Desktop icons are not Showing – Icons Disappeared


Desktop icons are not Showing

In windows 7, 8, 8.1, windows 10, Vista, XP, Server as well.


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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  1. Anupam Peter says

    Thank u so much……solution 2 worked for me in no time
    My desktop was not working, not even the right click and my icons were missing too
    All these solutions are on the mark..go for it

  2. Kwame says

    Thanks – 3 worked – so simple – yet elusive

  3. Nikhi Ramawat says

    This method is not working why please help me

  4. Irvan says

    thus platform is very helpful

  5. Rajpoot Abdullah says

    It really Worked! Just took 2 minutes.

  6. Mike VVort says

    You have created a wonderful tool for removing adware! Thank you so very much! I wish your program had a desktop icon option at install.

  7. Zouga says

    I fond a solution on another forum – just type “winword/r” into your start menu search box – fixed problem immediately

  8. Aatif ali khan says

    My computer icons dont show there name , what is the problem

    1. Techexpert says

      Do all these icons are working correctly? Apart from don’t show it’s names.

  9. A greatful reader says

    Thank you so much! Right clicking and selecting “view desktop icons” worked for me. I’d done everything under the sun and had almost given up hope. Thanks for putting in the time to help people. It means a lot! You are awesome! : D

  10. Stephen odongi ogunga says

    What if the same problem is with a phone?

    1. Techexpert says

      Sorry, we have no Idea, because we don’t support phones.

  11. Andrea says

    Thank you…. This website is really helpful. You guys need to go to simple solution 4 first before dignosing with other complicated solutions. I figured out mine after second trail , by just clicking displaying desktop icons. It make my day! <3

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