Where have my Windows XP Pro desktop icons gone?

jerry jones June 30, 2011

All my desktop items, i.e. icon files etc. are gone, but the Start Menu and Taskbar is ok. The Admin login is ok. This problem is only user id.

  1. Michael Omotosho
    April 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    my desktop icon is missing i right click is not working the I went to task manager under processes explorer.exe is missing i cannot find it I type explorer in to new task  it says window cannot find please help me out

  2. Mike
    July 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    My first guess would be that the automatic Desktop Cleanup agent started (showed you a popup) and you clicked continue/ok without paying too much attention.

    In that case it would have removed all items on your Desktop.

    How to disable automatic Cleanup

    • Bruce Epper
      July 2, 2011 at 1:26 am

      Although if that is what happened, the desktop would still contain a folder with all of the icons that were removed from the desktop.

  3. Tina
    July 1, 2011 at 4:00 am


    maybe the icons are merely hidden? I assume you only had shortcuts on your desktop.

    Try to right-click the desktop and select > Arrange Icons By and see whether > Show Desktop Icons is checked. If it is not, you have found the culprit. Simply check it to show your icons again.

    Please update us whether 'hidden desktop icons' was the cause or not. There may be other reasons, too.

    • Lorrainegilbride
      February 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      thanks tina have been tryin to find them for 2 weeks