S sweetnjoe Member Joined Mar 21, 2014 Posts 14 Mar 21, 2014 #1 http://i.imgur.com/a7k7pGi.jpg This is what my desktop currently looks like when booted up, with my specs. I'm not sure when this happened, but any help is greatly appreciated: Specs: Homebuilt AMD FX-8350 ATI Radeon HD7770 8 GB RAM 500 GB HDD Windows 8.1 64-bit (updated from Windows 8 System Builder-OEM) Issues: I'm having a few issues with Windows 8.1 and don't understand how anything got shifted or changed, but here are my issues: Fast User Switching doesn't appear to be working (no names on the start menu, no option to switch users on crtl+alt+delete)... never had this issue before updating to 8.1, and I do not have Pro, so I can't access the Group Policy stuff either... any ideas? I KNOW I used to be able to do this on regular Windows 8, so it's odd that its a feature that's been removed. The Notification Area on the taskbar (bottom right) is not displaying ANY background tasks/Icons (Windows calls them "Notification Area Icons"), I only have the clock able to be enabled or disabled. I know others should be in there (AMD Catalyst Control Center, Spotify, Skype, etc.) and I know they are running, but I cannot access or enable ANYTHING to be used there now. And I used to see everything there. When I try to turn anything on in the notification settings, it states "Some settings are managed by your system administrator" and does not allow anything other than the clock to be enabled/disabled. (Note: I AM the system administrator) Whenever I log on to my user profile, either via restart, or just log off/log on, my desktop is not visible. When I say "not visible". I mean I cannot SEE anything on it (see the first picture). If I look in Windows Explorer, I can definitely see my desktop items, and when I go to "Control Panel\Personalization" and click on "Change Desktop Icons" and uncheck/save/recheck/save, I can see my desktop icons on the desktop, but not before I do that (very odd). Things I have tried: * I have tried enabling the Admin profile via cmd prompt and seeing if I could edit anything on that profile (I cannot, by the way) * I have very lightly tried to edit the registry, but I'm not sure if that is doing anything at all (it hasn't appeared to do anything thus far) * I have tried creating a new user profile, using the other family profiles, all of them appear to have these same UI issues now. All the issues have to do with UI stuff not working, though. I don't really want to reformat or re-install if I don't have to... This is all I see when right-clicking on the taskbar: http://i.imgur.com/cEa94A2.png Notification Area Icons screen in Control Panel: http://i.imgur.com/5Kp2z2Q.png Again, please note that up until a few months ago (around the time I finally updated to 8.1 -- I don't know if that actually caused the issue), this never was an issue on this PC. I really hope its just some messed up registry settings, but I'm at the point where I need help, please! I want to get my computer back to normal. Thanks so much for your help!