All shortcut icons missing from desktop including documents and software, recycle bin, etc

While playing with Google, I noticed I lost the icons on my desk top.  The task bars, menu bars, etc are find.  I have tried replacing the shortcuts, but they will not "land" on the desktop.  
How can I put my favorite icons back there?
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Robert PraschCommented:
The problem with missing icons may also be the show desktop icons may be turned off.

Right-click the desktop.
Point to Arrange Icons By.
Click Show Desktop Icons.
Robert PraschCommented:
1.Create backup of your registry first.
2.Download “dragdropfix.reg” from below.
3.Double click on the file in Windows to merge it with the registry.
4.The drag-drop issue should be repaired.

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