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How to retrieve missing desktop icons in Windows 10

You’ve just turned on your computer and realise that all your desktop icons are missing? Don’t panic, there’s a simple technique that will help you find them again.



Step 1

Right click on your desktop, select ‘View’, then ‘Show desktop items’



If after this step your icons still haven’t reappeared, continue on to step 2.

Step 2

Click Ctri+Alt+Del to open the task manager, then right click on Windows Explorer and click "End task" :



Still in task manager, click "File" then "create a new task". In the box that opens up type "cmd":


The command prompt will open, type the following command then click “Enter”:
cd /d userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer



Type the following line of text, which will remove the hidden file attribute on some cache files and validate again with “Enter”:
attrib –h iconcache_*.db


Then enter this last text which will delete the caches files so that they can be regenerated, finally press “Enter” again:
del iconcache_*.db


Close everything and restart your PC, your desktop icons should be back in their usual location.
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