Windows Explorer completely blocks my desktop

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Awhile back my fingers slipped on my keyboard and I found that my
normal-looking desktop, with nice background picture, had been replaced by a
Windows Explorer window, with white background everywhere but on the left
side, where it (optionally) displays the "common tasks" panel. Unfortunately
this Explorer window has no title bar and no window borders, so I can't make
it go away. (Well, if I kill explorer.exe in Task Manager it goes away, but
so, unfortunately, does everything else. When I restart explorer.exe, it once
again covers everything up.)

I'd really love to get my old desktop back. Anyone have a solution?
--
Rob
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Download a VBScript which removes Common Tasks from Desktop:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_commtask_desktop.htm

    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    "RobK" <RobK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C383FD3C-1501-49E6-B065-02E100E68FBC@microsoft.com...
    > Awhile back my fingers slipped on my keyboard and I found that my
    > normal-looking desktop, with nice background picture, had been replaced by
    > a
    > Windows Explorer window, with white background everywhere but on the left
    > side, where it (optionally) displays the "common tasks" panel.
    > Unfortunately
    > this Explorer window has no title bar and no window borders, so I can't
    > make
    > it go away. (Well, if I kill explorer.exe in Task Manager it goes away,
    > but
    > so, unfortunately, does everything else. When I restart explorer.exe, it
    > once
    > again covers everything up.)
    >
    > I'd really love to get my old desktop back. Anyone have a solution?
    > --
    > Rob
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Hi Ramesh. I downloaded and ran the VBScript, but all it did was tell me that
    my registry setting was already correct.

    My problem isn't that the common tools are on my desktop. I can make them
    disappear by changing my Windows Explorer options. Rather, Windows Explorer
    itself seems to be maximized over my desktop and is opaque to the desktop
    background behind it.
    --
    Rob


    "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

    > Download a VBScript which removes Common Tasks from Desktop:
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_commtask_desktop.htm
    >
    > --
    > Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP Shell/User
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >
    >
    > "RobK" <RobK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:C383FD3C-1501-49E6-B065-02E100E68FBC@microsoft.com...
    > > Awhile back my fingers slipped on my keyboard and I found that my
    > > normal-looking desktop, with nice background picture, had been replaced by
    > > a
    > > Windows Explorer window, with white background everywhere but on the left
    > > side, where it (optionally) displays the "common tasks" panel.
    > > Unfortunately
    > > this Explorer window has no title bar and no window borders, so I can't
    > > make
    > > it go away. (Well, if I kill explorer.exe in Task Manager it goes away,
    > > but
    > > so, unfortunately, does everything else. When I restart explorer.exe, it
    > > once
    > > again covers everything up.)
    > >
    > > I'd really love to get my old desktop back. Anyone have a solution?
    > > --
    > > Rob
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Rob,

    Can you post a screenshot of it. Or perhaps send the image to my email
    address? (If so, remove XOX. from my email)

    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    "RobK" <RobK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1D8A9F68-D972-4CAB-8B1A-FEA965093976@microsoft.com...
    > Hi Ramesh. I downloaded and ran the VBScript, but all it did was tell me
    > that
    > my registry setting was already correct.
    >
    > My problem isn't that the common tools are on my desktop. I can make them
    > disappear by changing my Windows Explorer options. Rather, Windows
    > Explorer
    > itself seems to be maximized over my desktop and is opaque to the desktop
    > background behind it.
    > --
    > Rob
    >
    >
    > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> Download a VBScript which removes Common Tasks from Desktop:
    >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_commtask_desktop.htm
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    >> Windows XP Shell/User
    >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >>
    >>
    >> "RobK" <RobK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:C383FD3C-1501-49E6-B065-02E100E68FBC@microsoft.com...
    >> > Awhile back my fingers slipped on my keyboard and I found that my
    >> > normal-looking desktop, with nice background picture, had been replaced
    >> > by
    >> > a
    >> > Windows Explorer window, with white background everywhere but on the
    >> > left
    >> > side, where it (optionally) displays the "common tasks" panel.
    >> > Unfortunately
    >> > this Explorer window has no title bar and no window borders, so I can't
    >> > make
    >> > it go away. (Well, if I kill explorer.exe in Task Manager it goes away,
    >> > but
    >> > so, unfortunately, does everything else. When I restart explorer.exe,
    >> > it
    >> > once
    >> > again covers everything up.)
    >> >
    >> > I'd really love to get my old desktop back. Anyone have a solution?
    >> > --
    >> > Rob
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Emailed it to you.
    --
    Rob


    "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

    > Rob,
    >
    > Can you post a screenshot of it. Or perhaps send the image to my email
    > address? (If so, remove XOX. from my email)
    >
    > --
    > Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP Shell/User
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >
    >
    > "RobK" <RobK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:1D8A9F68-D972-4CAB-8B1A-FEA965093976@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi Ramesh. I downloaded and ran the VBScript, but all it did was tell me
    > > that
    > > my registry setting was already correct.
    > >
    > > My problem isn't that the common tools are on my desktop. I can make them
    > > disappear by changing my Windows Explorer options. Rather, Windows
    > > Explorer
    > > itself seems to be maximized over my desktop and is opaque to the desktop
    > > background behind it.
    > > --
    > > Rob
    > >
    > >
    > > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Download a VBScript which removes Common Tasks from Desktop:
    > >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_commtask_desktop.htm
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    > >> Windows XP Shell/User
    > >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "RobK" <RobK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:C383FD3C-1501-49E6-B065-02E100E68FBC@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Awhile back my fingers slipped on my keyboard and I found that my
    > >> > normal-looking desktop, with nice background picture, had been replaced
    > >> > by
    > >> > a
    > >> > Windows Explorer window, with white background everywhere but on the
    > >> > left
    > >> > side, where it (optionally) displays the "common tasks" panel.
    > >> > Unfortunately
    > >> > this Explorer window has no title bar and no window borders, so I can't
    > >> > make
    > >> > it go away. (Well, if I kill explorer.exe in Task Manager it goes away,
    > >> > but
    > >> > so, unfortunately, does everything else. When I restart explorer.exe,
    > >> > it
    > >> > once
    > >> > again covers everything up.)
    > >> >
    > >> > I'd really love to get my old desktop back. Anyone have a solution?
    > >> > --
    > >> > Rob
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
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