All desktop icons are gone! RRS feed

  • Question

  • My 86 year old father has Vista Home Basic on his system (I'm using XP Pro). Called this AM to tell me all his destop icons have disappeared. Before I drive the 40 or so miles to see if I can fix this, I could use some suggestions. He knows just enough to be dangerous so he probably did something to cause the issue himself. Regardless, I need to get him back up and functional.

    Thanks in advance!

    Mary D
    Saturday, May 31, 2008 4:12 PM

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  • Mary


    The most obvious reason would be that your Father right clicked the Desktop and de-selected the 'Show Desktop Icons' item.


    If he is missing the System Icons on the Desktop, such as Computer, Recycle Bin, etc. Right click the Desktop and select 'Change Desktop Icons' in the Tasks Menu (Left Side). Place a check mark in the system icons that you want to appear on the Desktop.


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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    • Proposed as answer by ric.123 Friday, September 10, 2010 7:47 PM
    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:31 PM