Windows® desktop disappears issue
What are the symptoms of the issue when the Windows desktop screen disappears in Windows XP?
Windows desktop screen is the welcome screen that displays on the computer monitor while the user loads the operating system. The desktop screen consists of the wallpaper or the desktop background set-up by the user or the default Windows background, desktop icons, taskbar area, etc. The user sometimes experiences certain issues with the desktop screen and one among the issues is the disappearance of the desktop screen. The issue would be characterized with the disappearance of the desktop icons and taskbar options from the desktop. Only the desktop background would appear at the screen. In many cases, such a situation would occur due to virus attacks or due to the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. The user would thus would be prevented from doing operations on the system because of the disappearance of Windows desktop screen.
Discussed below are the causes and ways to fix the issues when the Windows desktop screen disappears on Windows XP-based computers:
- Reasons for the issue
- Restore the desktop icons
- Remove the infections from the system
Reasons for the issue
The sudden disappearance of the Windows desktop screen from the Windows XP-based system would be the effect of the virus attacks on the system. Some malware would prevent the appearance of the desktop icons and taskbar on the system screen. The accidental disabling or removal of the desktop items from the system also causes the issue. The system registry might have changed in the system thus resulting in the disappearance of the desktop.
Restore the desktop icons
The desktop icons that are accidentally removed from the system can be restored using the 'Desktop Properties' option. Even if the icons and taskbar are not appearing on the desktop screen, the user can access the 'Properties' option by right-clicking on the desktop area. From the Window that opens, enable each option at the desktop through the 'Options' dialog box. The 'Restore' option can also be performed through the 'Control Panel'. The disappearance of the desktop due to the modifications in the system registry can be solved by restoring the registry settings.
Perform a complete system scan on the Windows XP-based computer and remove the detected infections. The system should be kept protected with the help of installing a licensed security suite to safeguard your system. You can also install an efficient registry cleaner to cleanup the registry. BY performing a complete scan of your computer, the malware that might be affecting the desktop of the Windows XP-based computer would be removed.
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