desktop icons and start menu programs disappeared

desktop icons and start menu programs disappeared

Post by stephsdg » Wed, 05 Nov 2003 07:11:38


Today when we started our Win98 system a lot of our
desktop icons were gone. Just the basic ones that come
with Win98 were there. Also all the programs we have
installed are missing from the Start menu. Everything
was working fine on Saturday and we shutdown normally at
the end of the day. We have never used user profiles on
the system so we don't even have a Windows\Profile
directory. What could be causing this and how do we get
back to normal?
 
 
 

desktop icons and start menu programs disappeared

Post by PCR » Wed, 05 Nov 2003 15:33:48

I have seen a number of threads in which the Registry is a prime suspect
for that-- that somehow you have reverted to a much earlier Registry.
Then, you must hope you can restore one with a later date. But it may
not exist. It is possible to restore RBbad, but likely it will only be
rejected again.

(1) "START, Find, F/F, RB???.cab".
Those are the Registry backups, in Sysbckup\. Are there five, plus
an RBbad? Are the dates
consistent with each of the last five days you've successfully boot?
What is the date on RBbad?

(2) "START, Programs, MS-DOS Prompt". Then,
(a) CD Windows\Sysbckup
(b) DIR RB???.cab /od
(c) Use the "Mark" button, outline with mouse, "Copy" & post for
inspection.

C:\WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP>dir rb???.cab /od
Directory of C:\WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP

RB000 CAB 1,416,088 03-30-03 3:13p rb000.cab
RB001 CAB 1,411,408 03-31-03 3:06p rb001.cab
RB002 CAB 1,414,491 04-01-03 2:48p rb002.cab
RBBAD CAB 1,399,569 04-02-03 5:06p rbbad.cab
RB003 CAB 1,400,385 04-02-03 5:06p rb003.cab
RB004 CAB 1,401,263 04-03-03 3:34p rb004.cab
6 file(s) 8,443,204 bytes

Note, on 4/2 I did a Scanreg /Fix, which created the RBbad. It can also
be created if Windows
decided on it's own to replace a Registry with one of the backups. Then,
the Registry that was
replaced ends up in RBbad.

(3) To restore one with an appropriate date...

(a) "START, Shut Down, Restart in MS-DOS mode"
(b) SCANREG /Restore
It will offer up to five. Choose by date.

To restore RBbad, it would have to be renamed with a number, as those
others. Also one of the others has to be renamed away, as only five will
be offered.

--
Thanks or Good Luck,
There may be humor in this post, and,
Naturally, you will not sue,
should things get worse after this,
PCR
XXXX@XXXXX.COM


| Today when we started our Win98 system a lot of our
| desktop icons were gone. Just the basic ones that come
| with Win98 were there. Also all the programs we have
| installed are missing from the Start menu. Everything
| was working fine on Saturday and we shutdown normally at
| the end of the day. We have never used user profiles on
| the system so we don't even have a Windows\Profile
| directory. What could be causing this and how do we get
| back to normal?

 
 
 

desktop icons and start menu programs disappeared

Post by Gene » Fri, 07 Nov 2003 04:03:09

I don't know what caused your problem.

You can get the start menu back by copying the contents of
C:\Windows\system\startmenu\programs folder to the
C:\Windows\startmenu\programs folder .
That should fix it. I did this once, but I don't remember if it required
a re- boot. The start menu will probably be out of order but you can fix
that.

Gene Aker


On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 14:11:38 -0800, "stephsdg2"
 
 
 

desktop icons and start menu programs disappeared

Post by PCR » Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:16:41

Where did you get a "C:\Windows\system\startmenu\programs" folder in the
first place? (I don't have one.)

--
Thanks or Good Luck,
There may be humor in this post, and,
Naturally, you will not sue,
should things get worse after this,
PCR
XXXX@XXXXX.COM


I don't know what caused your problem.

You can get the start menu back by copying the contents of
C:\Windows\system\startmenu\programs folder to the
C:\Windows\startmenu\programs folder .
That should fix it. I did this once, but I don't remember if it required
a re- boot. The start menu will probably be out of order but you can fix
that.

Gene Aker


On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 14:11:38 -0800, "stephsdg2"