Unable to load desktop

sandy monster

OSNN One Post Wonder
24 Nov 2007
hi dude when i turn on my system my desktop shows only the wallpaper it doesnt display any icon iam running each n every application using the task manager my task manager is showing system idle process 99% wat shuld i do to make my desktop run normally plzzzzz help me cheeeeeers ........
I found this somewhere else.. see this will help out

Can you right click the desktop? If so, choose arrange icons by, and select show desktop.

Another thing you can try is to boot, open taskmanager and kill explorer.exe

Then open task manager again, and click file new task, run, and type explorer.exe

If that brings back your icons problem solved.

If not, you can try booting to the PC, open task manager, click file, new task run, and then type:

sfc /scannow

Make sure you have the XP cd available because it will ask you to insert it.

That should fix any files that might be screwed up and repalces them with new files from the CD.

Are you using any themes or anything like that? If so disable them... and see if that works.

If you are using stardock, window blinds or something like that... remove those programs.

ALso, if you can, try running in safe mode and doing an antivirus scan... see if anything is picked up by your scanner... if so take the appropriate steps to remove it (sometimes viruses can make icons disappear).

TweakUI for XP has a setting to allow you to rebuild the icons if there is a problem for some strange reason:


Download and install that.

Have you installed any hardware, drivers, software etc... recently? As in right before the icons disappeared? If so, remove them... and reboot.

ANd finally, try to open task manager, and click file, new task run, and type:


CHoose to do a diagnostic startup. and reboot.

Then if everything works, go back into msconfig, and under startup, start adding those items that are unchecked one by one. And reboot. IF you add an item and it causes your icons to disappear then you've sorted the problem and can remove that item permanently.
Could also try running msconfig and seeing if there is anything odd in there. Perhaps get hijackthis on a removable drive and try running that too and posting the log here if you are able.
Also sounds like explorer is crashing or hanging.

You can launch a new instance of it from the Task Manager, New Task, Run and type explorer.exe

That should load your desktop and let you do some additional diagnosis.
Funny, I had a call about this same issue today. Will be looking at the computer tomorrow.

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