1.    20 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    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.    21 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 13,116
    Windows 10 Pro

    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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  3.    21 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Kari 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.    21 Sep 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 13,116
    Windows 10 Pro

    OK, I missed that.

    Can you open the context menu using the menu key:

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  5.    21 Sep 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 2,974
    10.4 Home 1709 x64

    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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