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

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    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

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    Any relation between this and the current ITW malware which exploits MS shortcut links?
     
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