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#1 kingtotem

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Posted 17 September 2015 - 06:32 AM

Hi folks I have a problem with XP where it boots up with only the background and no start bar or icons.

 

So I have a couple of questions;

 

Is this a known virus or just a result of the out of support product?

 

Where/what  are the files which control the bar and icon boot?

 

What should they look like?

 

If corrupted what would I do? Is there a known fix for this?

 

 

Thanks Folks D



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 17 September 2015 - 08:26 AM

Hello, and Welcome to BC

 

At the blank desktop press Ctrl + Alt + Del. Select File > Run and type explorer.exe > okay. Does this bring your desktop back?



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Posted 16 October 2015 - 12:15 PM

If JohnC_21's suggestion brings back the desktop then you may find the problem originated in the number of programs your computer was trying to start during boot-up.  Years ago I had a similar problem although it was erratic in that usually the system booted to the desktop correctly and occasionally it did not - typing 'explorer.exe' in the 'new task. text box in Task Manager (essentially what John suggests), temporarily cured the problem.  Checking the list of programs in 'Startup' and disabling or removing unnecessary ones gave me a permanent solution.  If system resources are over-stretched during booting then the system may fail to open an essential item as was the case with my problem.  Often when one installs programs, unnecessary files are added to the start up list supposedly to save time when you open the program at some stage later - these are easily disabled or removed to make startup more efficient.






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