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Andrew Pollak <firstname.lastname@example.org> had this to say:
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> I have XP ver 2 with 3 users. When I log on Admin account the screen
> background loads and the mouse loads. Neither icons nor taskbar
> Task manager shows a number of files loaded. Processes shows
> explorer.exe taking up to 99% of the CPU cycles. It fluctuates
> between 70-99%. Nothing ever loads.
> Using Task Manager, I disable explorer.exe from Processes. System
> Idle goes to 99%, and I can then run most any program using Task
> Manager "run" command.
> How can I make this thing go back to normal? I have tried System
> Restore to three weeks ago, with no effect.
After you kill the explorer.exe click on file > new task > and type in
explorer.exe and hit enter. Does that then load the desktop for you? If so
then it may be that the admin profile has become a bit corrupted or that it
simply needs to be checked for malware.
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