+ 0 Votes Chkdsk first or reinstall. 1bn0 5 years ago If running explorer from the Task Manager does bring up the desktop, perform a check of the hard drive. Tell it to: Automatically fix file system errors, and Scan for attempt recovery of bad sectors. I have found this usually resolves this issue if there are not more serious problems. If this does not work you can try re-installing Windows. This has the benefit of possibly fixing the problem while still retaining your softeware and settings. DON"T FORGET TO BACKUP FIRST, if you can. Just in case!