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no icons on h/page + no response from any programs

Gary patel

New member
Joined
Feb 20, 2019
Location
uk
PC Experience
PC Illiterate
Hi all, i tried to mirror my screen and i messed up, now i cannot get anything to work. tray is visible at bottom, but when i highlight it, no access. i can right click homepage & highlight display settings, but nothing......it just comes on the tray. Please help. Gary
 

Starbuck

Admin & Security Team
Joined
Feb 19, 2010
Location
Midlands, UK
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Hi Gary and welcome to FPCH.

It may be a case of 'Explorer' not working.
Try this and see if everything comes back....

Open Task Manager........
A few ways to open Task Manager.
  • Right-click the Taskbar and click on Task Manager.
  • Open Start, do a search for Task Manager and click the result.
  • Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.
  • Use the Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard shortcut and click on Task Manager.

Once in the Task Manager, make sure you are on the "Processes" tab and then click on "File" in the Task Manager menu.
Then select "New Task (Run...)" and type explorer.exe in the "open" field. Then click ok.
See if this helps.
 

Gary patel

New member
Joined
Feb 20, 2019
Location
uk
PC Experience
PC Illiterate
Hi Gary and welcome to FPCH.

It may be a case of 'Explorer' not working.
Try this and see if everything comes back....

Open Task Manager........
A few ways to open Task Manager.
  • Right-click the Taskbar and click on Task Manager.
  • Open Start, do a search for Task Manager and click the result.
  • Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.
  • Use the Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard shortcut and click on Task Manager.

Once in the Task Manager, make sure you are on the "Processes" tab and then click on "File" in the Task Manager menu.
Then select "New Task (Run...)" and type explorer.exe in the "open" field. Then click ok.
See if this helps.
Hi, thank you for your express reply, i have done al lof the above,but nothing,it only comes on the tray
ie, i can highlight the task manager but when i press left click, nothing
 

Starbuck

Admin & Security Team
Joined
Feb 19, 2010
Location
Midlands, UK
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Hi Gary,

Ok, have you tried using another account on the system? ( if you have more than one user account setup )
Have you rebooted the system since the problem started?
If not.... reboot the system and then try Task Manager again if the problem still exists.

Have you tried a System Restore ( assuming that system restore is turned on ) to restore the system to a date before the problem started?
If not, here's a quick run through on how to run system restore.

On many computers, if you hit F11 as soon as the computer powers on, you can get to the Advanced Startup Options menu.

Click on Advanced Startup.
Click on Troubleshoot.
Click on Advanced options.
Click on System Restore.

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Click Next.

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Select the most recent known working restore point that will help you to fix the current problem.
Click the Scan for affected programs button to see the applications that will be removed if they're installed after the restore point was created.
Click Close.

Click Next.
Click Finish.


If you need more information on how to get to and use the Advanced Options Menu, I have written a tutorial here......

How to Access and use Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10
 
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