Desktop icons are not Showing – Icons Disappeared

Bring back the missing desktop items / icons



My desktop icons are not showing. Most of my programs are also not showing in start menu.

Solved Answer.

There may be three reasons behind this.

  1. Sometimes a desktop setting “show desktop icons” get disabled unusually. See Solution 1 for this.
  2. If you can’t see your taskbar along with your desktop icons,  that means the explorer.exe file could not be loaded properly. See Solution 2 to fix this.
  3. Might be a possibility that a virus came into your computer and change the desktop file’s attribute as hidden. And also change the same settings in the system registry as well. See Solution 3Solution 4  for this.

We are giving you some possible methods to fix this issue, please follow the steps carefully.

How to fix – Desktop icons are not Showing

Below solutions may help you to fix this issue in all the versions of Windows like Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows 10, Vista, XP, and Server as well.

4 solutions to fix it

Solution 1 – Enable “Show Desktop 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)

Solution 2 – Reload Explorer.exe (Fix it myself manually)

Note: Apply only 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 + Shift + Esc key together and task manager will open
  2. In the task manager, click on the tab “Processes” and here you’ll find Explorer.exe in the list, righ-click on it and click on End Process Tree. This explorer process will be killed, you’ll get the blank screen with task manager.Desktop icon not showing (1)
  3. Now go to file menu and click on new task (run), A run box will be opened. Type there: eplorer.exe and press 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 – Run Unhide Tool Automatic Fixit

unhide-tool-logoDownload Unhidetool.exe
(Freeware Utility)

Run this Unhide tool to fix the desktop icon hide issues.

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 

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Q: My taskbar and start menu have also disappeared. Can I use this guide to bring them back?

A: Yes, this tutorial will work to bring back the missing desktop icons,  Start button, Start Menu, Task bar etc.

Q: Desktop icons won’t appear. Is it due to virus attacks or is there any other issue?

A: If you are not using any antivirus software it could be due to the virus otherwise you may try to fix if it is due to some other Windows internal problem. If there is no antivirus in the system at least  download free antivirus for basic protection.

Q: Desktop icons and taskbar suddenly went. Is it due to malware?

A: Yes it could be, firstly follow the above steps to fix this issue. If it does not help then scan computer with a  malware removal tool . And to avoid future occurrence always keep a free antivirus in your system to protect from basic virus attacks.

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  1. FREDY says


    1. Techexpert says

      Glad to hear that it worked for you !!

  2. Lech says

    I went all 4 steps – last one is precious and should be firt IMO.
    4-th one is quickest and most possible at one tme – it’s easy to click on that usless option.

    Thank You very much for that article – probably i would discover that just before leaving Win7 for ever 🙂

  3. Jedidah Sale says

    Hey, I still don’t know what’s happening with the windows. I can’t open some of my icons cause it’s saying “not a valid Win32 application” but it’s a Win64. Please help

    1. Techexpert says

      We have made an article which has explained how to fix “not a Win32 application” for this particular issue. We suggest you to please follow the article’s steps carefully and then let us know again.

  4. Cherish says

    Hi I tried solution #3 and now after restarting my computer it’s just a black screen once I go past the log in screen. Any idea why this is happening?

    1. Techexpert says

      Maybe the “explorer.exe” spelling mistake occurs this type of problem. If you did it correctly then we suggest you to please reboot your computer in safe mode state and then reboot it to normal mode. If this trick doesn’t fix the issue, then we suggest you to please restore your computer back the earliest date.

  5. Dave hale says

    My laptop has not yet stopped the issue…. The files I had put on my desktop are not there…. I search on the windows panel… Sometimes they show sometimes they don’t…. I arrange them on my desktop then after I turn off th system.. Everything vanishes… Even the wallpaper disappears….. The taskbar is there…. The only problem is the missing files… I have tried all the above…. None has worked… Help me please

    1. Dave hale says

      It’s Like the laptop forgets everything I had put up

    2. Techexpert says

      If you can see the taskbar, it means the explorer.exe is working fine. The problem is in appearing desktop icons and files. To make sure the files are there, please double check in the explorer first.

