The Desktop and Start Menu I have for one user is gone and I can't personalize it any more.
The All Programs is okay, but the left hand side doesn't even have Internet and Email, let alone any other recently used or pinned items.The options are available in the Display Properties dialog box, but nothing happens when you click Apply or OK. If you choose a wallpaper it happens in the dialog box but not on the screen. I can however, change the color of the Background.
Also. there are none of my usual programs in the System Tray, including my anti-virus. There's nothing in the Startup menu, but they weren't there anyway but had their own settings to run on Windows start. Now I can't seem to get them to run, even though they're on the Start Menu/All Programs....
Firefox is still okay, with all the favorites and settings. But IE seems to have become generic as well (but maybe that's because it updated itself to IE 7.) Also can't personalize the Taskbar, including putting the Quick Launch toolbar on it. However, there' a difference in that I can change the Taskbar --- it just doesn't keep the change if I restart; the Start Menu won't even accept the changes.
The only thing I can think of that I did was defrag the drive. And I did get a white Active Desktop screen on startup but it won't let me restore. That's not happening any more.
Any ideas about what to try?