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Vista Blank Desktop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by MattD00, Feb 24, 2008.

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  1. MattD00

    MattD00 Thread Starter

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    I logged into vista today on my laptop it booted up fine and the login screen was fine. I logged in and instead of the Desktop there was just white and the my documents folder was open. I can assess every thing on my laptop apart from the start menu because there is no task bar and the windows button on the key board doesn't work. Ctrl Alt Del does work. I scanned my laptop for viruses and spy ware but i didn't find any i rebooted into safe mode but it was exactly the same. Do you have any suggestions to getting my desktop back.
     
  2. mtbird

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    I would check your Winlogon to see if anything has changed it from explorer.

    Use your ctrl/alt/del to open task manager. Click the processes tab and scroll to find any instance of explorer.exe. If you find it, hightlight it and click end process. Click the applications tab, then "new task". Type in explorer.exe. Click ok. Hopefully that will give you back your desktop.

    Go to start and type in regedit into your search box. When your registry editor opens, navigate to .....
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Click on Winlogon and look in the right pane for "shell". Under the data column, it should have
    explorer.exe listed. If it is anything other than that, double click on shell and change the Value
    data to explorer.exe

    Reboot and see if the problem is corrected.
     
  3. MattD00

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    Thanks it is working fine now.
     
  4. ruvi

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    hey i did that to my computer and it worked and then i went into my compter and f drive and went back to a black screen =[ what do i do?
     
  5. walking_mushroom

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    I had the same problem and mtbird's method worked fantastically.
    I was ready to reinstall windows onto my computer

    Thank you thank you thank you
    I can't thank you enough!
     
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