Desktop is blank after boot-up

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When I boot up into Windows 2000 it asks for my password.  After I enter my password it goes into the desktop, but the desktop is totally blank.  The only thing I have is a mouse cursor.  I can bring up task manager (by pressing ctrl - alt - del) and view what is running.  I can also use new task and run programs like notepad. How can I bring my desktop back to normal?
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From there ues the new task to do this

chkdsk /r and after it reboots see that helped.
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Next see this helps.

Note the following approcah will not replace any system files.

Can you boot to your Win2000 CD? If so then when it finally boots At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10, or press R to repair, and then C to start the Recovery Console this will allow you to use the command line. From here do something like the following. Or if the file system is FAT32 you can use a Win98 bootdisk to do this. www.bootdisk.com

COPY /Y C:\WINNT\repair\RegBack\TheParticularHive C:\WINNT\system32\config\

This will replace the registry hive to the last time that hive was bacped up. Hopefully you didn't backup the registry at the time the problems started to happen.

Following is a list of the files that are the registry hives. I would suggest starting with the SYSTEM hive and then reboot and if the problem still persists do the SOFTWARE hive next. Note these files don't have a file extension on them

DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
SOFTWARE
SYSTEM

For the SYSTEM hive you could try the following before doing the copy method.

ren c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM SYSTEM.bak
ren c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM.alt SYSTEM

I would suggest to first backup these hives from the C:\WINNT\system32\config\ to folder of your making or choice just don't back them up to the C:\WINNT\repair\RegBack\ folder.  

You will probably need to reapply any services patches that you have previously installed.

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Also take a look at this article

HOW TO: Restore a User Profile in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314045
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No Desktop or Blank Desktop After Logging On to Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;256194

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Make sure active desktop is disabled. There are some settings within active desktop that would give you a blank screen. I have a teaching lab where students do this all the time.

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