After powering the computer, I reach a screen to choose the OS to load, after selecting Windows XP I see the standard Windows XP loading screen, then the Log On interface, but with a black background instead of the normal solid blue. After logging on to the computer, after a few seconds it displays the error:
"Explorer.EXE - Application Error The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0150002). Click on OK to terminate the application."
When I click OK, the Start bar doesn't load (because explorer.exe, the user shell, is not running). However, Ctrl+Alt+Delete will not bring up the Task Manager, or produce any noticeable change other than set the CPU / HDD status light flickering. I've let it sit there for a long time and it does nothing, even after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete again.
After a hard reboot, the same thing happens when I try booting the computer into Safe Mode.
Just before posting, I tried rebooting the computer in safe mode and it froze halfway through loading the Safe Mode initialization files, and I had to force a hard reboot. CHKDISK ran upon powering the computer and it seems to have fixed it's self.
This is the error report.
BCCode: 1000000a BCP1: 00000034 BCP2: 00000002 BCP3: 00000001
BCP4: 806E7A16 OSVer: 5_1_2600 SP: 3_0 Product: 768_1
Two files are included in the report:
Please advise. Now that the computer seems to have fixed the Explorer.EXE error, I'd like to figure out how it happened, and how to prevent it from happening again. I will update and run Spybot - Search & Destroy and see what comes up.