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      • #2362882
        Klaus
        AskWoody Plus

        I have an ongoing issue with the OneDrive desktop icon repeatedly disappearing. I’m not talking about OneDrive in the system tray, or some manually created shortcut, but what appears to be a system shortcut similar to the “User’s Files”  icon.

        I found an article on how to restore the icon with a registry merge which is simple enough (attached as a text file), but I’m curious why it keeps disappearing, and how to prevent it from happening. And of course there are several articles on how to reset OneDrive, but I don’t have a problem with OneDrive per se, and resetting it doesn’t solve the problem.

        Obviously it’s not difficult to get to OneDrive even without the icon, but I don’t like things happening on their own. Any ideas on what might be going on?

        • This topic was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Klaus.
      • #2362902
        Moonshine
        AskWoody Lounger

        This link might or might not be useful to you:

        Add / Remove OneDrive Icon from Windows 10 Desktop

        Add / Remove OneDrive Icon from Windows 10 Desktop

        • #2362937
          Klaus
          AskWoody Plus

          Hi Moonshine,

          thanks, and yes, that’s the same .reg file I attached to my post, which I use to restore the icon after it’s gone missing. But what I’m trying to find out is why the icon keeps disappearing, and how to prevent its MIA status to begin with.

      • #2362966
        Moonshine
        AskWoody Lounger

        Sorry my link wasn’t helpful.
        I don’t see a Reg file attached in you OP.

        • #2362980
          Klaus
          AskWoody Plus

          Ah, no worries, I appreciate the reply regardless. In my OP, I said the .reg file was “attached as a text file”, and it is (Reset-OneDrive.txt).

          • #2362981
            b
            AskWoody MVP

            It’s not a registry file, and the text doesn’t even refer to the registry.

            Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 build 19043.1052 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

            • #2362983
              Klaus
              AskWoody Plus

              Oops, right you are, I attached the wrong file LOL. My bad, I’ll fix the OP if I can.

      • #2362984
        Klaus
        AskWoody Plus

        I attached the wrong file to my OP, so I was going to attach the correct file (a .reg file saved as a .txt file), but apparently this is not permitted even as a text file (something about a potential wolf in sheep’s clothing?).

        But making the OneDrive icon re-appear involves making a change to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER-Software-Microsoft-Windows-CurrentVersion-Explorer-HideDesktopIcons-NewStartPanel], and setting the dword value to 00000000 for the entry representing the OneDrive icon.

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