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Windows 7: Where did my desktop icons and task bar go to?

19 Dec 2009   #1
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Where did my desktop icons and task bar go to?

Solved. See #18 below.

When I leave my pc for perhaps 30 minutes or longer, upon my return after waking up my monitor the desktop shows only the wallpaper. My desktop icons are gone and my start button along with the taskbar is gone. I have not discovered how to get them back.

On some occasions even the wallpaper has shrunk in size.


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19 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello oldtraveler,

How long has this been going on?
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19 Dec 2009   #3
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have had the pc for only five days. I've noticed it from the beginning.

Re-booting solves the problem, but a cold boot is required.
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19 Dec 2009   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You bought it new, I take it?

Go into Device Manager, and right-click on your monitor and display adapter and choose Update Drivers.

See if that works.

Hope it helps,
~Jonathan
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19 Dec 2009   #5
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

New out of the box 5 days ago.

Device Manager says all drivers for monitor and display adapter are up to date.
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19 Dec 2009   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Can you find your monitor and graphics card manufacturers' sites, and download the latest drivers from them? Sometimes the Windows driver finder doesn't do a good job of locating the latest drivers.

Forgot to mention, to find your graphics card, try using Speccy.
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19 Dec 2009   #7
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If you run your monitor at lower resolution, does the error still occur? If you goog around a bit, there are a few folks having trouble with Win7 and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 display adapter, so good chance it is a driver issue.
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20 Dec 2009   #8
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

instead of rebooting, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and choose Task Manager. under the applications tab, click on 'New Task...'. type in explorer.exe and press enter. does the taskbar come back up?
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20 Dec 2009   #9
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Intel can't locate my G45/G43 Express Chipset (display adapter driver)

My Acer monitor just says Generic PNP monitor.

The problem hasn't occured in the last 24 hours. Should it happen again, I'll try the Ctrl-Alt-Delete solution.
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20 Dec 2009   #10
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

It just now happened again. I get to a desktop with wallpaper, but no icons or Windows taskbar. I am able to right click on the desktop and get the usual menu. I don't see anything to force the taskbar to re-appear.
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