I was removing some bloat from the raspberry pi as all I need is the desktop with a browser (and SSH and VNC).

So I removed Libreoffice, the Java IDEs, some games etc. that I didn't need.

However, when I rebooted the desktop has changed from the raspbian white desktop to a weird black desktop with different task bar.

How can I get back to the ordinary raspbian desktop?

  • Debian (and therefore raspbian) can be so sensitive - it was probably something in the 'etc' that did it Dec 24, 2015 at 11:15
  • @JaromandaX See my answer below :) Dec 24, 2015 at 11:18
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    see ... it was something in the 'etc' that did it :p Dec 24, 2015 at 11:18

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I've managed to fix it.

At some point during my uninstallation of bloat, I must have accidentally uninstalled the raspberrypi-ui-mods package. Reinstalling this package and rebooting brought me back the white default raspbian desktop I know and love.

So just run sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-ui-mods and reboot.

  • Thanks. I had the same problem and "sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-ui-mods" helped me to get back to the default desktop. However, now I found the LXDE seems to be better. Is there a way to switch between them?
    – Qian Chen
    Sep 18, 2017 at 7:19

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