SOLVED: Desktop Icons Missing After Windows Update, Upgrade or Reboot

tablet modeIf you run through Windows Update (or in my case an Upgrade to Windows 10 1903) and find all of your desktop icons are missing this is the fix for you:.

  1. Verify your desktop icons still exist by checking in C:\USERS\<YourName>\DESKTOP.  If your files and shortcuts are safe continue to the next step
  2. If you have two screens connected (or an external screen connected to your laptop), disconnect one of the screens
  3. Click the NOTIFICATIONS icon (bottom right of your screen) to expand the NOTIFICATIONS PANE
  4. Click on TABLET MODE to turn it on / off (just change it), and then click if OFF
  5. RIGHT click anywhere on your desktop wallpaper select VIEW SHOW DESKTOP ICONSVIEW then SHOW DESKTOP ICONS
  6. Plug your second monitor back in, if you unplugged it in step 2

From our experience, these steps resolve the missing desktop phenomenon in nearly all cases.


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