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Disappearing Programmes

By ftcc ·
My son just downloaded XP Home Edition SP2, and suddenly IE, OE, AIM, MS Messenger, and other programmes that access the Internet boot but immediately disappear! The Internet connection is active (FTP and IRC work) and I've tried both Firewall ON and Firewall OFF. Task Manager shows the progs are still active, but they're invisible!

Anybody ever seen anything like this????

Thanks, -- David Turner

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by BFilmFan In reply to Disappearing Programmes

I know that used to happen if Progman.ini got corrupt, but that was years ago.

Do the programs appear if you log in as a different user, say administrator?

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Disappearing Programmes


Do you use Active Desktop? If so there is an option (I think), to hide all desktop icons. Try turning active desktop off and see if your icon reappear, then turn it back on and right-click the desktop and select properties, then hunt around until you find the option to show or hide your icons (it may be an option off the right-click menu itself).

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