My problem is solved now. I found and used the recovery disc from my laptop to reinstall Vista and all the drivers. My taskbar, icons and wallpaper are back and the laptop is clean again. This thread can be closed.
A few days ago my old laptop, a Toshiba, was acting slow, so I decided to try and improve its speed. I used CCleaner with standard settings and disabled some of the meaningless services and start-up programs in MSConfig.
After the reboot after cleaning, random programs stopped working. I also got lots of svchost.exe errors when I tried to turn off my laptop. The next morning when I started Vista, there was no taskbar, icons or wallpaper. Just a black screen with one explorer opened. Right-clicking on the desktop was also disabled.
The first thing I did was try to open programs. IE, Opera, Media Player and all other things were still working. I searched the internet for solutions.
I tried the following things already:
- Ctrl+Esc to see if Auto-Hide is enabled.
- Ctrl+Shift+Esc, stop the explorer process and restart using the Run option.
- Entering safe-mode (it was exactly the same as a normal boot).
- Creating a different account.
- Disable all services and start-up programs, leaving only the necessary hardware drivers.
- Scanning for malware using AVG, Avira, McAfee and Malwarebytes.
- System recovery to previous state.
None of the things above solved my problem. Every time I restart the OS, the wallpaper that I tried to set resets to a black screen.
My Vista is a Home Premium 32bit SP1. I am using a Toshiba L300 laptop with dual-core processor and ATI Radeon X1250. If more specs are needed, please ask.
Thank you for helping in advance.