No icons, no task bar just wallpaper - Ctrl + Shift + Delete is working but explorer isn't bringing it back...

Hello,
I originally had my icons and task bar, but i was fiddling around on the Task Manager trying to end something and I accidently managed to end the wrong thing and now im left with no icons, task bar and just a wallpaper. i am able to load my task manager but loading up explorer doesn't bring them back... please help!!
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  1. Explorer

    Explorer (explorer.exe) is the program that is the Start menu and taskbar, folder windows, and the desktop (which is a folder window).


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    To See if a Fix is Available

    In Control Panel (and select Classic view in the left hand pane) choose Problem Reports and Solutions (type problem in Start's search box), go to Problem History, right click your error and choose Check For Solution.


    You may also right click and choose Details for more info. Post those details here. The Fault Module Name is the important information.


    If the problem affects Control Panel press Winkey + R and type wercon (or type it in a command prompt).


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    Close Explorer and Start a Command Prompt

    Close any Explorer windows
    Start - All Programs - Accessories - Right click Command Prompt and choose Run As Administrator.
    Click Start. Ctrl + Shift + Right click a blank spot (just above the power buttons is one place) then Exit Explorer.
    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete then Task Manager.
    Check all explorer processes are closed. On the Process tab select explorer and right click and choose End Process, repeat if more than one explorer in the list.


    Then to restart explorer after trying each of the following

    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and choose Task Manager
    In Task Manager click the File menu then New Task (Run) and type explorer

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    If You Can't Start Explorer at All


    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and choose Task Manager
    On the Process tab click Show Processes From All Users to elevate to Administrator
    In Task Manager click the File menu then New Task (Run) and type cmd
    Other things you can try typing
    Explorer
    Explorer c:\
    Explorer /e,c:\
    wercon
    control
    iexplore
    rstrui

    If you can't start a folder window use the Browse button in the New Task dialog. Remember you need to right click and choose Open rather than double clicking.

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    Reregister the Shell's Registry Entries


    It's important that each command is sucessfull. If the command fails it means the file is corrupted and needs repair.


    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).


    regsvr32 /i shell32
    regsvr32 /i urlmon.dll
    regsvr32 RPCRT4.dll
    regsvr32 PROPSYS.dll
    regsvr32 MSCTF.dll
    regsvr32 cscui.dll
    regsvr32 rsaenh.dll
    regsvr32 timedate.cpl
    regsvr32 ATL.DLL
    regsvr32 OLEACC.dll
    regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
    regsvr32 USERENV.dll
    regsvr32 msshsq.dll
    regsvr32 NaturalLanguage6.dll
    regsvr32 thumbcache.dll
    regsvr32 WINTRUST.dll
    regsvr32 MMDevAPI.DLL
    regsvr32 audioses.dll
    regsvr32 audioeng.dll
    regsvr32 ExplorerFrame.dll
    regsvr32 msi.dll
    regsvr32 FirewallAPI.dll
    regsvr32 netshell.dll
    regsvr32 pnidui.dll
    regsvr32 QUtil.dll
    regsvr32 wpdshserviceobj.dll
    regsvr32 WINHTTP.dll
    regsvr32 QAgent.dll
    regsvr32 PortableDeviceApi.dll
    regsvr32 wbemprox.dll
    regsvr32 wbemsvc.dll
    regsvr32 fastprox.dll
    regsvr32 imapi2.dll
    regsvr32 wshext.dll
    regsvr32 gameux.dll
    regsvr32 msxml6.dll
    regsvr32 vbscript.dll
    regsvr32 jscript.dll
    regsvr32 wshext.dll
    regsvr32 wshom.ocx
    regsvr32 wshcon.dll
    regsvr32 scrrun.dll


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    Delete Folder and Menu Settings


    This will delete the settings that are saved for each folder you visit. Also the Start menu order.


