Restoring Explorer.exe – Lost Desktop in Windows XP

Sometimes everything disappears from your desktop (computer crashes) when an error occurs in a program you are using. This is actually Windows Explorer that has closed. You will notice that the desktop icons, the taskbar, and sometimes the start menu all disappear. Here are some tricks I use to restore my desktop without having to restart the computer.

If you ever lose the Desktop but Explorer is still running with the Start Button showing,
you can do this to bring back your Desktop in a Windows box.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type  ” . ”
  4. Then press Enter

If Explorer is not available either, Which includes the taskbar and start menu, then you can restart it yourself by doing the following.

  1. Press Ctrl, Alt and delete at the same time. This will show the task manager.
  2. Make sure you are on the Application Tab.
  3. Down the bottom there are three choices, choose New Task.
  4. Type Explorer.exe and then OK.

This will restore Windows Explorer.exe and now you will see the taskbar, start menu, and icons again.