      1. Go to the explorer, and open up “C:” drive.
      2. Then open “users” folder. All the user’s folders are there.
      3. Open up user name folder. In my case, it is “users2”
      4. Open up the “desktop” folder. Please check whether your files are there or not?

      Do you see other icons on your desktop other than files you are talking about? Please provide the screenshot of your desktop, it will help us to understand the issue’s situation properly.

  6. naing oo says

    please help me i can’t fix my problem these 4 solutions.

    1. Techexpert says

      Please explain your problem in detail so that we can diagnose it and then give you a solution.

  7. Dee says

    Thanks a lot, buddy was having a bad day my laptop broke and my back up laptop was missing desktop and taskbar tried a lot of things but nothing worked, apparently came across your website and used regedit option that fixed it. You are a lifesaver!

    1. Techexpert says

      Happy to know that the issue has been fixed. Thanks for visiting.

  8. Raj says

    Simply awesome.. Solution 4 done the smart work.. Thank you

    1. Techexpert says

      Thanks for sharing your experience here.

  9. Abhilash says

    No task bar is not available I need to press ctrl +alt+del then I will get task bar
    No I can’t able to access any thing after disappearing desktop icons

    1. Techexpert says

      Do you get the desktop icons along with taskbar after applied solution2 from above methods?

      1. Abhilash says

        No only taskbar, change password, logoff that’s all

        1. Techexpert says

          1. Means, don’t you get all the icons on your desktop until reboot/logoff the computer?
          2. What happens when you run explorer.exe from task manager?

          1. Abhilash says

            Ya ur right tell me how to solve this

          2. Techexpert says

            Sorry for the inconvenience, we were asking you a bunch of questions to diagnose the issue.
            As we have diagnosed the issue, we have found a problem in your explorer.exe which is crashing randomly. We suggest you some steps, please follow the following steps.

            1) Clean boot your computer
            Temporarily disable all the 3rd party applications & services from your computer’s startup using “msconfig“.
            2) Boot your computer in SafeMode and observe your computer is still crashing desktop icons?
            3) Make stable your Explorer.exe using solution3 from this article.
            4) Run UnhideTool once.
            5) Check out the computer’s error logs using “Event viewer” to get the faulty file name and path. You can share its info with us for further suggestion.

            Please let us know after that.

  10. Abhilash says

    2008 R2 sever desktop becomes blank after 15 to 20 minutes if I restart it will come but again after 20 minutes same problem I has installed antivirus also

    1. Techexpert says

      Could you please provide more info about the problem? Does the bottom taskbar still appear when your desktop becomes blank? (Is everything else working fine?) OR you have to reboot your computer to use your computer, or re-run the explorer.exe file?

      1. Abhilash says

        Everything is working fine but I can’t able to do anything if I want to go any applications also it’s not possible but applications will be working fine

        1. Techexpert says

          OK, please answer the following two more questions.
          1. Is the taskbar available on the desktop screen? What do you see on the desktop screen? please explain a little bit more.
          2. Are you able to access those applications from the start menu? after disappearing desktop icons?

  11. Basha says

    Sir does not shows anything after using this four methods also

    1. Techexpert says

      OK. Could you please explain more detail about the problem so that we can give you the steps accordingly.

  12. Bongani says

    Thanks a lot…it works

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re most Welcome!!

  13. harris khan says

    i couldnot solve the problem …i tried all the steps but nothing worked….still have the problem that only microsoft icons not show like MS word ,powerpoint or photos etc they work but not show properly on desktop and icons are hidden on taskbar…..please help ….

    1. Techexpert says

      1. Which operating system are you using?
      2. Could you please provide the screenshot of the problem? You may send the screenshot to
      3. Did you try Unhide tool to fix this issue? If not so please try it once.

  14. Kailee says

    Didn’t work, it wont even let me CLICK the desktop.

    1. Techexpert says

      Do you see taskbar in the bottom?
      Solution 2 should work for you. Please try it once and let us know the result.

  15. Basant kumar mishra says

    Dear sir,/Madam
    Solution 2 was helpfull for me i opend my laptop it was opening but not showing menu ,start and any kind oter icons so tried solution 2 and this was really helpfull for me thanks so much .

