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Every now & then an icon or two will just disappear. I have vision scanning problems so I keep 134 icons on my desktop in a specific order so I can find them. If an icon comes to mind I know where to find it, but if one disappears, I don't know which one it was, only that there is now a blank space in the middle of my icon group.

I want to save all of my icons as they are on my desktop & save them to a USB memory stick so I can have an external back up. Any help greatly appreciated.

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Regarding backup, have you tried simply copy the shortcuts to your USB stick? – Karan Apr 12 '13 at 16:47
Not a true fix - Once you have the icons set the way you want them, screen shot the desktop. If one disappears you know what to replace. – Chris E. Avis Apr 12 '13 at 16:59
It should be easy to use your sync program of choice and sync .lnk files within `User Profile/Desktop. Do it once then change the direction to only allow the flash drive to update the desktop. – Ramhound Apr 12 '13 at 17:01

Request and install this hotfix:

Broken shortcuts are deleted from the desktop in Windows 7

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Per your question of how to save desktop icons and positions and save them to a memory stick:

Try Desktop Restore.

Reading your entire question though, you may be happier using a application such as Fences which separates shortcuts, files, folders into categories based on how you want them.

Maybe somebody else knows the fix for the issue Windows is having, or reinstalling Windows may be the best option.

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