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I have formated my system and when i restart the system for the first time the colour of the desktop,background,task bar and everything was completly disorder but the text was clear

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Task bar at bottom with font size on it has gone


The task bar is an important part of the Windows experience. Not only does it contain a variety of information including what time it is and how much battery life is left it's the way most Windows users open programs and documents. As such, the task bar disappearing is a stressful thing, but fixing this problem on your own is possible.

Auto-Hide Sometimes you may think your task bar has disappeared, but it's really just been set to "auto-hide." Move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and see if it pops up automatically. Then check all four sides of the screen. If the task bar was simply auto-hiding, disable this feature by right-clicking the task bar, clicking "Properties" and unchecking "Auto-hide the Taskbar." b> Reboot b> If your task bar disappears, and auto-hide isn't the culprit, the first thing you should do is reboot your computer this fixes the problems in most instances. Only one problem: because your task bar disappeared you can't access the "Start" menu in order to shut down the computer. Instead press "Alt," "Ctrl," and "Delete" at the same time and press "Restart" in the window that pops up after doing so. Your computer should restart, and in most cases your task bar should come back when it restarts. b> More Options b> If rebooting doesn't fix cause the task bar to reappear, your computer might have a problem starting explorer.exe, the program that displays the task bar and desktop icons in Windows. Press "Ctrl," "Shift," and "Esc" at the same time to bring up the System Manager. Then click "File," followed by "New Task (Run)" and type "explorer.exe" in the dialogue box that pops up. You now have your task bar and desktop icons back. Reboot to see if they stick around after rebooting. If not, repeat the process in the above paragraph. When you have you task bar back click "Start," then "Programs," then "Accessories," then "System Tools" and then "System Restore." Restore the computer to a time when everything was working fine by clicking that date on the calendar. Reboot to see if this fixes the problem. If none of this brought back your task bar permanently it may be time to run a repair install. Change My Task Bar b> In Windows operating systems, the taskbar shows your currently active windows and programs, shortcuts to your favorite programs, the time, your volume control, active programs and the "Start" button. You may want to change the taskbar so it has a different look or to customize it to suit your needs when using your computer. Windows XP users have fewer options than Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, but all operating system owners can make changes to the taskbar.

Right-click in your taskbar. Left-click on "Lock the taskbar" if it is currently checked. Otherwise, click back onto the taskbar. Click on any empty area of the taskbar. Drag the taskbar to the position (bottom, top, left or right side of the screen) you desire, and release it. Re the taskbar by moving your cursor to where the taskbar ends. Your cursor will change to a two-way arrow. Left-click and drag the taskbar until it reaches the you want. Move your cursor over the series of separator bumps between the Start button and the Quick Launch menu, and the Quick Launch menu and the active programs section of the taskbar, to alter the of the Quick Launch menu and the active programs area. Right-click the taskbar, and left-click on "Lock the taskbar" once you've completed the changes you wish to make. b> Change Taskbar Options b> Right-click on the taskbar, and left-click on "Properties." Modify the taskbar settings so that it appears the way you like. You can decide whether to show the Quick Launch menu (a series of icons for your most commonly used programs), to show thumbnails for your active programs in Windows 7 and Windows Vista and to group similar active programs, and to automatically hide the taskbar or to always have it on top of other windows. Click on the "Notification" tab in Windows 7 or Vista to modify the way the notification area to the far right appears. Stay on the taskbar tab in Windows XP. Hide inactive icons, and decide which information to show, including the clock or the volume, power and network icons in Windows 7 and Vista. Click on the "Customize" button to specify which programs or notifications should always show, never show or grow inactive with disuse. Click on the "Toolbars" tab in Windows 7 or Vista to specify which toolbars you wish to see in the taskbar. Your options will vary according to the programs you have installed on your computer but may include the Quick Launch, address bar and links toolbars. Click the "Apply" button, then "OK" once you have made the changes you desire. Hope this helps.

Jan 16, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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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.

Apr 09, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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When i log onto my user the only thing that shows up is the background picture


This can be caused by a virus, or it may just be that Windows has got a fault that's stopping the desktop appearing as it should.
(this is just a basic repair, to get you control for now. It may or may not fix the problem permanently as it can be caused by several different things)
If it's just Windows at fault, you can gain control usually by doing this:-
Press CTRL & ALT & DEL at the same time to get the TASK MANAGER box appear. Click on the APPLICATIONS tab. Click NEW TASK. Type EXPLORER.EXE (you don't need to type it in Capitals) Click OK, and a File Explorer box 'should' appear, as well as the usual task bar at the bottom of the screen. In most cases of just Windows getting stuck, this will fix it.
Restart the PC now and see if the problem has been fixed. If it has not, then it's most likely you have a common type of virus removing your desktop. You will need to do the above steps again, and run your antivirus software (i recommend Clamwin, Malwarebytes, and Threatfire for virus removing/detection).

