Desktop icons are not Showing – Icons Disappeared

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Desktop icons are not Showing

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

Question.

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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147 Comments
  1. 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

  2. parvez says

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

  3. 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

  4. Yllorsky says

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

  5. Sujit Talukdar says

    Its really helpful,
    Thank you

  6. 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

        sir,
        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 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833

  7. 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 ?

  8. Lori K says

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

    1. mayank says

      hahahaha

  9. Jayesh says

    God bless you..! _/\_

  10. .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.

  11. Ali says

    its really helpful thanks

  12. yogesh says

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

  13. 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 ?

  14. zwe says

    if i write explore.exe, it became error why

    1. Techexpert says

      It is explorer.exe not explore.exe.

  15. zwe says

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

      Thanks

  19. Ankur Garg says

    Thanku so much…

  20. kw says

    thank u so much! !

  21. Manu says

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

  22. 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.

  23. Shoron says

    Thank you so much. May God bless you..

  24. Osama says

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

  25. 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.

  26. Nic says

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

  27. 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.
      Thanks

  28. honey says

    thanku so much. keep it up

  29. 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!!!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. Ansu Godfred says

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

  34. anil says

    thank you sir

  35. Naresh Desai says

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

  36. Paresh Raut says

    its so nice…thanks to help me

  37. jem says

    thanks.. it helps a lot 🙂

  38. eric says

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

  39. 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.

  40. Cheryl says

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

  41. Steve says

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

  42. tushar bagmar says

    it worked

  43. asal says

    it was very useful . thanks a million

  44. Mashkov says

    Thanks. I got it fixed

  45. Manasvi says

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

  46. betty southall says

    a million thanks i will make a donation today
    thank you
    betty

  47. Jonathan says

    Thank you very much.

  48. Mario says

    Thank you for you help

  49. jayadeep says

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  51. jayson says

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIR. I SALUTE YOU.

  52. Kinhgsly says

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

  53. vishwas says

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

  54. Sam says

    Thank you so much………….

  55. Anuradha says

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

  56. 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..

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. harish says

    Thanks..problem is solved with solution 2….

  60. prem says

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  61. jj says

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

  62. sulav says

    it does nt worrrk

  63. Bhaskar says

    Thanks a lot for your information….

  64. random says

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

  65. anna says

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

  66. Vijayalakshmi says

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

  67. kashyap says

    Thank u so much

  68. someone says

    of course it was solution 4

  69. haja says

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

  70. dk rayak says

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

  71. binayak says

    no bullshit is here,its worked,thnx dude

  72. jayant says

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

  73. Khurram says

    Thankyou….. I was worried about it….

  74. 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…

  75. Arunkumar says

    Thank You Verymuch…

  76. Sandy says

    Very helpful

  77. wisdom says

    Very good and helpful

  78. 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

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

  79. LnzD says

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

  80. premdeep singh says

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

  81. Vee says

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

  82. ced says

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

  83. 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.

  84. prasad gankanda says

    thnx

  85. 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.

  86. Montei says

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

  87. 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.

  88. sayeed says

    Thank you
    You helped me

  89. afshan says

    thank you very much

  90. Reyyan Mutsfata says

    thank u so much god bless u

  91. 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?

  92. dalone says

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

  93. Divine Nkomo says

    yes yes it worked thank you so much

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re welcome!

  94. sanjay babu says

    good job

  95. Roma says

    Thanks a lot..very help full..

  96. 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.

  97. degi says

    thanks

  98. Stephen says

    good job

  99. Acilegna says

    Muahaha it worked with step 3 thank you so much

  100. TUNU says

    THANK YOU SIR

  101. 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

  102. 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.

  103. 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

  104. 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.

  105. Zouga says

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

  106. 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.

  107. Rajpoot Abdullah says

    It really Worked! Just took 2 minutes.

  108. Irvan says

    thus platform is very helpful

  109. Nikhi Ramawat says

    This method is not working why please help me

  110. Kwame says

    Thanks – 3 worked – so simple – yet elusive

  111. 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

  112. Barnie M. says

    Works perfectly!!!

  113. 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!!

  114. 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.

  115. 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

  116. 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.

  117. 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.
      Thanks

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