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Windows XP

On Boot the Desktop icons and taskbar are missing
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Andrew Fair
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akahanCommented:
What happens if you hit control alt delete, and fire up windows explorer from the task manager (by going into File/Run, and typing explorer.exe )?
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Andrew FairAuthor Commented:
Nothing happens beyond seeing the hourglass for a couple of seconds.
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
Can you stsrt control.exe from the task manager?

If yes add a new user then reboot and logon as the new user.

You also can try to run safe mode. To enter it hit f8 many times afyer turning on the pc until you see the windows logo.

Please tell us if safe mode works.
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Andrew FairAuthor Commented:
Control.exe dosn't work but Safe Mode does
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akahanCommented:
From Task Manager, try running the command

sfc /scannow

sfc stands for "system file check."  

This will make sure your Windows system files are intact and uncorrupted.  You may need to have your Windows XP installation CD onhand, as if files are corrupted, sfc may want to pull uncorrupted versions off the CD to replace the corrupted versions.
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dbruntonCommented:
Suggestions from Microsoft

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318027

and also

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-desktop/my-start-menu-and-desktop-icons-are-not-there/5a398c0a-9386-408a-834e-0c177443a501

Note the comments in the first link about virus and the suggestion in the second link on how to restart Explorer.
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nobusCommented:
try also a system restore to a date it was ok !
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Nice-GhazaCommented:
Dear Sir, Please see below the Picture and done same Thing Then you find your icon. just right click in the Medel of screen . Click on View and select show Icon Desktop.click on there Thanks
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Andrew FairAuthor Commented:
Safe Mode works, System Restore did not resolve issue.
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
guess its an account problem. try to create a new user account in safe mode and use it in normal mode to log on, see if it changes anything.

you also might try to use the administrator account to logon, on the logon screen press two times ctrl+alt+del and then type adminsitrator and password empty. to go to the logon screen choose logoff from the taskmanager that you got by pressing ctrl-alt-del
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nobusCommented:
>>    System Restore did not resolve issue   <  did you take a point far enough in time?

truy also making a new user account ; it could be corrupt

i assume you don't have any virus; or malware?
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Andrew FairAuthor Commented:
Backing up then creating a new user profile, i'll post the results asap. Thank you!
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Andrew FairAuthor Commented:
Backed up data and installed Win 7, all is well.
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nobusCommented:
that solves most problems
don't forget to close this Q
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