Windows desktop doesn`t show. No icons or taskbar etc.

By armymom ยท 4 replies
Sep 2, 2006
  1. My son gave me his Presario 700 laptop. Yesterday I turned it on and all it would do is go to the wallpaper and then nothing. I do not get any icons or start button. I was able to get on line by going to the ctrl,alt,del and getting the task window and doing a search.

    I can not find the restore disk and my son is in Irag, so I can not ask him where it is. My question is, is there a way to restore by using the task window to find the file?

  2. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Is this Windows XP? I guess what you could do is search for rstrui.exe, it's the system restore utility, and try that out. You can find it in C:\Windows\system32\Restore (at least on my computer.)
  3. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    If it's XP start the computer and press F8 at the list of chioces choose Last Known Good Configuration (or something like that) and press enter.
  4. armymom

    armymom TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks guys, I tried both of your suggestions, but neither worked. Any more ideas, short of buying a new computer.
  5. omski2k4

    omski2k4 TS Rookie

    well, I had this problem once, and sometimes it relieves itself when you try to open windows explorer by right clicking a file folder and click explore because this jump starts explorer.exe....well, sometimes, it worked for me. if that doesn't work try chkdsk it might be a corrupt system file that's causing all of this.
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