Recently my pc has refused to start up windows properly and only reaches the blue desktop screen but wont bring up any icons or the start button/toolbar and I can only shutdown by switching off the machine. If I use the DOS prompt method of starting windows the system works alright but is slower than normal and a brief image flashes on the toolbar called shellexp then disappears. I have tried re-booting with the WIN98 disk in but this hasn't made any difference, nor has re-installing.
Thanks woodchip but after following your advice nothing seems to have improved in anyway and it wouldn't even let me return to C:\, I had to switch off and start up again - going from the DOS prompt to get back into windows. If you have any further ideas please advise me as this is becoming annoying. Many thanks for previous response.