Win 98, all shortcut icons gone this morning?

  Landy Man 10:47 22 Sep 03

My son and wife, (dangerous combination) were using the pc last night. When I switch on this morning, all the shortcuts on the desktop have gone!. Curious, even the undeletable ones, Recycle bin etc has dissapeared.

How did they do it?

How can I recover it with the min. work



  spikeychris 10:53 22 Sep 03

Have you checked the obvious? Right click the desktop and from arrange icons by is show desktop icons ticked?

  Landy Man 11:05 22 Sep 03


Check the obvious!, to dangerous for me!!!.

When I just tried what you suggested, the 'arrange icons' bar is not highlighted and is thus not selectable. The wife and son are more devious than I thought!!!!

Wait till they get home!!!

Any other ideas please


Landy man

  spikeychris 12:07 22 Sep 03

Do you have active desktop enabled? Try this >>

1. Go to the View tab of Folder Options, and hit the "Restore
Defaults" and "Reset All Folders" buttons.

2. Reboot.

3. Open Explorer, NOT "My Computer" or a Root Drive, or any System
folder. Use explorer from the prog menu of press and hold the windows key and press "e"

4. Go to the View tab and reset the options to what you want.

5.*Do not* enable "Remember Each Folder's View Settings".

6. Close the View tab. Make sure the View is still as you would like

7. Then re-open the View tab and click "Like Current Folder

If that fails you could delete this >>


Backup the reg first


  spikeychris 12:35 22 Sep 03

Just noticed the last part of the reg key I posted...ignore the "ate" at the end...

  Landy Man 14:04 22 Sep 03

There back!!!!!


Befoere I read your post I was looking around and found if if I right click on the desktop, look at Active Desktop, sure enough, View as Web Page had been ticked!!!. I unticked it an they all re-appeared.

Now the tricky bit, find the guilty party.

Many thanks for your input.



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