I've a problem with WinXP in that I can log on from the Welcome screen, but then get no Desktop icons, system tray or Start button. The Win button doesn't function and I get nothing when I right-click on the screen.
Problem occurred when I tried to uninstall ZoneAlarm, and Adobe Reader was updating itself in the background; when I went to restart the computer it stalled on the logout. I'm assuming that I've corrupted the Reg files or something.
I've tried restoring to an earlier date, and F11 toggle - no joy.
I looked through the forums, and found this thread, which appeared to be the same fault:
rawprawn... got no start button... all apps and files are there, but I need to go through the Task Manager to get anything.
rdave13... saw your comment in the earlier similar thread, and burrwalnut's instructions to a similar fault... tried this twice; the explorer.exe is located in the "...Windows NT\CurrentVErsion\Winlogon" registry file. I've noticed by comparison with my laptop that when reviewing the active processes (through Task Manager) the EXPLORER.EXE process isn't in the list.
Tried to re-install XP from OEM disc, but I get past the registration key phase and then it tells me that it can't continue because some software hasn't completed installing... not installing anything, but XP gives no indication what software it's referring to.
The tried booting from CD to repair the installation (as described here - click here), but it just starts up and then tells me that there is no HDD visible to it.
Thanks rdave13... tried that - that's how I eventually recovered to the 'no desktop' position from the crash I caused. Still no desktop or system tray on the recovered system.
Now convinced that the best thing for it is a clean installation... I've backed up data and email (using advise from this forum - great info source!). Anyone any ideas why XP won't recognise my hard disc drive when I boot from the CD?