original desktop lost, how to restore

Asked by jameswatkins

I did something silly and standard startup destop went leaving a blank desktop. Anyway of restoring original desktop. Restarting ubuntu 8.04 does not work.

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

Hello James

Looks like you have messed up your ubuntu desktop..

Course to a terminal (Press cntrl + alt +f1 or f2 in the login screen) Or boot up in recovery mode (Usually 2nd option in grub menu)

and give the following command:

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop


sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

and reboot your system..

sudo reboot

Hope it helps

Bhavani Shankar.

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Tang (robertmcgreg) said :

Hi James, three questions. did you try a right click on your blank desktop
Did you try the other options at boot?
If so, what was the last error message you saw?

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Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


I am checking to see if the information provided previously resolved your question. If so, please mark this question Solved.



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