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Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of programs doesn't run

  1. #1


    mihafiz Guest

    Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of programs doesn't run


    Hi,

    I fell into a serious problem.
    I use Vista Home premium on my MSI notebook.
    Now it doesnot show up desktop and taskbar and many programs like yahoo
    messenger, DU meter etc. stops or gives error. How do I bring back my
    desktop and taskbar? I tried system restore but it did not solve the
    problem.

    Now here is what happened just before this problem showed up:
    As I was leaving for my university I turned off the system. I closed
    the lid, took off the power cable and went away. As it was raining
    heavily, I did not feel like taking it along. After about four hours, I
    came back to find the orange battery light blinking indicating that the
    system had gone hibernating upon reaching critical battery. I plugged
    in the cable and resumed windows.
    As soon as I logged into my user, I found that the system was asking
    whether to close firefox and MS word 2007 that were open at the time i
    intended to shut down the system. I guess, over security is not
    appreciable. Anyway, i clicked yes and it took some time to
    automatically close the two programs which otherwise would have taken
    me seconds to manually close them. As I waited, the screen was little
    darkened as usual by that windows message. I clicked twice on the
    taskbar. It flashed on both occasions and then shut down.

    Then I restarted the system. Everything was just as before until the
    login screen came. It was normal too. I logged in...now it took more
    time than usual showing the 'Welcome' message and then a blank screen
    came up and a second later my documents folder showed up with no
    desktop and taskbar. The problem commenced. I tried to open du meter
    and yahoo messenger and a few other programs using the task manager,
    all failed. MSN messenger opened, MS office opened and a few other
    regular ones opened fine from the task manager. However, after trying
    several tens of times, i couldn't bring the desktop or the taskbar
    back. I tried system restore to about a month earlier too but nothing
    happened. I tried to log in as another valid user, it gave exactly the
    same problem. I created a new user and then logged in... the same
    problem.

    I really need help now. I do not want to re-install the OS and go
    through the pain of installing the drivers again and all those
    registration and stuffs.

    I really need help to get back the desktop and taskbar.
    Please do help if you can.

    --
    Thanks
    mihafiz




    --
    mihafiz

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  2. #2


    Hans-Georg Michna Guest

    Re: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of programs doesn't run

    On Thu, 3 Jul 2008 16:28:36 +0100, mihafiz wrote:

    > I tried system restore but it did not solve the problem.
    mihafiz,

    if System Restore worked, but did not solve the problem, then
    your next best bet is to do a repair installation as described
    in http://winhlp.com/node/17#Repair_installation .

    Hans-Georg
    --
    No mail, please.

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  3. #3


    BurrWalnut Guest

    RE: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of progr

    This may help:
    Click the Windows Orb (Start), type regedit, press Enter and navigate to
    registry key 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 Windows Orb (Start) 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.


    "mihafiz" wrote:

    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I fell into a serious problem.
    > I use Vista Home premium on my MSI notebook.
    > Now it doesnot show up desktop and taskbar and many programs like yahoo
    > messenger, DU meter etc. stops or gives error. How do I bring back my
    > desktop and taskbar? I tried system restore but it did not solve the
    > problem.
    >
    > Now here is what happened just before this problem showed up:
    > As I was leaving for my university I turned off the system. I closed
    > the lid, took off the power cable and went away. As it was raining
    > heavily, I did not feel like taking it along. After about four hours, I
    > came back to find the orange battery light blinking indicating that the
    > system had gone hibernating upon reaching critical battery. I plugged
    > in the cable and resumed windows.
    > As soon as I logged into my user, I found that the system was asking
    > whether to close firefox and MS word 2007 that were open at the time i
    > intended to shut down the system. I guess, over security is not
    > appreciable. Anyway, i clicked yes and it took some time to
    > automatically close the two programs which otherwise would have taken
    > me seconds to manually close them. As I waited, the screen was little
    > darkened as usual by that windows message. I clicked twice on the
    > taskbar. It flashed on both occasions and then shut down.
    >
    > Then I restarted the system. Everything was just as before until the
    > login screen came. It was normal too. I logged in...now it took more
    > time than usual showing the 'Welcome' message and then a blank screen
    > came up and a second later my documents folder showed up with no
    > desktop and taskbar. The problem commenced. I tried to open du meter
    > and yahoo messenger and a few other programs using the task manager,
    > all failed. MSN messenger opened, MS office opened and a few other
    > regular ones opened fine from the task manager. However, after trying
    > several tens of times, i couldn't bring the desktop or the taskbar
    > back. I tried system restore to about a month earlier too but nothing
    > happened. I tried to log in as another valid user, it gave exactly the
    > same problem. I created a new user and then logged in... the same
    > problem.
    >
    > I really need help now. I do not want to re-install the OS and go
    > through the pain of installing the drivers again and all those
    > registration and stuffs.
    >
    > I really need help to get back the desktop and taskbar.
    > Please do help if you can.
    >
    > --
    > Thanks
    > mihafiz
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > mihafiz
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    mihafiz Guest

