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Entering desktop from initial startup, blank

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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Entering desktop from initial startup, blank


    So upon entering desktop from initial startup, all my icons are missing. The loading symbol shows if i move my cursor over the taskbar at the bottom. If I CTRl-ALT-DEL and signout i takes a minute but than i can sign in and it works fine. Im not getting any BSOD and this occurs about 1/3rd of the time. Also resetting does not solve the issue. Anyone experience anything like this? I couldnt find anything about blank/empty desktop screens via google.

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    I would go to the "startup" tab in the taskmanager and disable your startup items then try rebooting a few times and see if it still happens. it might be a faulty program causing the intermittent startup issues.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Everything is disabled. Could this be due to me installing windows in legacy, not eufi?
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Im going to attempt a fresh install.
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by eenis View Post
    Everything is disabled. Could this be due to me installing windows in legacy, not eufi?

    Could be.

    I get the same black screen & empty taskbar too sometimes.
    I was fooling around restarting in different modes today.
    I guess I overdid it & caused a crash.

    Earlier I had things running good & made a restore point.

    After the crash I caused, I restarted & pressed F 12, (Which I had enabled in the BIOS - "Boot Menu") & chose UEFI from the 2 options.

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    Then I chose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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    In the command prompt I typed in rstrui.exe & pressed Enter & picked the restore point I had made & it restored & worked good again.

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    No Refresh or Restore where I would have lost all my installed programs.

    Just a Restore Point.

    I figured this method out myself.
    It works good at getting things up & running again quickly & easily.
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Entering desktop from initial startup, blank
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