Desktop Icons Gone

Hewlett-packard Pavilion a620n desktop
September 19, 2009 at 05:33:28
Specs: Windows XP
I did the scanning of viruses, etc, and when I right click on my desktop, nothing happens....when i go into task manager, and go through browse, i can pull up my desktop icons that way and i tried to manually transfer them but it doesn't work. anyone know what else i can do?

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#1
September 19, 2009 at 06:10:49
First I think your Icons are not hardware based, so wrong forum.

Second, check whether explorer.exe is listed in the task manager.
If not, in task manager click File / New Task and type explorer.exe.

Repost.


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#2
September 19, 2009 at 06:19:22
i've done that as well, i get this message, windows cannot access the specified device,path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item

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#3
September 19, 2009 at 11:27:07
Check this: Right click the desktop > select 'Arrange icons by' and see if 'show desktop icons' is selected.

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#4
September 19, 2009 at 11:31:03
as stated in my original post, i have already did the right click, and nothing happens, absolutley nothing......

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#5
September 19, 2009 at 11:35:08
Sorry about that. My reading hasn't been very good lately. :-(

Go to http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_... and try #195 on the right.


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#6
September 19, 2009 at 11:39:14
n.p., i checked it on my laptop...what is this file?

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#7
September 19, 2009 at 12:04:51
What ?
If you didn't know what to do. click on #195 and download it. Then run it.


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#8
September 19, 2009 at 12:12:15
the website you told me to go to, when i clicked on #195 it says to download file, what is it from?

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#9
September 19, 2009 at 12:18:05
It's a registry modification to fix a missing icons and/or task bar problem.

The fixes that this web site supplies are as safe as you can find anywhere.


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#10
September 19, 2009 at 12:22:06
ok...thx. I'll try it and see if it works!

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#11
September 19, 2009 at 12:46:45
okay, after i click run file, it says computer will now restart, clicked yes, but then it just sits there....nothing happens. I turned it off myself, but still no icons or start menu.

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#12
September 19, 2009 at 13:06:00
I'm afraid I can't help you. Something has been corrupted in your system. If you had a vanilla XP system I would suggest a 'Repair Install'. But since you have a 'HP' system, I don't know if it's possible. Maybe your HP manual will tell you.

(edit) OEM manufacturers usually call a 'repair install' a "non-destructive Recovery'.

A System Restore is probably out of the question, because that would take you back to where you had the viruses.

Maybe someone will pop in with some suggestions.


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#13
September 19, 2009 at 13:10:19
Download Avira Antivir Rescue System (it's free), burn the ISO on CD, start your pc from CD, update the antivirus software and scan your system.

http://dlpro.antivir.com/package/re...


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#14
September 19, 2009 at 13:19:53
i downloaded avast antivirus and had trojans, removed them, I can see my desktop icons when I click on task manager, then run, and click on browse...all my info is there, my computer, my documents, pictures, but just can't get them back on desktop

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#15
September 19, 2009 at 13:29:17
If all else fails and you need to do a 'Non-destructive recovery', it looks like it's possible. Try taping F10 key every second or two during a boot. That 'should' get you the HP Recovery screen.

Your files and data should remain, but all the Windows Updates will be lost. You can get most of them back by using either the SP2 or SP3 install disc.


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#16
September 19, 2009 at 14:35:20
Open Documents and Settings and check, whether there are 2 folders for your user, e.g. YourUser and YourUser.000 or something like that.
In this case, all your Icons are in the YourUser folder, while windows uses YourUser.000 as your current profile folder.
So you can simply copy the .lnk files from the Desktop folder from YourUser to the Desktop folder of YourUser.000.
The same happens on the Start Menu folder.

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