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I assume you are using windows 7 or 8 as you didn't specify that in your question. First XP used to have that already but in Windows 7 they hid it from view. All that you need to do is go to the START button on the task bar and in the SEARCH bar, type the word "recycle" and hit enter. The search will reveal a result showing "Show or hide common icons on the desktop", there you will find the following items that you need only check them off to have them show up on the desktop; COMPUTER, USER'S FILES, NETWORK, RECYCLE BIN, and CONTROL PANEL. Just click the OK button and you are done.
to unhide file extensions to see what you have in XP open my computer (or windows explorer) Tools/Folder Options/View change 'Do not show hidden files and folders' to 'Show hidden files and folders' uncheck 'Hide extensions for known file types' if you wish you can uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files'
to unhide file extensions in win7, vista go to my computer (or windows explorer) Organize/folder and search options/view change 'Do not show hidden files and folders' to 'Show hidden files and folders' uncheck 'Hide extensions for known file types' if you wish you can uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files'
In win8 I'm not sure how to get to it unless you change to show classic view somehow
This could be caused by many things. The most common is a virus. Click on the start button (Windows flag in the lower left of your screen if using Windows 7), click on Run (Windows XP) or enter the following in search box. "iexplore" Without the quotes. This should bring up internet explorer. Use your favorite search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) and find TDSSKiller and run it. This will scan your computer for rootkit viruses. Rootkit viruses hide over viruses so you also need to use your search engine to locate, download and run Malwarebytes (run a full scan). Finally use your search engine to find a small program called unhide and run it. This should take care of your problem if it is caused by a virus.
Why would you want to remove your user account? That would delete all your documents, pictures, music, and videos. I think you need to see what is causing your user account to be blocked. Sometimes a virus can block it, so if you remove the account and not the virus, it will just attach itself to another account. How do you know it's blocked? What is is doing? I hope you're not saying you forgot the password to the user account? A virus can also HIDE the user account so that you can't see it. It can also hide the desktop so no icons appear, it can hide the My Documents folder making you think your music, picture, videos and documents have been deleted. It can even hide the windows folder making you think Windows has either been uninstalled or deleted itself.
In your desktop, Right click your mouse and properties will show and look for show desktop option. And then move your mouse to the bottom of your computer screen, if toolbar will show, then your toolbar is set to automatic hide. Change the settings in your Taskbar and Start Menu Properties and change there the settings, uncheck the auto hide task bar.
There is a registry setting that will hide desktop icons in windows. But when this happens by itself, and you did not set hide desktop icons, that means that there is either a virus or a windows is corrupted.
If the problem happened recently try doing a system restore to a date before the problem started.That will make thing easier.
If that does not work try changing the hide icon registry settings, you can damage the system doing wrong registry changes.