Can anyone help! When I click on desktop icons they seem to be locked and can’t use. Have to go to Start Menu. It’s driving me mad, tried everything.
i can't use my desktop icons
worked for me!
Were you able to figure out using suggestions provided above? Let us know.
1. Ctrl-Shift-Escape to bring up task manager
2. Go to processes tab
Find the Explorer process, select it, and hit the "end process" button
to File >> New Task (Run) and enter, "explorer.exe" and hit "OK
go to msconfig and see if there are unknow items like lock1.exe and disable then delete the reg entrie, do a scan with security soft
Explorer is not responsible for the desktop icons, only the window management.
That's not correct. Explorer is responsible for all folders and the desktop is actually a folder as well. I have resolved the problem mentioned above several times using the same procedure as ha14 recommends. It works!
It is not responsible for the icons present on the desktop. If you open up explorer and browse to the desktop, yes. You will have icons if explorer is not running.
This is brilliant it just solved my problem
Well, if you tried everything the problem would be fixed (:
It's a common prank to replace someone's desktop icons with an image of the desktop (therefore only looking like the icons exist). When you select them, do they highlight? I.e by selecting multiple icons
Make sure "align to grid" and "auto arrange" are disabled, by right clicking on a blank area on the desktop and unchecking them from the menu.
The desktop (overview) (Microsoft)