Getting only a blank blue screen on desktop after the computer starts.

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Ideas:Windows Vista operating system--Why is the desktop showing only blank blue screen with no program icons showing on desktop after the computer starts?

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Last updated October 16, 2019 Views 10,163 Applies to:

Hi osterjo,


1. When did the issue start?

2. Do you remember making any changes to the computer prior to this issue?


I would suggest you to boot the computer in safe mode and check if it works fine.

To boot to the desktop in safe mode keep tapping F8 key during restart. Once you see the option to boot in safe mode select it and press enter.

Refer the below link for more details on starting your computer in safe mode:

Start your computer in safe mode


Please revert back with the results to help us continue with troubleshooting.


Hope this information is helpful.

Praseetha K
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