Two Desktop icons in my user folder


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I've got a problem where there's 2 desktop icons in my user folder. Neither of them are shortcuts. Should I open the 1st desktop icon, it shows all the folders that are on my desktop. The 2nd desktop icon however when opened would show another desktop icon, which in turn would show my desktop folders when opened.

I've tried regedit.exe.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

Before: C:\Users\Jo\Desktop\Desktop
After: C:\Users\Jo\Desktop

I still get 2 desktop icons after restarting...

I've also tried System restore, didn't work as I defrag it then, hoping that it would help solve the problem

Can anyone please help?

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Vista Guru
Gold Member
Click on my computer.
Click on folder options.
Click on tools.
Click on View.
Under hidden files and folders select Do not show hidden files and folders.
Ensure there i a tick in Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

Have these icons now disapeard.

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    I5 3570K
    Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    4 x 4GB corsair ballistix sport DDR3 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI
    Sound Card
    creative x-fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary CiBox 22" Widescreen LCD ,Secondary Dell 22" Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    Both 1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
    Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Case
    3 x 80mm tri led front, 120mm side 120mm back, 200mm top
    Technika TKOPTM2
    Internet Speed
    288 / 4000
    Other Info
    Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speakers
    Trust Graphics Tablet

Bill Pengelly

New Member
I had the exact same problem as you. I tried to google the solution, but only found your question. So I had to figure out how to fix it on my own. I posted the solution below. I hope someone will find it useful.

#1 Move all files off of desktop to prevent accidental deletion.

#2 Go inside your user folder. You will find a folder named desktop.

#3 Right click on desktop folder then click properties.

#4 Click on the location tab. Then click restore defaults.

#5 A dialog box will then ask you if you want to move all the files from the old location to the new location. Click no.

#6 Move all your files that you moved from the desktop back to the desktop.

That should fix the problem.

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