Desktop Icons Disappear

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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #1

    Desktop Icons Disappear


    When I click on a blank area of my desktop, all of my icons disappear. If I click on the task bar, they return but if I try to launch a program, they all disappear and the program doesn't launch.
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  2. Posts : 4,544
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #2

    Hi Laborous

    Are you having the same problem from Safe Mode.
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Haven't tried it in safe mode yet

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    I’ll give it a try once I figure out how to enter safe mode...
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  4. Posts : 13,947
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #4

    Click the Start menu, power icon. Hold the shift key down and click on Restart.
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks Ztruker
    I tried it in safe mode and the problem did not repeat. When I shut down and now powered up, the problem did not come back. It has been eratic…..
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  6. Posts : 4,544
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #6

    If the problem comes back perform a clean boot state.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...oot-in-windows
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    How risky is going into the clean boot state?
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  8. Posts : 4,544
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
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    The clean boot state allows you to disable startup third-party programs and services its not risky.
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  9. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Thanks Freebooter, I’ll give it a try.
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  10. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Clean Boot State Solved Issue


    Thanks to Ztrucker and Freebooter!
    I went into the Clean Boot process, hid the MS programs and the disable all others. I then enabled all and backed out without going through the complete process. The problem went away and has not returned.

    Thanks again!
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