Windows 8 Desktop Mode not working

I just upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, and Desktop Mode is not working. The Taskbar is visible, but nothing on the desktop is, including any open windows. Please help, as a majority of my programs need Desktop Mode.
Just upgraded driving me mad, apps taking up space on hard drive but only maps work!

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that's all you get by the way, just a blank desktop. You can pin apps to the task bat from the metro screen. There is nothing wrong

if you what old win 7 style desktop shortcuts, you have to open windows explorer and create them yourself.

 

 

 

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that's all you get by the way, just a blank desktop. You can pin apps to the task bat from the metro screen. There is nothing wrong

if you what old win 7 style desktop shortcuts, you have to open windows explorer and create them yourself.

 

 

 


No, I can't even see open windows on the desktop.

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It may actually be working, install a legacy program and launch it from the desktop.   What is weird, is that there are basically two OSs operating simultaneously.   When you are on metro UI all apps will launch within metro, but not carry over to the desktop.   So if you launch internet explorer in metro, it will stay there.  To launch internet explorer from the desktop you need to create an internet explorer icon on your desktop.   or press your windows key, and type internet explorer.  Dont click on the jewel icon.

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No, I can not see any shortcuts and now not even the taskbar. It is black when I go to desktop mode. I can't see any windows.

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Found out what my problem was, it was to do with Avast anti virus (free version), I just updated to latest vesion and now all seems to be ok

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There was an update and after that my Desktop Mode launches on its own and then is unresponsive. From the Windows 8 Start screen I can launch legacy apps that work in the Desktop but once I close the program, the Desktop mode goes back to being unresponsive.

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Same in W 10 Pro

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