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#1 nasty

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:48 PM

I upgraded from IE6 to IE7 & after I rebooted, I had nothing on the screen but my desktop background, no icons or taskbars etc. I tried rebooting again but it was the same result. My buddy wonders if my copy of xp pro is not legit & I must admit it was given to me so I don't know for sure. I just assumed it was a legal copy.
Then I got thinking maybe someone else has had a similar problem & might shed some light on this.
Advice is welcome.

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#2 Rittnasty

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:51 PM

Try to restart you computer in safe mode (continuously tap "F8" during the reboot) and see what happens, then post what happens.
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#3 nasty

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 05:01 PM

I tried that & no difference. I can't help but think maybe microsoft put something in IE7 to prevent upgrading if your copy of xp is not legal.

Edited by nasty, 01 February 2008 - 05:03 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2008 - 05:07 PM

Whether or not it was legit wouldn't make a difference. For whatever reason, explorer.exe is not starting up. Try this once. Once you get booted and all you see is your desktop background, hit ctrl-alt-delete. The task manager should fire up. At the top, select file, then new task, and type in explorer.exe. If your explorer.exe file is not corrupted, then you should have your normal desktop, and we just need to recreate the startup link. If it does not start, then your explorer.exe is likely corrupt, and you will need to replace the file. Replacing the file is relatively painless. I'm not sure how to restore the startup link off the top of my head, but I think we can probably figure it out.




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