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If you use either of the following methods to copy an item to the desktop on a Windows Vista-based computer, the item does not appear on the desktop:
Note Although the item does not appear on the desktop, it does appear in the Desktop folder. The Desktop folder path is \%USERPROFILE%\Desktop.
For more information about the latest service pack for Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791/ )How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
This problem occurs if you disable the Align to Grid feature for the desktop. The location that you copied the item to has a negative y-axis. Therefore, the item is located above the upper border of the visible desktop.
To work around this problem, enable the Align to Grid feature for the desktop by performing the following operation:
Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click to select Align to Grid.
This problem will be corrected by Windows Vista Service Pack 1. No individual hotfix will resolve this problem.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For help with common system maintenance tasks in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
Fix problems with common system maintenance tasks
Article ID: 943805 - Last Review: October 29, 2009 - Revision: 3.0