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Can't open Icons from the desktop

by vibeman / June 11, 2010 3:40 AM PDT

When I click on the desktop icons as usual, nothing will open.
I have to go to the start menu and click on them to open the programs.
Please assist.

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Are you sure you are not the victim of a practical joke?
by dannydee1978 / June 12, 2010 2:06 AM PDT

I wonder if you have been the victim of a practical joke, I say this because what you are describing is similar to a joke a played on a friend recently.
I took a screen shot of his desktop and saved that. I then made a new folder, put all his desktop icons in it and moved that folder to his documents.
I then replaced his original wallpaper with the screenshot I had taken, resulting in the desktop looking the same as before yet completely unable to click any icons as they were simply part of the screenshot image

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not much to go on...questions
by Brechan / June 12, 2010 3:16 AM PDT

when did this start to happen (icons not working) ?
did you install (or remove) any programs lately that could affect your desktop?
have you checked for malware or viruses (using a program such as SuperAntiSpyware)?
have you tried restoring the PC to an earlier time when it worked properly?

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Can't open desktop icons
by vibeman / June 12, 2010 3:40 AM PDT

Thanks Guys.
I eventually did a "System Restore'. All is OK.
Still don't know what caused this problem.
Have a great day.

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Same with me
by Mqqses / June 14, 2012 12:38 AM PDT

This is happening to me too. I believe it began after Windows did some updates a couple of days ago. I can only open folders and programs on my dektop by going to C:\users\me\desktop. Not very convenient!

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