Note that if when showing the background/desktop image, you don't get to see a mouse pointer, this is different, it indicates that your operating system has a more serious problem. If no mouse pointer is visible, try pressing your CAPS LOCK key on and off and see if the keyboard's Caps Lock indicator light goes on & off. If it does not even after a minute, then the PC has crashed completely, and you most likely will need to have somebody restore your operating system.
Good luck :)

Nov 07, 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

Mar 10, 2010 | Dell Dimension 2300 PC Desktop

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Startup fails to complete properly


When on the screen, and you have no icons hold control(ctrl) down and shift key and press escape(esc) your windows task manager should appear, goto the applications tab, at the bottom goto the tab New Task and left click, another window should appear with a text bar, type in the text bar explorer.exe and click ok, all the icons and your normal screen should reapear.

If your screen goes back to normal goto the start bar and goto run or search and type "regedit".
When the regedit window appears left click the " + " sign next to Hkey_local_mechine the the plus sign on software, scroll down to Microsoft folder and click the plus sign, scroll down to Windows nt folder and click the plus sign, the plus sign on Current version folder, then scroll down to winlogon folder and left click on the folder icon, on the right hand side of the screen look for "shell" double click on the icon and delete everything in the text bar and type explorer.exe and click ok and exit out of the window, restart the pc and everything should be back to normal.

pls post back and tell me what happens.cheers.

Jan 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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My pc doesn't restart


When Windows doesn't restart it is usually because there is a process in the background that has not finished. Get into Task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and close some of the processes with a manual "End
Task". Suggestion 1.) Sort the processes by double-clicking the Process Title. 2.) End Task only the Processes in CAPITAL LETTERS. These are usually not system processes and are started by other programs. 3.) Try 1st closing all CAPITAL processes initially (make sure to wait a full 3 minutes to make sure processes have cleared) then try and shutdown. 4.) If successful, next time try to pin down the exact process holding up the system by closing down a few at a time and waiting, then shuting down.

Last observation: if this happen when shelling in Linux -- then above may not help-- in such case then remember that every time you restart your computer, the virtual machine that runs in background will close, so you'll have to open VMware Server Console and start the Windows machine before you can connect to it through the desktop shortcut.

Let us know if you still continue to have issues. Best Regards

Nov 09, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Black task bars


I would recommend you to install a application called TuneUp utilities which is a awesome software to restore your taskbars, broken desktops and missing files in windows operating system. Dont worry all your icons would be restored.

Sep 18, 2009 | HP Compaq FS7600 17" CRT Monitor

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Task bar is grey upon start up


^Try going do the display properties again but this time on the Appearance tab.

You will have a dropdown box and select windows xp default.

let me know if it helps

Jun 20, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Computer has viruses which might be why it has a the blue screen


Try entering safe mode and doing the virus scan:
  • Switch on your PC
  • Before the Windows Logo screen appears press F8 to get the startup options menu
  • Chose Safe Mode
  • Once your computer boots, run AVG and let it remove all the viruses. Reboot and it should go into Windows as normal.You might have to rerun the scan a few times to get rid of everything but it should do the job.

May 17, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines W2686 PC Desktop

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Desktop icons and task bar flash on and off but background doesnt


If you have a lot of desktop icons (meaning more than 10) you have too many. Try deleting them and opening your files from the start menu. Also run a disk clean up by going to start>all programs>accessories.system tools>disk clean up. Make sure you check ALL boxes and let it finish. If you have not done this in a while it will take a while to complete and you should let it run by its self with no other programs running. The more often you do this the less time it will take and the faster your system will be. I do one every two weeks. Then go to microsoft update and update all updates offered. Go back to the site and check for updates untill there are none left. If you havent updated your system there could be more updates for the updates. Dont rely on just your automatic updates. Physically do them from time to time. I would go thru your add and remove programs and uninstall any programs that you do not use, then run a defrag. You do this the same way you got to disk clean up just choose defrag instead. Let this run untill complete with no other programs running. Restart. Hope this helps.

Dec 13, 2008 | Dell Inspiron XPS M140 Notebook

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