unwanted icon

  Digital 11:14 06 Aug 2012
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An icon has appeared on my desktop titled just "Desktop". Its contents are "[.ShellClassInfo] [email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769 IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183"

If I try to delete it a warning appears saying Windows may not run properly if I do delete it. Anyone any idea what it's for or whence it came?

  Nontek 12:00 06 Aug 2012

First line of defense -Try a System Restore back to before it appeared.

  Sea Urchin 12:14 06 Aug 2012

If that doesn't work then something else to try

Remove icon

  Digital 12:54 06 Aug 2012

Thanks both. Trouble with the System Restore is I can't recall when it appeared! The Fixit solution isn't for W7 - I forgot to say which version I'm using, sorry about that. I think I'll set a Restore point, then delete the icon & see what happens - one needs to live dangerously sometimes!

  Nontek 13:15 06 Aug 2012

Sounds good to me.

  Sea Urchin 13:34 06 Aug 2012

They appear on the desktop because you have unwittingly changed your settings to Show Protected Operating System Files.

Rather than delete them I would try and hide them again as follows

Hide Protected Files

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