icons and start menu gone?

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When I started my computer today all of my icons had dissappeared along with
my start menu. I am only able to launch programs through the task manager.
my cd drive is also un accessable and it tells me i must see the computer
administrator for access.
I am the computer administrator! how can i reset my computer to its old
display settings without being able to acess the start menu?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Type restore in the Run Box and try a system restore.
    "adair" <adair@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:DAF6FF76-A75D-4E37-8022-3FFF098F5F1C@microsoft.com...
    > When I started my computer today all of my icons had dissappeared along
    > with
    > my start menu. I am only able to launch programs through the task manager.
    > my cd drive is also un accessable and it tells me i must see the computer
    > administrator for access.
    > I am the computer administrator! how can i reset my computer to its old
    > display settings without being able to acess the start menu?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    I just had this same problem. Sometimes it would work and other times it
    would start with nothing but the desktop picture. I tried everything to no
    avail. I reformatted the hard drive and it took me about three hours after
    everything. Not a bad idea to reformat once in a while anyway. Rick
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    This may sound like an odd question but are you running a two monitors. If
    you are not running two monitors and messed with your video settings by
    checking the "extend by desktop" your computer and video are ok.

    I had a user with a laptop plugged into a docking station with this same
    problem. He was using an external monitor and extended his video. Wth the
    laptop closed the video for the desktop would not display by the extended
    video appeared on the external monitor. Of course the external display was
    void of icons or a taskbar.

    Try booting to safe mode and see what happens.

    "adair" wrote:

    > When I started my computer today all of my icons had dissappeared along with
    > my start menu. I am only able to launch programs through the task manager.
    > my cd drive is also un accessable and it tells me i must see the computer
    > administrator for access.
    > I am the computer administrator! how can i reset my computer to its old
    > display settings without being able to acess the start menu?
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