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Windows 7: Wallpaper, Taskbar, WinExplorer disappeared

10 Sep 2010   #1
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
Wallpaper, Taskbar, WinExplorer disappeared

I'm new posting here after lurking for quite a while waiting to upgrade to W7. I'm now running Home Premium 64Bit on i7-930, Asus, 12GB (photo editing), new rig less than 2 weeks old. I was trying to copy my old Google Earth 'myplaces' file from my old rig to my new one. UAC, or something, wouldn't allow me access to my Users/App directory. I searched the forums and then, stupidly, started trying to do things with permissions, things I no longer remember.

Now each time I boot I get two errors: one is from Acrobat Distiller saying that it can't create a file that already exists (error 183) and a MS Visual C++ Runtime Error. The error message says "Program C:\Program..." with no additional name or info "has requested runtime to terminate in an unusual way."

My wallpaper has disappeared, all the taskbar icons are gone, all startup items haven't started, I can't get my Firefox shortcut to start the program. Some shortcuts, like to Excel, do work. However, I am denied access to my outlook.pst files so Outlook won't start and MS Word 2003 gives me a dialogue box mostly in Japanese referencing a file 'Omso.ad' in English followed by another Japanese box with only an OK sign followed by a seemingly endless series of warnings about invalid signatures and macros. Actually, almost all my programs will no longer run.

Since there is no program identified at the boot screen I don't know where to start. I tried sfc /scannow but the result was a cmd window open and closed so fast I almost couldn't see it. I tried to remember what I did and go back and undo it, but I honestly don't remember and access to most everything is now routinely denied.

I really don't know where to go from here. I really don't want to have to wipe my disk on this OEM installation. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

Thanks,
rebadurchee


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10 Sep 2010   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

How long ago did this happen? If recently, use System Restore to go back to a date before it happened.

Click on Start then type system rest and press Enter. That should start System Restore for you.
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10 Sep 2010   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums rebadurchee. Yikes! I usually wouldn't jump to it, but a Repair Install would be the place to start.

Repair Install

But with all the program errors as well, it's not certain to correct everything. But it's better than starting with a clean install, which would be the next step.

If you get it fixed, either way. Suggest you make a system image of the working install, regardless of if you plan to play around with permissions and such.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

A Guy
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11 Sep 2010   #4
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Ztrucker - I was still installing programs and I hadn't started System Restore, so no go there. I tried to install ERUNT early on because I'd had such terrible experiences with it in XP, but it wasn't compatible with Win7 so I procrastinated. Can't believe I was so stupid.

A Guy - I'll give the repair install a try in the morning when I'm not so depressed and tired.

Thanks to both of you!

Rebadurchee
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11 Sep 2010   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

ERUNT is working fine on my x64. One of the 1st things I installed. A Guy
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11 Sep 2010   #6
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Yeah, me, too. The system somehow prevented ERUNT automated backups from happening. I did one manually shortly after I installed it, but it doesn't show up in the ERDNT folder.

I also did a manual registry backup in Revo Uninstaller, but I can't access the Users directory to find it.

Will a repair install reset all the permissions as they were or as a brand new install of Win7? Does that mean I will have to reinstall all my programs? Is there no other way to reset permissions?
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11 Sep 2010   #7
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

To be honest, a repair install may not restore all permissions, but the only other choice is a clean install , and reinstall all programs, so worth a shot.

As for ERUNT, if it will not automatically create a backup, you can set it up as a scheduled task.

To create the task:
Start> Type Admin tools in search box and press enter> Task Scheduler

In Actions, on the right pane> Create basic task

Name> Whatever you want

Description> Whatever you want

Next

Trigger> When computer starts

Next

Action> Start a program

Next

Program/Script> Browse to C:\Program Files\Erunt\Autoback.exe

Open

Add arguments> %systemroot%\erdnt\autobackup\#date# /noconfirmdelete /noprogresswindow

Note the spaces before the /

Also you can add a days switch for the number of days, if no switch it will default to 30. For instance, if you wanted 10 days of backups

Add arguments> %systemroot%\erdnt\autobackup\#date# /noconfirmdelete /noprogresswindow /days:10

Select> Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click finish

Finish

Security Options

Change User or Group: enter System

Select Run with highest privileges

Configure for: Windows 7

To check it's working, reboot and navigate to :

C:\windows\erdnt\autobackup\

There should be a folder with today's date

That's it. A Guy
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13 Sep 2010   #8
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

A Guy - I've managed to create a new user with Admin privileges and so far programs work. I'll slowly migrate only the absolute essentials over, like .pst files and iTunes music, then reconfigure everything else. It's a glimmer of hope. Thanks for the ERUNT script, it works perfectly! And thanks for hanging in with me.
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13 Sep 2010   #9
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rebadurchee View Post
A Guy - I've managed to create a new user with Admin privileges and so far programs work. I'll slowly migrate only the absolute essentials over, like .pst files and iTunes music, then reconfigure everything else. It's a glimmer of hope. Thanks for the ERUNT script, it works perfectly! And thanks for hanging in with me.
Glad I could help, I hope it all goes well for you. A Guy
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