Tales from Tech Support

Everyone who works in IT has probably had to help someone out with their computer problems at some point in their life. Whether it’s a part of your job or you’re just helping a friend, the challenges that get thrown your way can often take you by surprise.

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Desktop

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During my internship proving tech support at a large software company, I encountered a number of comical user mistakes. After a while, I was surprised to discover that even someone who works in the IT industry can make a silly little mistake.

So, at that time, our company was operating mainly in Windows 7 with some Windows 10 testing. There was a System Administrator (SA) who worked across the aisle from where my cube farm was. I had previously helped this SA update Java on his Windows 7 machine, which involved closing all instances of IE. A few months later, the SA came to me again with the same problem.

SA: “Hey, I’m trying to update Java again. I tried to close all instances of IE but my desktop disappeared instead. Can you come take a look?”

I went over to his desk to take a look and sure enough, all desktop icons had disappeared and the taskbar was nowhere in sight.

Me: “How did you close IE?”

SA: “Well, I opened Task Manager and killed all explorer processes.”

Me: “Did this happen right after you killed a process?”

SA: “I am not sure…I just closed IE. Why is this happening?”

I opened Task Manager and discovered that explorer.exe is not on the processes list.

Me: “SA, you ended the wrong process.”

SA: “Well. How was I supposed to know that process was for Windows Explorer and not IE?”

Without saying anything, I expanded the “Description” tab.


– Reddit user, NateIsNastay

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