    Re: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of programs doesn't run


    Thanks a million!!!

    I tried BurrWalnut's solution before going on to trying Hans-Georg
    Michna's solution.

    BurrWalnut's solution worked with a little modification and I did not
    have to go through the repair installation procedure

    The registry entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon already existed with the value "Explorer.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe" in Shell REZ_SG with out the quotes.
    I just changed it to "explorer.exe" and restarted the system.

    Thanks again.

    BurrWalnut;669803 Wrote:

    > This may help:
    > Click the Windows Orb (Start), type regedit, press Enter and navigate
    > to
    > registry key 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 Windows Orb (Start) 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.
    >
    >
    > "mihafiz" wrote:
    > -
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I fell into a serious problem.
    > I use Vista Home premium on my MSI notebook.
    > Now it doesnot show up desktop and taskbar and many programs like
    > yahoo
    > messenger, DU meter etc. stops or gives error. How do I bring back my
    > desktop and taskbar? I tried system restore but it did not solve the
    > problem.
    >
    > Now here is what happened just before this problem showed up:
    > As I was leaving for my university I turned off the system. I closed
    > the lid, took off the power cable and went away. As it was raining
    > heavily, I did not feel like taking it along. After about four hours,
    > I
    > came back to find the orange battery light blinking indicating that
    > the
    > system had gone hibernating upon reaching critical battery. I plugged
    > in the cable and resumed windows.
    > As soon as I logged into my user, I found that the system was asking
    > whether to close firefox and MS word 2007 that were open at the time
    > i
    > intended to shut down the system. I guess, over security is not
    > appreciable. Anyway, i clicked yes and it took some time to
    > automatically close the two programs which otherwise would have taken
    > me seconds to manually close them. As I waited, the screen was little
    > darkened as usual by that windows message. I clicked twice on the
    > taskbar. It flashed on both occasions and then shut down.
    >
    > Then I restarted the system. Everything was just as before until the
    > login screen came. It was normal too. I logged in...now it took more
    > time than usual showing the 'Welcome' message and then a blank screen
    > came up and a second later my documents folder showed up with no
    > desktop and taskbar. The problem commenced. I tried to open du meter
    > and yahoo messenger and a few other programs using the task manager,
    > all failed. MSN messenger opened, MS office opened and a few other
    > regular ones opened fine from the task manager. However, after trying
    > several tens of times, i couldn't bring the desktop or the taskbar
    > back. I tried system restore to about a month earlier too but nothing
    > happened. I tried to log in as another valid user, it gave exactly
    > the
    > same problem. I created a new user and then logged in... the same
    > problem.
    >
    > I really need help now. I do not want to re-install the OS and go
    > through the pain of installing the drivers again and all those
    > registration and stuffs.
    >
    > I really need help to get back the desktop and taskbar.
    > Please do help if you can.
    >
    > --
    > Thanks
    > mihafiz
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > mihafiz
    > -



    --
    mihafiz

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    BurrWalnut Guest

    Re: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of p

    If the key I suggested you changed was OK, what key did you change?

