Disappearing Icons in Windows 7

Every week my desktop icons disappear.  No reason, just gone.  Every week I spend the time putting the shortcuts back.  This has to stop.

The reason this occurs is Win7 has a scheduled task built into the operating system that will clean up the desktop of “broken” icons, or what the system determines is a broken icon.  If, for example, you use a lot of network shortcuts as icons on the desktop, the operating system may think they are broken and delete them.  The same can be said of icons unused for seven days or more.

To turn this task off, you will need to go to the Control Panel, click System, then look for System and Security, Computer Maintenance and turn off the task.  You can also Search for Computer Maintenance if you have a hard time finding it.

As with any adjustment to the operating system, be cautious when making changes.