My desktop icons dont show at start

Ximena January 31, 2009 at 17:08:28
Specs: Windows XP
Please someone help me!
I started my laptop today and all of a sudden nothing shows, only the wallpaper. The desktop icons dissapeared and also the start up menu. I opened the task manager and open the IE that way (thats how I managed to write this).
I work from home and I really need my PC working. Please some kind soul help me!

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January 31, 2009 at 17:49:48
I tried looking for "explorer.exe" after reading some posts here but it says that it doesnt exist. What can I do?

I also noticed that a strange file named "wuauclt.exe" keeps running in the task manager but only appears for a few seconds and dissapears again.

I have no idea what to do! Loosing my mind now! Please someone reply!

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January 31, 2009 at 22:22:29
Try going into task manager, and selecting File > New Task (Run...) and typing in "explorer.exe" - if that does not work, you can also try running Windows File Protection. Get to the "Run" menu from Task Manager the same way, but this time type in "sfc /scannow" - this will initiate the System File Checker and make sure all system files are intact and good. If there is a problem detected it will make use of the system file cache on your computer. If it still cannot fix the problem, you will be asked to insert your Windows XP Install CD. Please post an update when you get a chance.

Also: "wuauclt.exe" is technically a program for receiving critical Windows updates, but, I've heard more than once that there are a couple of viruses that will use that program name as a disguise. When you do fix your "explorer.exe" problem, I would suggest turning off your automatic updates and then checking to see if "wuauclt.exe" is still running. If it is, more likely than not you have a trojan/virus infection. Hope this helps!

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