Windows 10: Desktop Ruined After Reboot and Other Problems Solved

  1.    01 Aug 2015 #1

    Desktop Ruined After Reboot and Other Problems

    I have no idea what happened, but now, my desktop has NO icons, and if I click on the Start Button, what I get is the desktop theme with the start button menus, etc., superimposed on the theme.

    Just found something else: I clicked on the "minimize to desktop button" while writing this, which took me to the `false desktop,' and to return to this forum I had to click on the Start Button; clicking on the task bar icon for Firefox does nothing, nor does doing that for other applications either. In addition, the sqaure at the top right-hand corner for applications, that should reduce the size of the open window no longer does anything.

    A short while later: I can get back to Firefox, etc., from the task bar icons, but have not quite figured out just how many clicks, etc., make it work.

    Windows Key + D no longer does anything. It is as though I don't really have a desktop. (I have tried the shortcut keys to cycle through virtual desktops, which does not show me anything.

    More discoveries: If I minimize an application to the task bar, then click on the start button, I can then return to the app by a single click on its task bar icon. When I click on the start button, it now always opens with just the Life and Play displays, no left-hand column. (I don't remember the name of those two `boxes.') I have to click on the start button's top-left icon to bring up the column with apps, access to Settings, etc.

    Good Grief: Don't ask why I happened to look at the Settings module that includes an option for Tablet Mode. Suffice it to say that changing that from on to off, a setting when I had not turned it on, has restored matters to where they were before I rebooted.

    Truly odd, along with just about everything else. Perhaps my odd experience will help anyone else who encounters what I met.
    Last edited by Not Myself; 01 Aug 2015 at 12:30.
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  2.    01 Sep 2015 #2

    Desktop in windows 10 - disappearing icons

    Hi, Just read your thread on desktop icons disappearing after re-booting. I've just upgraded to windows 10 and had a similar problem - all previous desktop icons disappeared. Decided to do what you did - ie look in settings to see if tablet mode was on/off. It was on so turned it off. Bingo! Desktop icons reappeared. I also could not previously minimise a window down. That's solved as well. Thanks a lot!!
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