When I start my computer (a four-year-old Dell which runs Windows XP Professional), it loads without any problem, but when Windows starts, it won't display my desktop icons or the Windows bar that's normally at the bottom of the screen (including quick launch, the start button, the clock, etc.). The only thing that is visible on the screen is the My Documents folder (not Desktop or My Computer or anything else...always My Documents). Of course, from there I can navigate around and get things done, but it's obviously not ideal.
I originally posted the problem on the BC Malware forum (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic365343.html
), but none of the scans and logs turned up any malware, so the person who was helping me suggested I take the problem to this board.
I think that's everything...please let me know if there's anything else I can add to make the problem clearer. Thanks for your help!