Windows XP desktop: nothing is displayed except background

This is a quick post. We will see an issue, when one of the applications hang and killing (End Task) then it blanks out your desktop. Nothing is displayed except your desktop background. Issue is explorer.exe gets killed sometimes and unless it comes up windows desktop will not able to show start-menu and other system tray icons along with task bar.

In this particular scenario, trick is simple. Just press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key combination (All keys in one go). This will launch “Windows Task Manager”. Now select menu, File->New Task(Run…) and type in “explorer.exe”.

Let me know if it works for you.

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