My computer runs XP - Home.
Last night I was prompted to update Media Player to version 8. I was afraid to do so, because many "updates" from MS mess up my computer. However, I loaded the update. I noticed the new icons in the tray and on the Start Menu, so I assumed all was well.
On Friday nights I run my anti virus and anti spyware software. I started AVG anti-spyware. I checked on it 2 hours later and my boot up screen was on the monitor. By bootup screen I mean, when my machine is turned on, it stops soon after the bootup begins and says something about the Processor was changed??? and prompts me to hit F1 to continue or Del to go to the BIOS setup. I always hit F1 and the machine always bootsup just fine.
Something happened while AVG was running to shut down the computer, what I don't know and I don't know if it is connected to the Media Player update or to a virus I picked up the night before (4 of us use this computer, so viruses and adware are not uncommon - I automatically run Norton Anti-virus and manually run AVG, Ad-Aware, SuperSpyware and Lavasoft). HOWEVER, this time when I hit F1 the machine did not boot up but rather loaded my desktop but with NO tray, NO icons and no response from the Windows key on the keyboard, but with only the mouse pointer on the screen. I could get the Task Manager by hitting Alt-Ctl=Del, but nothing else.
I rebooted several times, and always the same result: My desktop but no tray, no icons, nothing.
I rebooted and tried my wife's and my two daughter's sign in. Same result, their desktop with nothing else. None of us have secure log on procedures and all have Admin Rights.
I tried to boot up in Safe Mode. Again nothing.
I loaded an old Windows XP CD into the CD reader, changed the BIOS to boot up from a CD and loaded a second XP operating system in a folder named Window2. Now when I boot up after hitting F1 to continue, I'm prompted with which operating system to boot, Window2 is listed first and the machine boots up properly, (This is how I am connected and wriiting this posting.); Windows (the original operating system) does not.
I tried to use the Repair option on the CD to repair the original XP; it does not work but prompts me with something like "Continuing Startup", but then it restarts the computer.
The original operating system is linked to all my programs, my Firefox, my Thunderbird, etc. I NEED original system to bootup. PLEASE HELP
Edited by boopme, 10 July 2009 - 10:02 AM.