    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell" /f


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams" /f


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2" /f


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder" /f


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    Delete The Thumbnail and Icon Caches


    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).

    attrib -r -s -h "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\*.db"

    attrib -r -s -h "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*.db"

    del "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\*.db"

    del "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*.db"


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    Turn off Thumbnails and Previews


    Corrupted documents, and particularly corrupted pictures or videos, can cause Explorer to crash while trying to generate a thumbnail or a preview. This turns thumbnails and previews off.


    If you can start Explorer, Previews is Organise on the command bar - Folder and Search Options - under Tasks frame Use Windows Classic Folders.


    Thumbnails are Organise on the command bar - Folder and Search Options - View tab - and tick under Advanced Settings - Always show icons, never thumbnails and clear Display file icon on thumbnails.


    If you can't start Explorer close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "IconsOnly" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000001 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowPreviewHandlers" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000000 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowTypeOverlay" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000000 /f


    To turn back on after testing Explorer.


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "IconsOnly" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000000 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowPreviewHandlers" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000001 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowTypeOverlay" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000001 /f


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    A Clean Boot for Explorer


    It might be caused by a shell extension.


    Explorer (explorer.exe) is the program that is the Start menu and taskbar, folder windows, and the desktop (which is a folder window).


    Explorer is built on addin programs called Shell Extensions. The standard ones are supplied by Microsoft but programs add their own.


    Download Autoruns from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    Close any Explorer windows
    Start Autoruns by right clicking and choose Run As Administrator
    Click Options menu - Filter Options and tick Hide Microsoft entries and clear Include Empty Locations
    Go to the Explorer tab and untick everything left.
    Click Start. Ctrl + Shift + Right click a blank spot (just above the power buttons is one place) then Exit Explorer.
    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and choose Task Manager. Check all explorer processes are closed. On the Process tab select explorer and right click and choose End Process, repeat if more than one explorer in the list.
    Click the File menu then New Task (Run) and type explorer


    If it helps, reenable ½ at a time to identify which one. If it doesn't help, restart AutoRuns and go to the Everything tab and untick everything there and reboot. If it helps, reenable ½ at a time to identify which one.


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    Run Microsoft's Fixit


    Microsoft have a range of automatic programs to fix common problems. For Explorer problems see


    http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_file_and_folder_diag/en-us


    For the full list visit


    http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/en-us


    When you choose to download it, choose the option to run on another computer. Then you can save it to your harddisk. Open the folder, open the folder Fix it Portable, and run Launch Fix It. It will contain all 27 Fixits.


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    Recycle Bin

    If the problem affects the Recycle bin delete the storage folders. It will be automatically recreated next time you delete a file or open the Recycle Bin. It will delete the Recycle Bin, and files it contains, for all users.

    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).

    rd C:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q

    then repeat for each drive changing the drive letter, eg

    rd d:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q

    rd e:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q


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    If the Desktop Doesn't Start

    This will create a new empty per user and common desktop. This will test if a file on your desktop is preventing Explorer from starting.

    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).

    md "%userprofile%\DesktopTest"

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v Desktop /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\DesktopTest" /f

    md "%public%\desktopTest"

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "Common Desktop" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%Public%\DesktopTest" /f

    To set back to defaults after testing if Explorer now starts.

    set ExpFix1=%User

    set ExpFix2=Profile%

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v Desktop /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%ExpFix1%%ExpFix2%\Desktop" /f

    set ExpFix1=%Pub

    set ExpFix2=lic%

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "Common Desktop" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%ExpFix1%%ExpFix2%\Desktop" /f

    You may need to log off then on.


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    Missing New Folder Entry

    If the above doesn't help.

    Download NewFolder.reg from https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E2F0CE17A268A4FA!121.

    Click Start - All Programs - Accessories - Right click Command Prompt and choose Run As Administrator. Type Regedit and File menu - Import and import NewFolder.reg.
  2. David Candy said:
    Explorer

    Explorer (explorer.exe) is the program that is the Start menu and taskbar, folder windows, and the desktop (which is a folder window).


