Hi, I just had exactly the same problem when I tried to install winamp 5.5 on xp sp3.
I tried the workaround submitted by wblp58368 but, apart from the fact it doesn't restore icons' order and position, there's a problem I still can't solve: once I resize icons, the space between them is as large as it was when they were large. If I go to Desktop properties / Apparence / Advanced / Items / Icon spacing (Hotizontal) OR Icon spacing (Vertical) and I change the values in any sense, the space remains unchanged.
Besides, I experienced the same bug before in a different situation. Some time ago I formatted my pc and I was installing all softwares I use (same OS than now) and I had the same problem. At that time I didn't recognize it was winamp's fault, 'cause it didn't happen exactly after winamp's installation like now... but at that time I installed winamp 5.25. Formatting the computer again and installing the same programs with the same options but in a different order could avoided the bug, depending on the order I installed softwares. However, even when avoided during programs' installation, the problem could still arise after changing some options with Tweak. Again, make the same Tweak changes in a different order could or could not lead to the mentionned bug.
At the time the only solution I found was, apart from formatting again the computer (quite long and boring), open windows explorer, search in c: "system restore" (start menu is blank after the bug occurs), restore to a previous configuration, and then make an another attempt hoping the bug won't arrive.
An another difference was that at the time the windows explorer's icons disappeared as well, while now only the desktop and quick launch ones.
Just for information, I tried full 5.5 installation without the three "additional features" proposed, Modern mask, and every combination of Agent / Shell extentions options. The icons disappear just after those choices.
It can't be a virus, 'cause I had the problem with a virgin pc (and with internet connection unplugged). Also, winamp is clearly the cause, and, in a slightly different way, also 5.25 version.
Right now I already uninstalled winamp 5.25, and I am unable to install 5.5 without incorregible side effects, so I expect Winamp corporation will find and remove the bug. Meanwhile, I will use Windows Media Player.
Last edited by Gvatsekvi; 11th December 2007 at 16:41.