No icons, task bar, task manager on start up

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I'm running Windows 7 and when I start to start up my computer all I see is my desktop wallpaper -- no icons, task bar, and typing in ctrl+alt+del makes the screen go black.

I tried running a system restore and that did not solve the problem.

I am able to access my computer and internet through safe mode + networking and have been attempting to scan for viruses/spyware but so far nothing has turned up.

Please help! I'm at a loss for what to do.

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Hi,

Try this:

1. Back up the Registry by creating a restore point.
2. Go to Start > Run (or Windows-key + R), type in regedit and hit OK.
3. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cla sses\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Wi ndows\CurrentVersion \TrayNotify.
4. Delete the values IconStreams and PastIconsStream.
5. Open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), go to the Processes tab, select explorer.exe and click End Process.
6. Open the Applications tab and click New Task at the bottom-right of the window.
7. In the message box that pops up type in explorer.exe and hit OK.
8. Explorer.exe will reload, and the missing icons should now be back in the system-tray where they belong.
9. Then if the volume bar isnt there, go to taskbar properties (where the volume was gray) and simply tick the box.

Good Luck!