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jamesmag2325

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Windows Explorer and no Desktop
« on: August 04, 2006, 04:19:43 PM »
Yesterday, I run a spyware check and cleaned up my Windows XP Professional system. I was able to shut down as usual; but on rebooting this morning, the computer is not showing the customary XP desktop layout and features. Instead, everything is now in the folder and tree-view layout.

That is, My Documents is now the default view --and this view is within a folder. So, there's no Start Menu; Taskbar; Quick Launch; and no usual clutter of stuff on the desktop. I am doing everything from within the Windows Explorer [tree-view] mode.How do I get back to the Windows XP default mode with it's desktop, icons, folders, taskbar, and etc.?

pcdoc4christ

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Re: Windows Explorer and no Desktop
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006, 05:56:59 PM »
Jamesmag:

It is likely the software you used to catch spyware actually removed a legitimate Windows operating system file.  I had this happen to me once when i ran a scan with SpyBot S&D.

What program did you use and what is the file name of the alleged spyware that it removed?

Have you tried using the Windows XP System Restore program to try to fix the problem?

Doc
« Last Edit: August 04, 2006, 05:58:06 PM by pcdoc4christ »

jamesmag2325

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Re: Windows Explorer and no Desktop
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 07:18:16 PM »
pcdoc4christ, you are bang on. I used Spybot S&D and I got messed up. However, the system restore is not an option right now. My computer works -- except that I don't have an [active] or the usual desktop, right now. I'm working from within Windows Explorer (folder view) to get around.

Any tricks or ways to [turn] on the desktop and get rid of the folder view?

pcdoc4christ

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Re: Windows Explorer and no Desktop
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 07:24:58 PM »
I haven't used SpyBot S&D in awhile.  As i recall, it has some kind of an undo feature.  Can you start the program and use this option?

Doc