Lost IE icon from desktop

By ryaned ยท 30 replies
Oct 6, 2008
  1. I lost my IE desktop icon as well as all icons from the Quick launch area off the taskbar. Running Vista home premium 32 bit version. Any suggestions, tried search with out luck.
    Regards, Ned

    PS: whats the program that analyzes my system so I can update my profile?...thanks
  2. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Have to go to work...will be back at 5PM PST
    Regards, Ned
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Did you reboot? What loaded?
    What mode were you either in or coming from when you 'lost' the icons and Toolbar?
    Did you right lick on the desktop> Properties> CHECK 'show icons'?
    Did you right click on the Taskbar> Toolbars> CHECK 'Quick Launch?

    What did you do before these went missing? Update? What? Install/uninstall? What?
    Do You have security program on board? What? Did you scan with them? Results?
  4. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    I noticed my Internet Explorer icon was missing from my Desktop and Quick Launch after opening my laptop...nothing special done.
    The "show icons and Quick Launch" boxes are and have been checked. There were no recent updates or install/uninstall performed.
    I have AVG 7.5 running and is approprately updated.
    The only way I have to access IE is to type Internet explorer in yahoo taskbar search box...sort of going in the back door. Thanks for your interest.

    Regards, Ned
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Ned, you can create a new shortcut for IE:
    Right click on Start> Explore> Programs> Internet Explorer> look for iexplore.exe on the right screen and right click on it> > Send To> Desktop to create a shortcut.

    The concern is for where the QL Toolbar has gone. Is the rest of the Taskbar intact from left at Start to right with notification Area?

    Do a hard shut down, then reboot. See if that restore the desktop. If it does not, do a System Restore to closest date before they went missing.

    Sometimes just a reboot will fix a glitch. Also good to keep Chkdsk in mine. Last resort is to check for malware.

    Just realized I gave path to Windows Explorer to create new shortcut for Windows XP. You might need to adapt that for Vista.
  6. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88


    IE shortcut is missing from all areas' desktop, quick launch and start menu.

    Did a hard shut down, no luck.

    Except for empty Quick Launch the remander of the Taskbar is intact and functions fine.

    Here is a solution offered by many if you Google Internet Explorer missing from desktop...

    "Internet Explorer 7 Desktop icon missing
    View products that this article applies to.
    Author: Raghu Boddu MVP
    Community Solutions Content Disclaimer
    Article ID : 555849
    Last Review : January 21, 2007
    Revision : 1.0
    The Internet Explorer icon might be missing after either you upgrade the Internet Explorer version to 7, or installed through Windows updates.
    Back to the top

    This is not an issue and is by design. Unlike the previous versions of Internet Explorer, the option to enable to Internet Explorer icon on the Windows Desktop is not available. The behavior of Internet Explorer 7, which is bundled with Windows Vista is also the same.
    Back to the top

    To resolve the issue, perform the following:

    1. Click Start, Run.
    2. Type "regedit.exe" (Without quotes).
    3. Navigate to the following registry key:


    4. In the right hand pane, double-click {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} key.
    5. Enter dword value as 0 to enable the Internet Explorer icon on the Desktop."

    Sorry for the long form but I can't remember how to create a link...I was unable to do this as there is no Hidedesktopicons folder doesn't seem to exist in my HKEY_CURRENT_USER file.

    There are many responses when I Googled this topic so I believe this is a "common" problem especially after IE updated but I did not reinstall or update.

    Regards, Ned
  7. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Have to go to work, will be back 6pm PST

    Regards, Ned
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Ned, it may be a hidden file. Go to Folder options> View tab and CHECK 'show hidden files and folders.
  9. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    I do not know how to go to Folder options ???
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Not sure if this is all Xp only or not, but I had this all in a notepad file, so hope it works on your system

    The Internet Explorer icon is not actually a shortcut but a desktop element (like My Computer or Recycle Bin, without the shortcut arrow).
    To get it on the desktop:

    Option #1 (simple)
    Go to Control Panel -> Internet Options -> "Advanced" tab -> check "Show Internet Explorer icon on desktop".

