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Desktop icons are not Showing


My desktop icons are not showing. Lots of my programs also not showing in start menu as well


Solved Answer.

There are two following reason behind that
1. If you can’t able to see your task bar & your desktop icons,  that means explorer.exe have not loaded properly.
2. Might be some of Virus has changed the files attribute set as Hidden, and also changed the Setting of appropriate registry settings.

We are giving you both solutions to fix those issues, Please follow the steps carefully to fix that problem.

Solution 1 – Automatic Fixit

Download Unhidetool.exe

Run this Unhide tool to get desktop issue solve

Solution 2 – Fix Myself manually (if the taskbar not appeared)

On the desktop (No icons Screen) Press Ctrl+alt+Delete key together to open the Task manager

  1. Press Ctrl+alt+Delete key together and task manager will open
  2. In the task manager Alt+Ctrl+Del and click on the tab “Processes” and here Find Explorer.exe in the list and click on End process. (It should be killed)Desktop icon not showing (1)
  3. Now Go to file menu and click on new task (run) command Run box will be opened.
  4. Type there eplorer.exe and hit enter button

Desktop icon not showing (3)

Desktop icon not showing (2)

Solution 3 – Registry Fix

  1. Press Windows+R ( to launch Run.exe)
  2. In the Run program, type there regedit and hit enter
  3. Then in the Registry Editor program. follow this folder path route
    HKEY_LOCAL MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / WINDOWS NT / CurrenVersion / Winlogon
  4. Now click on  Winlogon and after clicking then look right side pane.
  5. Here you have to find the Item called “shell” and click on twice (Double click)
  6. In the Value Data Edit box, Type Explorer.exe (The value od this key “Eplorer.exe) then click on OK
  7. Now restart your computer, and after restart Problem will be fixed.


Desktop icons are displaying

After that your desktop should be restored, you will get your desktop back.

If you still not getting your desktop that means there not problem found in explorer.exe now we have to go to solution 2

Solution 4 – Appearance of display icons option

  1. Right click on clean area of desktop
  2. Then click on “View” >> and then go to “show Desktop Icons” and click on it to make it checked.
  3. You will appear you desktop icons back.

Desktop icon not showing (4)

If you still not see the desktop icons that means Virus has changed some registry settings, please Download the Unhide tool  and run it to unhide all the desktop of start menu data to solve the “no desktop icons issue

Download Unhidetool.exe

Run this Unhide tool to get desktop issue solve

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This post was last updated on:2016-06-27 | First Published:2013-03-30

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  1. Muahaha it worked with step 3 thank you so much

  2. Definitely the 4th solution

    Cat took a wild walk on keyboard. Icons gone! What’s happening?! …oh, I see. View. Show desktop icons. … It took me a week to figure that out.

  3. Thanks a lot..very help full..

  4. good job

  5. yes yes it worked thank you so much

  6. thank you so much.spelling was the only error :P.big help

  7. Icons are missing.if I press cntrl+alt+dlt also,nothing is showing
    Please hlp me

  8. thank u so much god bless u

  9. thank you very much

  10. Thank you
    You helped me

  11. Thanks. I cannot believe it took me so long to find out how to right click, choose view, and then show desktop icons.

  12. Wohoooooo !!!!!!! thank you sooo much,,, For a moment I thought i was screwed……… now its fine..

  13. A store Icon appears in purple on any screen I go to Why can’t I remove this?

  14. My screen is now all black after doing this my god what should I do?

  15. HAHAHAHAHA I’ve been 1 month without the icons before coming here!!
    The solution was thew 4th!! HAHAHAHA
    How dumb…

  16. thankkkks it workeddd!!!!! 🙂 my desktop and laptop are back to normal

  17. thanx a lot buddy …… it worked great!!!!!!!!!!

