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Xp pro only booting to desktop with no short cuts or even start icon

Had to upgrade to a new mother board , processor and ram kept old hard drive which was working fine.Did a repair and install. System now boots to desktop but only with background picture and nothing else.Did repair and install from original xp pro disk(no services packs) how do I get past this point to reinstall the service packs etc

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  • backa1 Oct 29, 2008

    SP disks are not bootable.Have already scanned for virus and adaware with nothing found

  • backa1 Nov 13, 2008

    Sorry for taking so long to get back. Ended up reinstalling a clean xp and its working. still have to load all my other programs but at least most of my data is safe(3 partitions on the drive) Have scanned for virus and addware but all come back clean.


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I wouldn't know if this would help, but here it goes. Before the motherboard was replaced, you should have gone to Device Manager and uninstalled the devices related to that motherboard like the chipset and other onboard devices that came w/ the motherboard. If you want to clean it up, you can still do this: start>run>type: cmd and command prompt should pop up. In prompt, type: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 then enter. Then, type this: "devmgmt.msc" w/o the quotes. Device manager should pop up. Go to the view tab and select "show hidden devices" and maximize the window. What you're going to do is uninstall any device(s) you know you don't have, or don't exist anymore. These devices show a faded icon representing the device, so what you do is go down the tree by clicking the + sign and uninstall the devices w/ the faded icons. Go through the whole thing, and keep in mind not to uninstall anything that says Microsoft on it. And if you're not sure, don't uninstall it. But i believe that most of the ones you see faded wil most likely be uninstalled. I wouldn't know about the part when you tried to repair it w/ th xp cd, but if by any chance you ever end up replacing the motherboard and keeping the HDD, before you change it and turn it off, make sure you uninstall the chipset drivers along w/ all related to that part before you put in the new one. Because when you woke it back up, the configuration were still registered on the HDD as the old one. Sowhen it loaded the neccesay drivers for the hardware, it had a conflict because of what registered versus what it detects. Hope you fix it.

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Have you tried to boot from the sp disk? I don't really know if it has an executable file. You may have a hard drive virus. Try doing a repair of your os first, download free avg 8.0 and free adaware se. Run avg first.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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    Theresa Smith Oct 30, 2008

    What doesn't make sense is that you say you did a "repair and install" ! It's kinda either - or. Why did you do both and in what order?

    Your system boots to a point/ loads the os and you have an xp desktop right? So it's like the os was installed; just isn't booting completely. Then comes the customizing of your personal settings. You have a desktop but from what you said you also used the same hdd since it worked fine. There are all kind of virus/ trojans. Installers/ downloaders/ executable, which may be on your old drive. Why don't your try the recovery option, you know the recovery not repair option; the one before hitting F8/ R. When you get the prompt type: "FIXMBR" (master boot record). Then follow prompts choosing 'Yes" you are sure. After confirmation that new MBR has been written, at the next prompt type: "FIXBOOT", follow prompts. Restart. Let me know what happens at that point. You may have to do another repair which is the option after hitting F8 /R.

    Good Luck.....


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