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re welcome!! Happy to know that our research is helping others.

  16. James says

    My laptop : HCL ME Notebook
    OS : Win 7 Ultimate
    I have tried all the steps listed above but my problem is not solved.
    1.I have my program icons in desktop and when I right click on it, there is no OPEN option and I can’t open it.
    2.In the taskbar, the programs I pinned is not opening and the windows says :
    “CAN’T OPEN THIS ITEM ; It may be deleted,renamed or moved”
    Please solve my problem.

    1. Techexpert says

      If you are getting this message “CAN’T OPEN THIS ITEM”, it means the application which is associated with this shortcut is removed or renamed. This type of activity done by viruses. Maybe a possibility, the shortcut file association gone corrupted. Anyway, we are giving you some steps below, please perform them one by one and let us know.

      1. Download the .lnk file association default registry file and run it to set all default values.
      2. Download the .exe file association default registry file and run it to set all default values.
      3. Run the Unhide tool for once.
      4. Run Trojan Remover Tool

      After that report us back with the results.

  17. Mireya Miller says

    My Yahoo key icon is not working. I also forgot my password. I got a new number and never update my number with my yahoo account and is giving me the old phone number to verify if is me

    1. Techexpert says

      In this case, you need to touch with Yahoo support team directly, because only they can help you to recover your own account.

  18. Furqan Ahmed says

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    My icons-disappeared all network same issue maybe some virus detected so not solving my problem
    You can some help me??
    Best regards,
    Furqan Ahmed

    1. Techexpert says

      Thank you for contacting us.
      If thes icons-disappeared in all your computers then it could be a virus.
      We recommend you some malware removal, please run them and let us know.
      1. Malwarebytes
      2. Hitmapro 32bit / HitmanPRo 64bit
      3. Trojan Remover

  19. M Davis says

    My Problem is my DT icons are showing fine, until I go to save a (file, pic) in SAVE AS and click desktop and no icons show and it does not save to my desktop???

    1. Techexpert says

      In order to resolve this problem, you just need to turn off a setting.
      Follow the following steps:
      Go to the Settings and then click on “Update and Security“, click on Windows Defender in left side tab and after that click on “Open Windows Defender Security Center
      In this new window, click on “Protection” from Virus and Threats, and then make it turn off the “Access to Controlled Folders” option.

  20. N. Prakasam says

    Very useful. Could successfully get back all mu Desktop icons using unhdetool.exe. Thanks a ton for releiving my anxiety.

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re most welcome!!

  21. Barnie M. says

    Works perfectly!!!

  22. 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

  23. Kwame says

    Thanks – 3 worked – so simple – yet elusive

  24. Nikhi Ramawat says

    This method is not working why please help me

  25. Irvan says

    thus platform is very helpful

  26. Rajpoot Abdullah says

    It really Worked! Just took 2 minutes.

  27. 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.

  28. Zouga says

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. TUNU says


  34. Acilegna says

    Muahaha it worked with step 3 thank you so much

  35. Stephen says

    good job

  36. degi says


  37. Definitely the 4th solution says

    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.

    1. Techexpert says

      Yep, it’s so simple.
      Thank you for using our help.

  38. Roma says

    Thanks a lot..very help full..

  39. sanjay babu says

    good job

  40. Divine Nkomo says

    yes yes it worked thank you so much

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re welcome!

  41. dalone says

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

  42. nidhi says

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

    1. Techexpert says

      What about taskbar and right-click? Is task-bar appears? Are you able to do right-click on this black screen?

  43. Reyyan Mutsfata says

    thank u so much god bless u

  44. afshan says

    thank you very much

  45. sayeed says

    Thank you
    You helped me

  46. Mark says

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

  47. Montei says

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

  48. William Yeager says

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

    1. Techexpert says

      Maybe it due to monitor cable is connected properly – So, please check the monitor cable and connect that correctly. Let us know if still face this issue.

  49. prasad gankanda says


  50. Moaz says

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

    1. Techexpert says

      Could you please explain what you did the steps so that we can help you.

  51. ced says

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

  52. Vee says

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

  53. premdeep singh says

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

  54. LnzD says

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

  55. terrilee says

    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

    1. Techexpert says

      You should try solution 4 from this page. It should work in your case.
      Please let us know again if doesn’t work.

