XP SP3 install finished with only Recycle Bin on desktop??

Posted on 2009-04-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hello Experts...

I just completed a wipe and reinstall of XPSP3 on a Dell GX260.  I left briefly and came back to find a desktop with only the Recycle Bin on MyDocs or MyComputer, etc.

I had to manually download the drivers for the NIC, sound, and video from Dell.  Strangely, the download page for my Dell Service Tag did not supply the correct drivers for the NIC and sound...but with some searching I found the right ones.

I do have a MyDocs folder under Admin.  I do have all the standard XP apps, e.g. IE7, Outlook Express, Media Players etc.

Before I continue with antivirus, anti-malware, etc, I'd like to hear from an Expert whether it is normal for an installation to  end up without MyDocs, My Computer, Network Places, etc.

What say you?
Question by:rrh2
    LVL 5

    Accepted Solution

    Are according checkboxes unchecked in Control panel / Display / Properties / Desktop / Desktop Icon Settings ?

    Author Closing Comment

    Wow.  I've been using computers daily since before hard drives, and I've never noticed that setting.  -  Thanks for the prompt reply.
    LVL 5

    Expert Comment

    Bill have hidden this setting very well..   But not for us!  :-)

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