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Missing icons windows vista

I am running on vista. all my desktop icons are missing. The description of each icon is on the screen still. they are not responding to the mouse. Also there are 2 windows that refuse to close, but can be minimised. task manager says they are not responding. even if i reboot, they are still there. I can however access all my files using the toolbar at the bottom of the screen...please help

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  • sanz07 Jul 28, 2008

    it actually happened after i burned a cd. However, yesterday, i had to restart my computer and when i did all the icons reappeared and everything is ok now. I have no idea what the problem was but i hope it doesn't happen again....thanks so much for your help.

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    MidgetX May 11, 2010

    oh.. i had this problem before.. after i tried changing accounts the desktop got all stuck weird.. not sure if thats the problem.. but it might be in your account settings =/ does it happen when your in admin mode? Or is it because you happened to try to add both xp and vista by changing the bios =X

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