  56. wisdom says

    Very good and helpful

  57. Sandy says

    Very helpful

  58. Arunkumar says

    Thank You Verymuch…

  59. edward says

    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…

  60. Khurram says

    Thankyou….. I was worried about it….

  61. jayant says

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

  62. binayak says

    no bullshit is here,its worked,thnx dude

  63. dk rayak says

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

  64. haja says

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

  65. someone says

    of course it was solution 4

  66. kashyap says

    Thank u so much

  67. Vijayalakshmi says

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

  68. anna says

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

  69. random says

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

  70. Bhaskar says

    Thanks a lot for your information….

  71. sulav says

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  72. jj says

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

  73. prem says


  74. harish says

    Thanks..problem is solved with solution 2….

  75. Kaizo (Nickname) says

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

  76. mohan says

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

  77. Roberto says

    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..

  78. Anuradha says

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

  79. Sam says

    Thank you so much………….

  80. vishwas says

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

  81. Kinhgsly says

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

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  84. jayadeep says

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  85. Mario says

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  86. Jonathan says

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  88. Manasvi says

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

  89. Mashkov says

    Thanks. I got it fixed

  90. asal says

    it was very useful . thanks a million

  91. tushar bagmar says

    it worked

  92. Steve says

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

  93. Cheryl says

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

  94. Dave says

    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.

  95. eric says

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

  96. jem says

    thanks.. it helps a lot 🙂

  97. Paresh Raut says

    its so nice…thanks to help me

  98. Naresh Desai says

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

  99. anil says

    thank you sir

  100. Ansu Godfred says

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

  101. Ansu Godfred says

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

    1. Techexpert says

      Hi Ansu, No, Mcafee will not help you. Did you followed this article steps?

  102. Ansu Godfred says

    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 ?

    1. Techexpert says

      Hi Ansu, Remove the application which you installed. It should be fixed.

  103. Rehan Ahmad says

    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.

  104. winnie says

    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!!!

  105. honey says

    thanku so much. keep it up

  106. al snyman says

    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?

    1. Techexpert says

      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.

  107. Nic says

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

  108. BaliRob says

    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.

  109. Osama says

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

  110. Shoron says

    Thank you so much. May God bless you..

  111. Mike Perez says

    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!

    1. Techexpert says

      Mike Perez, We suggest you to create a new user profile on your computer. You may create the user profile account in Safemode.

  112. Manu says

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

  113. kw says

    thank u so much! !

  114. Ankur Garg says

    Thanku so much…

  115. ALVIN says

    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.

    1. Techexpert says

      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.


  116. Manu says

    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.

    1. Techexpert says

      Hi Manu,
      Sure, we will definitely help you in that matter. Could you please tell us. Are you in the administrator’s account of this computer?

      1. Manu says

        Yes Sir.

  117. Repertson says

    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

    1. Techexpert says

      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.

  118. zwe says

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

  119. zwe says

    if i write explore.exe, it became error why

    1. Techexpert says

      It is explorer.exe not explore.exe.

  120. Sofija says

    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 !

    1. Techexpert says

      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 ?

  121. yogesh says

    Thank you very much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  122. Ali says

    its really helpful thanks

  123. .shashi says

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

    1. Techexpert says

      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.

  124. Jayesh says

    God bless you..! _/\_

  125. Lori K says

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

    1. mayank says


  126. crystal pederson says

    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

    1. Techexpert says

      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 ?

  127. Suresh says

    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

    1. Techexpert says

      Please try sfc /scannow, it will solve that issue.

      1. akas says

        it’s Same problem with me …but i don’t know what’s sfc…can u explain it please

        1. Techexpert says

          Here microsoft help page explain how you can run sfc scannow command: Click here

  128. Sujit Talukdar says

    Its really helpful,
    Thank you

  129. Yllorsky says

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

  130. umakant says

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

  131. parvez says

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

  132. Jeff Zahnd says

    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 🙂

    1. Roger says

      Thank You! Damn thought it was a virus turned out it was just the explorer problem! Big THANKS

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