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    Lost icons (Win XP sp2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by rmoser on 25-Dec-06 15:03. )</P>Windows gave me a Christmas present this AM-all icons have disappeared from the screen. Did several restarts and shutdowns but they did not come back. I can't find the topic of lost icons in Win XP for Dummies. What is the solution for recovering them?? <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=16 height=16> Edit: when I try to create new icons on the desktop-they just disappear 2nd Edit: NEVER MIND found out how to get them back- is my face ever red. Sorry

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    Re: Lost icons (Win XP sp2)

    Merry Christmas!

    Your icons are not gone forever! If you will learn why it was happened, it will never happen again.

    What you are seeing on your desktop, is a "logical sum" of two Desktops: a Desktop for "All Users" (Cocuments and SettingsAll UsersDesktop) and a Desktop for your user account (Cocuments and Settings<your username>Desktop). Icons on Desktop are shortcuts (.lnk files) in one (or both) of these two folders. Try to open a Desktop folder in My Computer (or Windows Explorer) and create a new shortcut there by right-clicking and selecting New | Shortcut.

    Windows XP has a "Desktop Cleanup Wizard", which "cleans" (moves) files from Desktop folder. By default, Desktop Cleanup Wizard runs and proposes you to move all icons, which were not accessed (clicked) for the last 60 days, to "unused desktop icons" folder . To access "Desktop Cleanup Wizard", right-click the desktop anywhere (but not on any icon) and from pop-up menu select Properties. Then on Desktop Properties window click Desktop tab and click "Customize Desktop" button. I would recommend uncheck "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days" checkbox.

    If you see "Unused desktop icons" folder on your Desktop, all your icons are there. If you don't see it, try to restore them by using Windows Restore wizard:
    Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Choose "Restore my computer to an earlier time" option and click Next. On the calendar which appears select the date marked bold prior the date you notice that the icons are gone, click Next and follow the wizard.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Lost icons (Win XP sp2)

    The fix was right clicking anywhere on the desk top-then selecting "arrange icons by" and under that selecting "show desktop icons" and behold the icons reappeared on the screen. That sequence can make the icons appear and disappear from view. It was so simple and that is why I'm embarassed for not doing more exploring before posting. Mea Culpa

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    Re: Lost icons (Win XP sp2)

    And Welcome to Woody's Lounge !! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Lost icons (Win XP sp2)

    In light of your second edit and in spite of kaplinb's techno advice, do you mind telling future Loungers what you're "red faced" about, i.e. what did you discover and how did you work around or fix the problem?

    And hey: <big>Merry Christmas!!!</big>

    Edited much later: To correct my "marry" to its proper form and join Doc in welcoming you to Woody's Lounge.

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