Windows XP fails to load desktop and desktop items

By kylecarey
Sep 28, 2010
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  1. windows xp will log on to the home screen but will not load the desktop icons or task bar ... also when i go to open the task manager it comes up with a message saying 'your administrator has disabled task manager' ... i can literally do nothing! i think it may be something to do with a virus?
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Sounds like a virus. Take a look at the virus removal procedures thread and follow the steps.
  3. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Posts: 79

    i suggest safe mode then give combofix a run.
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    If this is on a machine with multiple user accounts, it might be an update that caused this. You could also try a system restore to a date before you first found the problem.

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