Numerous people have reported the W7 "feature" that causes certain types of icons on the Windows Desktop to disappear over time. It turns out there is a background service that periodically scans the computer for things it determines are deleterious to a computer that runs shipshape and in Bristol fashion. Icons that represent shortcuts to a central server, especially a central server that is temporarily unreachable, are erased. This is deemed proper by the powers that be. How can that reasoning pass muster? I have a folder that originates in my account's user Desktop folder thatI keep for copying back to the actual Desktop each time I discover my handy-dandy shortcuts have gone missing. Perhaps the policy that the "feature" implements deserves a review.