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Computer GURUS. What would cause a BLANK desktop with just a mouse only

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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:06 PM
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OK this happened on both on my computers. Specifically my gaming computer tonight. And my other computer a month ago. A month ago I put Linux on because I couldn't figure out. So I was able to save my computer by doing a restore but I am just curious what would make the desktop do that?

The desktop is just blank and only has the mouse scrolling around the screen. Nothing else. No windows, no my computer, no trash bin, no file folders.

Thanks.

Gawd, I almost had a heart attack tonight. So, do not need to lose my computer files on my reports, and plus I have to take my tests.
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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:08 PM
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I don't understand the technical term "blank".

Not much to go with when trying to diagnose the problem



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:10 PM
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Hey! It happenned to me tonight too! WTF? I was not connected when it did.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:11 PM
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Originally posted by Manhater
OK this happened on both on my computers. Specifically my gaming computer tonight. And my other computer a month ago. A month ago I put Linux on because I couldn't figure out. So I was able to save my computer by doing a restore but I am just curious what would make the desktop do that?

Thanks.

Gawd, I almost had a heart attack tonight. So, do not need to lose my computer files on my reports, and plus I have to take my tests.
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You need to clarify, as it stands your description of the problem is confusing at best.

On a different note, you should be doing backups of your important files to a external drive so you are at less risk of loosing important files.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:11 PM
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The desktop is just blank and only has the mouse scrolling around the screen. Nothing else. No windows, no my computer, no trash bin, no file folders.
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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:14 PM
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Originally posted by swan001
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Hey! It happenned to me tonight too! WTF? I was not connected when it did.


What time did it happen? Mine happened around 10 PM tonight.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:15 PM
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It could be that Explorer.exe isn't running, is corrupt, or is missing. It may also have something to do with your System32 file.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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Your windows is infected with a virus pretty bad it sounds like. There are many steps to repair.
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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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Mine was around 18 h, Eastern Time (of America). Just like you describe.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:17 PM
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Have you tried CTRL-ALT-DELETE to see what happens? Confirm you get a task manager up and windows IS running with simply a desktop/explorer issue. If that works, reboot and the instant your startup/computer screen/memory test screen goes off and BEFORE the windows screen comes up for loading, hit F8 repeatedly. That will load the Windows front-end boot menu. You want to select Safe Mode. Boot it up that way and see if everything comes up normally. If so...you're back in, in a limited way, to find and disable whatever caused the problem.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:18 PM
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If you are running windows 7 or vista you can accidentally hide the desktop icons. Right-click on the desktop and find the menu that says show/hide desktop icons.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:22 PM
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Don't mess your system32 folder umkay?

If you have the original disc pop it in click repair!



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:22 PM
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I tried the right click, and nothing.

It was doing it when I went in safe mode too.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:23 PM
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Originally posted by samlf3rd


Don't mess your system32 folder umkay?

If you have the original disc pop it in click repair!


Yeah that's what I did, thank gawd for backup.


The other computer someone stole my windows disk, so I wasn't able to repair that one.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:24 PM
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It is more than likely explorer.exe acting up.

Here's what you do:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to start Task Manager.

2. In the top right, click "File", and select "New Task (Run...)"

3. Type "explorer.exe" minus the quotations, and hit Enter.

Hopefully this works. It used to work on Windows XP, but I'm fairly certain it will work on Vista or 7 as well.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:25 PM
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Once you hit CTRL-ALT-DEL, and assuming that you get Task Manager up, you can also go to File and click New Task(Run...). Where it says "Type the name of a program (etc.)", type explorer.exe and hit Enter. That will restart Explorer, which is your desktop. If that works, then you should be back to normal. However, I would run Malwarebytes and Spybot Search & Destroy (just to start with) and see if they find something. It does kind of act like a virus or spyware....

ETA: Well, I see BagOfDrewshness beat me to it while I was still typing. But if it works, you should still run Malwarebytes and Spybot yada yada....
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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:33 PM
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oh you wanna talk to people that are smart with computers, like a guru LOL


i thought you meant there was a new type of computer virus, called a computer GURUS
LOL



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:38 PM
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Originally posted by iunlimited491
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It could be that Explorer.exe isn't running, is corrupt, or is missing. It may also have something to do with your System32 file.



I second this, all though I do think its more then just the Explorer.exe because she cannot see any icons.


You said you fixed it..... But you cannot fix your other one because you lost the windows disk. You can LEGALLY download a windows disk. The reason its not illegal is because you all ready own windows and the download will be considered a back up copy, just use the same CD key.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:41 PM
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When it happened to me I just restarted and it solved the problem.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:52 PM
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Originally posted by BagOfDrewshness
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It is more than likely explorer.exe acting up.

Here's what you do:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to start Task Manager.

2. In the top right, click "File", and select "New Task (Run...)"

3. Type "explorer.exe" minus the quotations, and hit Enter.

Hopefully this works. It used to work on Windows XP, but I'm fairly certain it will work on Vista or 7 as well.


Dang wish I knew that before I deleted everything from my old computer and put Linux on it.





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