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Blank desktop, no start button

We have our background picture but no icons, no task bar. Safe mode doesn't bring up icons either. Cntrl/Esc doesn't bring up start button in normal or safemode. We can get to files through task manager. Right click on desktop does nothing.

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Open task manger > applicatiins tab > selct new task> type explorer then ok then the desktop will coome uo

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Starting Windows comes up that passes then all I get is a white mouse on a blank black screen for ever whats the deal?


Try restarting the computer and as soon as it begins to start up click on your " f8 " key repeatedly until a start menu comes up. Click on " safe mode" the computer will try to boot up to a simpler mode of windows. If this is successful you will get windows up with larger icons on a black background. Click on shut down / restart the computer will reboot to normal mode. This is often sufficient to resolve windows start up problems. If safe mode worked but the computer still does not fully start click on three keys at the same time " ctrl alt and delete" when you have the mouse only screen. This should bring up the " task manager" click on " run new task" and enter " explorer.exe" this should bring up your desktop

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No start task bar in safe mode


It sounds like explorer.exe is being turned off. When you log in to Safe Mode hit Ctl+Alt+Del to bring the Task Manager and see if explorer.exe is running under Processes. If not, you can go to the Applications tab in Task Manager and click the New Task button and simply type in explorer.exe.
If this does not give you your Start Menu and Task Bar then you need to take your computer back to the repair service and have them fix it properly this time. Otherwise, you'll have to reinstall the operating system.

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Blank screen


A white blank screen? That sounds like the virus changed your display settings. Click Ctrl+Alt+Del to get to the task manager. Press and hold the Ctrl key plus the Alt Key then hit the Del key. When the task manager opens up Click File at the upper left corner of the window then select New Task RUN. When the create New Task Window opens type: explorer.exe and hit OK. See if it starts populating your desktop icons and shows the start menu and task bar. If so, the virus changed your settings.

To change your display background click Start/Control Panel and look for Display or Appearance and Personalization. When it opens select the Desktop tab and change the desktop background. Hopefully the white will go away.

You may have to get into Safe Mode to do the above if the virus disabled the Task Manager.

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Had a virus got rid off it but now screen is white and cannot do anything with it


A white blank screen? That sounds like the virus changed your display settings. Click Ctrl+Alt+Del to get to the task manager. Press and hold the Ctrl key plus the Alt Key then hit the Del key. When the task manager opens up Click File at the upper left corner of the window then select New Task RUN. When the create New Task Window opens type: explorer.exe and hit OK. See if it starts populating your desktop icons and shows the start menu and task bar. If so, the virus changed your settings.

To change your display background click Start/Control Panel and look for Display or Appearance and Personalization. When it opens select the Desktop tab and change the desktop background. Hopefully the white will go away.

You may have to get into Safe Mode to do the above if the virus disabled the Task Manager.

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When I turn my laptop on the desk top with the start button and other icons together with material I have saved on my desk top are not shown. The screen is blank and black


reboot it in safe mode and if it shows desktop restart once again
booting in safemode hold F8 while restarting your machine choose start window in safe mode and hit enter
best of luck
if problem wont solve let me know please i will tell you another way

Aug 19, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I don't know what caused it, but my start menu, desktop and taskbar don't appear anymore after bootup. They appear only in safe mode. I've run antiviruses including the latest Dr Web CureIt and...


Hello it could either be that you have shortened the task bar or its on auto hidden type CTRL + ESC that will bring up the start/task bar right click the task bar and check the settings make sure that auto hide is turned off and that the task bar is unlocked and resize it if you can.

Hope this helps.

Jul 16, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have a Compac computer that has Windows XP installed (SP2), when I start up the computer, the Windows XP will not run correctly. Once it seems to be opening Windows, my computer screen just looks blank...


When you are on the blank screen try to press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard at the same time. it should bring up the task manager window. now, click on FILE > New Task Run > Type in EXPLORER.EXE and press Ok. it should show you your Taskbar, desktop wallpaper, desktop icons

Oct 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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When switching on PC it does not boot up fully


Hi Craig

From what you are descrbing one of the background services is preventing start up from completing

Please try the following

1) Switch on PC
2) Continuoulsy press the F8 key until a start menu is presented, choose safe mode from this menu
3) Once safe mode has loaded up go to Start>Programs>Systems Tools>System Restore
4) From the system restore menu choose 'restore my computer to a earlier time'
5) From the calendar presented choose a date in bold when this fault wasnt happening and then click on next and follow the screen through
6) Let the system restore complete and it will automatically reboot and take you back to the mains windows screen
7) This should hopefully let the hung service be able to run

I hope this has been useful

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Have a hp mini 1000...i had a virus on it and i finally got that cleared off but now when i boot up the screen goes to the welcome screen then its just the blue hp slash screen...no desktop,task bar,icons,...


When it seems to have finished "booting up", press Ctrl-Shift-Esc to try to bring up the Task manager. If it allows you to do that, click the "New Process" button and enter "explorer.exe". If Windows is not damaged, this will give you back the Windows "shell" you are used to.

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I HAVE A WINDOW XP HOME EDITION AND WHEN I START MY COMPUTER THE ONLY THING THAT COMES UP IS THE BACKGROUND. THERE ARE NO ICONS OR A BAR AT BOTTOM OF SCREEN.


the icons and the bar(task bar) at the bottom of the screen are enabled by the explorer.exe file

it starts automatically but in your case it is not starting

to start it when your computer starts and comes at the desktop, press alt+ctrl+delete button at the same time to bring up the task manager

when you do this a task manager shows up in a window

in task manager window click on file, it will be located on the top left portion on task manager

now click on "new task(run)"

this opens another window, in that window type
"explorer"
without the quotes "" and press enter
this will bring you icons and task bar at the bottom of the screen

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