No icons on desktop for both limited user accounts


M

Mint

My administrator account boots up fine.

But when I go to either of my Limited User accounts, there are no
icons on the desktop.

What is even stranger is that the problem still occurs when I used a
known image backup that worked fine.

Can someone help me restore those 2 accounts?

Thanks.
 
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Don Phillipson

My administrator account boots up fine.
But when I go to either of my Limited User accounts, there are no
icons on the desktop.

What is even stranger is that the problem still occurs when I used a
known image backup that worked fine.

Can someone help me restore those 2 accounts?

As you can guess, WinXP offers several ways of doing this, e.g.
via / Control Panel / Users,
but I prefer TweakUI, which manages several dozen of such
display functions.
 
M

Mint

You need to check that "show Desktop Icons" is ticked.  To do this, try
this:

1) Right Click on your desktop
2) Select "Arrange Icons by"  (Normally the first item on the list)
3) On the right hand side Window, third from bottom is this item (Show
Desktop Icons) which you need to click to make it ticked.

Hope this helps and let us know either way.

It didn't help.

On those two accounts, explorer is not started and can not be started
by using task manager.

Spybot found a few things, but nothing that solved anything.

Andy
 
J

John Wunderlich

m:
It didn't help.

On those two accounts, explorer is not started and can not be
started by using task manager.

Spybot found a few things, but nothing that solved anything.

Andy

It could be that the user profile is corrupted. Try following the
steps in the following article for each account that is having
problems:

"How to recover the damaged user profile in Windows XP"
< http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555473 >

Otherwise, check your System and/or Application event logs for anything
that may help explain why Explorer is not running
( Start -> Run -> "eventvwr.msc")

HTH,
John
 
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M

Mint

m:








It could be that the user profile is corrupted.  Try following the
steps in the following article for each account that is having
problems:

"How to recover the damaged user profile in Windows XP"
  <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555473>

Otherwise, check your System and/or Application event logs for anything
that may help explain why Explorer is not running
   ( Start -> Run -> "eventvwr.msc")

HTH,
  John

I did what you suggested.

It came down to reinstall XP or reformat and reinstall XP.

I did the second option and things are running fine.

Andy
 

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