Windows 7 desktop icons disappear after restart

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Hello Experts.    I have a win 7 laptop  with 2gb ram.  Every time I restart the system, my desktop items disappear.  They reappear when i select show desktop items.  But is there a way to stop the disappearing?
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hello torimar.  The article definitely tells me   what happens to my icons.  and indeed i have to select show desktop icons each time.  There is however no indication  on how to  stop this from happening?
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Try the following:
- reboot
- open the registry editor (start > search > regedit)
- open this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
- lookup the value "HideIcons" and set it to '0'
- close the registry editor
- reboot

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Okidoki,   Will try this  at the office tomorrow morning and update you on the result.

Thanks.
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Commented:
it seems to me your laptop is set to use domain profile.
that is why your icons disappear.

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@torimar  hi,   did as suggested and same problem
@senad  if laptop is  set to domain profile,  how do i fix this?

Thanks all.
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cp:
There is a utility in the windows 2000 resource kit called delprof.exe (or delprof2k.exe) that allows you to delete the profiles.
I call this up using a script...(start \\servername\sharename$\delprof2k.exe /q /i /d:7) with it i can set the age of the profile to be deleted etc, really useful.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315411

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Ok  guys I am not sure what happened exactly   but  after looking for delprof  file  I figured it would be the same thing as  creating a new user and deleting the old on so I created a new user and tested to see that desktop icons appear after   restart  and it was fine.  I then checked   my existing profile and its fine too.  I think  torimar's suggestion fixed it?  But then I only got round to testing  a new user   coz of senads suggestion  so I am sharing the points.  Thanks  guys.

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A combination of both suggestions lead to solution

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