    I need to know for my records.

    Thank you.


    "mihafiz" wrote:

    >
    > Thanks a million!!!
    >
    > I tried BurrWalnut's solution before going on to trying Hans-Georg
    > Michna's solution.
    >
    > BurrWalnut's solution worked with a little modification and I did not
    > have to go through the repair installation procedure
    >
    > The registry entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
    > NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon already existed with the value "Explorer.exe
    > C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe" in Shell REZ_SG with out the quotes.
    > I just changed it to "explorer.exe" and restarted the system.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > BurrWalnut;669803 Wrote:

    > > This may help:
    > > Click the Windows Orb (Start), type regedit, press Enter and navigate
    > > to
    > > registry key 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 Windows Orb (Start) 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.
    > >
    > >
    > > "mihafiz" wrote:
    > > -
    > >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I fell into a serious problem.
    > > I use Vista Home premium on my MSI notebook.
    > > Now it doesnot show up desktop and taskbar and many programs like
    > > yahoo
    > > messenger, DU meter etc. stops or gives error. How do I bring back my
    > > desktop and taskbar? I tried system restore but it did not solve the
    > > problem.
    > >
    > > Now here is what happened just before this problem showed up:
    > > As I was leaving for my university I turned off the system. I closed
    > > the lid, took off the power cable and went away. As it was raining
    > > heavily, I did not feel like taking it along. After about four hours,
    > > I
    > > came back to find the orange battery light blinking indicating that
    > > the
    > > system had gone hibernating upon reaching critical battery. I plugged
    > > in the cable and resumed windows.
    > > As soon as I logged into my user, I found that the system was asking
    > > whether to close firefox and MS word 2007 that were open at the time
    > > i
    > > intended to shut down the system. I guess, over security is not
    > > appreciable. Anyway, i clicked yes and it took some time to
    > > automatically close the two programs which otherwise would have taken
    > > me seconds to manually close them. As I waited, the screen was little
    > > darkened as usual by that windows message. I clicked twice on the
    > > taskbar. It flashed on both occasions and then shut down.
    > >
    > > Then I restarted the system. Everything was just as before until the
    > > login screen came. It was normal too. I logged in...now it took more
    > > time than usual showing the 'Welcome' message and then a blank screen
    > > came up and a second later my documents folder showed up with no
    > > desktop and taskbar. The problem commenced. I tried to open du meter
    > > and yahoo messenger and a few other programs using the task manager,
    > > all failed. MSN messenger opened, MS office opened and a few other
    > > regular ones opened fine from the task manager. However, after trying
    > > several tens of times, i couldn't bring the desktop or the taskbar
    > > back. I tried system restore to about a month earlier too but nothing
    > > happened. I tried to log in as another valid user, it gave exactly
    > > the
    > > same problem. I created a new user and then logged in... the same
    > > problem.
    > >
    > > I really need help now. I do not want to re-install the OS and go
    > > through the pain of installing the drivers again and all those
    > > registration and stuffs.
    > >
    > > I really need help to get back the desktop and taskbar.
    > > Please do help if you can.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Thanks
    > > mihafiz
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > mihafiz
    > > -
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > mihafiz
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    mihafiz Guest

    Re: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of programs doesn't run


    The key was exactly the one that you had mentioned.

    I did not change change the key, rather the value that already existed
    was needed to be changed to just explorer.exe (the one that you
    mentioned).

    The value that existed was "Explorer.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe" without the quotes.

    What was that extra bit of parameter doing there?

    Thanks again. I would have never noticed it if it wasn't for you
    assistance.

