There are several standard solutions to the problem of missing Windows 10 desktop icons! Which you can easily follow to bring back the desktop icons Techtunes

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About 80% of the devices in our country are using Windows operating system and around 800 million devices worldwide are using Windows 10. And I’m using Windows 10 myself. So today I will discuss with you how to fix or bring back the missing or missing icons from Windows desktop.

If your Windows desktop icons are missing, it could be due to two reasons: first, because of the icon settings on your computer system, and second, because of problems with your original Windows settings. There may be other reasons as well, but it is difficult to say exactly and this makes it very difficult to solve this problem.

However, there are several standard solutions to the problem of missing desktop icons, which you can follow and hopefully you will be able to solve this problem on your computer.

Make sure desktop icons are not disabled

Before trying any other method, the first and most basic method is to check if the option to display the icons on your desktop is disabled. If you turn off this option for some reason or other, then your Windows desktop icons are not showing or are missing. However, for this reason, if the icons are missing, you can return the icons with just a few clicks.

  • Go to your desktop screen, right click anywhere and View Place the cursor on the option then new option will come next to it and from there Show desktop icons Click and tick the option.

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  • Check if there is a tick mark on the left side of the option, having a tick mark means the option is enabled.

Reconfigure the settings for desktop icons

You can check the settings of your desktop icon and select and enable the icons you want to place on the desktop. And if you have customized the icon settings of your system, it may also cause you to miss the icons on the desktop.

To do this you need to go to system settings and configure the following options to solve this problem.

  • Right click anywhere on the desktop screen and Personalize Select the option.

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  • From the left side bar Themes Select the option

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  • You are on the right side panel Desktop icon settings You will see a setting named. Click on the option.

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  • Select the icons you want to see on your desktop through the screen below and deselect the icons you don’t want to see. Now you select the options and Apply After clicking the button OK Click on the button.

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Restart Windows Explorer

Your desktop icons are part of the explorer.exe process that runs in the background of your computer. And if there is a problem with this process, it could be one of the reasons why icons are lost or disappear from your Windows desktop screen.

But hopefully you can solve this problem easily, so you need to restart the explorer.exe process from your system. Let’s see how you can restart the explorer.exe process.

  • From your keyboard Ctrl + Alt + Delete Press the keys together
  • From the options that are coming to your screen Task Manager Select
  • If you are in another tab Processes Click on the tab
  • Processes From the tab Windows Explorer Find the name process, now Windows Explorer Right click on it and End task Select the option.

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  • From the top right of the task manager File Click on the menu and Run new task Select the option

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  • Then you will see an input box there explorer.exe Type and Enter/OK Click on the button. Windows Explorer will be restarted shortly.

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Enable tablet mode from Windows settings

Tablet mode changes the settings for how your system’s icons and other elements are displayed, and as a result, tablet mode will help you solve the problem of missing icons on your computer’s Windows 10 desktop.

  • Of Windows Settings Go to and System Click on the option

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  • From the side bar on the left Tablet mode Select the option

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  • When I sign in From the dropdown menu Use tablet mode Select

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  • Start Menu Click on, select the power icon and Restart Day

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  • When your computer restarts after restarting, go to settings again and disable tablet mode. Then, restart your computer.

Search and fix your system’s corrupt files

Corrupt files are one of the reasons why some functions do not work on your computer. Files on your computer can be corrupted for various reasons but you can easily fix these corrupt files using the built-in tools.

Microsoft has included a command system in their Windows operating system that allows you to search and fix corrupt files on your computer.

  • Windows + R Press the key together, in the input box cmd Type and Enter Press the key

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  • In the CMD window, type the following command and press Enter key

sfc /scannow

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  • Now wait a while, it will find and fix the corrupt files on your computer

Turn on the Start menu full screen option

Since you have no other reason to miss the desktop icons in Windows, you can try enabling and disabling the options related to your user interface and hopefully this will solve your problem.

One of the things you can do is turn on the full screen option for your Windows Start menu.

  • Right click anywhere on the desktop screen and Personalize Select the option

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  • From the side bar on the left Start Select the option

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  • From the options on the right, Use Start full screen Find the option and turn it on

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  • Now turn off the option again and check if your problem is solved

Rebuild Icon Cache for your computer

Your computer uses the icon cache file to display icons on your desktop. If there is a problem with the icon cache file, it may make your desktop icons disappear. But hopefully, you can rebuild the icon cache file on your computer by following the steps given below.

  • File Explorer Open the function

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  • Above View Click on the tab Hidden items Make sure the option is enabled

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  • Navigate to the file location shown below


  • IconCache.db Find the file named, right click on it and Delete Select the option

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  • Recycle Bin and Empty your computer
  • Reboot your computer and this will create a new cache file for the icons

Return to the previous restore point

If the icon disappears from your computer’s display screen after you install new software on your computer or make minor changes to your computer’s configuration, you can fix the problem by rolling back to your computer’s system restore point. As a result of the roll back, the configuration that you made on your computer will be restored to its previous state and then you will see the icons on your computer again as before.

  • Control panel Open and Recovery Click on

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  • From the screen below Open System Restore Select the option

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  • From the first screen Next Click on the button

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  • Select a system point where you want to restore your computer and Next Click on the button

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Reset your computer

If any of the above methods do not work, as a last resort, you need to reset your computer to factory settings, and when the reset is complete, check to see if your problem is resolved. And by resetting your computer will go to the factory settings as default. You can reset your computer by following the steps below.

  • System Settings Open the function and Update & Security Click on the option

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  • From the side bar on the left Recovery Select

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  • Reset this PC Below section Get started Click on the option

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Last word

Your Windows 10 desktop icons may be missing or disappearing for any reason, but you will always try to fix the problem by following the standard fix methods to restore the desktop icons.

If you can fix your computer’s disappearance icon problem by following the standard fix methods above, please let us know your valuable feedback in the tune below and share the tune more so that others can benefit from it.

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