desktop icons are gone!

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abigator15
desktop icons are gone!
something weird happened on my computer about a half an hour ago and now all of my icons on my desktop have disappeared, as well as the task bar at the bottom. The picture I have set as my background is still there but everything else is gone. I can access different applications by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and everything seems to be running smoothly but everything is still gone on my desktop. It won't even let me right click on it...can anyone tell me what is going? Any advice would be much appreciated!
animestrinity
Re: desktop icons are gone!

 Just for kicks, press ctrl alt del...... if explorer.exe is NOT on your list of processes, go to the file menu, click New Task (Run...)  and type in 'explorer.exe' without the ' marks......

If it was running.... then try to end it and start it again (doing the New Task thing I just listed).....

If still nothing... well... I've just bumped your topic up on the comment board and maybe someone else can help 

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Anonymous Visitor
Re: desktop icons are gone!

I am having this exact same problem. But my Explorer file is missing. haha

My tech friend said a reformat is the only way to fix it. Is this true?

Anonymous Visitor
Re: Desktop icons and Task Bar are gone! (So has explorer.exe!!)

I had this problem for 2 days.

Symptoms of the fault were:

No explorer.exe
No Task Bar on boot.
No Desktop icons.
Only Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Task Manager

The above symptoms were repeated in every account on the pc.

I’ve concluded that after removal of a virus these programmes were disconnected from their correct paths.

I used all the methods listed by others to restart these programmes to no avail!
e.g. Use Task Manager to try to run the non existent explorer.exe file.
Tried to “right click” the desktop to change or view settings. (Unsurprisingly the left and right mouse buttons were not working on the desktop!)
Used a number of registry programmes on http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com but none of these worked for my particular problem.

This is the only thing that worked!
http://users.telenet.be/bluepatchy/miekiemoes/tools/FixO.exe

After running the programme and then restarting the pc my MASTER USER* desktop was back. (Including all my Internet history, personal files etc.)
*This is my main account for this pc hence the most important to me and the first one I tried to restore.

The only down side is that the all the other users on the pc had their profiles wiped as soon as I tried to sign into them! (So be warned!!)

Anonymous Visitor
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thank you soooooo much. I did just as you suggested and there they are. this site will definitely be on my favorites list now!!

Angi

Anonymous Visitor
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Thanks alot...
Stevie
Re: desktop icons are gone!

So nothing is on your desktop at all including the taskbar??  I'm assuming Windows XP and you have done a restart.  You could try to do a "System Restore".  I've had good luck using it for stuff like this.  If you are opening applications manually in Task Manager it's at: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe.

What you will want to do is select the option to "Restore my computer to an earlier time" .  Pick a bold date on the calandar that is closest to the moment that your desktop dissappeared.

Anonymous Visitor
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THANK YOU SO MUCH your SO AWESUME

IMRAN QUADRI
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Thank you Sooo Much i use your sugession And desktop icons has return back..
ramakandra
Re: desktop icons are gone!

...yes try running things from the command line...
...you should still be able to run executables one at a time...
...so ctrl+alt+delete...
...then new task, run...
...try cmd.exe...
...then you can navigate around and find executables for firefox or whatever you need...
...it might hurry the computer along if its having boot troubles...

indicablue
Re: desktop icons are gone!

I had the exact same problem and was terrified that i would have to reformat. instead i pressed ctl alt del and i went to New Task, typed 'explorer.exe' and my taskbar and desktop icons showed up. thank you so much for posting something so i know someone else has had this problem. It was a good scare into teaching me to back up my discs.

justmeyasee
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the same thing happened to me when i started ending processes on the task manager

i ended explorer.exe so everything went away

since you have windows task manager open....

press file then click new task (run) and then type in explorer.exe

hopefully everything should come back up b/c it did on my laptop

or just restart the computer

Anonymous Visitor
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Awesome! explorer.exe worked...thanks so much.....!
Anonymous Visitor
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Same with mine...:S I dunno. It happened right after I dl the zip 7 and deleted it.
Anonymous Visitor
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please help me,all my desktop icons are gone!and I tried some of urs bt it's nt working!please help!
hubby
Re: desktop icons are gone!

1) did you try every suggestion posted here?
2) What did you do (install software, make changes, etc) between the time they were there and the time they vanished?
3) what version of Windows are you using

Anonymous Visitor
Re: desktop icons are gone!
Are or were you also getting a warning from something that looks like a virus scanner?  You may have the type of malware that hides files and folders including your Desktop icons and Programs shortcuts.  Can you get to your C: drive?  Click around.  Is anything there or does everything seem to be missing? Be careful here until you know exactly what you are dealing with.  Do not delete anything or run any virus/malware or temp cleaners until you determine if your "missing" icons are simply hidden or actually moved.  There is a rare malware type that actually moves the data associated with the User into a hidden folder into one of the hidden Temp directories.  Some malware "cures" are programmed to delete the contents of temporary folders and if your data was moved into a temp folder, your data will be lost.  This condition left untouched can be repaired but it takes a little bit of geekosity to restore everything back. But let's not assume the worst - this stuff is probably just hidden. If you can get to your C: drive, click Tools>Folder Options>View tab and then select the option to Show hidden files.  To see the menu bar with the Tools choice in Vista or 7, press the Alt key first.  If after showing hidden files and folders, the icons that were missing are back but appear "ghosted", you have the type of malware that hides things.  Do a Google search for a program called unhide.exe.  The one at BleepingComputer is the one you want.  Download it and run it.  Be patient - it can take a while for it to unhide everything. This malware type also changes the Start Menu options to not display the links to My Computer, Pictures, Control Panel, etc.  This can be corrected by right-clicking on the Start button, choosing Properties, Start Menu tab and Customize.  Select "Display as Link" in front of the items in this list that are missing from your Start menu. If all this works, you will still have the malware infection and other damages like search redirects to deal with.  Oh.. and if NO programs will run (including unhide.exe), the malware has done damage to Window's shell open command which must be repaired first.
Naveen
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thnks a lot man....your mentnd progrm "unhide.exe" wrkd 4 me.....a big thnk 2 you.....:))
robbie robinson
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desktop icons are gone how do I get them back????
hubby
Re: desktop icons are gone!

1) did you try every suggestion posted here?
2) What did you do (install software, make changes, etc) between the time they were there and the time they vanished?
3) what version of Windows are you using

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