    BurrWalnut;670287 Wrote:

    > If the key I suggested you changed was OK, what key did you change?
    >
    > I need to know for my records.
    >
    > Thank you.
    >
    >
    > "mihafiz" wrote:
    > -
    >
    > Thanks a million!!!
    >
    > I tried BurrWalnut's solution before going on to trying Hans-Georg
    > Michna's solution.
    >
    > BurrWalnut's solution worked with a little modification and I did not
    > have to go through the repair installation procedure
    >
    > The registry entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
    > NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon already existed with the value
    > "Explorer.exe
    > C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe" in Shell REZ_SG with out the quotes.
    > I just changed it to "explorer.exe" and restarted the system.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > BurrWalnut;669803 Wrote: -
    > This may help:
    > Click the Windows Orb (Start), type regedit, press Enter and
    > navigate
    > to
    > registry key 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 Windows Orb (Start) 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.
    >
    >
    > "mihafiz" wrote:
    > -
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I fell into a serious problem.
    > I use Vista Home premium on my MSI notebook.
    > Now it doesnot show up desktop and taskbar and many programs like
    > yahoo
    > messenger, DU meter etc. stops or gives error. How do I bring back
    > my
    > desktop and taskbar? I tried system restore but it did not solve the
    > problem.
    >
    > Now here is what happened just before this problem showed up:
    > As I was leaving for my university I turned off the system. I closed
    > the lid, took off the power cable and went away. As it was raining
    > heavily, I did not feel like taking it along. After about four
    > hours,
    > I
    > came back to find the orange battery light blinking indicating that
    > the
    > system had gone hibernating upon reaching critical battery. I
    > plugged
    > in the cable and resumed windows.
    > As soon as I logged into my user, I found that the system was asking
    > whether to close firefox and MS word 2007 that were open at the time
    > i
    > intended to shut down the system. I guess, over security is not
    > appreciable. Anyway, i clicked yes and it took some time to
    > automatically close the two programs which otherwise would have
    > taken
    > me seconds to manually close them. As I waited, the screen was
    > little
    > darkened as usual by that windows message. I clicked twice on the
    > taskbar. It flashed on both occasions and then shut down.
    >
    > Then I restarted the system. Everything was just as before until the
    > login screen came. It was normal too. I logged in...now it took more
    > time than usual showing the 'Welcome' message and then a blank
    > screen
    > came up and a second later my documents folder showed up with no
    > desktop and taskbar. The problem commenced. I tried to open du meter
    > and yahoo messenger and a few other programs using the task manager,
    > all failed. MSN messenger opened, MS office opened and a few other
    > regular ones opened fine from the task manager. However, after
    > trying
    > several tens of times, i couldn't bring the desktop or the taskbar
    > back. I tried system restore to about a month earlier too but
    > nothing
    > happened. I tried to log in as another valid user, it gave exactly
    > the
    > same problem. I created a new user and then logged in... the same
    > problem.
    >
    > I really need help now. I do not want to re-install the OS and go
    > through the pain of installing the drivers again and all those
    > registration and stuffs.
    >
    > I really need help to get back the desktop and taskbar.
    > Please do help if you can.
    >
    > --
    > Thanks
    > mihafiz
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > mihafiz
    > --
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > mihafiz
    > -



    --
    mihafiz

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    James Guest

    Re: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of p

    Thought I would let you know that i had the same issue, with the same text
    showing up in the registry. I removed it and the computer booted up normal.

    Thanks!

    I would like to know how it got there. Any Ideas???


    "mihafiz" wrote:

    >
    > The key was exactly the one that you had mentioned.
    >
    > I did not change change the key, rather the value that already existed
    > was needed to be changed to just explorer.exe (the one that you
    > mentioned).
    >
    > The value that existed was "Explorer.exe
    > C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe" without the quotes.
    >
    > What was that extra bit of parameter doing there?
    >
    > Thanks again. I would have never noticed it if it wasn't for you
    > assistance.
    >
    > BurrWalnut;670287 Wrote:

