desktop problems?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by stevie mcg, May 18, 2007.

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    stevie mcg Guest

    I upgraded to Vista a couple of days ago. Then one time all of a sudden when
    I successfully typed in my password and loged into the system, all that
    appeared was the My Documents window and a black desktop in the background.
    There are no desktop icons and no taskbar at the botton of the screen,
    nothing. I've tried restarting the laptop on several occasions but the same
    thing occurs. When I go into the Control Panel and try to select the Taskbar
    option nothing happens. What is strange is that when I play a video that is
    contained in the my documents folder Windows Media player works perfectly ok.
    Likewise when I open up pictures or word documents, the progams seem to work.
    I am worried the computer may have picked up some sort of weird virus!
    Please help!
     
    stevie mcg, May 18, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Try this. When your at your almost blank Desktop, press Ctrl+Alt+Del on
    your keyboard and open Task Manager. On the Processes tab of Task Manager,
    if explorer.exe is running, right-click on it and Choose End Process. If it
    doesn't restart automatically, switch to the Applications tab, and from the
    File menu, choose New Task. Type explorer.exe in the Run box, and press
    Enter on your key board.

    If explorer.exe is not running on the Processes tab, switch to the
    Applications tab, and from the File menu, choose New Task. Type
    explorer.exe in the Run box, and press Enter on your key board.
     
    dean-dean, May 18, 2007
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    olaray Guest

    Hello There

    Does anyone have a solution to this desktop problem as i am having
    exactly the same problem. When i log on into my PC running windows vista
    premium 32bit, all i get is a blank balck desktop with my document
    folder opened with no start menu or task bar. The only way i can get my
    desktop is to go into task manager and then select new task and then
    type explorer.exe. I have 3 more account set up on the PC and this is
    hapenning to all user account. I have been searching the net for the
    past month with no luck and this is the only forum that i found where
    the issue has been posted.
    Anyone who has come accross this ? I am about to rebuild the PC but if
    anyone can find a solution then that will be fab.
    Thanks
    Olaray
     
    olaray, Dec 15, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    Click start and type "regedit", then hit <enter>. Expand the branches to
    reach this one:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Click on the Winlogon key (folder) and look for the shell string in the
    right pane. Double click it, then delete the contents and replace it with
    just "explorer.exe" (without the quotes). Click ok and close the registry
    editor, then reboot to see if this helps.
     
    Rick Rogers, Dec 16, 2007
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    olaray Guest

    Thanks Rick - I have just tried your sugestion and bingo it works. I
    found additional entries under the shell string value. Any idea why this
    might have happened. Could it be something i recently installed ? Anyway
    thanks a lot , you have just saved the pain of having to restore my
    machine.
    Olaray
     
    olaray, Dec 16, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    The additional entries often come from shell enhancement software and spy/ad
    programs, especially those designed for early versions of Windows. Removing
    them usually resolves the problem.
     
    Rick Rogers, Dec 16, 2007
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    olaray Guest

    Thanks. My PC is working fine now.
    Regards
    Olaray
     
    olaray, Dec 17, 2007
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    KG4mvp Guest

    I wanted to share that I experienced the same problem and searched
    extensively on google. Rick, your solution saved my ass and seeing as
    this is finals week at my school, finding this thread was just short of
    a miracle. Thanks a lot for the solution.
     
    KG4mvp, Dec 20, 2007
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  9. What was your issue?
     
    James Matthews, Dec 27, 2007
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    sadi Guest

    I was hoping you could help me with a similar problem. I have the same
    blank screen at my desktop. When I start Vista I get all the startup
    screens but nothing at the desktop no documents folder either. If I
    leave it for a while the screensaver comes up and I can see it. If I hit
    ctrl-alt-del the appropriate screen comes up as expected but no task
    manager option. Any ideas. Thanks.
     
    sadi, Jan 17, 2008
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    goldie Guest

    I have the same prob I get the blank srcreen with mouse pointer but n
    desktop.Ctrl alt delete does nothing for me.Task manager dose no
    start.
    This all started while watching a movie on Media center, movie locke
    up and I had to restart comp. help!
     
    goldie, Feb 19, 2008
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    Lily Guest

    hye,rick rogers..
    i have the same problem like oralay..
    n i already use the way u ask to..
    i click ctrl+alt+del..
    then,go to file n new task..
    n type "regedit" as u ask..
    but the results turns to fail n its write "registry editing has been disable
    by your administrator"..
    help me please!
    my desktop turn blank n no task menu or even task bar..
     
    Lily, Mar 5, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest

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    Lily Guest

    i already try that link..
    but the following instruction ask to click "start"..
    my desktop blank..
    n dont even have task bar..
    how can i click "start" button at the task bar..
    my desktop blank..
    dont have icon..
    task bar..
    or anything..
    just have one file that can open internet,picture n etc.
     
    Lily, Mar 6, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    The same way as you are trying to run regedit. Click 'new task' from Task
    Manager, then browse to the location where you saved the file and select it.



     
    Rick Rogers, Mar 6, 2008
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  16. Thanks so much Rick...
    your simple steps helped me so much! : )
    i was really starting to regret getting Vista for the whole 'blank desktop'
    deal.
    but your advise completely solved the problem!!!
    thnx again!!!
    -Jimmy
     
    ash_chaingang, Mar 10, 2008
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    Tom Goodall Guest

    Rick, I just felt I should say thankyou.. what with the amount of people
    you've probably helped here and none saying thanks!

    Had the blank desktop, but works perfectly after following your
    instructions. Cheers from England!

    -Tom
     
    Tom Goodall, Apr 22, 2008
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    Alex Flower Guest

    What is the shell String. Did everything up to that but you then lost me at
    Click on the Winlogon key (folder) and look for the shell string in the
    right pane. Double click it, then delete the contents and replace it with
    just "explorer.exe" (without the quotes). Click ok and close the registry
    editor, then reboot to see if this helps.
     
    Alex Flower, Apr 28, 2008
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  19. so after i start new task manager and bring up explorer and i bring u
    the registr
    and get HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Window
    NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogo

    i dont even have a winlogon folder (or i cant find it) all i have i
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and then when i expand it i have these sub folder
    BCD0000000,COMPONENTS,HARDWARE,SAM,SECURITY,SOFTWARE,SYSTE

    i need help Ric
     
    johnny handrail, Jun 29, 2008
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    PaulM Guest

    PaulM, Jun 29, 2008
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