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Taskbar and Desktop Icons Have Disappeared! Help!

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#1 captainmarvel


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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:23 AM

Hi there, since last night, my taskbar and desktop icons have completely disappeared. Here is a list of problems I am encountering:

1) Disappeared taskbar and desktop icons
2) Unable to right-click on the desktop
3) The desktop background is still there though
4) I have been running low on memory recently, I received a message a few days ago advising me about that.
5) Since this problem has occured, I have deleted one folder from My Documents which was about 1GB in space. This is because I read on another website that this problem could be caused by lack of space, and that the computer doesn't have enough memory to even start properly, it requires 200mb to start. Hence I deleted that big folder. However, nothing has changed.
6) I can only open programs by using the Windows Task Manager.
7) I have not downloaded any new software in the last couple of days so I don't think its anything to do with a virus or a bug.
8) I tried typing "explorer.exe" into Task Manager, but nothing happened.

If you guys need any more info, do ask.

Anyone has any idea how to solve this?

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#2 mdoggy39


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Posted 14 May 2009 - 04:25 PM

how much space do u have on your harddrive? It sounds like a virus to me, can u get online, try bitdefender online scan or trendmicro.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 04:27 PM

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Restore Taskbar and Start Menu - #117 on the left.

Right click on it and save the .reg/.vbs file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry/run the script. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.

With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first (if you are able to). For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.
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