    > > If the key I suggested you changed was OK, what key did you change?
    > >
    > > I need to know for my records.
    > >
    > > Thank you.
    > >
    > >
    > > "mihafiz" wrote:
    > > -
    > >
    > > Thanks a million!!!
    > >
    > > I tried BurrWalnut's solution before going on to trying Hans-Georg
    > > Michna's solution.
    > >
    > > BurrWalnut's solution worked with a little modification and I did not
    > > have to go through the repair installation procedure
    > >
    > > The registry entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
    > > NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon already existed with the value
    > > "Explorer.exe
    > > C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe" in Shell REZ_SG with out the quotes.
    > > I just changed it to "explorer.exe" and restarted the system.
    > >
    > > Thanks again.
    > >
    > > BurrWalnut;669803 Wrote: -
    > > This may help:
    > > Click the Windows Orb (Start), type regedit, press Enter and
    > > navigate
    > > to
    > > registry key 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 Windows Orb (Start) 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.
    > >
    > >
    > > "mihafiz" wrote:
    > > -
    > >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I fell into a serious problem.
    > > I use Vista Home premium on my MSI notebook.
    > > Now it doesnot show up desktop and taskbar and many programs like
    > > yahoo
    > > messenger, DU meter etc. stops or gives error. How do I bring back
    > > my
    > > desktop and taskbar? I tried system restore but it did not solve the
    > > problem.
    > >
    > > Now here is what happened just before this problem showed up:
    > > As I was leaving for my university I turned off the system. I closed
    > > the lid, took off the power cable and went away. As it was raining
    > > heavily, I did not feel like taking it along. After about four
    > > hours,
    > > I
    > > came back to find the orange battery light blinking indicating that
    > > the
    > > system had gone hibernating upon reaching critical battery. I
    > > plugged
    > > in the cable and resumed windows.
    > > As soon as I logged into my user, I found that the system was asking
    > > whether to close firefox and MS word 2007 that were open at the time
    > > i
    > > intended to shut down the system. I guess, over security is not
    > > appreciable. Anyway, i clicked yes and it took some time to
    > > automatically close the two programs which otherwise would have
    > > taken
    > > me seconds to manually close them. As I waited, the screen was
    > > little
    > > darkened as usual by that windows message. I clicked twice on the
    > > taskbar. It flashed on both occasions and then shut down.
    > >
    > > Then I restarted the system. Everything was just as before until the
    > > login screen came. It was normal too. I logged in...now it took more
    > > time than usual showing the 'Welcome' message and then a blank
    > > screen
    > > came up and a second later my documents folder showed up with no
    > > desktop and taskbar. The problem commenced. I tried to open du meter
    > > and yahoo messenger and a few other programs using the task manager,
    > > all failed. MSN messenger opened, MS office opened and a few other
    > > regular ones opened fine from the task manager. However, after
    > > trying
    > > several tens of times, i couldn't bring the desktop or the taskbar
    > > back. I tried system restore to about a month earlier too but
    > > nothing
    > > happened. I tried to log in as another valid user, it gave exactly
    > > the
    > > same problem. I created a new user and then logged in... the same
    > > problem.
    > >
    > > I really need help now. I do not want to re-install the OS and go
    > > through the pain of installing the drivers again and all those
    > > registration and stuffs.
    > >
    > > I really need help to get back the desktop and taskbar.
    > > Please do help if you can.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Thanks
    > > mihafiz
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > mihafiz
    > > --
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > mihafiz
    > > -
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > mihafiz
    >

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  8. #8


    Richard Guest

    Re: Desktop & taskbar not showing up and as a result a number of p

    Unfortunately this solution does not work for Windows XP.

    >
    > Jumping in, because he may not be back as soon, and I believe I
    > see what happened.
    >
    > If I read his message correctly, the Shell REG_SZ value in his
    > case had something appended. It was:
    >
    > Explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\Config\csrss.exe
    >
    > I'm almost tempted to test that, because it looks to me as if it
    > might have worked as well. But according to the original poster
    > it didn't. Perhaps explorer.exe doesn't like that parameter.
    >
    > Anyway, he essentially wrote that he removed that second part
    > and left only explorer.exe in place, and it worked.
    >
    > Hans-Georg
    > --
    > No mail, please.
    >

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