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Desktop Icons Missing in Windows 7

Have all of your desktop icons gone missing?

Try this: Right-click on the desktop and select View > Show Desktop Icons.

This seems to happen after hibernation or sleep, and with multiple monitors.

Source: http://www.ghacks.net/2010/01/12/fix-missing-desktop-icons-windows-7/

Have some of your desktop shortcuts disappeared?

They are probably being deleted by the new "System Maintenance" feature! It runs weekly and removes any shortcut that have not been used for more than three months. It also removes any broken shortcuts on the desktop if there are more than four of them.

The problem is that it will recognize shortcuts to disconnected network locations as broken and also shortcuts that link to shell folders.

There are a few workarounds here.