FIX: Windows XP Desktop icons suddenly disappeared

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by bahjan, Jul 26, 2010.

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  1. bahjan

    bahjan Registered Member

    May 18, 2007
    I run Windows XP NT on a laptop - I think I recently synchronised folders by accident and after wards, only a few icons appeared on my desktop - all others had disappeared. I searched the web but nothing seemed to help - turns out they had been converted to Hidden Files. This fixed it for me:

    Under XP :
    1. Go to Control Panel -
    2. Select Folder Options - click - View -
    3. Select 'Show Hidden Files'

    Once selected, my hidden desktop items appeared through they were slightly 'greyed out'. Once at that stage:

    4. Right click on icon and select 'Properties'
    5. under 'General' tap de-select 'Hidden' - then click 'Apply' then 'OK'

    Do this for each greyed out folder. If another pane appears select
    'Apply changes to this folder & subfolders and files.'

    When you're done, go back to 'Control Panel- Folder Options -View', and select 'Do not show Hidden Files.'
  2. MikeBCda

    MikeBCda Registered Member

    Jan 5, 2004
    southern Ont. Canada
    Any relation between this and the current ITW malware which exploits MS shortcut links?
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