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By teke ·
The wallpaper is COMPLETELY hidding the desktop. I can't even see the task bar!
I couldn't see a right click to get to display properties so I went into the registry and changed the wallpaper setting to "none", but even the "none" setting is covering the desktop. I can go thru ctrl+alt+del and run task manager. Most things run, except I/E This acts as a peer server and the other w/s's can access it.How can I access display properties thru task manager? It's not listed.

Any ideas?? This hassvpk1 installed.

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by vigo98 In reply to Desktop hidden

This behaviour can be caused by a several reasons.
1.First see if you can boot into safemode. If you can and see the desktop there then the problem is with your videocard drivers (most likely). I would sugest you changing the adapter (in display properties in safemode) to Standart VGA. This will give you only 16 colors in normal mode but at least you could see something. If this is the case, download the latest driver for the videocard and install it. If this doesn't help, change the card to a one on Microsoft Hardware Compatability List.

2. If even Safe Mode gives you no desktop, it's most likely that explorer.exe is not started with Windows (don't know why). In this case what you can do is start the computer in normal mode, open Task Manager,
on Applications screen click on "New Task",
browse to c:\winnt\explorer.exe and start it.

I hope it helps,
Victor.

PS: Post more datails if you still have troubles.

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by teke In reply to Desktop hidden

I tried another display adapter..no joy. Nothing changes in safemode. I tried to run explorer thru taskmanager, but it won't run. Is it possible to replace explorer within 2000 like file checker in Win98? If so, how do I do it thru taskmanager?Taskmanager and its browse feature is my only way in...

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by carbonite In reply to Desktop hidden

Go into task manager. Click on NEW TASK and type EXPLORER. This will bring up your explorer windows as if you click "MY Computer" and in the window will be the CONTROL PANEL folder, click there and choose the display options and correct the wall paper.

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by teke In reply to Desktop hidden

I tried running explorer already. It won't run! I think I need to replace explorer, but how??? I can't see control panel. If I could I probably wouldn't be writing this. Is it possible to reinstall Win2000 without losing all my programs?

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by carbonite In reply to Desktop hidden

Yes, just start the install like a new install and it will tell you there is already a version installed - what would you like to do "New install", "Upgrade", or "install in another folder". Just upgrade into the original partition and it will keep the original settings.

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by rawright In reply to Desktop hidden

This probably won't be too helpful, but if it's any consolation, I just went through this three weeks ago. It was caused by installing Microsoft's latest download to "fix" a security problem. Same symptoms, and the only way to run anything was viaTask Manager. Running Explorer.exe failed with an Access Denied message, and using the Upgrade/Repair options didn't work either. I was forced to do a complete re-install of Windows. Now I have an up-to-date Emergency Recovery Disk, and will be adding (and using) a backup device immediately. I'm also reconsidering Linux...

I hope you find a better solution than I did - good luck.

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by teke In reply to Desktop hidden

One of the answers could have helped, but I was on a VERY tight schedule. I ended up dumping the drive and starting over before I got that answer.
Thanks anyway....

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