Desktop not showing at startup, no icons, just plain black screen

At the moment my computer startsup I see nothing at all, no desktop, no icons. just a plain black screen and sometimes i can start task manager and then
from there start explorer but sometimes that is impossible.

I saw another entry in this forum about it and i did what it says but I had
no luck at all.

the other entry link is

I already download the Windows Vista recovery disk and tried the startup repair and the program says that there is no issue at all,
then i tried a system restore and same bad luck.

So there is another way to fix this without format and install everything again?
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Do you have Windows vista installation disk?

I would suggest you to try this out first:

Open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete), then the tab processes, select and end explorer.exe. Then click a menu in the toolbar, select and run as a write explorer.exe, then accept.

This process will make the Windows desktop restarts.

If not,

Check what happens when you try to boot in safe mode.

To start your computer in safe mode, you can refer the below link:

If you are able to boot to safe mode, try the following changing registry  settings:

You have to set the default value for the windows shell setting:

In the Windows Registry (open 'regedit')

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon\

Set 'Shell' variable = 'Explorer.exe'


Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows:

Hope this information is useful.


Savan – Microsoft Support.

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