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    Dude you just saved my life. I know nothing about computers and IT language is lost on me, however i understood your instructions which saved me getting told of by the bf for messing. I deleted a process thinking it would speed up my laptop but lost the whole s reen except for task manager. Do you know how i can resolve my microsoft word problem which is why i started messing in the first place. I write novels but ive literally opened a new doc and cant get past writing the first line before it freezes on me then says (not responding) at the top of the screen. Its making me so god damned angry. The laptop is not even two yrs old and should not e doing this x x can u help???
    To See if a Fix is Available

    In Control Panel (and select Classic view in the left hand pane) choose Problem Reports and Solutions (type problem in Start's search box), go to Problem History, right click your error and choose Check For Solution.


    You may also right click and choose Details for more info. Post those details here. The Fault Module Name is the important information.


    If the problem affects Control Panel press Winkey + R and type wercon (or type it in a command prompt).


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Close Explorer and Start a Command Prompt

    Close any Explorer windows
    Start - All Programs - Accessories - Right click Command Prompt and choose Run As Administrator.
    Click Start. Ctrl + Shift + Right click a blank spot (just above the power buttons is one place) then Exit Explorer.
    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete then Task Manager.
    Check all explorer processes are closed. On the Process tab select explorer and right click and choose End Process, repeat if more than one explorer in the list.


    Then to restart explorer after trying each of the following

    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and choose Task Manager
    In Task Manager click the File menu then New Task (Run) and type explorer

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    If You Can't Start Explorer at All


    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and choose Task Manager
    On the Process tab click Show Processes From All Users to elevate to Administrator
    In Task Manager click the File menu then New Task (Run) and type cmd
    Other things you can try typing
    Explorer
    Explorer c:\
    Explorer /e,c:\
    wercon
    control
    iexplore
    rstrui

    If you can't start a folder window use the Browse button in the New Task dialog. Remember you need to right click and choose Open rather than double clicking.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Reregister the Shell's Registry Entries


    It's important that each command is sucessfull. If the command fails it means the file is corrupted and needs repair.


    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).


    regsvr32 /i shell32
    regsvr32 /i urlmon.dll
    regsvr32 RPCRT4.dll
    regsvr32 PROPSYS.dll
    regsvr32 MSCTF.dll
    regsvr32 cscui.dll
    regsvr32 rsaenh.dll
    regsvr32 timedate.cpl
    regsvr32 ATL.DLL
    regsvr32 OLEACC.dll
    regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
    regsvr32 USERENV.dll
    regsvr32 msshsq.dll
    regsvr32 NaturalLanguage6.dll
    regsvr32 thumbcache.dll
    regsvr32 WINTRUST.dll
    regsvr32 MMDevAPI.DLL
    regsvr32 audioses.dll
    regsvr32 audioeng.dll
    regsvr32 ExplorerFrame.dll
    regsvr32 msi.dll
    regsvr32 FirewallAPI.dll
    regsvr32 netshell.dll
    regsvr32 pnidui.dll
    regsvr32 QUtil.dll
    regsvr32 wpdshserviceobj.dll
    regsvr32 WINHTTP.dll
    regsvr32 QAgent.dll
    regsvr32 PortableDeviceApi.dll
    regsvr32 wbemprox.dll
    regsvr32 wbemsvc.dll
    regsvr32 fastprox.dll
    regsvr32 imapi2.dll
    regsvr32 wshext.dll
    regsvr32 gameux.dll
    regsvr32 msxml6.dll
    regsvr32 vbscript.dll
    regsvr32 jscript.dll
    regsvr32 wshext.dll
    regsvr32 wshom.ocx
    regsvr32 wshcon.dll
    regsvr32 scrrun.dll


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    Delete Folder and Menu Settings


    This will delete the settings that are saved for each folder you visit. Also the Start menu order.


