How does one restore a 'desktop' when it is displayed as a solid blue screen, with cursor only?

Sat, 2008-12-20 20:14 by Puzzled_by_PC · Forum/category:

Have you ever seen this before?

Running XP and SP3, the PC crashed with a 'no can continue, shutting down to protect data' black screen of death. When powered back on, got XP splash screen, got initial login, login worked, but only blue screen followed. No icons, no wallpaper, no Start option in lower left, no mini-icons in lower right tray.

Using Task Manager, it is possible to Run, then Browse to Desktop, and appears intact and functions within the task manager. All apps seem to be executable, and all data seem to be fine, connectivity is fine. However, lack of desktop is somewhat limiting. The system, in this condition, does not allow the Shortcuts to be dragged to the actual Desktop. It is as though it fails to paint the screen at that critical startup moment prior to turning control over to the user. It is not just a 'display' related problem, since the cursor never changes mode, when rolled around the screen.

Is there a restore desktop function? Is there a way to Run the Control Panel from Programs? Or from Desktop (within Task Manager?) Has anyone seen this symptom before?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Never seen

Sun, 2008-12-21 08:26 by admin

I don't know. However, this is what I would do:

  1. Start Explorer. You can do this through Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Esc), Applications, New task..., type in: explorer
  2. Check Kelly's Korner for utilities that restore the task bars or the desktop.
  3. Google for XP no-desktop. At least you get the fuzzy feeling that you're not alone. (:-)

Good luck, and please let everybody here know how it went.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.