Q. How do I restore the taskbar and desk top icons on XP that got delete/hid somewhere? Tried regedit/deleting the file. Even tried downloading some patches found on Ask Jeeves. Nothing worked but from searching this seems to be a common problem. I even tried to do a restore it won't let me go back but 4 days. When I boot on the folder with all icons showing comes up but not the desktop all that is on it is the wallpaper. Any ideas would be a big help.
I have two possible theories here. The first one is that you have deselected
the option to "Show Desktop Icons". To see if this is true, right-click
anywhere on the desktop and hover your cursor over the "Arrange Icons By" option
until a submenu pops up. On this submenu, there is an option labeled "Show
Desktop Icons", if there is not a checkmark next to this option, then click on
the option. This theory does not explain the missing taskbar, though. Perhaps
the taskbar has been resized to a thin strip at the bottom of the screen
(actually, it may also have moved to the left, right, or top of the screen,
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