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Win XP desktop not working

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  • Desktops
  • Displays
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
December 11, 2010 12:07:55 AM

Hello,

After I login my desktop displays but nothing else works, no icons, taskbar and right click. ive tried restore but that does not work either. any suggestions?

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December 11, 2010 12:10:22 AM

When you get to the desktop, press ctrl+alt+delete. Open the task manager-->go to file-->new task-->type explorer.exe and press enter. That should restore your desktop and taskbar.
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December 11, 2010 12:12:33 AM

tried it, says explorer not found...
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December 11, 2010 12:14:54 AM

Try booting into safe mode.
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December 11, 2010 12:19:01 AM

just a black screen, no desktop again.
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December 11, 2010 12:20:02 AM

Try the suggestion above while in safe mode.
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December 11, 2010 12:50:26 AM

same explorer not found
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December 11, 2010 1:18:35 AM

when i get to step 6 it wont let me repair, only setup winxp, create partition, or delete.
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December 11, 2010 1:27:53 AM

What is displayed for the partitioned/unpartitioned space?

Or, can you take a picture of the screen and post it?
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December 11, 2010 1:59:16 AM

How big is your hard drive? From that picture, it's showing it as ~19GB.
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December 11, 2010 2:04:55 AM

yea right around there
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December 11, 2010 2:32:51 AM

Look at the bottom of the screen. What are the options?
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December 11, 2010 2:43:31 AM

install, delete partition, quit
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December 11, 2010 2:55:36 AM

It looks like your install is completely corrupt. It's not recognizing your current install.

My advice would be, to slave it into another PC, and try to copy off any data you can. Either that, or do a fresh install, and use the following 2 programs to recover what data you can.
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
http://www.easeus.com/
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December 11, 2010 2:59:15 AM

Damn, I was hoping that it wouldn't come to that...

Anyways, thanks for all the help and prompt replies
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December 11, 2010 3:44:27 AM

Sorry I couldn't be more help.

You might also want to run some diagnostic scans on that hard drive, to make sure it's not damaged. The hard drive manufacturer will have a tool on their website that you can download.
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