I have NO icons on my desktop, how

March 4, 2009 at 10:19:26
Specs: Windows XP
I've manage to screw up my desktop, I have no Icons on
I'm currently running explorer from Task Manager to
access programs.
How do I go about getting my desktop with icons back?

XProfessional SP3


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March 4, 2009 at 10:23:59
Note: This problem can be caused by ‘malware’.

Click Start > Run, type regedit and press Enter. In the left pane navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. In the right pane, make sure there is a REG_SZ named Shell and it has a value of "explorer.exe" (no quotation marks). If it’s not there, create it by clicking Edit > New > String Value then right-click it and key in explorer.exe then restart the computer.

If the Start button is missing, open regedit via Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc then on the Applications Tab click ‘New Task’ at the bottom, type regedit.exe and press Enter.

To be prudent create a system restore point (%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe in Task Manager) before making any changes to the registry.

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March 4, 2009 at 10:45:43
Right click on the desktop > Arrange icons by > Show desktop icons

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April 22, 2009 at 04:28:32
First,You need to go first take the backup of the registry and go to run and type regedit and this location (hkeylocal_machine\software\Microsoft\Windows nt\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.) and find explorer.exe and it valu and if it is not found please create it. Othere wise your system need to format.

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