Possibly related problem.
When removing a drive (only seen this with USB flash drives so far), a blank modal window will appear with no window control elements (close, min, max buttons) or gui elements (no menu, rubbon, files). It's an explorer.exe window with no way to interact or hide, beyond dragging the top window frame. It can be closed by hovering over the taskbar and closing with the preview view close button.
When I close this oddball window, all the desktop icons disappear until I restart explorer, while the fences are still visible and the icons are still available when navigating within explorer. I tried:
- Double clicking desktop (Fences's hide desktop icons feature)
- Disabling/enabling Fences, hide desktop icons, paging feature
The one catch might be that I have QTTabbar installed, which hooks into explorer to do things like tabs and multiple panes. I've seen it do some freaky stuff when folders suddenly become unavailable, but I've never had the desktop icons disappear because of it.