Windows XP icons are missing from the desktop...

When I log in using the administrator user, all the icons from the desktop are disappears. I tried right click on the desktop and show icon, nothing is happening. But, when I login using the domain user, all the icons are there on the desktop..

Please let me know the solution....
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Im guessing you have some GPO's that are either redirecting your desktop or clearing your desktop. Can you create new shortcuts?
set classic style start menu.
log in as a administrator
right click on taskbar > properties > start menu tab > click on classic start menu apply ok.
check the icon on desktop appeared or not.
what exact icon disappear sysem icons or software icon ?

when you logon as administrator.. that means you are logging as a separate user.
Every user has separate desktop.

go to "C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Desktop\"
you will find all your files and icons there.


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Do you get the Taskbar as well, or is that gone?

If so.....

CTRL+CHIFT+ESC, and hit File>New Task, and enter "explorer.exe"

Next, go to the following key in the registry.....

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon"

Make sure that nothing is jacking with the SHELL value, which should be Explorer.exe

Use MSConfig to rule out any uneeded Startup Items, and even try the process of elimination, by disabling all Startup Tab Items, then retest. Then go to the Services Tab, and select "Hide MS Services", and then select "Disable All".

Basically you have something killing explorer.exe on logon.....

Check your logs for an application error, might give more insight....

Also, check for Spyware using MalwareBytes or Super Antispyware.....
Assuming your start bar is still working, the administrator profile may have been created before default user icons were created.  One way to get the icons on the administrator desktop would be to go to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Desktop and copying all the icons you find there to the Administrator desktop.  (Note:  Let me know if the default profile is hidden)

If you cannot get to the C: drive... you have a corrupt profile.  Log in as a Domain User with Admin privs and delete the administrator profile.  

Good Luck
Open C drive

If you username is the same for your domain, You will see folders like this

Open the one without the domain on it.
Open desktop, Copy or cut what you want,
Go back to the users folder, Open the domain profile, Desktop . Paste here.

Try that
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