All My icons Are Missing From My Desktop when I Log into Windows

by qbrownies

Does it look like someone deleted all your desktop icons. It may look like your desktop did when you firs installed Windows.You may be wondering why this is happening. This happens a lot in Domain environments and on regular computers too.This happens for a variety of reasons most often attributed to some corruption in the registry, or a process not releasing the user hive properly or in a timely manner. there is a fix for Windows logging into a temporary user account instead of my user account.

The first step is to go ahead and log into Windows restart the computer first and make sure the problem persists. When you log in and find the temporary user account is still being used. Click the sart or windows icon in the lower right hand corner of the desktop. type regedit into the search bar.

When the registry editor opens navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Now you will see 2 profiles in the list with the same number/keys, however one will have .BAK at the end something like this

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-5-21-2835624045-2559964797-3234523902-1567.bak

and the other one will look like this

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-5-21-2835624045-2559964797-3234523902-1567

Change the name slightly of the key “without” the .bak Should look something like this


Now remove the.bak from the other profile should look like this


Notice we removed the.bak from the end

We hope this helps you resolve your issues when Windows fails to load the correct user or a temporary user is loaded when starting windows.