No icons

  el jimbo2 22:36 18 Feb 09
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I have a screen with no icons, just a plain blue screen. I can only get on the internet by task manager, then typing in outlook. From there I go to favourites and the internet.

Safe mode produces a plain black screen.

If I type explorer.exe into task manager it comes up with not found.

The tech guys reccomend formatting, but I rather not.

Windows xp, desktop.

  DieSse 00:53 19 Feb 09

"If I type explorer.exe into task manager it comes up with not found"

That's why you've got no icons/desktop then, probably. Explorer is what runs that.

A registry key that handles how the Windows shell (explorer.exe) loads is likely corrupt. Use Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL) to run regedit manually. Then find the following key and delete it:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
Image File Execution Options\explorer.exe

Then reboot. This is a serious error - may be caused by a virus, so check your system out very carefully.

  el jimbo2 10:14 19 Feb 09

Message ' registry editing has been disabled by your administrator'.

  el jimbo2 10:14 19 Feb 09

Message ' registry editing has been disabled by your administrator'.

  rdave13 11:19 19 Feb 09

For regedit disabled have a look here; click here

Try the free versions of Malwarebytes and SAS.
click here

click here

  el jimbo2 11:37 19 Feb 09

I cannot follow the links (another problem). Please cut and paste the links so I can type it in.

Also I cannot see pictures on any website I go to.

  rdave13 11:42 19 Feb 09

First link (with spaces); http: //www .pchell.com/support/registryeditordisabled.shtml

http: //www .malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

http: //www .superantispyware.com/

  rdave13 12:04 19 Feb 09

Just a long shot, can you try system restore through task manager: file, new task(run), type control panel. In control panel click performance and maintenance and system restore on left panel.

  birdface 13:07 19 Feb 09

Or maybe press the windows key and r at the same time should open run.Or just pressing the Windows logo on the keyboard will let you into all programs.Accessories.system tools.System restore.Maybe try it in safe mode.

  el jimbo2 14:22 19 Feb 09

Tried your first link and got regedit back.

Now I have my desktop but no internet connection.

I am running avg now.

Any idea on how to get connection? I cannot download any programmes until I have connection.

  birdface 14:34 19 Feb 09

Try right clicking local area connection on the Taskbar and press repair.

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