No Desktop Icons--Windows Xp

Windows XP loads, but nothing appears on my desk top screen. Task tray, short cut icons start button, etc.. does not load. I have McAffee security installed. Have tried to start in Safe Mode, but results are the same. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,
rcl61
Answer
Answer
If you can, check this registry key:-
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon
Make sure userinit is pointing to c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe

(see note at bottom regarding editing the registry before proceeding)

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Line 117 – Restore Taskbar and Start Menu

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

or

Line #195 "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar"
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

scroll down to: Recovery Console Password
http://www.theeldergeek.com/recovery_console.htm

BACK EDIT AND RESTORE REGISTRY

Note you can save the registry key first by:
On the File menu, click Export.
In the File name box, type SaveKey, and then click  Save.
Or create a system restore point prior to editing.

For further help; See:-
Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows (Windows XP & Vista)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756

Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Windows registry information for advanced users
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/


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