Win 7 icons for solitare, external HDD, disappear monthly

December 8, 2014 at 14:10:44
Specs: Windows 7
window 7: why are icons deleted from desktop? I put shortcut icons for games, external hard drive, and "my computer" on, and once a month, usually early morning on a week end they go away. no other icons do this.

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#1
December 8, 2014 at 16:30:23
Odd that this happens once a month. Try one of these solutions:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/267...


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#2
December 9, 2014 at 06:48:56
Does anyone else have access to your computer? Sounds like they are being deleted intentionally.

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#3
December 9, 2014 at 07:56:03
Is this a work computer?

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#4
December 9, 2014 at 10:18:30
THX 1138

Very good question.


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#5
December 9, 2014 at 11:03:15
Thanks OtheHill. If it is, I'm thinking they may have a GP setup where it goes and cleans up the computers on a monthly basis.

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#6
December 9, 2014 at 12:22:20
this is a home computer, with no one deleting them.

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#7
December 9, 2014 at 12:56:37
Go to Control Panel> Notification Area Icons. Check to see if the Always show box is checked.

Are you using Aero themes and have them set to rotate periodically?

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#8
December 9, 2014 at 15:37:19
Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks
http://support.microsoft.com/mats/s...

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#9
December 10, 2014 at 14:16:39
As the notification area is what we once called system tray I find it hard to see why settings there should affect the desktop icons. Whatever, computers can be full of surprises I guess.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
December 10, 2014 at 15:14:34
Derek, MSoft states changing Aero themes can cause icon issues.

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#11
December 10, 2014 at 15:40:36
Re #10

My bad, I hadn't linked Aero with the notification area - probably because as often as not I turn off Aero.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#12
December 10, 2014 at 15:53:36
That is why I asked if the themes were changed. Some like to rotate screens on a cycle. That MIGHT explain it.

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