My Windows 7 desktop icons sometimes go missing, a reboot bring them back.

jvutechnc
jvutechnc used Ask the Experts™
on
Is this a bug with Windows 7?  
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®

Commented:
is your system updated ?
retired
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
When the icons disappear, do you still have the Show Desktop Icons with a check mark (right click the Desktop, select View from the context menu, then look at the Show Desktop Icons item under that).

This Microsoft Knowledge Base article describes one possible problem causing this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978980/en-us
Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

Another web page on the same problem:

http://www.ghacks.net/2010/03/30/fix-windows-7-desktop-shortcuts-disappearing/

Does the problem happen in safe mode also?   If not, it may be because of some conflict caused by startup programs (which do not run in Safe mode) or some driver that is not used in safe mode.  In Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista/Windows 7, you can choose which programs are run at startup by using the Microsoft Configuration utility:  click on the Start button, choose Run, type in MSCONFIG (doesn't need to be all capitals), click OK.  Choose the Startup tab, deselect programs to run at startup by removing the check mark.  In Windows 9x/ME, you may need to disable just about everything except Explorer, ScanRegistry and SysTray.  In Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, just click on the button for Disable All. Reboot and see if the problem goes away.  If it does then re-enable the startup programs one (or a few) at a time, reboot, and when the problem occurs again, there is your culprit.  If you have a great number of apps to narrow down on in trying to track down the culprit, do it instead by dividing up the loading programs into successively smaller halves:  disable half of them; if the problem doesn't go away, then the offending app is within the other half, so divide that group into half; or if the problem does go away, then the disabled group contains the offender, so again narrow down by dividing in half.  

In Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7: If the problem continues to come up with all startup programs disabled, then it is probably a driver or service.  You can click on the Services tab in MSCONFIG, click on the button for Hide All Microsoft Services, leaving only third-party services displayed, then try turning them off in the same way you did for startup programs.  Finally, if third-party services are eliminated from being the cause of the problem, you could try narrowing down on Microsoft services in the same way.

This web page has a user who discovered it was caused in his case by something called Infrarecorder (don't know if that is connected with a hardware device or just some sort of program):

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprogeneral/thread/a3e165e2-d662-47f4-a9ca-b739f766f502
LeeTutorretired
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
jvutechnc, any feedback?

Commented:
Maybe User Profile Corrupted

Create New User Administrator Rights and test it.

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial