When using windows, under certain circumstances the windows Desktop will now be shown. When this happens, when you login to windows instead of seeing the desktop, start menu, or your normal icons, you are shown a blank screen instead.
This type of behavior is usually caused by malware or reconfigured programs that block the explorer.exe process from executing. Since the explorer process con’t be launched, the windows desktop is not displayed when you login.
The guide below will walk you through restoring the windows desktop when it is not visible.
How to restore the windows desktop when it not displayed
- If you are unable to see the windows desktop or your start menu after a program runs or when you login to windows, you need to manually launch the explorer.exe process from Task Manager. To do this, press the Ctrl+ALT +Delete keys on your keyboard at the same time.
- Click on the Task Manager option.
- We now need to click on the more details option.
- Task manager will now display a more detailed screen including a menu at the top.
- Click on the Run new task to open a create new task.
- in the create new task field that is opened, type explorer and then click the OK button.
- After pressing the OK button, the explorer.exe process will start and you will see the desktop and start menu again.
- Your desktop and start menu will now be visible and you can begin diagnosing what caused it to not appear