    Option #2 (MS answer)
    Internet Explorer 7 Desktop icon missing

    Option #3 (a reg file basically to Opt. #2)
    Restore Xp missing IE icon reg file:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/reg/ieiconrestore_xp.reg (Xp Only)

    Option #4 (This is it usually!)
    Uninstall KB943460 from Control Panel Add/Remove Programs

    If you get a pop up and say programs may not work after the KB943460 is removed - don't worry, just continue

    Option #5 (Definately should work :) )
    If Windows will not give you the Option to remove it, do it manually Here's how:

    Browse to the following folder:

    Run the file spuninst.exe in that folder and manually remove the Hotfix.

    Let me know how it goes
  11. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Consensus is option # 2 is the solution...I'm having trouble executing it.

    In this folder; HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
    I cannot find a HideDesktopicons file.

    I will work on it. Thanks for your help.

    Regards, Ned
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  13. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88


    Here's what I got when I tried to run that link.

    Regards, Ned
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Please try again

    I've had an ongoing issue with my Zip program (strangely)
    And I will need to rectify it one day !!
    Anyway, I downloaded the above and extracted, and it showed the reg file, so hopefully it now works for you

    Otherwise you may need to use the MS link, and make your own
  15. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

  16. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    kimsland: I continue to get the "compressed folfer error" message.

    Bobbye: I do not have KB943460 to uninstall, but I do have KB936181 and KB941833.

    My Quick Launch area remains empty despite several attempts to add frequently used applications.

    Regards, Ned
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Howto create and run a .REG file.

    1. Open Notepad (Click Start, Run, type notepad.exe)
    2. Copy and Paste the below lines. (Ignore the Start from Here and End Here lines)

    # Start from Here

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    # End Here

    3. Save the file with an extension .REG and double-click it to add the Registry value.
    4. Refresh (F5) the Desktop.
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    Just noticed that there is a space above in \HideDe sktopIcons\ (in Desktop)

    This has been caused by the maximum allowed characters in a row, without a space (and is common on most forums)

    Please remove that space before saving the Notepad file->All Files-> Vista.reg
  19. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    I copy and pasted the "Windows....etc into notepad.
    Now I need explicit instructions because #3 has me confused...sorry.

    Regards, Ned
  20. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Just got your "DOH" message. I can deal with space problem but still need help saving what I typed in Notepad.
    Regards, Ned
  21. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Ned, did you have any luck resetting shortcut(s) for IE- anywhere?

    Remove the Quick Launch Toolbar:
    Right click on Taskbar> Toolbars> UNCEHCK Quick Launch
    Reboot he computer, then go back an replace Quick Launch.
    If the shortcuts are back great. If not, try creating the again, unlocking the Taskbar, and dragging the shortcuts into QL.

    Re-lock the Taskbar. Does that work>
    Occasionally shortcuts will get corrupt. It's happened a few times to me and I've never known why. I restore with new shortcuts and all was fine. It's worth a try,
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Click on File-->Save As--> All Files (this is in the save as box) --> anyname.reg

    The anyname can be Anyname!
    But it must be written with .reg

    Then Save to Desktop (still in the Save As box, you can select the drop down box, then Desktop)

    Then close Notepad, and double click on the Reg File-> Yes to merge-> Restart

    By the way (BTW) you did remove that space I hope?
    Also don't go without saying if it worked !! (it takes a few mins to do !!)
  23. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    No luck...The saved notepad file remains on the desktop. I was never asked "to merge". Only got a warning about adding "things" to registry...should I try again?

    Regards, Ned
  24. ryaned

    ryaned TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Bobbye: Quick Launch is working fine, Thanks

    IE icon still elusive, also cannot locate the cascading windows icon called ?Aero.

    Will keep trying.
    Regards, Ned
  25. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes that's it :)

    add it to registry (there may be other questions and/or popups, just Yes yes yes ok ok (whatever it asks)

    Then restart, and tell me the answer (this is all just option2 !)
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