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The start menu and Icons are missing from my desktop

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December 19, 2009 8:30:23 PM

the start menu and Icons are missing from my desktop, how can I getthem back. There is a pop-up "Privacy center" that won't let me do anything, I can't get to the control panel either?
December 19, 2009 8:33:15 PM

Right click anywhere on the desktop and choose arrange desktop icons and check show desktop icons. Sounds like a registry corruption.
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December 19, 2009 8:38:16 PM

I tried to right click but nothing comes up?
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December 19, 2009 8:39:59 PM

Boot to the Windows XP installation disk. At the first repair console type in:

sfc /scannow

And ENTER.

This will repair corrupted OS files.
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December 19, 2009 8:41:32 PM

Sounds like the system registry is corrupt. You need to run the system chkdisk as I described using the XP installation disk.
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December 19, 2009 8:47:53 PM

badge said:
Sounds like the system registry is corrupt. You need to run the system chkdisk as I described using the XP installation disk.



I will try now?
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December 19, 2009 8:53:47 PM

Go into BIOS. Set the first boot device to DVD. Insert the XP installation disk and Save and Exit. When prompted to 'Press any key to boot to CD' do so. After the installation files load up, choose the first instance of the Repair console 'repair'. Type in sfc /scannow and hit enter. Hopefully the repair will fix any corrupyed OS files causing the problem.
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January 11, 2010 4:57:52 PM

I have the same problem but I don't have a disk to help me what should I do?
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January 11, 2010 5:01:36 PM

If you have a prebuilt like HP, DELL, etc. try contacting the Mfg. support and purchase a recovery disk. The OS could be reloaded that way.
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May 27, 2011 4:40:16 PM

Badge, even today your sage advice still works. Thank you. I corrupted my Show Desktop using a registry repair, because my computer bogging so bad that my next step was to reinstall XP. I'm sure I have other issues not yet discovered since the "registry repair" tool. Looking for about three days for your logical answer. Haven't tried yet ... but makes since. Have to dig out my OS disk (have both original OS and a Windows XP install disk), then the proof will be in the pudding. Awesome tip because I just complained to Microsoft that they need some way to allow folk to simply go back to factory default in OS without having to reinstall and completely wipe the drive clean.
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