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Dec
2008

Desktop and icons fails to load at startup in Windows Vista

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vistaThere are really a lot of reasons why all of your icons and your desktop fails, all of a sudden, to load at startup. Anyway, most of the times this issue is due to a little key in the registry called explorer.exe which refuses to load or it is just missing or it doesn’t exist at all. Let’s see together how we can fix this issue with this set of tricks.

1) Copy and paste the following piece of code in your notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
“Userinit”=”C:\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM32\\userinit.exe,”

Now save the file as Userinit.reg. Double-click on it to merge it in the registry. Turn your computer off and on to apply the change permanently.

2) The key Explorer.exe in your registry is not correct.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search Box type regedit and hit Enter.
  3. In Windows registry, locate the folling key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ Image File Execution Options]
  4. Look for Explorer.exe.
  5. Delete it.
  6. Turn your computer off and on to apply the change permanently.

3) Restore Explorer.exe which is missing in your registry.

  1. Copy this piece of code in your notepad.
  2. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
    “Shell”=”explorer.exe”

  3. Save the file as Logon.reg.
  4. Double-click on it to merge it in the registry.
  5. Turn your computer off and on to apply the change permanently.

4) Explorer.exe is missing in your C:/Windows folder.

  1. Insert your Windows Vista DVD.
  2. When the setup screen window appears, choose the Repair or Recover option by pressing “R”.
  3. In the Command Prompt, type the following command: expand D:\i386 /F:EXPLORER.EX_ C: \WINDOWS\explorer.exe /y (don’t forget that D: is the letter of your DVD driver, while C: is the partition where Vista is installed, change them if they are different in your PC).
  4. Now type Exit.



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