All my task bar and desktop icons missing [Solved/Closed]

yakuja 1 Posts Sunday September 28, 2008Registration date September 28, 2008 Last seen - Sep 28, 2008 at 11:10 PM - Latest reply:  Pradeep
- Mar 22, 2018 at 01:12 AM
Hello,

Can anyone help me out with this problem

all my windows desktop icons and task bar dissapears ..
the only thing I can run is pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del and running task manager....
cant help myself when running in safe mode also.
cant restore to earlier check point...

is this some kind of virus or........
need help ASAP
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I spent 5 day to solve this problem

Ctr + Alt + Delete // File - New Task (run...) // explorer.exe // OK
This will show your desktop icons but not solve the problem
To solve it just do this steps

1- copy explorer.exe from other clean computer (from C:\WINDOWS)
2- in your computer go to C:\WINDOWS
3- show hidden files from (Tools - Folder Options - View - Show hidden files and folders)
4- delete explorer.exe and any other files start with explorer...
5- put the new file (explorer.exe)
6- log off or restart
7- log on

Congratulation your desktop healthy now
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my problem is, I can't delete the old explorer.exe. It says "Make sure that the disk is not full or is not write-protected" :\ please help.
I was going to do the paste thing but I solve the problem before I could get to that. I went to -New Task- and type in msconfig. This brings up -System Configuration Utility-. From there, you can do a -System Restore- and go back to an earlier time before you had the problem.
I forgot to say thanks. I was freaking out.
thank you very much!! :)
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hi all I found a nice solution :
1- alt +ctrl + del
new task write : explorer.exe
if it not work ok .
goto to the processes tab and find explorer.exe and press end process
and then go back new task then explorer.exe .

that's all
it works with me
just want to help.
thanks
Briliant: worked for me!
Genius! This worked for me. Thanks sooo much for your post.

But what caused it?? I need to look further.
worked for me tooo
help!!!!! I lost everything and everything in my desktop. I cant even launch my task manager!
Thanks you so much 3<3333
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I'm using windows 7 64-bit after I restarted my computer all my desktop icons were missing but the task bar was there and everything worked fine.I went to C:/Users/.../desktop/
the files from my desktop were still there but I just couldn't see them.
This is how I fixed it.Hope it will help someone
Go to desktop then press right mouse button , from the menu choose View --> Show Desktop icons
I don't know what changed it because I'm the only one who uses this computer.It worked for me however it wasn't a virus it was some program that changed this I'm certain of it.
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In task manager select the performance tab, then click File and you will see the Run New task item.
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Under Task Manager use File Run Explore.exe

Then create a new profile when this is done. Sounds like you had a virus.

Good luck
Sandeep 89 Posts Friday October 10, 2008Registration date July 5, 2012 Last seen - Dec 12, 2008 at 10:34 PM
hey man I liked what you have suggested but it's serious problem regarding companies....so are you sure that after creating new profile problem will solve?
Because I noticed this problem on my company's vise president's laptop, that's why this is serious, I was going to format system.
i'm also sure that he is having virus in system. But creating profile will be far better than formatting.
Reply as soon as possible, I mean really it's a solution, or have you tried it, because if this will not solve the problem then he will shout that why didn't I formatted as it will take time for once only.
Thank you....
Thanks man This Works......

Many Many Thanks......
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hey if it is windows 7 will it work the same way too?
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i've moved all my important files to an external device. what should I do now? is there any way I can get rid of this virus?
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go to the task manager ctrl+alt+dlt
click file run
browse
then find the windows file and open the task folder
and everything will pop right back up.
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If none of the other solutions work, you can rebuild the desktop. This is the only solution that worked for me.
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Another thing that you can try is if it boots up wiht just my documents like mine did just type in at the top of my documents a web adress this will boot up internet so you can do some reshearch or run a virus scan... but if your computer is still in the warranty like mine is save yourself the hassle and go and buy yourself a raplacement.
I did that. I was able to get on the internet and got these answers. Thanks for that coment.
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Have you tried doing this while in Safe Mode?
Apple Girllllll - Feb 10, 2009 at 08:11 AM
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OMg!

"yaso"

Thank you super much, without you my laptop prob will never be solved!

Thanks!
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Thanks a whole lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This works!! I'm sooo happpy and grateful for the tip.. Thanks once again..
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Hi,

Thank you very much...

Now my computer is working fine..

Thanks again for this...

Best of luck!

Rajesh