when i turned on my machine i couldn't find any desktop icons or menu bars or anything just blank wallpaper background.I searched for solutions here but none of it solved my problem.

What i have tried: try to open terminal via ctrl+alt+T but not working then tried ctrl+alt+f1 it opened the terminal then tried as per the instruction on this.

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

in that it says to try this: sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager output is : compiz config not installed or something.

then i tried to upgrade from 14.04 LTS using sudo do-release-upgrade. it says upgaded but still not solved the problem somebody please help me out here

  • have you tried resetting your dconf? mv ~/.config/dconf/user ~/.config/dconf/user.old
    – mondjunge
    May 29, 2017 at 12:49

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I had the same problem and I solved it by this: bring up virtual console by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1, then type

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

it will take some time after finishing reboot the system

sudo reboot
  • i really appreciate the help its working now.why is it happening?
    – SalimAC
    May 31, 2017 at 6:30
  • its probably because you accidentally remove the unity Ubuntu desktop .
    – Harry Kris
    May 31, 2017 at 6:41

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