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Thread: Lost desktop!

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    Lost desktop!

    I have a standard updated xubuntu installed and somehow I have 'lost' my desktop.

    I first noticed this whilst using the desktop and opening a terminal. I got an error saying Super-t did have an association (or something like that). I was also unable to open a terminal from the right click menu. I could not open a filer window either.

    I rebooted, signed in and my email program opened on its own small background. I did not have the bar at the top and none of the mouse buttons worked on the desktop.

    I have use an instance of the same xubuntu on usb to gain access to this forum and ask if it is possible to resurrect my desktop or must I reinstall the operating system afresh?

    My home is on a separate partition.

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    Re: Lost desktop!

    I had this problem some while ago, and IIRC it was simply a matter of reinstalling the desktop xfce4, or something like that. I'm sorry though - I can't remember how, but I do remeber that it was easy!

    Jim

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    Re: Lost desktop!

    See if xfwm is running, or perhaps simply run command
    Code:
    xfwm
    to start it. Once running it may give you back your expected desktop, and hopefully will start at session start in future.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 16.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info --- SolvedThreads

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    Re: Lost desktop!

    Thanks for the suggestions. However, before receiving them I decided to reinstall xubuntu afresh. It has given me a problem as I have two hards drives, one for xubuntu and one for dual booted windows 10. Xubuntu stores data on the windows drive in an NTFS partition which is no longer mounted. I am creating a thread in general help as this is not now the correct forum.

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    Re: Lost desktop!

    OK.
    On the assumption that this thread is no longer needed, please mark as SOLVED from the Thread Tools menu up-top. It is a great help to users searching the forum.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 16.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info --- SolvedThreads

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    Re: Lost desktop!

    Thread closed.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 16.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info --- SolvedThreads

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