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My desktop icons are not showing up, and right click won't work, but the taskbar and all are there. This happened after I set up a active desktop. Now I have removed it and changed the theme as well, but still no icons and right click on desktop still does not work. How can I reset this?

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    You sound infected...what anti-malware programs have you run? Can you boot into safe mode and get your icons?
    – KCotreau
    Jun 27 '11 at 5:02
  • @KCotreau may be on the right track, lately malware has been hiding everyhing on the hard drive, which includes icons on the desktop. Jun 27 '11 at 9:26
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Try #195 on here:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

if that doesnt work try #256 #246 then in Task Manager kill the process called explorer.exe then go File>New Task(Run...) and type in explorer.exe and see if it works.

also try this:

http://www.winxptutor.com/showdesktopicons.htm

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  • second link worked , explorer was running but dekstop icons only gone
    – GoodSp33d
    Jun 27 '11 at 12:04

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