i have 98 at work. I am sure i remember a setting in 'display properties' under the 'web' tab that lets you turn desktop icons off. quite why you would want ot do this is beyond me though! will your start menu come up if you press the start button, or is the pc compleatly dead?
Yeah your right, its in display props-effects-tick box to hide icons when viewed as web page, maybe it is being viewed as web page, but....there is no start on her? screen either, unless it takes everything off desktop.
Right click and see if you can access desktop and untick the box.
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