Desktop Icons all gone? Solved

  1.    20 Jun 2016 #1

    Desktop Icons all gone?

    I have the latest update of Win 10... Booted computer this morning and all of my desktop icons are gone. Could anyone help me find them? :) The desktop now defaults to a Win10 desktop but when I go to "desktop" there is nothing there. All help appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,705
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
       20 Jun 2016 #2

    Hello Wayne, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Double check to make sure that you have "Show desktop icons" checked.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    21 Jun 2016 #3

    Thank you for your helpful comment, Brink. The App Icons is/are checked... still no icons. Another weird thing happened at the same time it seems. I can no longer re-size my apps such as Windows Explorer. It is either all minimized or full screen open... makes it tough to drag files to the desktop. I have no idea if these two issues are related but it is starting to make me feel less warm about Win10.
    All help is kindly acknowledged,
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    21 Jun 2016 #4

    It should be a profile issue and you're logged in with a temporary profile.
    Go to the C:\Users\<user_name>\Desktop folder, check if your desktop icons are there.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    21 Jun 2016 #5

    Thanks Gayle. I am logged in with my normal profile. There are 8 icons in the ...\Desktop folder. There should be closer to 25. Even those 8 do not show up on my desktop screen. It is just blank. I hate to take this puter and throw it in the trash but am getting close to that. OMG do I have to get an Apple? Wind10 seems to not be kind to me. /wayne
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    21 Jun 2016 #6

    Check all the Desktop folders for all your user accounts under C:\Users, I hope you can find all your icons somewhere.
    When Windows fails to load your profile normally, it will automatically create a temporary profile on the background and your desktop will look like what it was the first time you turn on the computer.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    21 Jun 2016 #7

    Checked the other user desktop folder (which is also me) on the box. There were 9 icons in that folder. No clue where the others went... maybe god took them, or Microsoft. If I were Jewish, you could say that I am verklempt. Something weird is going on...
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,705
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
       21 Jun 2016 #8


    You might double check to make sure that tablet mode is turned off in case this may be the issue.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    22 Jun 2016 #9

    Thanks Brink, the tablet mode was, in fact, turned on! Not sure how that happened but at least I can re-size now, etc. Also my desktop icons are fully intact..../wayne
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,705
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
       22 Jun 2016 #10

    Great news.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


Related Threads
I have successfully installed Windows 10 ("final') on three devices: One venerable notebook, one "media" desktop computer (in my living room) and my main desktop computer in my home office. Unfortunately, I have encountered a strange phenomenon...
All of a sudden the following symptoms (all at the same time):: 1. Taskbar icons gone (replaced by a neutral identical icon) except Edge and Store 2. In File Explorer, no longer thumbnails, no icons either, simply blank, but names show 3. All...
Icons on desktop in General Support
Does anyone else see frustrations with the icon shortcuts on the desktop? Even with SSD drive I will boot and whilst Windows loads in seconds when the desktop displays only about 75% of the icons display correct. The rest have the generic white...
Desktop icons in General Support
I am new to the forum and I am OLD so bear with me I have a about 15 icons on the desk top =], two of them have a blue and orange sheild in the lower right corner what does that mean ? using windows 10 by the way
My taskbar is missing and my icons on the desktop are missing as well the background is dark kindly help:shock:
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:56.
Find Us