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Windows 7: Desktop is completely disabled (or not running?)

08 Apr 2013   #1
CMiYC

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 
Desktop is completely disabled (or not running?)

I'm not sure what happened, but my Desktop appears completely disabled.

There are no icons and right-click doesn't respond. So no, I can't just right click and select "Show Desktop Icons".

Tried:
Launching explorer.exe, but no change occurred.
Booted into Safe Mode, same behavior.
Changing Themes, no change (except theme changes)

Icons / Files are present on the Desktop folder. If I navigate to it through Explorer, I see all the content I expect to be there.

Any ideas what might have caused the Desktop to be disabled?

Thanks in Advance.


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08 Apr 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Have you contacted your IT Department with this problem?
Where did you get your copy of Enterprise?
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08 Apr 2013   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Services and make sure the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service is running and set to automatic start.
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08 Apr 2013   #4
CMiYC

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Have you contacted your IT Department with this problem?
Where did you get your copy of Enterprise?
It's a corporate laptop. Corporate IT department's solution is to reimage. I'm a remote employee. The problem doesn't bother me enough to go a couple of days without it.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Services and make sure the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service is running and set to automatic start.
That's the one I forgot to add to the list. It was already running and set to Automatic. I restarted it anyway, no change.
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09 Apr 2013   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your post #4
It's a corporate laptop. Corporate IT department's solution is to reimage.

Your IT Department is in charge of that computer I recommend following their instructions.
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09 Apr 2013   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Has it always been like this?
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