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Desktop And Taskbar Disappeared (xp Pro)

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#1 mystic


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Posted 16 December 2005 - 09:04 PM

Just recently i went to startup my computer and everything seemed fine. Until i got to my desktop and NOTHING. My desktop items and my taskbar didnt come up. I can still use my computer through window task manager but its kind of annoying as you can imagine. This hasnt been the first time my computer did this but when it happened before i went to windows task manager, and opened up explorer.exe through new task and everything went back to normal. But this time around i tried the exact same thing instead of my desktop coming back up, windows explorer came up instead. I tried to do a system restore but for some reason my restore points are gone. So i basically dont know what else to try and I am completely lost. And i DONT want to have to start from scratch. So if there is someone who can help me out I would be thankful for it.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 12:13 AM

In windows task manager, with your blank menu's. Click

New task (run)
Type Regedit

In the registry editor, navigate to

Windows NT
Current Version

Find a key string in the winlogon folder called shell.
Double click it, and inside the field verify that it says Explorer.exe If it doesnt, change it to Explorer.exe now.

If it does, then you may be dealing with a corrupt explorer.exe file.
What version of winxp pro are you using, and are you using the latest service pack?

#3 mystic

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 06:55 PM

Thanks for the try at helping me but i found a fix for it.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 07:44 PM

Would you tell us the fix? Maybe someone else can benifit.
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 09:49 AM

Salo - thanks for the post! I've always wondered where the SHELL was hiding since XP doesn't rely in .ini files anymore!
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