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Solved: Desktop Items/Icons Not Showing Up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by animestan, Oct 28, 2011.

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  1. animestan

    animestan Thread Starter

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    Recently, I've noticed that downloading files onto my desktop won't show up on my desktop. By that I mean I actually have to go to C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Desktop to actually see the file. When I try to drag the file from that folder onto my desktop, it would say the source and the destination are the same, even though the file doesn't visually show up on my desktop.

    I haven't changed resolutions and I made sure to change it in case any of them were hiding. I also did an auto-arrange for all icons to see if they would show up that way.

    Just to add more info, I just renamed a folder on my desktop screen, but the name doesn't change
    When I try to access it, it doesn't work; gives me an error and says that I'm looking for a target that doesn't exist (or some message to that effect).
    But when I go to C:\Doc....I see the folder with the new name, and can access it from there.

    Also, right click -> refresh seems to do the trick to "update" my desktop, but it doesn't fix the problem should more files be added to the desktop, or should files be renamed.

    Any solutions or guesses on what's going on?

    Thanks
     
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    Try Enable Folder and Icon Refresh.

    Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.

    Restart the computer.

    If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

    If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
     
  4. animestan

    animestan Thread Starter

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    Thanks. The .vbs file seems to have done the trick, but I've saved the .reg file Phantom010 provided just in-case the problem resurfaces.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Good work.

    Thanks for the followup.
     
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