Windows 10: Hide or Show Desktop Icons in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 29,354
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       14 Aug 2015 #10

    Hello Ol Bab, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    It sounds like you have some other issue at hand. If you haven't already, you might see if you may be able to after restarting the PC.
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  2.    14 Aug 2015 #11

    I've restarted many times over the week, usually to do with connection problems. No joy. Thank you.
    There are so many things that are so damned "intuitive" that they just don't need/get a help entry (where? Where is help?). Instead I am sent to the whole darn web, 236,00 hits, and good luck figuring out which to look at. Rant off.


    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Ol Bab, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    It sounds like you have some other issue at hand. If you haven't already, you might see if you may be able to after restarting the PC.
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  3. Posts : 29,354
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
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       14 Aug 2015 #12

    Ol Bab,

    In that case, use the Find and Find next feature in Registry Editor to search for all instances of the HideIcons DWORD. There should be two. When found, modify each one's data value to be 0 (zero), then restart the PC to apply. This should show your desktop icons again.
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  4.    14 Aug 2015 #13

    Did you try right clicking directly on the icon?
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  5. Posts : 29,354
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       14 Aug 2015 #14

    jeannek said: View Post
    Did you try right clicking directly on the icon?
    That wouldn't be the issue in this case for Ol Bab. :)
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  6.    14 Aug 2015 #15

    Icons won't show -continued


    I did the regedit. The first entry was already 0. Changed the second and rebooted. And rebooted, and rebooted and... No internet connect. [This has been been preventing logon since day 1, for some reason.] Left the house for 3 hours, and all fixed except, still no icons on the desktop and right click on desktop still completely ignored.
    Would you advise I change register back?
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  7. Posts : 29,354
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       14 Aug 2015 #16

    You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started to hopefully undo it.

    System Restore Windows 10
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  8.    15 Aug 2015 #17

    Icons - Sys Restore


    Tried it. Said something was wrong, restore didn't happen, nothing deleted after all (I liked that part). Then even after 3 or 4 more reboots, no communication (like before). Just now, after 5 hours, the net reappeared. Like before. My best thought is a bad WIFI dongle, mangling the Win 10 install(s?) so win is sorta crippled.
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  • Posts : 29,354
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
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       15 Aug 2015 #18

    Might consider a clean install of Windows 10.
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  •    07 Sep 2015 #19

    Brink said: View Post
    Might consider a clean install of Windows 10.

    this error is common its currently happening to me but i just ignore it.
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