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XP Startup Problem

Hello, over the past month I've had difficulty with my copy of Windows XP Pro Corp. The problem occurs at startup after I input my password. Here are the problems:

- Task bar, desktop icons, start button, quick launch etc. do not appear and I am left with the mouse cursor and my desktop background.
- Should I be able to log in with desktop icons, start button etc., I have no sound capability and no network accessibility. It should be noted that I install my audio and network drivers from the same nVidia drivers CD which came with my computer.
- I can use Windows Repair from my XP setup installation, however when I do it is good for only 2-3 restarts before the problems reemerge.
- After a repair/reinstallation, my computer will lose its internet connection and prompt for a restart.
- I have ran scans of registry cleaners, anti-virus checks, adware scans etc. and that doesn't seem to fix anything.
- I have replaced my old nVidia graphics card with a newer ASUS graphics card while this problem was starting. I don't what effect, if any, it could have with these problems.

At this point I am clueless as to the true nature of this problem. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  • RomCorp Mar 10, 2009

    I did do a reformat of my C:/ drive after copying important data over temporarily to an external drive but the problem had reappeared after copying my data back. I've been doing repairs to get some temporary performance back before the problems reoccur. It could be a matter of reinstalling certain programs I use (Adobe Reader, VLC player, Firefox, video games etc.) but I've used these programs before for years.


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You wrote that you just repaired the windows. I think that it's not enough and that solution is usually inefficient. A more "healty" solution: format the partition "C" and install windows again and after, the drivers. That is to eliminate the possibility that to be a software problem. Be carreful what programs you install after, because the problem can appear because of a software you installed. So install the programs systematically.
Post back if the problem persists or is it solved.

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  • luckydidi21 Mar 10, 2009

    Well, do the format again and install windows. Don't put back your backup, install just the necessary programs for you and  wait for a few days to see if the system is stable. If it is stable install the other programs systematically (one by one and wait after each install for some time to see if the system becomes again instable). Seems to me that you have a software problem and the problem is generated by one of your programs. Do what I told you and post back. Good luck!


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