1.    17 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
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    old desktop icons reappered - can't delete


    I have a load of old shorcuts reappered on my desktop, they are not clickable so can't delete them & they are also not appearing in my desktop folder, i have tried to delete the thumbnail cache but had no luck, how can i get rid of theses?
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  2.    17 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,129
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    Hi, do you get an error message when you try to delete them?

    Check both
    C:\Users\<your user name>\Desktop
    and
    C:\Users\Public\Desktop
    as the display is comprised of both of these.
    You should be able to add/delete/create files and folders in both however.

    If you right click on these shortcuts, Properties, General tab, what do you see as the Location?

    Once you know where they are, if you have permissions problems deleting them, you can delete them by:
    a. Downloading and installing FileAssassin - freeware.
    If this works, this is perhaps simplest.

    b.
    - booting from a windows installation medium
    - navigate to a command prompt
    - at the command prompt navigate to where the shortcuts are
    - delete them

    To do this you should have some confidence using the command prompt in this scenario.
    c.
    Otherwise use a live boot CD which you can find and download (free).
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  3.    17 Apr 2016 #3
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    i cannot right click them, it is almost as if they are not actually there but i can see them, they do not appear in either of the desktop folders.
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  4.    17 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    Are they perhaps part of the background picture?
    Somebody may played with you... Just change desktop background for test.
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  5.    17 Apr 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreTen View Post
    Are they perhaps part of the background picture?
    Somebody may played with you... Just change desktop background for test.
    Wow, i feel like a complete idiot now , spent the best part of 2 hours trying to fix this. Well this is the last time my cousin get to "borrow my laptop"
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  6.    17 Apr 2016 #6
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    Tell him he owes tenforums a £10 consultation fee or equivalent. Make it sound good. Watch his expression.
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  7.    17 Apr 2016 #7
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
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    Quote Originally Posted by dani1234 View Post
    Wow, i feel like a complete idiot now , spent the best part of 2 hours trying to fix this. Well this is the last time my cousin get to "borrow my laptop"
    Hey, great you solved your problem. At the end you have some fun!
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