I tried all the stuff available in the following links.

Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears


Unity Launcher and Top Panel disappeared in 14.04

Launcher, menubar and window borders disappeared in Ubuntu 16.04

Launcher disappeared

But to my bad, nothing worked.

using ccsm, I enabled unity plugin. once i close the ccsm and open again, I am seeing it is uncheck again.

Could some one help ?

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I have stumbled upon the exact same issue! I upgraded from 14.04LTS to 16.04LTS about a month ago, and everything went very well. Recently, however, no dash or window border anymore!

I have tried, as suggested in several posts, to reset config:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
setsid unity

I tried to reinstall unity and compiz,

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge ubuntu-desktop compiz* unity*
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop compiz unity

I have tried to remove config files from local user hidden dirs,

sudo service lightdm stop
rm ~/.config/dconf/user
rm -fr ~/.cache/compizconfig-1
rm -fr ~/.compiz
rm -fr ~/.Xauthority
rm -fr ~/.config/autostart
sudo service lightdm start

Similarly, I enabled the Unity plugin in CCSM but this is not permanent since, when re-opening CCSM, the Unity plugin appears unchecked, even when opened with admin. rights.

Sadly, all of these attempts failed in restoring dash and window borders. I guess this is an issue with compiz, the window manager, but I have no idea how to fix it. Any ideas welcome ;)

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    – TiloBunt
    Sep 17, 2016 at 18:20

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