Have a look in explorer and see if your icons are in the desktop folder. Or in C drive go to documents and settings/your user name/desktop and if they are still there you may be able to copy and paste them in as a "workaround".
'Clapton is God' have tried a system restore, to no effect.
'Martin12' I should add that I have tried right-clicking on an application (word for instance), and sending it to the desktop, but I still do not see it, I know they must be there because when I click on start, it tell me there are 2 Word shortcuts.
'Buteman' I have tried right-clicking on my desktop and nothing happens, no menu appears as would normally do.
There must be something stopping it displaying the proper desktop, I can right-click on say the microsoft word icon on my start menu and send it to the desktop and my pc will aknowledge that it has done, because in my start menu next to word will be a figure in brackets telling me how many shortcuts I have created for it, but I just can't physically see it on my desktop.
I still have not been able to cure my problem of no desktop icons, but I have managed to find a way round it, if it is of use to anyone else.
all I did, and I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner, was to create a new user through my control panel, and give that new user admin rights as well, and yest that brought all my icons for this new user. Now I can just ignore the other user and carry on with the new one.
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