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I cannot getr any icons to appear inorder to sellect programs.

I have to go the in Task Manager in order to utilize the IE browzer. I get the option to choice a program ar anything else. Can you assist me. I don't want to upgrade to Windows Vista until this problem is resolved.;

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This sounds like a file has attacked the registery where all file settings are stored have you done a sweep for virus's, spyware, and other stuff like that, have you booted into safe mode and see if the problem still exists and if so then you need to get rid of those baddies and if all fails re-install windows is the only option after you have tried the roll back to an earlier date before problems started.

hope you can get this sorted.

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