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Desktop icons are not Showing – Icons Disappeared

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

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

  3. A greatful reader

    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

  4. Stephen odongi ogunga

    What if the same problem is with a phone?

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