thx for your reply ive tried rebooting and system restore but it doesnt seem to have done anything - i am having a bit of trouble with my ram though as the computer resets sometimes randomly...could this be anything to do with it?
'What has actually happened is that an error has occurred in your explorer.exe which has caused it to close and thus your desktop, start menu and all desktop folders disappear. You can always press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and click on the task manager button which will bring up the task manager.
In the application task, please select `new task' and type explorer.exe which will start the explorer.exe and bring back your desktop and start menu.'
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