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I have an Asus laptop running Vista and the desktop icons sometimes spontaneously disappear.

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I found the solution here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic167506.html

Asus's power management software seems to think displaying icons takes too much power, so switching from "Power4Gear Quiet Office" to "Power4Gear High Performance" brings them back. Thanks, Asus.

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"Asus's power management software seems to think displaying icons takes too much power"... wow. Just... wow. +1 for pity. –  RJFalconer Jan 3 '10 at 19:18
    
I know. I saw the solution and said "that's just stupid." Then it worked. I was floored. –  J.T. Grimes Jan 3 '10 at 21:06
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