    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell" /f


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams" /f


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2" /f


    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder" /f


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    Delete The Thumbnail and Icon Caches


    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).

    attrib -r -s -h "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\*.db"

    attrib -r -s -h "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*.db"

    del "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\*.db"

    del "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*.db"


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Turn off Thumbnails and Previews


    Corrupted documents, and particularly corrupted pictures or videos, can cause Explorer to crash while trying to generate a thumbnail or a preview. This turns thumbnails and previews off.


    If you can start Explorer, Previews is Organise on the command bar - Folder and Search Options - under Tasks frame Use Windows Classic Folders.


    Thumbnails are Organise on the command bar - Folder and Search Options - View tab - and tick under Advanced Settings - Always show icons, never thumbnails and clear Display file icon on thumbnails.


    If you can't start Explorer close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "IconsOnly" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000001 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowPreviewHandlers" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000000 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowTypeOverlay" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000000 /f


    To turn back on after testing Explorer.


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "IconsOnly" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000000 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowPreviewHandlers" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000001 /f


    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "ShowTypeOverlay" /t Reg_DWord /d 00000001 /f


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Clean Boot for Explorer


    It might be caused by a shell extension.


    Explorer (explorer.exe) is the program that is the Start menu and taskbar, folder windows, and the desktop (which is a folder window).


    Explorer is built on addin programs called Shell Extensions. The standard ones are supplied by Microsoft but programs add their own.


    Download Autoruns from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    Close any Explorer windows
    Start Autoruns by right clicking and choose Run As Administrator
    Click Options menu - Filter Options and tick Hide Microsoft entries and clear Include Empty Locations
    Go to the Explorer tab and untick everything left.
    Click Start. Ctrl + Shift + Right click a blank spot (just above the power buttons is one place) then Exit Explorer.
    Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and choose Task Manager. Check all explorer processes are closed. On the Process tab select explorer and right click and choose End Process, repeat if more than one explorer in the list.
    Click the File menu then New Task (Run) and type explorer


    If it helps, reenable ½ at a time to identify which one. If it doesn't help, restart AutoRuns and go to the Everything tab and untick everything there and reboot. If it helps, reenable ½ at a time to identify which one.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Run Microsoft's Fixit


    Microsoft have a range of automatic programs to fix common problems. For Explorer problems see


    http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_file_and_folder_diag/en-us


    For the full list visit


    http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/en-us


    When you choose to download it, choose the option to run on another computer. Then you can save it to your harddisk. Open the folder, open the folder Fix it Portable, and run Launch Fix It. It will contain all 27 Fixits.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Recycle Bin

    If the problem affects the Recycle bin delete the storage folders. It will be automatically recreated next time you delete a file or open the Recycle Bin. It will delete the Recycle Bin, and files it contains, for all users.

    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).

    rd C:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q

    then repeat for each drive changing the drive letter, eg

    rd d:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q

    rd e:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    If the Desktop Doesn't Start

    This will create a new empty per user and common desktop. This will test if a file on your desktop is preventing Explorer from starting.

    Close Explorer as above then type in the command prompt (or copy and paste by right clicking in the Command Prompt window and choosing Paste).

    md "%userprofile%\DesktopTest"

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v Desktop /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\DesktopTest" /f

    md "%public%\desktopTest"

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "Common Desktop" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%Public%\DesktopTest" /f

    To set back to defaults after testing if Explorer now starts.

    set ExpFix1=%User

    set ExpFix2=Profile%

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v Desktop /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%ExpFix1%%ExpFix2%\Desktop" /f

    set ExpFix1=%Pub

    set ExpFix2=lic%

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "Common Desktop" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%ExpFix1%%ExpFix2%\Desktop" /f

    You may need to log off then on.


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    Missing New Folder Entry

    If the above doesn't help.

    Download NewFolder.reg from https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E2F0CE17A268A4FA!121.

    Click Start - All Programs - Accessories - Right click Command Prompt and choose Run As Administrator. Type Regedit and File menu - Import and import NewFolder.reg.
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