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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 11:05 PM

For some as yet undetermined reason, since reinstalling Windows Media Center Edition 2005 on a new C: drive, very often I am losing Windows Explorer and the START bar. I can Ctrl/Alt/Del to bring up Task Manager and Run New Task 'explorer.exe' to access my folders but this does not bring back the Start menu.

I have hunted through about 1001 commands but cannot find one that is relevant. Even Kellys Korner 'task bar is missing' does not work.

My only option at the moment is to reboot, but I figure there must be a relevant command I can run in Task Manager to bring back the bottom bar.

Any ideas much appreciated.

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 11:41 PM

I would try running the System File Checker (SFC).

How to Use SFC.EXE to Repair System Files
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 11:56 PM

Thanks Budapest.

I've tried that without success as SFC keeps asking for the XP disk to be put in and I only have the ones I burned from from the preinstalled OS when new, which it won't accept. I've tried changing the sourcepath to the Recovery Partition (D:) but it just ignores that.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I figure that if there is a problem with one or more system files, then that problem will be located at C:/Windows/I386 so there is not much point in aiming SFC at that. I think I will try the F10 at bootup and check for a non destructive recovery of the System Files. Do you think that would be the way to go?

Edited by rowal5555, 09 April 2008 - 12:36 AM.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:36 AM

If you have the C:\i386 directory on your hard drive try pointing it at that.
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:47 AM

I did make the folder C:/I386 after installation, but never got round to copying the Windows/I386 into it (bangs head against wall). Do you agree with my comments above?

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:52 AM

In that case I think the non destructive recovery is a good option.
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:59 AM

Well the F10 option proved pretty useless. Only 2 options, destructive or system restore. No nondestructive repair of the system files. Will wait till I am really desperate.

Have another question tho'. Went into msconfig and gave myself 6 seconds to answer the question about which bootup to use, chose the Recovery, and got the choice of - 1: C:\Windows or 2: D:\Minint. Chose 2 and D:\Minint> came up leaving me no idea what command was required to continue?? Tried y, yes, go, goto, etc etc but no joy. LOL.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 01:17 AM

Update.

Got home from work a few minutes ago and decided it was time to see if Acronis would do as it promises (have never used this successfully before). I have a 250GB Seagate Free Agent external drive (L:) just for backups, so chose Windows I386 to overwrite the existing files from the first backup I did after reinstall. A moment of panic (LOL) as Acronis popped up during reboot and said 'Disk not found. Press any key to continue.'

Now reboot is complete and everything looks A.OK so far. If the rest of the evening goes without incident, will copy the I386 to the new C:I386 location and hope SFC will find it if required in the future.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 06:48 AM

A day later.

D.E.P. is still randomly crashing Windows Explorer even when running something as inocuous as the Search function. Usually I can use Task Manager to end any instances of 'explorer.exe' and rerun a new task to bring back the Start Menu.

A new occurence happened while I was writing this. Everything locked up and 2 notifications came up.

See attachment, followed by the 'Dr Watson Debugger has encountered a problem........' If anyone has any clue what is causing this, I would be very interested.Attached File  Explorer_crash.png   23.39KB   21 downloads

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 08:26 PM

From System Information.
Does this mean anything to one of you gurus?

Attached File  error_reporting.png   16.16KB   21 downloads

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