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No task bar or icons appearing on screen

We had a power outage that lasted about 30 minutes. When the power came back on, my son's computer screen would not display the task bar or the icons that he normally has displayed. To get to any programs, I press control, alt, delete and it gives me the option to run programs as long as I pick them individually. How do I get the task bar and icons to reappear? Thanks for your help.

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  • margaret wall Feb 04, 2008

    I loose my task bar and icons while i am using my pc i have not got them at preent. I have to close my pc down and start it up again this works but i can loose them again please help

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    when I have signed onto my AOL screen it will not display all the icons on my task bar. I have recently updated from aol 7 to aol 9. The drop down menus will not display all choices in list provided only selected ones, which are not very helpful! Please could you help me reolve this problem.



    Thankyou!

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2008

    I have the same problem. No icons and taskbar. Task manager cannot be access shows "task manager lock by administrator" using control+alt+delete

  • kopano Jun 16, 2008

    there are no icons in the screen and i can't go to start

  • Anonymous Sep 10, 2008

    Start Menu does not show up on start up

  • fire911 Dec 12, 2008

    I have the same problem of no talk bar and icon on our screens on three computers, one of them I finially reload windows to fix the problem. I found the problem on Windows Server 2003 and on XP...


    How do you solve the problem...

    Thank You




  • Amret Feb 07, 2009

    THERE IS NO TASK BAR AND ICON APPEARING IN MY COMPUTER,

    MY COMPUTER WAS SUFFERING FROM VIRUSES THATS WHY I INSTALLED A NEW NORTON ANTIVIRUS AND IT DELETED EFFECTED FILES AND REQUEST ME TO RESTART THE COMPUTER, AFTER THE RESTART THERE WAS NO ANY TASK BAR AND ICON APPEARING IN MY COMPUTER SCREEN, SINCE THEN I AM USING TASK MANAGER TO DO MY WORK. BUT NOWADAYS MY COMPUTER IS GETTING SLOWER AND SLOWER I WANT THE EASIEST AND RELAIBLE SUGGESTION FOR MY COMPUTER

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    same prob


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The easiest option will be to do a system restore to before the outage; Start/All programmes>accessories>System Tools>System Restore. Then choose restore my computer to previous settings, then choose a date that is not greyed out. Hope this sorts it Please rate solution

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