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    Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Hello -

    No Icons on Desktop on bootup

    Twice in the last 2 weeks when Iíve turned on the PC, I am presented with a blank Desktop screen.

    The first time, I did a C,A,D: No applications running, 35 processes. I did a Restart, got theEnd Program window showing explorer.exe. Restarted, everything was fine.

    Today, when faced with the blank desktop, I went to Start, clicked Help & Support and then switched back to Desktop, the icons appeared (tho in Help & Support, no options were clickable- had to close it via Taskbar).

    There are no other indications of anything amiss.

    Is the PC telling me something dire?

    Thank you.

    Curious

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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    When was the last time you defragged your HD ???
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Hi, AL -

    It has been a while because when I've checked the necessity for defragging, I've received the message that it was not necesssary. I did it now and will be eager to see what the next week or so brings. Will keep the Lounge posted.

    Thanks for the suggestion,
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Got the wrong Doc, but as long as you got the correct information, it's not important. You might also want to run Disk Cleanup. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    WAY sorry about that..................

    Curious

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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    No need to be WAY sorry.

    bigaldoc isn't such a bad guy. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Okay then - will

    Sorry cover all bases?

    Curious

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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Hi there

    Have you inadvertently hidden the icons on your desktop?

    1) Right hand mouse click the desktop
    2) Arrange Icons By
    3) Show Desktop icons
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    It's OK, Doc Watson and Big Al get along just fine and we don't mind being misidentified as one another... <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>

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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Originally Posted by Curious
    <hr><center>The first time, I did a C,A,D: No applications running, 35 processes. I did a Restart, got theEnd Program window showing explorer.exe. <font color=red>Restarted, everything was fine.</font color=red>

    Today, when faced with the blank desktop, I went to Start, clicked Help & Support and then switched back to Desktop, <font color=red>the icons appeared</font color=red> (tho in Help & Support, no options were clickable- had to close it via Taskbar).</center><hr>

    I believe this info would indicate that the problem isn't a setting Jerry.
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Sure. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Hello -

    This morning again encountered a blank desktop. I was able to click the Start button and it showed the appropriate items. I then tried to click other icons in Taskbar, nothing. Went back to Start button, now unclickable.

    (Clock was working. Icons in Systray seemed to be okay)

    Did a C,A,D, Restart, End Program, explorer.exe. Nothing happened (no Restart). Did C,A,D again & after clicking End Program, just hung. Back on Desktop, if I put cursor in the empty taskbar area, it changed to hourglass. In Desktop proper, it became the cursor.

    I did a manual shut down, and all Desktop icons appeared.

    Have done Defrag, Disk cleanup. No new downloads or add-ons.

    Any other suggestions? As I said, there is no (other) indication that anything is amiss.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    You might try a tweak from Kelly's Korner. #72 Enable/Disable Desktop Icons or in the right column opposite #195 Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar.
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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Hi DOC

    I saw that tweak but didn't want to do anything on my own - thought I'd wait a see what the Lounge might offer. Thank you for your offering.

    I have been Googling this topic and there are many, many posts on it - but most seem to date for 2003-2004...

    Will stay tuned and report back.

    Curious

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    Re: Blank Desktop (Home/SR2)

    Kelly's tweaks are pretty safe. If you are concerned, create a system restore point right before you run the fix from Kelly's Korner. If you don't like the results, you can just restore things to the way they were.

    I'm curious <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, is this problem on a Toshiba laptop ???
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