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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by johnboytee, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. johnboytee

    johnboytee Flightless Bird

    I have just started up my laptop, windows starts and then all I get is a
    blank desktop with no icons just the wallpaper. What can I do to solve the
    problem?
     
  2. db

    db Flightless Bird

    try pressing ctl+al+del

    then launch a new task
    called:

    explorer.exe

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    "johnboytee" <johnboytee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:85E07A70-74A4-40FC-A774-8E02D73EC661@microsoft.com...
    > I have just started up my laptop, windows starts and then all I get is a
    > blank desktop with no icons just the wallpaper. What can I do to solve the
    > problem?
     
  3. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    johnboytee wrote:

    > I have just started up my laptop, windows starts and then all I get is a
    > blank desktop with no icons just the wallpaper.


    Do you actually have a desktop? Use Ctrl+Alt+Del and select to load Task
    Manager. Look in its Processes tab to see if there is an explorer.exe
    process (yep, Windows Explorer is also the desktop manager). My guess is
    the desktop is loading because you see the configured wallpaper on it.

    If you do have a desktop, maybe it is configured to not show any icons on
    the desktop. Right-click on the desktop, select "Arrange Icons By" context
    menu, and check if the "Show desktop icons" option is enabled or not.
     
  4. liu

    liu Flightless Bird

    I had this happened to me on a laptop running vista. It turns out that
    one laptop power setting would turn off everything on desktop.
    Choosing the regular or performance turns it back on. I don't have the
    laptop to check the exact program for this. It should be in one of the
    control panels.
     
  5. ctowers

    ctowers Flightless Bird

    johnboytee wrote:
    > I have just started up my laptop, windows starts and then all I get
    > is a blank desktop with no icons just the wallpaper. What can I do to
    > solve the problem?
    >


    Right click a blank area of the desktop and place a check
    next to "Show Desktop Icons" in the drop-down menu.
     
  6. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    ctowers wrote:

    > johnboytee wrote:
    >> I have just started up my laptop, windows starts and then all I get
    >> is a blank desktop with no icons just the wallpaper. What can I do to
    >> solve the problem?
    >>

    >
    > Right click a blank area of the desktop and place a check
    > next to "Show Desktop Icons" in the drop-down menu.


    23 hours later with the same answer.
     
  7. ctowers

    ctowers Flightless Bird

    VanguardLH wrote:
    > ctowers wrote:
    >
    >> johnboytee wrote:
    >>> I have just started up my laptop, windows starts and then all I get
    >>> is a blank desktop with no icons just the wallpaper. What can I do
    >>> to solve the problem?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Right click a blank area of the desktop and place a check
    >> next to "Show Desktop Icons" in the drop-down menu.

    >
    > 23 hours later with the same answer.
    >

    Shows how good it was.
     

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