It is sometimes possible for desktop shortcuts to stop working if they have not been used in a long time, or if the file/application they are linking to has been moved or deleted.
A new Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting package can diagnose common problems which may be affecting your desktop icons, along with other common system maintenance issues (including freeing up disk space and Windows Update errors) and automatically fix them for you!
Fix desktop icons which are not working
A new page over on our Windows Online website provides valuable information for when you need to reinstall windows. Whether you need to upgrade to the latest edition, perform a clean install over an operating system which has become corrupt, install a clean build on to a new PC, or uninstall your current version of Windows and install an older version, the page provides relevant links for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Install, reinstall, or uninstall Windows