This has just happened. I have a blue pane with "folder tasks, other places, details", on my desktop. I have no idea how it got there. I have GOOGLED 'til I can GOOGLE no more & all I can get is download this bit of software for a REG fix. Do I need to DL software to fix this or is there a work around?
scroll down to line 15, left column 'Remove common tasks from the desktop'- right click, 'save target as'and save the file where you can find it. Double click on the saved file and your problem should be solved.