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Can't see Desktop icons or start menu upon Startup


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#1 steve1980ca

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:46 PM

When I start the computer I have a blue screen and nothing else. What should I do? I can get to a browser by using control alt delete and selecting new task and then browsing to my internet explorer. THanks for any help.

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#2 haycg

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 10:07 PM

See if this will help.
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Number 195 in the right column.
Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 11:31 PM

That didn't have any noticable effect. Thank you though.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 11:54 PM

Did you try a system restore to a time just before the issue started?

You have a couple of options to access system restore.
Boot into safe mode, log on with the Admin account.
Start menu/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.

OR bring up task manager, Applications tab.
New task, type in restore, then click OK.

The restore folder should open. Click on rstrui to open system restore.
Follow the prompts, reboot.

See if it worked to get your desktop back.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 11 January 2009 - 11:55 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:14 AM

What happens if you press ctrl+alt+del
and in the task manager you select File >> new task
type explorer.exe into that run box. press enter.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:57 PM

Lines 72 and 117 from here.
Please post back if we found the solution

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:10 AM

Be sure the value of

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

is set to: explorer.exe




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