Desktop Icons Often Disappear After - I Have to Toggle "Show Desktop Icons" Twice to Get Them Back RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm running Windows 7 x64 Enterprise on two computers, and only have the following problem on my laptop:

    Frequently (twice per day or so) I will minimize a window (e.g. browser or Windows Explorer) to get to the desktop, and will see that all of my desktop icons have disappeared.  When I right-click on the desktop and look under the "View" menu, I see that "Show Desktop Icons" IS CHECKED.  The only way I have found to get the icons back is to UNCHECK "Show Desktop Icons," and then RECHECK it.  In other words, I toggle this option off and then back on again.

    This minor error is very annoying, and I'd appreciate any help anyone can give.
    Monday, November 9, 2009 7:18 PM


  • Hi,

    I suggest testing in
    Clean Boot mode first. If it does not work, try a new account:


    Create a new user account


    1. Click the Start Button, type User Accounts in the start search pane and press Enter.

    2. Click Manage user accounts. 

    3. Click Create a new account, and type the name.

    4. Choose account type as Computer administrator.

    5. Click Create Account.

    6. Log off and log on with the new account.


    In addition, please update device drivers and BIOS to the latest version.

    Vivian Xing - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Friday, November 13, 2009 8:51 AM
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 6:56 AM