If this just happened recently, you can try booting to safe mode and select system restore. If you have a task bar but no background or icons, try a right click there and see if you find the option to "show desktop". Click that and see if your desktop returns. If so, you should also find an option to lock the taskbar. Click that so this does not happen again.
Hi...Have Windows XP operating system problem. For some reason when the computer boots up i get the desktop background, but none of the icons show up on the desktop. I don't get windows taskbar or any other way to move through system. Right click on mouse no result. Any suggestions?