Desktop with no icons?
Sounds like you have the extended desktop enabled in windows display properties.
Is supose to work that way.You can drop icons on the extended desktop.
If you do not want that disable it.Then you can clone the display. Cloning and extended option are mutualy exclusive
I can´t tell you exactly how because you did not mention your OS version and Nvidia drivers version.
You were right, I had extended my desktop to the TV and that's where the missing icons went to. They all returned when I unchecked the extend box. My OS is XP Home and the driver I'm using is 175.19. I have also downloaded and used a 71.89 driver, I can't tell the difference between the two, I still don't have a control panel for either.