Lost your Vista taskbar and desktop icons?September 10, 2008
I installed a Trend antivirus update and had to restart the computer. After logging in, I had lost my Vista taskbar and icons! The trick for restoring it is similar to that for Windows XP, but with an extra step (#2).
- Open Task Manager (press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click Task Manager).
- On the Processes tab, find and kill any explorer.exe processes.
- On the Applications tab, click New Task at the bottom right of the window.
- Type explorer.exe, then click OK.
If nothing sinister caused it to disappear, it should all come back as it was and you can stop panicking, breathe a sigh of relief, and continue working.
Update for Windows 7 (January 2014): When I lost my taskbar and desktop icons in Windows 7, I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del. After a short time, I got the option to select Open Task Manager. Once I clicked on Open Task Manager, all my desktop came back again without me doing anything else. I still don’t know what’s causing this.