The initial problem was just like yours, the desktop would show up without any icons or start bar. I use cntl-alt-del to get the pop up and was able to start a couple of files, but eventually those even stopped working which led to the format.
My question is: if a format doesn't even work, what's my next option? Where do I find those resident virus files to delete them if formatting won't stop it? They just seem to come back regardless.
Windows media edition of xp, and I was able to download sp3 and various other things, but again, that lurking virus comes back and I'm having trouble getting a clean system.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 06 February 2009 - 10:38 AM.
Split to its own topic. ~ OB