Please can you post the message exactly as shown.
sorry, didn't make myself very clear. When i log on, all that appears on my desktop are icons for outlook and recycle bin, neither of which are functional. When i go to C drive it states that all files are hidden. When click show contents and then try and view anything else i get the same message.
I've tried the suggestion from database 89 but when i go to the view section in folder options it doesn't have a "show hidden files and folders" option, only do not show hidden files and folders, which is unticked
I am very confused!! haha. I would go back to square one and reinstall from scratch, but have mislaid my XP disc following a housemove d'oh