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Windows 7: Missing desktop icons and taskbar

26 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Missing desktop icons and taskbar

Hello All,

I have gone through a number of posts on this problem and tried them but they did not work for me. Here is my problem:

Yesterday a user complained that there laptop had slowed down in recent days. I went ahead and ran msconfig the I deleted most of the programs that were running on startup. I also stopped some services. The PC speed improved but when the user restarted the laptop there were no icons or taskbar.

I pressed ctrl-alt-del and started task manager. I started explorer.exe and my computer showed up with the drives on the machine. I also ran sfc /scannow and it did give any errors, i created another profile and it has the same results. When I right click on the desktop nothing shows up. I booted into safe mode and there are no restore points to recover to.

I suspect the problem is registry related and was caused by me deleting the startup programs. I am not sure how I can restore the laptop without reinstalling it.

Any advice???


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26 Aug 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

I would be more curious as to exactly what services you disabled. Nothing in startup should prevent proper boot.
Did you check their dependencies before deactivating them?
Sometimes even we more knowledgeable folks get in a rush and forget to do the simple things.
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26 Aug 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

can you do a system restore or have you tried it yet.
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26 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I did not disable any services as such but changed them from automatic to manual. I did this to services like webclient, ipod services and adobe services. Its booting properly and one is able to login but no icons. I do admit I did the changes in a rush because I do it all the time to slow machines. There was a curious application I removed from startup which was fpplock. Let me try recreate the registry entry and reboot.

I have tried system restore but there are not restore points.
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26 Aug 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

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