Lost desktop

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I am the administrator of my laptop running XP Pro. Last week, the icons on
the desktop disappeared. I still have the desktop folder, but all icons,
including the recycle bin, are only in this folder, but the desktop screen
only shows the background and menu bar.

How can I get the icons back on the desktop? I cannot restore to an earlier
time as the problem has existed for some time.

TIA.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Hi,

    Is the `All User` folder in the documents and settings? I usually holds the
    common desktop settings, also check to see if there is another profile
    folder with your name.PCNAME. if so, for some reason XP created a new
    account with nothing in it.

    Jeff

    "Allan Rube ¹ " <allan@nhbungalow.com> wrote in message
    news:BDDABAE4.17BCF%allan@nhbungalow.com...
    >I am the administrator of my laptop running XP Pro. Last week, the icons on
    > the desktop disappeared. I still have the desktop folder, but all icons,
    > including the recycle bin, are only in this folder, but the desktop screen
    > only shows the background and menu bar.
    >
    > How can I get the icons back on the desktop? I cannot restore to an
    > earlier
    > time as the problem has existed for some time.
    >
    > TIA.
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Do you have Show Desktop Icons feature turned off.
    1. Right-click the desktop.
    2. Point to Arrange Icons By and then click Show Desktop Icons.

    To add the My Computer, My Network Places, Internet Explorer, and My Documents icons
    back to your desktop:

    1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
    2. On the Desktop tab, click Customize Desktop.
    3. Under Desktop icons, click to select the check boxes of the icons you want to
    view.
    4. Click OK two times.


    "Allan Rube ¹ " <allan@nhbungalow.com> wrote in message
    news:BDDABAE4.17BCF%allan@nhbungalow.com...
    >I am the administrator of my laptop running XP Pro. Last week, the icons on
    > the desktop disappeared. I still have the desktop folder, but all icons,
    > including the recycle bin, are only in this folder, but the desktop screen
    > only shows the background and menu bar.
    >
    > How can I get the icons back on the desktop? I cannot restore to an earlier
    > time as the problem has existed for some time.
    >
    > TIA.
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    That worked. Thanks.


    Taurarian at taurarianREMOVECAPS@hotmail.com wrote on 12/7/04 3:51 AM:

    > Do you have Show Desktop Icons feature turned off.
    > 1. Right-click the desktop.
    > 2. Point to Arrange Icons By and then click Show Desktop Icons.
    >
    > To add the My Computer, My Network Places, Internet Explorer, and My Documents
    > icons
    > back to your desktop:
    >
    > 1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
    > 2. On the Desktop tab, click Customize Desktop.
    > 3. Under Desktop icons, click to select the check boxes of the icons you want
    > to
    > view.
    > 4. Click OK two times.
    >
    >
    > "Allan Rube ¹ " <allan@nhbungalow.com> wrote in message
    > news:BDDABAE4.17BCF%allan@nhbungalow.com...
    >> I am the administrator of my laptop running XP Pro. Last week, the icons on
    >> the desktop disappeared. I still have the desktop folder, but all icons,
    >> including the recycle bin, are only in this folder, but the desktop screen
    >> only shows the background and menu bar.
    >>
    >> How can I get the icons back on the desktop? I cannot restore to an earlier
    >> time as the problem has existed for some time.
    >>
    >> TIA.
    >>
    >>
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Pleased it was so simple.
    Kaylene

    "Allan Rube ¹ " <allan@nhbungalow.com> wrote in message
    news:BDDAF3A7.17C0C%allan@nhbungalow.com...
    > That worked. Thanks.
    >
    >
    > Taurarian at taurarianREMOVECAPS@hotmail.com wrote on 12/7/04 3:51 AM:
    >
    >> Do you have Show Desktop Icons feature turned off.
    >> 1. Right-click the desktop.
    >> 2. Point to Arrange Icons By and then click Show Desktop Icons.
    >>
    >> To add the My Computer, My Network Places, Internet Explorer, and My Documents
    >> icons
    >> back to your desktop:
    >>
    >> 1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
    >> 2. On the Desktop tab, click Customize Desktop.
    >> 3. Under Desktop icons, click to select the check boxes of the icons you want
    >> to
    >> view.
    >> 4. Click OK two times.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Allan Rube ¹ " <allan@nhbungalow.com> wrote in message
    >> news:BDDABAE4.17BCF%allan@nhbungalow.com...
    >>> I am the administrator of my laptop running XP Pro. Last week, the icons on
    >>> the desktop disappeared. I still have the desktop folder, but all icons,
    >>> including the recycle bin, are only in this folder, but the desktop screen
    >>> only shows the background and menu bar.
    >>>
    >>> How can I get the icons back on the desktop? I cannot restore to an earlier
    >>> time as the problem has existed for some time.
    >>>
    >>> TIA.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >
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