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Old 08-28-2008, 05:48 PM   #1
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Hi everybody,

I am using Windows XP. On system startup I do not see any icon on desktop and no taskbar is visible. Kindly suggest what should I need to do to get these things back on their place so that I can work.

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Hi everybody,

I am using Windows XP. On system startup I do not see any icon on desktop and no taskbar is visible. Kindly suggest what should I need to do to get these things back on their place so that I can work.

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ok.... i may be hidden, have you tried the windows key its the one next to the alt key on the bottem left of the keyboard.

see if this brings up the start menu. if it does you have have other issues, like the monitor might be the wrong size and the start button of off of the screen or some one is playing a very normal joke on you :)

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Well, it might be malware.

But, first, lets see if we can get your icons back.

First, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete > Click Processes tab > See if you can find explorer.exe.

If you can not find it, try going File > New > Type in Explorer.exe > Press Enter

See if that brings back the icons. If it does, Please try this workaround (you will need your Windows® XP SP2 CD or an integrated SP3 CD if SP3 is installed).

(In the event that you do not have a Windows® XP CD with SP2,(or SP3) you will need to 'borrow' one from a friend or colleague, as the manufacturer's "Recovery Discs" will not work in this instance.)

Insert the Windows® XP CD in your drive. (Hold down the Shift Key to prevent it from starting.)

Go start > Run ...in the box type in sfc /scannow …please take note of the space between the sfc and the /.

This is the System File Checker...it will scan all the Windows® core system files to ensure that they are in their respective correct places, and if not replace them from the CD.

During the scan you may be asked to Insert the CD, if this happens just go retry and let it do its thing.

One important point:
While sfc is running, it is not advisable to do any other work, or have any browsers/programs running on the computer, until the scan is complete. (This process will generally take around 45-65 minutes to complete).

--If you do see explorer.exe in the processes tab--

Try a Repair Install.


How to perform a Repair Installation of Windows® XP.

Two things are needed here, just a bit of old technology, an ink pen and a piece of paper to write down any special settings that might have to be changed back after the repair-installation is completed.

Please Note: Performing a "Repair Installation" in this manner should not delete any Personal Files, it should 'repair' the core of the installation but to be safe with your data you should follow the next two paragraphs.

You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or external hard drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable. and do the following:

REGISTRY WARNING :

The details that follow require an above-average understanding of the technical topics involved. If you do not understand the Registry material presented here, either find a technically knowledgeable friend or do not attempt to repair your system Registry yourself. Improper changes in the System Registry can render all data on your hard disk inaccessible. :


Here is a link to a registry backup program that is absolutely fantastic it is called ERUNT and you would use this to backup the registry after running the repair-install procedure successfully.

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

(Remember to always keep a backup of two things: Your registry, and your data. You will never be sorry. ]

(The Windows® XP CD WILL be required for this procedure.)
( Recovery discs are NOT recommended with this procedure.)

A good set of instructions for doing a Repair-Installation are found on the following page and print out the pages of the site for reference further instructions on Slipstreaming Windows XP Home or Pro with any of the service packs are provided also other additional links that might be needed.

Please read the whole page on this web site to familiarize yourself with the procedure and all of the Warnings


http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
The following links are provided for reference incase they are needed.

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed. ]


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/917964

(How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install with IE6 Installed. ]

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Just be attentive and follow all of the on-screen prompts.

Just let it do its thing...now when you finally are at the Windows Desktop, power down the computer and re-enter the BIOS and change the Boot Configuration Order back to its original configuration.

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I wrote a similar post to Coolfreak here
http://www.techsupportforum.com/f8/b...ro-280793.html
It's the same as for ctrl-alt-del. It's also the same for when not seeing explorer (just force start it). It's different for what to do when explorer is seen. My suggestion would be to kill it, then force start it. Another thing to do is monitor processor usage in the performance tab. Is it at 100%? If so, look at the processes tab again. Which (if any) process(es) take up a lot of CPU power?
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blah789 -- As that might help the issue, sfc /scannow will scan all Windows core files (including explorer.exe) and replace them to their original state if need be.
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ok.... i may be hidden, have you tried the windows key its the one next to the alt key on the bottem left of the keyboard.

see if this brings up the start menu. if it does you have have other issues, like the monitor might be the wrong size and the start button of off of the screen or some one is playing a very normal joke on you :)

thanks
Wolf~
Thanks for this tip! I have a new Kingston keyboard; soft keys like my laptop. Well it fell off my desk and I picked it up and am not real sure when the prob began but... You said look at the windows key and sure enough mine was stuck. It could have been days before I looked at the keyboard! Geeeeesh!
BUT, I've unstuck it and the problem persists. I see my desktop pic and my mouse, I can right click my mouse and get that dialog box but nothing else shows.
I have a new display card and at first use, experienced folders going beyond the monitor. I right click the desktop to arrange by... and they all reappear. This time nothing is helping.
I can't get my hijak over here to my laptop to post! I cannot print off my network either... My laser printer is cabled to my PC (not usb).

Off subject: four times I've download SP3 but my PC reboots before it is 25% complete.
Thanks, Nancy
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nmr59 -- Please make a new thread. It will help us help you further. It will also allow other forum members to see your new thread and hopefully help you. Also, if you are having the same problems as the thread starter, please try my steps.

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