I agree with tom19511. Usually this is caused by adware such as virtuMonde attaching itself to the explorer.exe. Try pressing Control+Shift+Escape to pull up the task manager and then under 'File' on the toolbar choose 'New Task'. In there type 'exploer.exe'. This may give you some limited usage.
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If you are using xp try going to control panel, change the desktop background to anything else in the offered menu, click apply. Then do the same thing again and select the background you normally use. That will sometimes get the icons back up.
in control panel, select the power Options,, Change the preffered plans to HIGH PERFORMANCE then click on change plan settings, change turn of diaplayto never and put computer to sleep never... Remember to turn on your screen saver and put the pc to sleep manually when not using it.
this is a common problem and caused by corrupted registry entries. The popper fix is to reformat or restore the system.
When downloading or on the Internet I usually turn my power saver off. The hard disc and the screen shuts off at an not so welcome of a time. Although you are still downloading or on the Internet you will be if you are not in the sleep mode. I personally do not any of those modes. I go to the power settings depending on what Operating System you are using. XP you can find this power settings by going and left clicking on the desktop in an open area away from icons then, select screen savor there should be a power option link click this set it to not turn off select never. You can always change this later.
For Win7 go to the control panel select views either large or small icons look for power options, then set them there as well. If this is not the case you may want to consider looking into the power supply unit might be going out on you this can be a sign of power units going out. Hope this assisted you. John
There may be a virus or accidentally changed something that distorted you computer's settings but you can always use the system restore feature to restore your last working settings. You will be needed to select a date you want to restore from. start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore. BUT FIRST!! Create a restore point for this date then select a restoration point since it's working well. This will not make changes to your current documents only the system settings. Did this work?
mate I had the exact same problem as you on one of my mates pc's but i managed to get it fixed.
It was due to a virus which was hidden really well away in the system folder. I suded AVG Anti Virus,
Spybot Search and Destroy and also Ad Aware.. which found the file..
and quarantined it.. then I just deleted the file thru explorer.. and
ran these three again .... then restarted and hey presto all was ok !
My mate already had AV Software on his machine - he just hadnt updated
it hence why this one got in, which effects the log in process.
unfortunately what you are after is not in Control Panel
thats an option in the BIOS to access it: while your computer is turning on, because its a HP, keep pressing Tab until a menu comes up, or if your quick youll see a message coming up during boot, (first screen that comes up) should say press Tab to enter the menu, or something like that when you are there, look for an option that says, "reset to factory defaults" or something similair, you dont need to go into any menus on this it should be there when the BIOS comes up, navigate to the option, press enter, press y then press f10 then y then enter, your computer will restart and you are done
Okay, well check your graphics properties to make sure you aren't saving your desktop profile and reloading it every time windows starts. It shouldn't be automatically turned on, but if it is, it will have taken a snapshot of your system at some point, and it will reload the snapshot of how your desktop is supposed to be each time you restart windows. It can also load your settings such as auto-arrange on. That should fix any problems you have about the computer resetting itself. As for where that's located, I can't give a general idea, it depends on your card and drivers, but I have Windows Vista Home Premium as well and I know the option should be there
someone or something ( software, games and even virii can do it ) has reset your video settings to a setting that your monitor does not like. If you are very lucky you might be able to simply reboot the computer and it would come back up with the settings you are used to seeing. That was the simply answer Now for the more complex answer, Boot into Safe mode. right click on the desktop screen, go to properties and select it. Hit the ' settings ' tab and check your settings, they should be low around 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 maximum for Safe mode. If they are not what I just mentioned, then place there using the screen resolution slider bar or any equivalent action ( depends on the video software ). Then reboot your computer into Normal mode. In Normal mode I am sure you screen will look like the words and Icons are to large and you can't fit all your icons onto the desktop, Don't worry. Just right click on the desktop screen again, select properties, and then settings again. Place the slider bar or equivalent to a more reading condition of around 1024 x 768. The actual setting will depend on your preferences and what the monitor will handle, but unless your monitor is very new, don't go far beyond 1024 x 768 else you will run into the same exact situation all over again.