Usual story, been asked to look at a 3rd hand HP desktop belonging to neighbour of my inlaws. Running XP Home. On startup Windows fires up but there's nothing in the taskbar and no start button. No useful desktop icons. Ctrl+alt+del does nothing at all. Right click on desktop / properties / settings and it won't let me change the resolution, and under advanced / drivers it says 'not detected'
It is possible the pc did some file or disk checking at some point, but the owner is as conversant with pc's as I am with astrophysics.
It's not hooked up to the internet, so I think malware extremely unlikely. I'm dropping in again this evening to try a repair install using my xp home disk. Any other bright ideas??