1. someone2639's Avatar
    On a Windows 8.1 Update computer, sometimes the desktop icons disappear. They're replaced by a small window without any content. Double-clicking the window fixes that. Any insights?
    03-17-2015 08:18 AM
  2. TechFreak1's Avatar
    That is interesting, is that running on a dedicated GPU or integrated graphics?
    I had a similar behaviour on a very old pc (Amd athlon 2000) where it turned out the graphics card was crapping out as the PC as it increased in frequency and would crash into a state of blurry rainbow coloured images when running anything graphically intensive. Switching out the Graphics card solved the problem.
    gpobernardo likes this.
    03-17-2015 09:01 AM
  3. someone2639's Avatar
    That is interesting, is that running on a dedicated GPU or integrated graphics?
    I had a similar behaviour on a very old pc (Amd athlon 2000) where it turned out the graphics card was crapping out as the PC as it increased in frequency and would crash into a state of blurry rainbow coloured images when running anything graphically intensive. Switching out the Graphics card solved the problem.
    Integrated
    03-17-2015 09:07 AM
  4. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Integrated
    I see, I'm presuming you have tried the latest drivers / different versions?
    03-17-2015 09:13 AM
  5. someone2639's Avatar
    I see, I'm presuming you have tried the latest drivers / different versions?
    Same on a desktop upgraded from vista. Think it might be a side effect of the transparent trick
    03-17-2015 09:22 AM
  6. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Same on a desktop upgraded from vista. Think it might be a side effect of the transparent trick
    That could probably be it and if it is not really sure how you could fix that as I prefer to do clean installs.

    I guess you could use windows blinds and just hide away all the icons so it doesn't bother you .
    03-17-2015 09:42 AM
  7. someone2639's Avatar
    That could probably be it and if it is not really sure how you could fix that as I prefer to do clean installs.

    I guess you could use windows blinds and just hide away all the icons so it doesn't bother you .
    Well I can live with it, it's just annoying.

    I have desktop icons hidden
    03-17-2015 01:04 PM
  8. kaantantr's Avatar
    That sounds very similar to whats happening to me on my W8.1 laptop. Sometimes when I boot up the computer, all the desktop icons start up as hidden, as if they were there but just out of my screen, as if I had a second monitor.

    Creating a new icon or right click>rearrange icons fixes the problem as if the computer realised the screen was just 1366*728 and brings back the icons back on screen.

    I definitely believe it has something to do with Windows updates. There has been a couple of them popping up on my pc recently and this issue did not exist about 2 months ago.
    TechFreak1 likes this.
    03-17-2015 01:11 PM

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