. nothing works. There has to be a solution. Folders are there but I cant see them on my DT.

What do you see when you look directly at your desktop folder, something like this?



( I have no other icons except the default system icons on my desktop )

Regards....Mike Connor

No. i have all the default icons plus some files which i copied later.
Yes, that is what I meant. can you see the files in your desktop folder, but not on your actual desktop?

Check that your desktop settings are correct, either right-click on the desktop folder , or go to "Personalisation" by right-clicking on the desktop, and choosing "Change desktop icons";



You need to check the relevant boxes for what you want to see on the desktop.

Regards....Mike Connor
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28 Apr 2011   #13
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Also, you can try this. Paste the following command into the run box;

Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
Now paste this into the run box;

Code:
explorer.exe
CCleaner will also reset the icon cache;

CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

It can be something of a trial finding all the stuff the malware has changed. With some stuff, where you only had a "light" infection, it is quick and easy, with other stuff it's a lot harder.

If you get a bad infection, then often the only recourse is a clean install.

Regards....Mike Connor
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28 Apr 2011   #14
nfusmani

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

I fixed it. Something which I had done couple of times earlier but failed worked this time. I selected C from my computer, then user, then desktop folder properties, click on Hide and applied with subdirectories option, repeated by unclicking the Hide and it showed up. I think it is becuase we scanned the harddisk with Malaware and killed two infections. This was preventing them to UNHIDE.

Thanks a lot Mr. Connor and Hammerhead for your kind help. Greatly appreciated.
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28 Apr 2011   #15
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nfusmani View Post
I fixed it. Something which I had done couple of times earlier but failed worked this time. I selected C from my computer, then user, then desktop folder properties, click on Hide and applied with subdirectories option, repeated by unclicking the Hide and it showed up. I think it is becuase we scanned the harddisk with Malaware and killed two infections. This was preventing them to UNHIDE.

Thanks a lot Mr. Connor and Hammerhead for your kind help. Greatly appreciated.
A pleasure. Glad it worked out for you.

Regards....Mike Connor
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28 Apr 2011   #16
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Great

It's great you got that solved. It was a wierd one.
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28 Apr 2011   #17
nfusmani

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Thanks again and I learned some new stuff from both of you gentlemen.

Regards
Nasir
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22 Sep 2013   #18
amailuk

Windows Premium x64
 
 
How I resloved my "Lost Desktop Icons"

I have a Windows Premium x64-bit operating system. Copying the files back to the desktop dint help, they were still invisible anyways. I could still see my files when I checked this file path "" it was not amusing.


This was resolved though by right clicking anywhere on the blank desktop, selecting VIEW (second from top on my PC) it gives another dropdown. From which I selected SHOW DESKTOP ICONS (second from bottom; it was de-selected) and I had my icons back. I had to delete the copies of the files I had copied, no problem I was only too happy to do that.


VIEW -----> SHOW DESKTOP ICONS


After readings soo many forums, I found the problem with my PC to have been installing "InfraRecorder" only didn’t realize this till I read a few forums. When you open this CD Writing Software, it leaves you with a cleaned out desktop next time you open your PC!


Seeking a solution took me as far as installing a malware remover program that found no malware. I downloaded a recommended "Windows Fix" to no avail, it was that frustrating, just stopped short of doing a restore point repair. I have since uninstalled "InfraRecorder."


Many Thanks in a bunch, and appreciation for the help of all those that shared their experiences and knowledge.


AJ
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