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Windows® 7 Desktop Icons Are Disappearing

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What are the reasons that lead to the disappearance of desktop icons in Windows 7 and how to resolve this issue?

Windows 7 is the latest Operating System released from Microsoft. This OS has many new and the improved features as compared to the Other Operating Systems. When you install Windows 7 in the system, the system would perform better and the desktop appears more sophisticated. Desktop icons are often found missing from the Windows based desktops. Desktop icons help users access various options like Recycle Bin, drives and computer drives. You could also put most frequently used programs as desktop icons so that you could access them very easily. There might be so many reasons for disappearance of desktop icons. This might occur due to the change of settings, explorer issues and also due the corrupted Windows files.

Below mentioned points are about tips to solve the problem of disappearance of desktop icons in Winodows 7:

  • Check for show desktop icons
  • Restart explorer process
  • Run system file checker

Check for show desktop icons

There are chances that if you have made any changes in the settings, that could cause the disappearance of desktop icons. You might have unchecked the option called ‘show desktop icons’. You have to tick that option. If you have done that mistakenly, that would cause desktop icons to disappear. So, you need to right-click on the desktop. Then, you have to select choose ‘Arrange Icons By’. Then, you would check the option called ‘Show Desktop Icons’.

Restart explorer process

It is seen that if there is any issue with the explorer.exe process, that would cause the disappearance of desktop icons. This is because explorer.exe process handles the desktop. You have to reload that. In order to do that, open ‘Task Manager’ by pressing CTRL, ALT and DEL. In that, you would select the file and have to click ‘New Task’ (Run). You have to make sure that you are in the Processes tab. After that, you have to type the ‘explorer.exe’ in the opened box and then click ‘OK’. As a result, the registry would get reloaded and all the disappeared desktop icons would appear.

Run system file checker

If any of the Windows files get corrupted, that could cause such issues. So you need to run the System File Checker that would check for all the corrupted or the missing Windows files. You have to click ‘Start’, ‘All Programs’ and then ‘Accessories’. Then, right-click the ‘Command Prompt’ and click ‘Run’ as administrator. If prompted, you need to provide the Administrator password. Then, type the ‘sfc/scannow’ and have to press ‘Enter’. As a result, all the system files will be checked and the particular file will be replaced.

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