Where's my desktop icons???

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Jan 30, 2005
Upon booting my computer yesterday, everything seemed to start normally... however, none of my desktop loaded. No Icons. No taskbar. Nothing.

I can access the Task bar by doing a CNTRL+ALT+DEL and then doing the FILE NEW TASK RUN. All of my files are programs are still intact and seem to run normally, however, my desktop is simply my wallpaper and nothing else.

My internet connection still works as I am on this computer writing this now.

I tried doing a Restore to Last Good Configuration however that did nothing and in fact, now my graphics setting are like down to 32 colors. Everything is grainy and all photos look like negatives.

When I do the F8 and start in safe mode, everything looks back to normal as far as the graphics, but still no icons or task bar or Start button....


1. What happened?
2. How do I fix it?
3. If I have to reformat, how do I burn my files off the harddrive with no icons to run my CD/DVD burners with?

By the way, I'm using Windows XP.
Sep 21, 2003
I will be happy to help you with this problem ok let start with going to safe mode and login as administrator and then click on start run control panel user accounts and create a new account and login with this new account that you createded now if you able to see a desktop and task bard with this new account that mean your old account is corrupted and you will have to transfer all your data from the old account to the new one
Sep 21, 2003
if that is not the case then do this

You can try downloading these files in Safemode and running them in Normal mode by opening the folder where u saved these files from Task Manager>New Task

Restore Taskbar and Start Menu

Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar

source >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

If this fails, then try this, when u will boot in Normal mode, bring task manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+del and click New Task
write msconfig and hit enter, now from the Startup section, click on Disable All and then in Services section, click on Hide Microsoft Services, and then disable all those third party services, now close msconfig, and from task manager>Shutdown menu, choose Restart, and check if same problem is happening still ??
Sep 21, 2003
then try this
Head at www.symantec.com
click at security response
scroll down till you see the picture Check my computer for security risks - click there
It should open a window with two options
click the virus scan
Answer yes at the windows that will pop up
Leave symantec scan your pc remotely. You should then know where the viruses causing your problem
are. Print this list
Restart in safe mode
Delete any of these files.....
Reboot in normal mode
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