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All Desktop Icons Freeze but Start menu /Taskbar etc all work as u

  1. #1


    Purpleman Guest

    All Desktop Icons Freeze but Start menu /Taskbar etc all work as u

    I`ve got a weird problem that keeps happening. Without any errors or warning,
    all of my Desktop Icons become frozen. I cannot activate any of them. If I
    have any windows open in the Taskbar or programmes running in the System tray
    I can left/right click on any of them and they all work
    fine(Programmes/Window Explorer/IE7 etc). I can access the Start menu and
    activate whatever as usual. The only thing on the desktop that does NOT
    freeze is the Vista Sidebar/Gadgets.
    I`m using Vista Home edition on a new Fijitsu/Siemens PC(Not Laptop). Anyone
    had this problem. I keep everything up to date etc.

    Thanks.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Spirit Guest

    Re: All Desktop Icons Freeze but Start menu /Taskbar etc all work as u

    Check System Maker for newer drivers, especially Video and any Hard Disk
    Drivers or
    utilities. After that, if problem still occurs I would suspect memory.

    "Purpleman" <Purpleman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:04D850D7-6640-4E0A-A706-7A6C3DBC20B8@microsoft.com...
    > I`ve got a weird problem that keeps happening. Without any errors or
    > warning,
    > all of my Desktop Icons become frozen. I cannot activate any of them. If I
    > have any windows open in the Taskbar or programmes running in the System
    > tray
    > I can left/right click on any of them and they all work
    > fine(Programmes/Window Explorer/IE7 etc). I can access the Start menu and
    > activate whatever as usual. The only thing on the desktop that does NOT
    > freeze is the Vista Sidebar/Gadgets.
    > I`m using Vista Home edition on a new Fijitsu/Siemens PC(Not Laptop).
    > Anyone
    > had this problem. I keep everything up to date etc.
    >
    > Thanks.



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    dean-dean Guest

    Re: All Desktop Icons Freeze but Start menu /Taskbar etc all work as u

    You could try this:

    The Windows desktop may stop updating correctly after a Windows Vista-based
    computer has been running for an extended period of time:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932406

    If this problem happens again, try this: press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your
    keyboard, and open Task Manager. On the Processes tab of Task Manager, if
    explorer.exe is running, right-click on it and Choose End Process. If it
    doesn't restart automatically, switch to the Applications tab, and from the
    File menu, choose New Task. Type explorer.exe in the Run box, and press
    Enter on your keyboard.

    If explorer.exe is not running on the Processes tab, switch to the
    Applications tab, and from the File menu, choose New Task. Type
    explorer.exe in the Run box, and press Enter on your keyboard.


    "Purpleman" <Purpleman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:04D850D7-6640-4E0A-A706-7A6C3DBC20B8@microsoft.com...
    > I`ve got a weird problem that keeps happening. Without any errors or
    > warning,
    > all of my Desktop Icons become frozen. I cannot activate any of them. If I
    > have any windows open in the Taskbar or programmes running in the System
    > tray
    > I can left/right click on any of them and they all work
    > fine(Programmes/Window Explorer/IE7 etc). I can access the Start menu and
    > activate whatever as usual. The only thing on the desktop that does NOT
    > freeze is the Vista Sidebar/Gadgets.
    > I`m using Vista Home edition on a new Fijitsu/Siemens PC(Not Laptop).
    > Anyone
    > had this problem. I keep everything up to date etc.
    >
    > Thanks.



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Purpleman Guest

    Re: All Desktop Icons Freeze but Start menu /Taskbar etc all work

    Thanks for you suggestions. Sorry I couldn`t reply sooner. I`d already
    installed the Microsoft update, which didn`t work. When I close down Explorer
    via the Task manager and then do the new task option, explorer doesn`t start.
    The screen just goes black then and I can`t see anything on the desktop. The
    only thing that I can do is to re-boot my PC.
    Any more idea`s please?. It`s not happening as often as before, but is still
    pretty frequent.
    Thanks.

    "dean-dean" wrote:

    > You could try this:
    >
    > The Windows desktop may stop updating correctly after a Windows Vista-based
    > computer has been running for an extended period of time:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=932406
    >
    > If this problem happens again, try this: press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your
    > keyboard, and open Task Manager. On the Processes tab of Task Manager, if
    > explorer.exe is running, right-click on it and Choose End Process. If it
    > doesn't restart automatically, switch to the Applications tab, and from the
    > File menu, choose New Task. Type explorer.exe in the Run box, and press
    > Enter on your keyboard.
    >
    > If explorer.exe is not running on the Processes tab, switch to the
    > Applications tab, and from the File menu, choose New Task. Type
    > explorer.exe in the Run box, and press Enter on your keyboard.
    >
    >
    > "Purpleman" <Purpleman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:04D850D7-6640-4E0A-A706-7A6C3DBC20B8@microsoft.com...
    > > I`ve got a weird problem that keeps happening. Without any errors or
    > > warning,
    > > all of my Desktop Icons become frozen. I cannot activate any of them. If I
    > > have any windows open in the Taskbar or programmes running in the System
    > > tray
    > > I can left/right click on any of them and they all work
    > > fine(Programmes/Window Explorer/IE7 etc). I can access the Start menu and
    > > activate whatever as usual. The only thing on the desktop that does NOT
    > > freeze is the Vista Sidebar/Gadgets.
    > > I`m using Vista Home edition on a new Fijitsu/Siemens PC(Not Laptop).
    > > Anyone
    > > had this problem. I keep everything up to date etc.
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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