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by baobabb / November 8, 2004 5:46 AM PST

Made fatal error clicking on large white Google desktop icon (XPHomeSP2 etc)which appeared after I FOOLISHLY poked at something about Active Desktop Item!!! Now it's "GOOGLE" all over, not listed under wallpaper, desktop, background, & hides everything behind old existing icons with no minimise button
which I saw in small version. Guess what won't go away after I clicked Maximise??? No help from Google sites. Deleted every thing with 'Google' from harddrives and from Registry. NBG. No Internet Explorer in Control Panel and no functioning uninstall - can't delete most of it's files, or update or repair IE becoz trying to install a fresh IE6SP1 says I already have a newer version. So tried reinstalling Q828750 & Q831167 and they say I need SP1 version first!! Vicious circle. Could kick myself. And I always run SpyBot and AdAware, with PandaPlatinum.

How can I uninstall both IE6 AND Google? Or just this ogre?

Help me please Happy Thanks from baobabb.

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by glb613 / November 8, 2004 6:40 AM PST

Have you tried doing a system restore?

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 6:52 AM PST


It's very difficult to understand from your post what is happening.

What do you mean when you say your desktop is "Google" all over? Do you mean the desktop has the word "Google" all over it, or the Google web page? Or something else?

Can you see the other icons on your desktop?

What do you mean when you say "& hides everything behind old existing icons with no minimise button"? What hides everything, and what is the "everything" that are behind the existing icons?

First thing first. Let's try and remove Active Desktop.

Goto Start > Control Panel, and click, (or double click) the Display Properties icon. In the new window click the "Desktop" tab. At the bottom click the "Customise" button.

In the new window, click the "Web" tab. Do you have any items listed in the web pages box?

If so, highlight each, and click "Delete", (you can always return here and enter new pages if you wish later). Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is not ticked.

Then click OK.

Does that clear up our desktop?


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by billzhills / November 8, 2004 6:57 AM PST

Sounds like active desktop is set to a web page.

Open Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop
-> Web. Select Google and click delete.

From 98 up you have the ability to set a web page on your desktop. Read the reason why but I wasn't interested so I don't remember.


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