Desktop profile doesn't load

I  have a Dell laptop computer running Windows XP Pro sp3.  If I remove it from the docking station when I return it to the docking station my desktop icons don't load on the first boot up. On the third boot up my icons load.
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Have you tried going to Task Manager and File>New Task Explorer.exe ?
Malli BoppeCommented:
Check the eventviewer to find out why the desktop icons didn't load.
Also, try right clicking desktop>Arange Icons By> make sure the Show Desktop Icons is checked.
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chaos506Author Commented:
I looked in System in Event Viewer and there was nothing referencing this issue.  I right clicked and the Show Destop icons is checked.
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chaos506Author Commented:
The problem seems to have just gone away.  Since I can't get the problem to occur again to troublshoot it, I'm just going to chalk it up as another Microsoft "undocumented feature".  Thanks to everyone for trying.

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