  18. My desktop is back! Thank you ~ thank you ~ thank you!

  19. Everything on my computer has disappeared. I have my desktop picture but nothing else. I can right click and it has view and icons settings but nothing that can help me and if I hit “control-alt-delete” it goes straight to a black page and after 2 minutes, my desktop picture comes back. I do not even have a task bar to shut down the computer. All I can do is shut the tower down. HELP…please

  20. Very good and helpful

  21. Very helpful

  22. Thank You Verymuch…

  23. Had that problem a few times. just do a restore in safe mode, it worked for me and run your anti virus program after you do that to see if anything comes up. hope this can help some of you peeps…

  24. Thankyou….. I was worried about it….

  25. Thank u very much.. It helped me a lot.

  26. no bullshit is here,its worked,thnx dude

  27. Thanku sir. Its working and good help… !! Big salutes to u

  28. icons disappeared in desktop. your simple solution RESTORED the icons with in few minutes, Thankx GOOGLE.

  29. of course it was solution 4

  30. Thank u so much

  31. thank you very much. this really helped me
    thanks a lot

  32. thanks very much this really helped me
    I got wat I wanted thanks a lot

  33. Thanks! it worked and helped a lot and my icons are back!

  34. Thanks a lot for your information….

  35. it does nt worrrk

  36. wooow… great i was so disturbed….but now the problem has been solved..thanks alot….thanks very much….:)


  38. Thanks..problem is solved with solution 2….

  39. Omg thank you, I thought I would need to reset my PC and lose my Photoshop and stuff. THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR!

  40. this steps work for temporally, after these step i do restart the system same problem is displaying again. please suggest for permanent solution.

  41. Solution 2: worked a dream, killed the explorer.exe in the task and then went to the FILE and run a command and entered the explorer.exe command and the desktop appeared! only thing is that the desktop still vanishes when you do a restart..

  42. wow…. great……. after killing explorer.exe & running explorer.exe from RUN it works…Thanks a lot…:-)

  43. Thank you so much………….

  44. Wowieee great after killing explorer.exe & running explorer.exe from RUN it works…Thanks a lot…:-)

  45. Thank u!!! It helped me to fix it!


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  48. Thanks for the post

  49. Thank you for you help

  50. Thank you very much.

  51. a million thanks i will make a donation today
    thank you

  52. thanks a lot …..the solution helps me a lot thank you very much

  53. Thanks. I got it fixed

  54. it was very useful . thanks a million

  55. it worked

  56. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH. I tried so many websites and all I needed to know was solution 4! haha

  57. Thank you .. so much. I am a bit of a techno-tard. You saved my day, thanks again.

  58. Running windows 8.1

    Nothing was fixing mine. Tried to simply add a new folder to see if it would show and they all came back. No idea why this happened but seems to be resolved.

  59. I tried all the suggestions nothing worked local computer tech said buy a new computer i tried tdsskiller it worked

  60. thanks.. it helps a lot 🙂

  61. its so nice…thanks to help me

  62. Try this, right click on desktop, then click on arreng Icons, then click on “Show Desk TOP Items”

  63. could the hard disk be the cause of the disappearance of the icons and task bar?:-o:-o.

  64. will it be possible if i turn off my pc for 48 days or installing mcafee antivirus solve the problem?

  65. I have used all the above but it seems to repeat itself. I almost update my win xp for about 4 times a day but destop go blank after installing an application.please what should i do ?

  66. Thanks dear my problem is solved.I was freaking out but I tried solution 4 and everything was fixed…Thank you!
    May God Bless you.

  67. Thank god! This save me!! I was downloading adobe’s software and all the sudden my wallpaper, icons, and the bottom bar line?, were all disappear…. Thank you very much!!!

  68. thanku so much. keep it up

  69. need help, my computer normally stays on all the time, this morning it showed me srgtw on screen and say ,u where in middle of something and some data is lost. what does that mean?

    • Al Snyman, Maybe it is updating something. Anyways, keep as it is updating and let us know if face any problem after this. We recommend you please shutdown your computer after 48 hours for at least 15 minutes.

  70. Oh my Gosh, this helped me alot, I was freaking out but I tried solution 4 and everything was fixed…Thank you!

  71. My problem is occasional. Sometimes after signing in just the screensaver will appear without the task bar or any of the icons. Task Manager will not come up so I have to switch off at power switch. On return, everything appears normally.

