no desktop icons

  chilled fc 19:52 26 Mar 2008

well have had nothing but problems from my new pc. so another problem.

i load up windows and icons on the desktop are there then they are not, then there are no icons at all. the only way i can do anything is by windows task mananger and load wot i want. i cant do a restore as wont let me, i cant install xp again or i will lose all my tasks i have done on call of duty. any ideas wot to do?
also when i go online it loads up another window with ads (have tried spyware removals but dont work) and then when i try to close down internet exploer i have to use windows task manger.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:59 26 Mar 2008

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  rossgolf 19:59 26 Mar 2008

go to type explorer.exe

see if icons come bak then


right click desktop>arange icons by>show desktop icons


C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop

see if there is any icons in that folder ( you can get to it by typing that in task manager>file>new task> (administrator is your user name )

in that folder see if there is any hiden files by going to>folder options>view(tab)...scroll down to show hidden files and folders

  chilled fc 15:40 27 Mar 2008

well tried both what u suggest but didnt work.
am i going to have to reinstall windows and lose everything?

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