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# 18855 26-Jan-2008 16:40
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I am using a Toshiba X200 with Windows Vista Ultimate.

Today when I turned on my computer everything seemed fine until after I put in my password to login.

My Documents folder is automatically opened and there is absolutely nothing (pitch black) behind it = no Windows Start button, no tool bar, no desktop icons... in fact, if I right click where the background is, nothing happens.  Essentially, I only have My Documents open.  The documents, music, videos etc all open fine. 

Tested Safe Mode but still the same.

What is happening?  Hope I don't have to reformat my laptop.  Help!  Thanks.

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Uber Geek


  # 106911 26-Jan-2008 17:05
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Looks like I am not alone - people on the net are complaining about the exact same issue! However, no solutions:(

Edit: Found the solution!

Go into:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Shell = Explorer.exe "C:\Windows\System32\"

I changed it to
Shell = Explorer.exe

Apparently my system caught a trojan. I accidentally allowed the reg change when my anti-virus software alerted me before. Opps!


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Ultimate Geek

  # 106918 26-Jan-2008 18:08

I turned UAC off, its crazy and over bearing.

I'd be suprised if a serious PC user left it on.

BDFL - Memuneh
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# 106919 26-Jan-2008 18:10
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I asked because UAC was off, and an antivirus warned about registry changes - and it was authorised.

So no surprise PCs get infected. It would happen on a Mac or any other OS. If a user is running as Administrator and authorises things...

I am not blaming one individual, but the way the interactions happen.

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  # 106927 26-Jan-2008 19:55
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I did accidentally say yes to the warning, but the warning pretty much said something was being changed in IE - I thought, OK, maybe it is because of the newly installed software.  Hmm, sometmes it is hard to know what is dangerous and what isn't.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 106946 26-Jan-2008 21:25

UAC just drives me insane was all I was getting at

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