    A little irritating but is this a sign of problems ahead please?

    Also, let me commend your site – such patience and helpful replies – I have bookmarked you with thanks.

  72. this was super useful !!! THX A LOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  73. Thank you so much. May God bless you..

  74. Unfortunately None of the Above worked I Still can’t see Icons, Taskbar, or desktop!. Can’t right click or anything nothing works but only if i put on safemode!

  75. Sorry For That Previous massage.
    I don’t have an administrator’s account.

  76. thank u so much! !

  77. Thanku so much…

  78. Using solution #2, explorer.exe are not present in “processes” bar. When I type explorer.exe on Create new Task, it says Windows cannot find ‘explorer.exe’. Also I cannot browse it, where it is located? Any other solution? Thank you…waiting for your reply.

    • Hi Alvin,
      Please double check the spelling of “explorer.exe” because if you did the right spelling and then getting this error message “Windows cannot find ‘explorer.exe’” that means your “explorer.exe” have deleted from this location “c:/windows/system32” by mistake or by due to virus. Anyway, Please check this file is exist or not in that location. Please let us know the status.


  79. My IBM thinkpad T42.
    Got some problem this early Morning.
    My display icons, take bar , menu bar is not showing and also Task manger has been disabled by Administrator.
    Can anyone help me to solve this problem please.

  80. Hello..I’d try all sollution but nothing happen. Disktop icons and taskbar are not showing..but a second fter..the screen saver plays..please help me

    • If you don’t see your taskbar that means your explorer.exe is not running at startup. Try solution 2 again and let me know if doesn’t solve this time.

  81. Also i download unhidekey.exe after it finished it happen anything

  82. if i write explore.exe, it became error why

  83. So,Hey,I had the same problem,here is how it goes for me…
    Solution number one : It says ”Proccesing the C drive…” for like hours.
    Solution number two:When I click OK,it says that ”this file has a virus”
    Solution number three: Nothing happend
    Solution number four:When I press right mouse button nothing happends!
    Hope you can help me !

    • Sofiha, We’ll give you more steps, please tell me one more thing:
      Can you see your taskbar on desktop?
      Can you see your Icons on desktop?
      Can you see all the Items when you click on start button ?

  84. Thank you very much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. its really helpful thanks

  86. i have installed new antivirus to my pc and my icons and start menu are not displaying and what is the solution for it

    • Reboot your computer in safe mode and then uninstall that antivirus, also uninstall all the other antivirus if you installed previously and then reboot your computer once more. now start your computer in normal mode and install any antivirus. It happens because you had installed that antivirus without uninstall of previous one.

  87. God bless you..! _/\_

  88. I could kiss you right now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  89. crystal pederson

    i cant hardly remember my password n all my icons are gone off my desktop i really need help on my computer i cant do nothing on my computer so would you help me i need help please this is really urgent i am bored so would you help me on my computer sign crystal pederson

    • Sure, we will help you to solve this issue. We need more info about your issue. So please give me answer of my questions so that we can help you in a right way.
      1. Is “taskbar” appeared in the bottom of the screen ?
      2. Did you tried all above listed methods on this page?
      3. Have you installed any antivirus recently ?

  90. Dear Sir,
    My desktop icons not showing & when i give explorer.exe icons r showing on desktop.But after restart the system again desktop icons r missing ..
    pl give me the permanent solution

  91. Its really helpful,
    Thank you

  92. Thnk you so much my friend. Solution 3 works for me. God bless you more.

  93. when i tried to run explorer.exe it says only a part of readprocessmemory or writeprocessmemory was completed… desktop icons still not showing

  94. thank you very much my friend. solution 4 works for me

  95. I appreciate the help, my icons tend to be removed when I use my mouse key that I configured to “close program” to many times to close multiple windows, and if i click the desktop it basically removes all my desktop icons and i cannot bring up the menu using the right mouse click. your manual instructions worked perfectly, and the program you wrote is now sitting on my desktop 🙂

    only issue i had is when trying to donate some money via paypal, it said something about not being able to receive my donation 🙁 Would like to throw ya a few bucks for your time and help 🙂

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