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Windows Starts - but no desktop icons etc


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#1 iamtheman

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:36 AM

i am running a XP machine.

My computer goes into Windows but no desktop icons appear. I can press CTRL + ALT + Delete and the mouse works

Can somebody help me to load my desktop icons and therefore allow me to use the computer

Within the taskbar I have tried File: New Task run and to find the explorer.exe file

However, it doesnt load. When i try and browse the file, within C: WINDOWS, there is a file called explorer.scf

I try to rename this to .exe but it still doesnt work

What should i do?

Edited by hamluis, 28 September 2010 - 01:08 PM.
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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:44 AM

I don't mean to alarm you, but the sign of no desktop icons CAN BE related to a virus called F-Nimda.

It may or not be the cause of your problem.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:52 AM

Open the Task Manager and click on Processes Tab. Then click on File and type explorer.exe in the window, and press ok.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:53 AM

I have tried to start a new process and type explorer.exe.

However, i get a pop up message saying cannot find file etc.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 11:06 AM

Go to Start> Run and type in or copy and paste dir c:\windows\explorer.exe. Tells what you find.

Another one to try is to type in dir c:\explorer.exe. If anything shows up for this there is a chance that you have an infection.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 12:56 PM

I cannot click start button.

all i can do in windows is see the desktop - no icons. I can press control, alt, delete.

when i try to open new task and find explorer.exe - i get the message:

"Windows cannot find explorer.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again..."

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 01:08 PM

i would suggest as a starting point to enter safe mode w/networking and scan the system for infection.

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 01:10 PM

As I said earlier, those are tell tale signs of a virus called F-Nimda, but it could easily be a registry problem also.

I know a few registry tweaks that have helped people in the past, but as I'm unsure whether or not it's a virus or not, messing with the registry might not be best until some scans and tests have been carried out.

Edited by Eraser23, 28 September 2010 - 03:47 PM.





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