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Old December 27th, 2005, 09:19 PM
Mike Fisher Mike Fisher is offline
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Exclamation Missing Taskbar, Missing Start Button, Missing Desktop Icons

I run SP2 with all the updates. I run Spybot S&D and Avast! Antivirus frequently. I recently upgraded SECRETMAKER (a SPAM/pop-up blocker), which I have been using without problems. My Taskbar, Start button, and Desktop icons disappeared immediately. Right-clicking the screen does nothing. Re-booting brings me back to the wallpaper I use for my desktop. Ctrl+Esc does nothing. Re-booting in Safe Mode does nothing. ScanDisk (from a command prompt) no longer functions. I HAVE RE-INSTALLED MY OS BUT I STILL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.

My Task Manager still works. Is there anything I can do with it? Can I somehow get into System Restore (and restore my previous settings)?

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Old December 27th, 2005, 10:19 PM
mack_1964 mack_1964 is offline
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try inserting removeable media such as a flash disk, that usually forces back the desktop.
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Old December 27th, 2005, 11:06 PM
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My Task Manager still works. Is there anything I can do with it? Can I somehow get into System Restore (and restore my previous settings)?
Hi Mike, you should be able to run System Restore but as you have reinstalled XP, I am not sure what restore points will be available. Open Task Manager and go to File > New Task and type:

explorer.exe (or C:\Windows\explorer.exe)

and ok.

Click the the + by My Computer and then go to Tools > Folder Options and make sure that you can view hidden files and folders, uncheck "Hide Extensions for Known File Types" and "Hide Protected Operating System Files".

Continue clicking on the +'s to navigate to the the below file path.


Open the Restore folder (doubleclick on it) and look for rstrui.exe. Doubleclick on rstrui.exe and System Restore should open.
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