Downloaded Windoiws Updates - Got no Desktop!

  cws666 07:15 14 Aug 2008

Yesterday I saw the yellow Windows shield which prompted me to download the lates Security updates. I have Windows XP SP3. When the download was finished I was prompted to restart my PC which I did. After the PC finished loadiong up I was left with a blank desktop and no bottom toolbar (no Start button) and, therefore, unable to access anything. I restarted in safe mode and accessed System Restore and went back, first 1 day and then 2 days without success - still no desktop. I am able to access Windows Task Manager, and, using the File drop down menu was eventually able to acces the internet.

I can access my e-mail via webmail.

Can anyone make any suggestions onhow I get my PC access back?

Thanks in advance,


  brundle 10:22 14 Aug 2008

Explorer is failing to start. If you can access the event viewer using Task Manager, check the logs.
Select Run, type


  cws666 16:28 14 Aug 2008

Thanks. Can you tell me where "eventvwr.msc" is kept and how do I read it?

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