I have installed Windows XP on Maxtor SATA drive and it boots just fine but when Windows starts up the desktop, start menu, icons, are all there one minute and gone the next never to return. I have to ctrl alt del to go to task manager and then browse to get anywhere. I installed Windows XP on the SATA drive with out any drivers could this be the problem? I would so much appreciate any help with this issue.
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I think you are better off posting this in the Windows Xp forum, but i think your explorer.exe is corrupt or crashing. Try doing a full format and reinstallation of Windows xp and do all updates w/ SP1,2,3.
or try the "repair" option on the installation disc. its faster than a new full install.