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Windows 7: Lost desktop~please help

29 Oct 2010   #1
comura125

windows 7 32
 
 
Lost desktop~please help

Hi, I lost my entire desktop including start button and all icons, as well as the ability to use the right click mouse function.
I have been having trouble using a 2nd monitor, it takes me several attempts to get the system to recognize the 2nd monitor, then once I unhook my laptop I need to go through the whole process again.
This time, it seems that my desktop is in a limbo of sorts, it isn't on the laptop, and isnt on the 2nd monitor either.
I fixed late last night by doing a last known good config reset but am really having trouble getting that to work again ( forgot how I did it )
I get the audible windows prompt where I usually see the blue screen to enter my password, but now the screen is grey/dark, not black as if there isnt anything happening, but gray/black.
The other thing that is making me crazy, is that if I start in safe mode it will do this on my 2nd monitor, so I know it is working and hooked up but that for some reason windows isn't recognizing it.

I have a toshiba salellite 550, which is 8 months old, has I3 processor windows 7 32bit, 4 mg memory, 500 mg HD I do not know that name of the graphics card however.

I really appreciate any help you can offer, thanks!


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29 Oct 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Restart explorer.exe
How To Restart Explorer.exe Process Properly In Windows 7, Vista, XP
If not possible or does not help, try a system restore
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29 Oct 2010   #3
comura125

windows 7 32
 
 

I tried both, and no change. The restore only let me go back 2-3 days, is there a way to select a restore date further back, this problem has been going on now for several days, so perhaps it is best to go back further.
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29 Oct 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

When you get to the screen select a SR date, on the bottom left there is a box to check that will allow you to select dates further back, if they exist.
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30 Oct 2010   #5
Pusspa

 
 

have you tried ctrl-shift-esc to get task manager up, then running explorer from there?


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