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Explorer.exe won't load

Desktop will not display after the startup. i run the the task manager using the ctrl-alt-del. explorer.exe is not running under the processes. i run the explorer.exe just to show the desktop. but some of the applications which normally runs are not running in the notification(antivirus, yahoo messenger, etc...)

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    Terry L. Freeman Sep 19, 2008

    I have the same problem, & i did the restore to previous point, but it would work for only 2 days, then it would be the same problem, again.

    There has to be a better solution to this problem, & it might be in the registry, but I'm still looking. I just thought someone would have a perminent fix... Freebro


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Hi, your OS is corrupted and may need re-installation. Before that, if you can load explorer.exe manually and see the desktop, then go for a system restore from the system tools to an earlier date. Also try to boot to the known good configuration from the boot menu.

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if everything is empty and no view of dektop try to press ESC+SHIFT+CTRL. In opened window select FILE->NEW TASK. Enter word EXPLORER in textbox and press ENTER.

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Start menu and task bar is not responding for a mean while after i turn on my computer.

Please follow the given steps to relaunch the Start Menu and Taskbar:

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del or Ctrl + Shift + Esc to bring the Task Manager.
2. Go to Processes TAB
3. Find explorer.exe and select it
4. Click End Process (Button at Bottom Right Corner)
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I have lost ALL of my taskbars!! How do I get them back?

A program called explorer.exe controls the display of your taskbar and desktop icons. If for some reason it goes missing (you may have killed it using Task Manager, for example, or something more sinister like a virus has deleted it from your processes), then try this first:
  1. Open Task Manager (press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click Task Manager).
  2. On the Applications tab, click New Task at the bottom right of the window.
  3. Type explorer.exe, then click OK.
If nothing sinister caused it to disappear, it should all come back as it was and you can stop panicking, breathe a sigh of relief, and continue working.
If that doesn't work, then try this:
  1. Open Task Manager (press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click Task Manager).
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  4. Find all explorer.exe processes - select each, then click End Process for each one.
  5. On the Applications tab, click New Task at the bottom right of the window.
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Are you using snagit, try to uninstall it and then check if you still get the errors. If you donot use snagit then there would be another error.

If you cant access control panel use the "Windows Key+R" on the keyboard which opens the run dialog and type in 'sysdm.cpl' which opens the control panel.
You could also try to restore you windows using System Restore and select a date of the backup when the computer was working well.

Make sure you do a complete virus scan with a good antivirus with updated virus definitions as it could be a virus too.

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Press Ctrl+Alt+Del when it stops at Blank Desktop.. Go to "New Task", Type "Explorer" at "Run".. if the problem occurs, you may have to repair your windows... follow this step...

Take your WINXP Bootable Installation Disk, Boot it, Repair your system (First Repair Option) using repair option.. Thats all.. Your previous settings will not be disturbed.

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Windows did not appeared, only mousepointer was appeared. The icons on destop, taskbar and start menu are not appeared. What are the best solutions Tank you!

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete together and Task manager will be opened. Click on file -> New task . In the box type explorer.exe.a nd click ok. If this doesn't works boot your computer from XP disk and run repair from disk.

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Do a virus check and have a disk check for errors, so that this won't happen again.

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On my pc not any icon or start menu can be shown only wallpaper can be here

To solve this issue..

1) Click CTRL+ ALT + DEL at a time..

2) You will find Task manager option..

3) From that select process tab..

4) Then select explorer.exe...  And select end process..

5) Then select application tab...

6) And click o new task..
7) In the bar type explorer.exe..

8) Then select ok..

Now the icons will be reloaded.

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The task "explorer" is not running. It could mean you have a virus. Try pressing Ctrl+alt+del and the top left tab click "File" and then "New Task (Run)" and type "Explorer". It should appear.

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When i try to access i only get the sidebar on the left, everything else is gone.

something wrong with your windows explorer. Do like this. Hit Ctrl Alt Del together. Then task manager will be there. Then Select "Application" tab and from file menu, select "New Task(Run). Then type explorer.exe and hit enter. That will bring up the explorer again. It will automatically solve the errors and failures then. :)

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My windows vista hangs often;

Download process explorer'

Extract the program, make a shortcut and copy the shortcut to

Now every time you start the computer process explorer will start up and you can kill any processes you need

also you can disable programs from startup by

start -> run -> msconfig -> startup tab

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