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Desktop fails to launch after restart

  1. #1

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Desktop fails to launch after restart

    So, my desktops seem to have stopped launching after restarting my laptop. After logging in all I get is a black screen with no right-click available, no taskbar, nothing. I am able to open programs by CTL-ALT-DEL into Task Manager and opening the file manager. When I minimize opened programs they minimize them to the bottom-left corner of the blank screen.

    I ran a system restart but that didn't do anything. I don't know if I've contracted malware or accidently screwed up a setting, but all of this seemed to start right after the latest round of automatic updates. Please help!

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  2. #2

    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64

    Did your PC come installed with 8.1, 8.0? If 8.0 did you do the Store upgrade to 8.1?

    What Anti-Virus/Malware do you have installed.

    Have you recently installed any other programs?

    Have you tried selecting a Restore Point?
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  3. #3

    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2

    Something is causing Explorer.exe from starting, which is causing the black screen.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise

    in task manager go to file , new task ,type in , explorer.exe ,and see if it open your tesktop
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  5. #5

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Can you start Explorer.exe from Taskmanager?

    This is one of the very first errors I had with Windows 8 (Not 8.1) - And it required me to re-activate the OS, it happened on both of my Windows 8 systems, once I re-activated, it's never done it again. I forget what I did to pull up the new activation windows - Try SLMGR.vbs /? from a command prompt, it might have a way for you to re-insert your key.
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Desktop fails to launch after restart
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