Blank Desktop background after Windows XP updates


  • I have 3 users who are running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-Bit).  They all have different machines (All Dell computers but one is a laptop and two are desktops of different models).

    Following each patch Tuesday these users are left with a blank desktop background and the mouse cursor.  The computer is completely unresponsive and will not respond to an Alt+Ctrl+Delete or anything else.  The task bar is also gone.

    I had found a Hotfix from Microsoft ( ) which I applied to the machines however the issue continues.


    Thanks in advance.

    Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:43 PM

All replies

  • I have thought about that however the issue only happens when the users come into work following a patch Tuesday.  Rebooting their machines manually does not cause the issue.
    Thursday, June 03, 2010 6:52 PM
  • There is another hotfix. supposedly fixing this same issue.

    Had same issue on 2 PC running SP3/32bit. Applied HotFix. One PC is all ok now. However other one still has this issue. After a cold reboot , all is well for few hours and then this thing kicks in with blank screen coming up when hitting CTRL+ALT+DEL or (remote) logging into machine.

    If anyone finds a solution,Pls advise.

    Many Thanks.



    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:06 PM