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#1 Hoopoe

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 03:45 AM

Hi
I know there are a few topics on this already which I have read but I guess all computers are different.

I am running Windows XP with three User Accounts.

Yesterday on my account when I logged in I had only Desktop Wallpaper, no taskbar and no icons. I used System Restore and it came back.

This morning my son has logged on (tried all three User Accounts) and they had only Desktop Wallpaper, no taskbar and no icons. However after a couple of reboots it was working again.

There were two things that happened yesterday which may have caused this:

1. There was a Windows Update early on (strangely one of our work computers, this morning which had been updated over the weekend booted up with no taskbar, a couple of reboots sorted this).

2. The computer was running slowly anyway due to the hard disk being almost full and getting the Virtual Memory prompt regularly. I tried to fix this using the recommended method on this site by assigning the VM to a large external drive. However I have now put it back to the internal hard drive as it was with System Managed settings.

I would appreciate any help in resolving this issue.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:40 AM

Apologies, I was not looking what I was doing and should have put this in the Win XP forum. Mods please move.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:13 AM

If you have a hard drive that has insufficient room for Windows to run properly...it's hard to predict just what will go wrong, IMO.

The first step in seeking any solutions...has to revolve around moving items from the boot partition/Windows drive...to another partition/drive.

IMO, the only things that have to be on the C: partition are XP and programs, everything else can be moved somewhere else. I keep the pagefile on the C: partition, but that's a personal preference.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:27 AM

Well there always doubling the virtual memory. You could do it manually. The computer will always do it just to give the CPU a little more stretching space. But manual settings helps if you know what your doin. ^.^ BTW Im new... Hopefully thid helps...

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 03:36 PM

Thanks guys have moved a shedload of stuff onto the external hard drive and it seems to be hanging together. The Windows updates warning keeps saying it's turned off even though it isn't. Maybe I need to post a HJ Log?

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 06:12 PM

HJT logs (and other alternatives) are for dealing with malware.

Malware is not responsible for every little hiccup that occurs in a system...but it is responsible for many problems that systems develop.

If you think you have a malware problem, I would suggest that you post at BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

Have you tried actually turning off the autoupdate function...and then turning it back on?

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 01:12 PM

Hi Louis
yes I have tried turning it off and on but still get the update warning all the time.

On a more problematic note, despite clearing off a lot of files, it is usually booting up to just wallpaper and we're having to use the New Task explorer.exe in Task Manager to get going. Very annoying.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 05:28 PM

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

Right click on the C drive in Explorer and go Properties > Tools > Check Now (under Error Checking). Check both boxes then click "Start Now". A message will pop up saying that Error Checking will run after you restart the computer. Restart the computer and Error Checking will run automatically after the restart. After itís finished it will restart into Windows automatically.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 03:34 PM

Thanks Bud, will run checkdisk later. Ran Spybot last night and it kicked out Virtumonde and Virtumonde.dll and it has been loading explorer properly since.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:11 AM

Thanks all. chkdsk seems to have brought everything back under control, so I haven't run SFC. If it ain't broke don't fix it. :thumbsup:




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