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I upgraded from xubuntu 13.04 to 13.10. Everything seemed fine. Then I turned the computer off... rebooted and signed in and the desktop wallpaper and icons and files on the desktop are gone. Replaced by a grey void. the top and bottom panels are still present and I can run programs from the menu or the launcher along the bottom of the screen.

If I go into settings and try to change my wallpaper it shows the correct image selected yet the desktop stays grey. I change the ocons that are to be listed on the desktop and it stays empty grey.

Please someone help me.

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do you have any conflicting Xorg packages? I had been using the oibaf PPA to get upstream Mesa stuff but they aren't building for Saucy yet so when I upgraded I had to manually go into synaptic and force the "older" versions of some of the packages which would've been installed with 13.10 by default to stop getting some graphical corruption.

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I doubt you still have this problem, but for anyone else reading--

I just had the same problem, and was about to give up and revert to Ubuntu (I initially had Ubuntu, but didn't like the Unity thing, so I downloaded and ran Xubuntu desktop, which pretty much acts like you're using Xubuntu) when I stumbled on a really odd solution. If you restart your computer, you'll get to the bootloader. I'm not sure if it's the same with real Xubuntu, but mine had the options: "Ubuntu" and "Ubuntu advanced options". I hit enter on "Advanced options" and it kinda gave me a list of previous releases. I selected "Ubuntu 13.10 w/ Linux kernel 3.13 yadayada.." and everything went back to what I had (expectedly so). But when I rebooted and went back to the current 14.04 release, everything was back to normal. The desktop background was there, icons were there, right-clicking worked, everything.

TL;DR try restarting and enter a previous release, then restarting again and enter the current release.

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Also just stumbled on another possible answer. I right-clicked the desktop background and hit "properties". It gave me an error message saying "Thunar was not found" so I re-downloaded Thunar (I'm sure I had it before, at some point it must have been deleted). So that might have something to do with it too.

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