Desktop problems with Win7?

Quick tip I found out.  My wife had been on our Win7 machine with IE8 on a site that had caused the browser to hang.  This was a day or so ago.  Today I noticed that the desktop background image was blank and none of the icons worked.  After a bit of searching I found out that there are still traces of IE8 crashes hanging up the system.  Here’s the fix:

  1. CTRL + ALT + DEL.  Don’t worry, it’s not like olden times where this caused your computer to reboot.  This now brings up a few options.
  2. Click on Start Task Manager.
  3. Click on the processes tab
  4. Click on Name to sort them.
  5. Find any instances of iexplore.exe and end them.

I did this and BAM…desktop is back to life. 🙂  Hope it helps!