Windows 10 Desktop Icons gone, but names remain.

There was some trouble with Windows 10 - not sure, but MalwareBytes had a problem which was slowing down the computer.  It took a while for MalwareBytes to quit.

Now the desktop doesn't show icons - just the title of the icons.  How to repair?  Thanks.

Windows 10 desktop with missing icons
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Rebuild Icon Cache, Clear Thumbnail cache in Windows 10

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Create a new USER account and switch into it and test again.
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Try  Windows 10  Repair Install with an In-place Upgrade. you can keep all your programs and settings and will not lose anything.

    Go to the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from this link:
Click on Download Tool Now, save it on desktop,  then run it as Administrator, accept license agreement, then Choose Upgrade This PC Now, let Windows to Update drivers. make sure that Keep Personal Files and Apps  is Selected  and let the Windows do the rest.

Note: The Procedure takes at least one hour.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try running DISM:

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator. In the command window, run:  

dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Restart after this and test.

If DISM does not repair the issue, try the non-destructive Windows 10 Repair Install from the link above and Keep Everything.
Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Computerlarry,

There was some trouble with Windows 10 - not sure, but MalwareBytes had a problem which was slowing down the computer.  It took a while for MalwareBytes to quit.

A  bad update to Malwarebytes was released that was chewing up system memory.

To resolve the problem if you're still affected by it, restart windows and immediately run "Check for Updates" in Malwarebytes.

Also, clear your icon cache as described by Ramin above.

Hope that's helpful.
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computerlarryAuthor Commented:
I didn't have to do anything serious this time.  As soon as I went to File Explorer  settings-> View, and showed hidden files,  the icons reappeared.  They still were there when I reset to default of hide
Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Thanks for the update computerlarry
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for updating us.
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