No icons-programs-Task Mgr, but they exist

September 21, 2011 at 15:48:25
Specs: Windows XP, Dell optiplex gl620
No Icons on desktop. No programs except Adobe showing in All Programs. Can't access Task Mgr as button greyed out. Get nothing when right click on desktop. Going into Program Mgr shows "empty" in Administrative Task, and Accessories. Do have Add/Remove Programs showing list of programs, but can't access them. Can't even find Internet Explorer icon. Go in under another identity and find some programs I set up for myself awhile ago, btu under my secretaries it is the mess I described above.

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September 22, 2011 at 07:59:28
I think it was something I did as Administrator(windows XP-not Professional) awhile back to restrict a certain user (who had propensity to screw around because that station had been given Admin rights under another employee who didn't mess wih system. I also wanted to limit the Facebook, surfing, etc which was consuming 50% of her day. But sadly I fool around so little in these systems I forgot what I did. I used the Ctl+Sift+Esc to try to open Task Manager and that is when I realized she had no rights to do that. I tried to go in as Administrator and get into the Administrative Tools of Control Panel and there is nothing showing there. I do not recall how to get into the section which sets the rights, and guess I need to do that. But her identity has no icons or programs available to her. She gets to the internet through Documents via C: and gets to a Dell troubleshooting website, and then uses the URL line to get where she wants to go. When Admin loggs in I can see Internet Explorer and a few other icons. I forgot to look at what programs if any are in All Programs. Exhausted my metal for the next few hours and have to turn to making a living. Will return and update as I get willingness.

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September 26, 2011 at 14:59:50
I think in 2010 I told my software tech I didn't want people surfing all day on that computer, and he might have done some restrictions somewhere in the system.
Any hints on where to unlock that?

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