Windows 7/Icons


I turned on my computer and all my icons was gone about 20. How did that happen?

Hello Syndey

First of all you will want to make sure you are in fact signed in to your account and not a temporary one that can happen if your account information has become corrupt. Windows will typically tell you this upon start up so if you didn't get that error message you might want to just see if they have been turned off.

Right click anywhere on the desktop and choose PERSONALIZE (or on some systems VIEW-show/hide icons) if you have personalize then go the left hand menu and choose desktop icons. The following link may help with this:

Here is what Microsoft has to say about this possible issue:

There is also a very good chance that your system has become infected with malware/spyware and so for that you will want to perform a number of scans and cleaning. I suggest ccleaner, malwarebytes, ADWCleaner and hitman pro.

Here are the links:





To learn how to use ccleaner to its optimum abilities go to this link for a tutorial:

I hope one or all of these help you out.


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