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Missing desktop icons

Discussion in 'Software' started by dyamond, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. dyamond

    dyamond Imelda Marcos of Majorgeeks

    I removed all of the icons from my desktop because, well, I don't like looking at them. :-D Today, I deleted something, that I thought was something else and now I'm curious to see what it was and if it's in the recycle bin. Problem is, I can't get to the recycle bin to show back up on my desktop.

    I tried Control Panel>Personalization>Change desktop icons and I re-selected recycle bin, hit apply but it's still not showing up. How else can I get it back?

    Fyi: I can't right click anything because my right click button on my touchpad is broken and so is my usb mouse (they hate me I swear LOL) so I need to be able to access anything without the need to right click.

    Thanks guys!

    Oh.. and it's Win7.
  2. thisisu

    thisisu Malware Consultant

  3. dyamond

    dyamond Imelda Marcos of Majorgeeks

    I got an error message "This Microsoft Fix does not apply to your operating system or application version"

    Thanks anyway :)
  4. thisisu

    thisisu Malware Consultant

    Oops, my mistake.

    Let's try the manual way:

    [​IMG] Copy the bold text below to Notepad. Save it as fixme.reg to your desktop. Be sure the "Save as" type is set to "All files" Once you have saved it double click it and allow it to merge with the registry.

    If you got a "successfully merged into registry" type of message, reboot and see if you still have the same problem
  5. dyamond

    dyamond Imelda Marcos of Majorgeeks

    It successfully merged with the registry but after a reboot, I still don't have any icons.
  6. thisisu

    thisisu Malware Consultant

    No icons at all, or just the Empty Recycle Bin icon?
  7. dyamond

    dyamond Imelda Marcos of Majorgeeks

    No icons at all.
  8. plastidust

    plastidust Command Sergeant Major

    This might work... Left click on the desktop, then press the Shift key + the F10 key. Hopefully that will bring up the right click context menu for the desktop. From there you should be able to use the arange icons options to show desktop icons. That works in XP, hoping it still works in 7.
  9. thisisu

    thisisu Malware Consultant

    Works for me :) Nice one.

    Found the registry key related to it too:

    That's why I was thinking it was only the recycle bin.
  10. dyamond

    dyamond Imelda Marcos of Majorgeeks

    Neat trick! And it worked! Thank you both very much!!

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