Running XP on Dell desktop. Now when I boot up, the wallpaper appears, but there are no icons or task bar. Booting in safe mode brings up the icons. I can start the browser and other services through the task manager, but this is very slow work. For the last few months, the complete desktop has been slow to appear, but now will not appear at all.
Yesterday, I working through the task manager and suddenly the normal desktop appeared. However, I had to restart to install Windows updates, and now am back to the problem. I'd really appreciate any ideas or suggestions.