I do not know how it got there but a fil "desktop.ini" created on 20/11 2009 (I think on inatsll of W7) has appeared on my desktop. I am unsure if this is a copy so have not deleted it. How can I put it back from whence it came as I do not know where it was originally? In notepad it says: [.ShellClassInfo] [email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21799
Problem solved. I had switched on "Show hidden files" to find my stored e Mails. when I turned it off these desktop icons disappeared. The link Sea Urchin supplied mentioned to navigate to C:\ProgrammeData ... etc but I could not find that path. Anyway, problem solved - W7 has this quirk, but my old XP did not so you learn something every day. Thanks again.
Thanks also. I had a problem with my e mail that requested a scan of the e mail folder which is hidden, so I "unhid" the folders. I am quite happy now to leave the files hidden. I did use the pictures folder while the "unhid" option was on.
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