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Desktop Icons (all) disappearing

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    windows 8.1

    Desktop Icons (all) disappearing


    Just bought a new HP running Windows 8.1. Have only added Firefox and Open Office. Once a day I come to the computer to find that all the icons are missing from the desktop. Background picture is the only thing there. In the taskbar, if you click the icons, they don't do anything. The only way to fix it is to shut down the machine and start it again. Anyone familiar with this problem?

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    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Is the taskbar showing ? Could be an issue with explorer.exe not loading properly.
    Any error messages ?
    Go to task manager in the details tab do you see explorer.exe listed ?
    When you right click the screen and select view is "show desktop icons" selected ?

    Try this:
    Icon Cache - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Why don't you try a SFC admin command prompt type sfc /scannow
    Also look here http://www.thewindowsclub.com/desktop-icons-not-working-in-windows

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