Blank desktop? ? ?



Ray
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Something went haywire with my friend's computer recently. We managed to get
things running again, but her Desktop is absolutely blank -- nothing but the
wallpaper. Not My Computer, not Recycle Bin, not nothing.

Even when we try to create a shortcut or folder, it seems to create, but
then nothing appears.

I think this is a Windows XP problem.

Any guidance appreciated.

Shenan Stanley
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Ray wrote:
> Something went haywire with my friend's computer recently. We managed
> to get things running again, but her Desktop is absolutely blank --
> nothing but the wallpaper. Not My Computer, not Recycle Bin, not
> nothing.
> Even when we try to create a shortcut or folder, it seems to create,
> but then nothing appears.
>
> I think this is a Windows XP problem.

heh - You think this is a Windows XP Problem?

What are the permissions on the desktop folders - does it happen with all
users - or just the one in question?

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Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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WTC
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
"Ray" <rayj.balt@verizonDELETHIS.net> wrote in message
news:h0She.5361$x85.435@trnddc01...
> Something went haywire with my friend's computer recently. We managed
> to get things running again, but her Desktop is absolutely blank --
> nothing but the wallpaper. Not My Computer, not Recycle Bin, not
> nothing.
>
> Even when we try to create a shortcut or folder, it seems to create,
> but then nothing appears.
>
> I think this is a Windows XP problem.
>
> Any guidance appreciated.


Check the "NoDesktop" value in the registry and set the value to 0.
[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer]
and (maybe present)
[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer]

If you have XP Pro, use the Group Policy (gpedit.msc)

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop
Set "Hide and disable all items on the desktop" to Not Configured.

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William

Brian
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
Ray wrote:

> Something went haywire with my friend's computer recently. We managed
> to get things running again, but her Desktop is absolutely blank --
> nothing but the wallpaper. Not My Computer, not Recycle Bin, not
> nothing.

Sounds like you killed Explorer.exe by mistake. Try this:

(1) Press Shift+Control+Escape.
(2) Click the Applications tab.
(3) Click the New Task button at bottom-rigt.
(4) Type "explorer" (no quotes!) and hit Enter.
(5) What happens?

> I think this is a Windows XP problem.

Har har! :)

Kelly
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
Hi Ray,

Depends.....first check that he is able to right click the Desktop and
Select/Arrange Icons By/Show Desktop Icons. If this is not the case, read
on.

This generally has to do with display drivers. If you have recently done so
or ran the MS updates to do so, try a rollback via the Device Manager. If
this is not the case, use Ctrl/Alt/Delete and end process on Explorer.exe if
it is listed and either way, then go to File/New Task (Run) and type in:
Explorer.exe.

Explorer.exe repeatedly quits unexpectedly in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=883791

If still nothing:

Restore Taskbar and Desktop to Default Functionality (Line 164)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you
may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double click the vbs
file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this
is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These
scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.

Added info and help:

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

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All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com


"Ray" <rayj.balt@verizonDELETHIS.net> wrote in message
news:h0She.5361$x85.435@trnddc01...
> Something went haywire with my friend's computer recently. We managed to
> get things running again, but her Desktop is absolutely blank -- nothing
> but the wallpaper. Not My Computer, not Recycle Bin, not nothing.
>
> Even when we try to create a shortcut or folder, it seems to create, but
> then nothing appears.
>
> I think this is a Windows XP problem.
>
> Any guidance appreciated.
>


Blank desktop? ? ?