Desktop icons wont work

my desktop icons load up at start and work first time one of them is used,however if i want to use another icon after shutting down the first one none of them `highlight` and wont work,i have to go to my start menu ,find the programme,and open it that way,any ideas????
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  1. Gave SFC a try but it didn't help us. We managed to find out what the problem was in the end.

    The icons seemed to freeze after we'd loaded and then closed Internet Explorer. Even though we'd closed IE, it still showed in the task manager as being in memory. When we did an 'end process' on iexplore.exe, the desktop icons all worked again.

    Have switched to Firefox!! Problem solved (well, worked around!)
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