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    Icons disappeared from desktop

    Yesterday when I got home my Mom told me she broke my computer.

    I found the "contacts" App open on the screen. Closed that, went back to Desktop and all the default and my added icons were missing.

    I tried all the options with "Desktop Icon Settings," but it doesn't change anything. Turned off Allow Themes to change icons, clicked Default, and all that. Went to the actual Firefox program to add an icon there. It said it was placing an icon the desktop. Nothing happened. Rebooted, no change. App screen looks the same, but I stay on the desktop as much as possible.

    Windows 8.1
    Microsoft Security Essentials (turned off real time protection)
    SuperAntiSpyware (turned off)
    Secunia PSI (could not turn it off)

    Where did the icons go and how can I get them back?

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    System restore to a point sometime prior to Mum's breaking it may do the trick. I just used it on a neglected system of mine, explorer had become corrupted, three fingered salute only resulted in creating separate instances of a half-loaded and completely non-functional task manager that wasn't accessible in any case, but SR put me right as rain again in just a few minutes.

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    Another possible alternative is to rebuild the icon cache: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...e-rebuild.html
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    I use a Rebuild Icon Cache batch file. Copy the following into Notepad and save as a .bat file type. Click the .bat file to run it.

    Code:
    @echo off
    cls
    echo The Explorer process must be killed to delete the Icon DB. 
    echo Please SAVE ALL OPEN WORK before continuing
    pause
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F 
    echo Attempting to delete Icon DB...
    If exist %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db goto delID
    echo Previous Icon DB not found...trying to build a new one
    goto :main
    
    :delID
    cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    del IconCache.db /a
    pause
    echo Icon DB has been successfully deleted
    goto main
    
    :main
    echo Windows 7 must be restarted to rebuild the Icon DB. 
    echo Restart now? (Y/N):
    set /p choice=
    If %choice% == y goto end
    echo Restart aborted...please close this window 
    explorer.exe
    
    :end
    shutdown /r /t 0
    exit
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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    Thanks for all the work making the bat file Medico. Unfortunately it didn't restore the icons after the reboot.

    Then I tried System Restore which had the last restore point as last Thursday and the icons came back.

    I have no idea what my Mother could have done. She has never used Win 8 before. She said she clicked on a picture on the screen to enlarge to get a better look at it, got lost and kept clicking trying to get back.

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    The batch file will work if the icon data base becomes corrupted. You mom must have done something quite a bit worse!?!? Glad your problem is solved.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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    She could have right-clicked the desktop, then View and Show desktop icons. If that is unchecked no desktop icons will ever appear.

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    She could have right-clicked the desktop, then View and Show desktop icons. If that is unchecked no desktop icons will ever appear.

    Bruce
    Thanks, I didn't know about that before.

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