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#1 Chad Smith   Members   -  Reputation: 1041

Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

Last night I shut down my computer as usual. Today I went to turn it back on and I went to the desktop. At first I didn't notice it as I only have the Recycle Bin and one other icon on my desktop. Though I just noticed that my desktop icons have disappeared. I first went to Control Panel to see if somehow the Recycle Bin icon got turned off. Nope. It is on. I turned it off, then turned it back on to see if that would fix it and nothing. I then right clicked on the desktop to see if somehow "show desktop icons" got unchecked. It was checked. I tried unchecking it and then checking it again and nothing.

I did a quick Google search and found a couple people with the same problem though no solution.

Anyone else have this issue or even know a solution? I haven't installed anything on here lately that would cause this or even do any maintenance lately. It just randomly did it today after I shutdown my computer last night after watching a video on YouTube.

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#2 tstrimple   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 1718

Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

That's a feature. You shouldn't have any icons on your desktop ;)

#3 Memories are Better   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 769

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:45 PM

Report to MS http://connect.microsoft.com/ they may already be dealing with the bug though, best to be sure

#4 Gavin Williams   Members   -  Reputation: 642

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

Yes, Windows 8 is a bug ! ;)

.. But seriously, I haven't had any issues like that.

Edited by Gavin Williams, 10 December 2012 - 10:18 PM.


#5 Chad Smith   Members   -  Reputation: 1041

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

Report to MS http://connect.microsoft.com/ they may already be dealing with the bug though, best to be sure


Thanks, going to report it.

Still haven't fixed it or figured it out. Tried hiding everything then showing it again, still missing. Done everything I can think of to at least get the recycle bin back. Oh well. Hopefully they'll fix it though.

#6 Gavin Williams   Members   -  Reputation: 642

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

If you go to FileExplorer > Desktop, what do you see there ? Likewise, look at your C:\Users\username\Desktop folder. That's the underlying folder where all your desktop stuff resides. Can you add new files to your desktop. And can you drop files into C:\Users\username\Desktop and do they appear then on your desktop ?

Edited by Gavin Williams, 10 December 2012 - 11:14 PM.


#7 Chad Smith   Members   -  Reputation: 1041

Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:31 AM

If you go to FileExplorer > Desktop, what do you see there ? Likewise, look at your C:\Users\username\Desktop folder. That's the underlying folder where all your desktop stuff resides. Can you add new files to your desktop. And can you drop files into C:\Users\username\Desktop and do they appear then on your desktop ?


I didn't think about creating another shortcut to the desktop to see what would happen, though I did already check the desktop folder and it did list what was on the desktop (well not the recycle bin, but I don't think it would).

Though I just created a temporary shortcut and placed it on the desktop and all of a sudden my recycle bin and other shortcut reappeared on the right hand side (not sure why right hand side but oh well). They seem to be back but who knows if they will disappear again. Weird.

Thanks though.

#8 Servant of the Lord   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 17060

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

I think that bug is an inherited Win7 bug. I've twice(?) had the Recycle bin disappear irrecoverably from my desktop (while the rest of my desktop icons were fine) - and I reviewed the same checkboxes you did.

I think I had to use a regex regedit/registry fix to get it back.

I've more than twice had to use a regex registry fix to get my taskbar volume icon to reappear in Windows 7 - that one is exceptionally annoying.

Edited by Servant of the Lord, 11 December 2012 - 06:07 PM.

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#9 swiftcoder   Senior Moderators   -  Reputation: 9584

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

I think I had to use a regex fix to get it back.

I sat here for a full minute, wondering how you fix Windows via regular expressions.

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#10 Servant of the Lord   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 17060

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Very carefully, that's how. Posted Image

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#11 Chad Smith   Members   -  Reputation: 1041

Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:14 AM

I think that bug is an inherited Win7 bug. I've twice(?) had the Recycle bin disappear irrecoverably from my desktop (while the rest of my desktop icons were fine) - and I reviewed the same checkboxes you did.

I think I had to use a regex regedit/registry fix to get it back.

I've more than twice had to use a regex registry fix to get my taskbar volume icon to reappear in Windows 7 - that one is exceptionally annoying.


I think you may be right Servant. I hardly ever actually have anything on my desktop except for maybe one or two quick shortcuts, plus the recycle bin, so I don't think I've encountered it before. Though during my Google Search I did see some people that had it happen in Windows 7 and Windows 8 though a solution was never posted.




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