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Anonymous
September 12, 2005 12:34:05 PM

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Hello,
I recently purchased a new Dell computer, Dimension 3000 desktop. I
uninstalled the Norton antivirus and installed my own 5-in-1 software. Since
I did that I havent been able to open the icons my documents, my computer,
recycle bin, unused desktop items folder or get to my control panel from
desktop icons or start menu. I did the uninstall and re-install from my user
account and it is the only one I cannot access this stuff from, if I go to
another user account, those things will open. Did I mistakenly change
something or remove something I shouldnt have?
Anonymous
September 12, 2005 3:41:09 PM

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Hello,
I have the same problem except with my Sony Vaio PCV-RX550. After turning
it off for a week, I turned it on to exactly the same problem, no desktop
icons, no start menu, no taskbar etc., & no start-up programs start. I can
use any programs or open any file by Alt+Control+Delete, (or Opening the Task
Manager) & opening them under NEW TASK.

I don't have mulitple user accounts though.

Any help would be much appreciated, & thank you in advance for your time.
-Joe

"sassafrasgyrl" wrote:

> Hello,
> I recently purchased a new Dell computer, Dimension 3000 desktop. I
> uninstalled the Norton antivirus and installed my own 5-in-1 software. Since
> I did that I havent been able to open the icons my documents, my computer,
> recycle bin, unused desktop items folder or get to my control panel from
> desktop icons or start menu. I did the uninstall and re-install from my user
> account and it is the only one I cannot access this stuff from, if I go to
> another user account, those things will open. Did I mistakenly change
> something or remove something I shouldnt have?
September 12, 2005 4:33:11 PM

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sassafrasgyrl wrote:

> Hello,
> I recently purchased a new Dell computer, Dimension 3000 desktop. I
> uninstalled the Norton antivirus and installed my own 5-in-1 software. Since
> I did that I havent been able to open the icons my documents, my computer,
> recycle bin, unused desktop items folder or get to my control panel from
> desktop icons or start menu. I did the uninstall and re-install from my user
> account and it is the only one I cannot access this stuff from, if I go to
> another user account, those things will open. Did I mistakenly change
> something or remove something I shouldnt have?

Try running the file association fixes on Doug Knox' site at
http://www.dougknox.com/. Click on Win XP Fixes | File Association
Fixes. Start with the .exe file association fix.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
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September 12, 2005 4:34:00 PM

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spookyjoe wrote:

> Hello,
> I have the same problem except with my Sony Vaio PCV-RX550. After turning
> it off for a week, I turned it on to exactly the same problem, no desktop
> icons, no start menu, no taskbar etc., & no start-up programs start. I can
> use any programs or open any file by Alt+Control+Delete, (or Opening the Task
> Manager) & opening them under NEW TASK.
>
> I don't have mulitple user accounts though.
>
> Any help would be much appreciated, & thank you in advance for your time.
> -Joe
>
> "sassafrasgyrl" wrote:
>
>
>>Hello,
>>I recently purchased a new Dell computer, Dimension 3000 desktop. I
>>uninstalled the Norton antivirus and installed my own 5-in-1 software. Since
>>I did that I havent been able to open the icons my documents, my computer,
>>recycle bin, unused desktop items folder or get to my control panel from
>>desktop icons or start menu. I did the uninstall and re-install from my user
>>account and it is the only one I cannot access this stuff from, if I go to
>>another user account, those things will open. Did I mistakenly change
>>something or remove something I shouldnt have?

spookyjoe, your problem isn't the same. Besides you shouldn't hijack
another person's thread. Repost your question as a new thread.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
September 12, 2005 5:15:01 PM

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Hello,
See the thing is, all the icons are there, I can open internet explorer and
yahoo messenger, but when I try and get into anything else like my documents
or control panel, it makes a funny noise(kinda like huh, ya right!) and it
wont open. I guess what I ended up doing was just going in under a different
user and deleting my account and creating myself a new one. I hope that took
care of the problem. Things seem to be working fine now. Let's see for how
long......

"sassafrasgyrl" wrote:

> Hello,
> I recently purchased a new Dell computer, Dimension 3000 desktop. I
> uninstalled the Norton antivirus and installed my own 5-in-1 software. Since
> I did that I havent been able to open the icons my documents, my computer,
> recycle bin, unused desktop items folder or get to my control panel from
> desktop icons or start menu. I did the uninstall and re-install from my user
> account and it is the only one I cannot access this stuff from, if I go to
> another user account, those things will open. Did I mistakenly change
> something or remove something I shouldnt have?
September 13, 2005 1:49:21 PM

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sassafrasgyrl wrote:

> Hello,
> See the thing is, all the icons are there, I can open internet explorer and
> yahoo messenger, but when I try and get into anything else like my documents
> or control panel, it makes a funny noise(kinda like huh, ya right!) and it
> wont open. I guess what I ended up doing was just going in under a different
> user and deleting my account and creating myself a new one. I hope that took
> care of the problem. Things seem to be working fine now. Let's see for how
> long......
>
> "sassafrasgyrl" wrote:
>
>
>>Hello,
>>I recently purchased a new Dell computer, Dimension 3000 desktop. I
>>uninstalled the Norton antivirus and installed my own 5-in-1 software. Since
>>I did that I havent been able to open the icons my documents, my computer,
>>recycle bin, unused desktop items folder or get to my control panel from
>>desktop icons or start menu. I did the uninstall and re-install from my user
>>account and it is the only one I cannot access this stuff from, if I go to
>>another user account, those things will open. Did I mistakenly change
>>something or remove something I shouldnt have?

Glad it's fixed and thanks for posting back the fix.

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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
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