Internet Explorer® Icon Missing from the desktop of Windows® XP
Do you know about the reasons due to which Internet Explorer icon is missing from the desktop of Windows XP? How to fix the issue?
Internet Explorer is a user friendly browser provided by Microsoft. This is freeware software and hence you can download or update this any time directly from the Microsoft website. There are a lot of versions available for Internet Explorer on the website. Hence, you have to consider your system configuration as a download criterion. Usage of Internet Explorer is to connect you to the world of Internet and make an environment for browsing, chatting, viewing websites, etc. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc., are similar applications. All are competitors hence they are trying to make their product simple and reliable on each version. Missing Internet Explorer desktop icon is a regular issue which users encounter while working with Internet Explorer. You would not be able to access Internet Explorer from the desktop or system tray if the icon is not present on the desktop.
Here we are going to discuss more about Internet Explorer icon missing from desktop of Windows XP and methods to troubleshoot this issue:
- Enable Internet Explorer icon
- Fix tools
- Virus problems
Enable Internet Explorer icon
The Internet Explorer icon might have disappeared from the desktop if the desktop Icon feature is disabled. It can be enabled by setting ‘Desktop Icon Settings’ properly. Registry editing tricks are also available to enable Desktop Internet Explorer Icon. You can also create a shortcut of an Internet Explorer on your desktop by right-clicking on it. You can also access to Internet Explorer by pressing ‘Windows + R’ key and typing ‘iexplore’ on the 'Run' Window.
If you are not a technical expert, you might not be able to troubleshoot Internet Explorer issues manually. In such cases, you can use Fix Tools. Microsoft also offers a fix tools utility specifically designed for Windows XP, called Microsoft XP Registry Fix Tools, which you can trust among all other fix tools available. Try to run a scan using this utility and if it finds the issue, it would be able to fix that. After fixing, perform a restart, then check whether the desktop icons reappear or not.
Some viruses might block Internet Explorer which can cause the icon to disappear from the desktop. There are lots of viruses releasing daily on the Internet. Infection of any of those can create serious problems on your Internet Explorer. To fix the virus issue, the user should use an updated antivirus program on the computer. It is also better to stay away from all the unwanted programs and try to stay away from all untrusted websites.
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