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    Default Icons won't show on initial start up

    Hello, when I booted my pc up a few days ago, it booted up completely but stopped at the end. I could see my wallpaper but no icons or taskbar. I couldn't do anything so I rebooted the pc and it booted up perfectly fine. All the icons appeared. I have to do this everytime I boot-up. So I was wondering, what could be causing the loss of icons on the first boot up and why do they appear when I restart?
    I did a system restore a few days ago, but this did nothing only cause problems with my Avast Antivirus which I had to uninstall and reinstall.
    My computer works fine apart from this little hiccup on initial start up.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Which operating system are you using? Have you used a registry cleaner? (if answer to registry cleaner is no, do not use one as registry cleaners can cause problems).


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    Windows XP. No, I haven't used a registry cleaner. It showed up a few days ago. I tried a system restore but that only messed about with my antivirus. I haven't done anything else.

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    Hi Pixie515,
    Open the task manager, right click on an empty area in the bar down by the clock, choose Start the task manager. When the task manager opens in the upper left corner choose FILE then choose New Task (run) in the empty box type in explorer.exe then hit ok.

    See if that helps resolve the issue for you.

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    I don't have a task bar when it happens either, sorry for not making it clear

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    Don't need to wait for it to happen!

    Do it when you have the task manager available , you said you get it after a reboot so go ahead and do it then.

    Also, if above does not work try running System File Checker.

    SFC is a good utility to run when you suspect that system files have been somehow corrupted. It validates the digital signatures of all of the Windows system files and restores any that it finds are incorrect. It will use the on-disk cache if possible, but SFC may require that you provide your original installation CD or a location with an image thereof.

    Here's how to do it:

    • Start
    • Run
    • Type: sfc /scannow followed by Enter. Note the space between sfc /.


    Joe