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Desktop and taskbar goes blank

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    Desktop and taskbar goes blank


    I have an issue that started about an hour ago.

    Every 5 minuets or so my desktop goes completely blank, i loose icons, background, task-bar, (time, date, keyboard input selection) only thing that stays is the far right icons that stay (battery, internet connection, volume)

    I have no idea what causes this or why it occurs

    sincerely;

    frustrated OS user!
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  2. #2


    I even tried refreshing it and still has the same issue, im going to try restoring it from backup
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    Have you tried scanning for viruses and malware, etc?

    This could be an infection in your system.

    Also I see you are doing a Restore, please report back with how that went.

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  4. #4


    thanks for the reply #Harrylowt

    I ended up removing everything and starting from new, luckily i had a recent back up so i didn't manage to loose that much stuff,
    yea i have Avasti running, and Anti-malware bytes and came up not with no malware/virus's.

    I think it had something to do with a Microsoft 2013 redistribution (x86) certificate but not too sure
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    My pleasure,

    Glad you got it sorted, make sure you create an image of your windows now it is clean :

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Then later on you can use a feature in Windows 8 called system refresh it does not wipe all your data. (worth reading about anyway)

    Refresh Windows 8

    Hope that helps,

    Cheers,
    Harry
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    I did make a system image earlier and saved it onto a External HD, but my "smart.check.hd" this is giving me issues ever since i partitioned my hd for a VM, and ever since then i have been getting issues, i tried doing a complete restore of windows 8, and it took 5 hrs to even get 20% so i just decided to do it this way

    but thanks for the help, even though i never really figured out the issue XD

    thanks again #Harrylowt
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