I have researched my problem on Google; but, I can not find a fix and I do not know why my desktop is not showing. Only the background wallpaper shows up. I also tried Ctrl-Shift-F1 and removed compiz compiz-core then the same thing, and I also tried reinstalling ubuntu-desktop but again the same thing!

Does someone know how to fix this? I don't want to reformat my Ubuntu drive.

Fixed: apt-get upgrade

  • Possible duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/208346/ubuntu-12-10-shows-no-launcher-or-menu – Grizly Feb 26 '13 at 9:35
  • THANK YOU your way of fixing this worked. I tried every way that "should have" worked.. your way worked getting my machine to work on 14.04. THANK YOU x10000000 – user10106 Apr 18 '14 at 18:36

Try this:

Press Ctrl + Alt + F1/F2 and write your username and password. After this write:

sudo stop lightdm
sudo apt-get remove --purge ubuntu-desktop unity* compiz compiz-* -y
sudo rm -vfr compiz* compiz-*
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop* unity* compiz* compiz-* -y
sudo start lightdm

Try those command and see if this help you or not.

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    i see your answers after fixing my desktop, anyway thank you for trying to help, i fixed using "sudo apt-get upgrade" ! assalamu alaikum – DeeJaVu Feb 26 '13 at 10:08
  • good for write the true answer to help us thank you man walaikum aaalamu – Mahmoud20070 Feb 26 '13 at 12:30
  • Not sure why you have * on the commands, they don't work for me. Also the rm, thats not going to work as compiz is not going to be installed in the home dir? – IanVaughan Oct 19 '13 at 20:43
  • also, neither this or the update resolved it for me. – IanVaughan Oct 19 '13 at 20:45

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