1. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       20 Sep 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Desktop Locked


    Hi, I hope you can help me with my W10 desktop problem. My desktop is showing zero icons. The background scene is showing fine. The desktop seems to be 'Locked.' When I right click on it nothing happens. When I try to drag a folder or shortcut to the desktop nothing happens. My right click works normally within a web page or task bar etc. Even the recycle bin does not show. I have attached a screen capture of my current desktop. Can you please advise as to how I can restore my desktop? Thanks in advance for your help. Jim.

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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,642
    Windows 10 Pro
       21 Sep 2015 #2

    Hi Shamrock, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    Have you accidentally turned the desktop icons off? Right click desktop, select View > Show desktop icons:

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    Kari
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  3. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       21 Sep 2015 #3

    Kari said: View Post
    Hi Shamrock, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    Have you accidentally turned the desktop icons off? Right click desktop, select View > Show desktop icons:

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    Kari
    Many thanks for getting back to me Kari. If you read my post again you'll see that I can't right click. That is the problem. It does not work. It works everywhere else throughout the computer but not on the desktop.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,642
    Windows 10 Pro
       21 Sep 2015 #4

    OK, I missed that.

    Can you open the context menu using the menu key:

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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,738
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       21 Sep 2015 #5

    Run CMD as admin, copy and enter the following, then restart.

    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v "ForceActiveDesktopOn" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v "NoActiveDesktop" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v "NoActiveDesktopChanges" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
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