So I cleaned up my hard drive on my Windows XP machine, erasing unwanted programs to recuperate space.
Some were stubborn (like MS Flight Simulator) so I eraised them in the program files folder.
At one point the desktop went blank, all icons disappeard, background picture still there.
I rebooted, hoping it would fix it ... no, same thing.
With control/alt/delete I got into Task Manager. Under 'File'/ 'New Task'/ 'Run' I could run programs and under 'Browse' I can see all my directories and files.
I searched and found 'System Restore' in 'System32'. I ran it and tried to restore to last restore point ... failed. Tried two older restore points ...could not restore.
So I'm stuck. Can anyone tell me how to get my desktop back???
Help greatly appreciated.