Taskbar and desktop icons have disapeared


J

John

A friend of mine switched on his computer and all his desktop icons and his
taskbar has dissapeared, any answers on hot to fix this problems?
 
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R

Ray

A friend of mine switched on his computer and all his desktop
icons and his taskbar has dissapeared, any answers on hot to fix
this problems?
To get the icons back, right-click on the desktop. Select the View
menu, and check "show desktop icons".

The taskbar may have hidden itself. If it's hidden you can move the
mouse pointer to the very bottom of the screen and it should pop up.
If it does, right-click it, select Properties, and uncheck "auto-hide
the taskbar".
 
V

Velibor

Hi John
I have the same problem. After i start windows vist i got message that some
file with extension (dll) is missing. Also it says missing entry run. And
then my desktop icon missing and my taskbar missing. I didn't get vista
installation cd and i didn't make any restore points before. Please if you
found solution or if anyone know how to fix this help me.
Thank you very much.

Velibor C.
 
F

fmq

Ray said:
To get the icons back, right-click on the desktop. Select the View
menu, and check "show desktop icons".

The taskbar may have hidden itself. If it's hidden you can move the
mouse pointer to the very bottom of the screen and it should pop up.
If it does, right-click it, select Properties, and uncheck "auto-hide
the taskbar".
I am having a similar problem, but it's worst than that. When i strated my
laptop there was no desktop at all (no background, icons, task bar, etc...)
just a plain Black empty background. I could feel the machine functioning
just fine, but missing something, luckily the Task Bar was accessable.
Restarted it and this i had the same thing but My Documents folde popped up
alone, eversince, i've been accessing the rest of the folders from there.
Background was restored, but the Task Bar and Menu aren't, and can't even
open them from the Control Panel.
It seems like a file was curropted/missing, because i tried all possible
ways (restored it to an earlier time, check desk, etc...).

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
B

Bob

Run sfc /scannow.

fmq said:
I am having a similar problem, but it's worst than that. When i strated my
laptop there was no desktop at all (no background, icons, task bar,
etc...)
just a plain Black empty background. I could feel the machine functioning
just fine, but missing something, luckily the Task Bar was accessable.
Restarted it and this i had the same thing but My Documents folde popped
up
alone, eversince, i've been accessing the rest of the folders from there.
Background was restored, but the Task Bar and Menu aren't, and can't even
open them from the Control Panel.
It seems like a file was curropted/missing, because i tried all possible
ways (restored it to an earlier time, check desk, etc...).

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
F

fmq

Thanks Bob
I tried, but didn't help.
When i "run" "explorer", everything becomes normal, but i have to do it
every time i start my computer. Couldn't make it permanent.
I hope someone knows how reply soon.
 
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enjoyyoursoup

Thanks Bob
I tried, but didn't help.
When i "run" "explorer", everything becomes normal, but i have to do it
every time i start my computer. Couldn't make it permanent.
I hope someone knows how reply soon.
Hi there, I've experienced exactly that this morning. no Icons,no
menu, no desktop, just blue background and document box. The only
thing I could think of was that I downloaded a Limewire last night
from a torrent site. Maybe it had a virus. Thorough the document box I
got to the control panel and restored the system to a previous date.
It seems to have worked.
 
E

enjoyyoursoup

I am having a similar problem, but it's worst than that. When i strated my
laptop there was no desktop at all (no background, icons, task bar, etc...)
just a plain Black empty background. I could feel the machine functioning
just fine, but missing something, luckily the Task Bar was accessable.
Restarted it and this i had the same thing but My Documents folde popped up
alone, eversince, i've been accessing the rest of the folders from there.
Background was restored, but the Task Bar and Menu aren't, and can't even
open them from the Control Panel.
It seems like a file was curropted/missing, because i tried all possible
ways (restored it to an earlier time, check desk, etc...).

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Ok I've spent a bit of time researching this. I think it has something
to do with a virus causing 'Windows explorer' not to start up. You can
start it manually in taskmanager. The best post I found on the
subject was this: http://www.vistax64.com/vista-performance-maintenance/64188-desktop-problems.html
 
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F

fmq

This is how i fixed, from another post's respond.

Seems to be a common problem, but it's easy to fix. Follow these steps:

Click start, type 'regedit' and hit <enter> to open the registry editor.
Expand the keys at left to reach:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Click on this key, then locate the 'shell' string in the right pane. Double
click it, replace the contents with just:

explorer.exe

Click ok, then close the registry editor and reboot.
 

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