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Lost desktop!!!

by vebber / December 14, 2004 1:19 PM PST

So I put in a new Dvd drive in my computer recently and it has given me no problems until now. I downloaded a dvd decoder for Windows Media Player, and once it was installed tried it out. The DVD played but I tried to skip ahead on the DVD and media player closed on me. And it kept closing on me every time I would try to play the DVD.

I restarted the computer to see if that would help, and when Windows started the only thing that came up was the desktop background. All my icons aren't there and the taskbar is gone.

Can anyone help me?

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More details
by keyhoti2 / December 14, 2004 2:29 PM PST
In reply to: Lost desktop!!!

Have you tried "systems restore", back to before your download?

Beyond that I have no ideas, because I'm fairly new to all this myself, but what I can say is that you will need to provide more details, e.g. are you running XP and what version, before anyone can help much.

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Have you already solved it?
by juliaz / January 1, 2005 8:27 PM PST
In reply to: More details

I have the same problem
Thx for the reply

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lost the desktop on XP
by dnb123140 / January 14, 2005 3:34 PM PST

re: XP Pro ..I first received a message from norton AV 2003 that there was an internal problem and to restart. i restarted but could not run NAV, so uninstalled and then reinstalled but still could not run NAV, and got the error again from NAV

restarted and never saw my desktop again. my custom background works as well as the mouse and also can pop up the task manager and the shut down screen, but no task bar or any icons. all desktop items are still in the desktop folder.

has anybody have any ideas on how to restore. it probably is similar to what I ran into with the add printer going away which was fixed by replacing "printui.dll" which I found on anybody have any idea what dll looks after the desktop?

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Try this
by Tufenuf / January 14, 2005 8:28 PM PST
In reply to: lost the desktop on XP

dnb123140, Open your Task Manager and see if explorer.exe is listed as a running process. If it isn't click on File/New Task(Run..) and type in explorer.exe then click OK. Hopefully it will bring back your Desktop items and Taskbar.

This is the user shell, which we see as the familiar taskbar, desktop, and so on. This process isn't as vital to the running of Windows as you might expect, and can be stopped (and restarted) from Task Manager, usually with no negative side effects on the system.


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