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Desktop Icons

by djbush3 / February 27, 2007 4:16 AM PST

Last night, I backed up files to external harddrive and when completed, shut down desktop. Upon startup this morning, I noticed my desktop icons disappeared but wallpaper remains. No start button, no taskbar, no icons, etc. I did try to right click on desktop, but do not get window to arrange icons by or click to show desktop icons. Is there another way to do this? Currently I am opening programs/files through task manager and browsing. I do have a reinstallation CD for XP. Should I reinstall? Will I lose programs/files not backed up? Thanks in advance for any/all help.

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What happens if
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 4:21 AM PST
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you use the Task Manager to run explorer.exe, (C:\Windows). Does the Desktop appear then?

If not, see if the full desktop appears in Safe Mode. If that doesn't work, try Last Known Good Configuration in the Safe Mode options.


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What happens if
by djbush3 / February 27, 2007 4:50 AM PST
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Thanks for the quick response Mark. Running explorer.exe from task mgr pulls up the window showing my documents and desktop but it does not reside on desktop when window minimized or closed. I should've added to my initial post that I did try to reboot in safe mode as well as my last known good configuration and neither approach reveal the icons, start menu, or task bar.

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Windows Twear UI
by Decorte16 / February 27, 2007 4:53 AM PST
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You can download Windows Tweak UI. There's an option to repair icons.
Not sure if it will work in your instance but It certainly wouldn't hurt to try. Tweak UI is great for getting your computer "just the way YOU like it".

Located on the right hand side of the page under downloads, 8 down:

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Re: Desktop Icons
by Tufenuf / February 27, 2007 4:54 AM PST
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djbush3, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 195 (right column) and click on "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar" to download a vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.

It may correct your problem.


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Desktop Icons
by djbush3 / February 27, 2007 7:13 AM PST
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Thanks to you and everyone for your suggestions. The vbs file you suggested worked. I just ran it and my icons reappeared. I just opened my Registry Mechanic software (which had expired) and renewed my license. After updating and running software, it identified 160 problems (many were desktop shortcuts) which are now corrected.

Thanks again.

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