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No icons, start menu, taskbar, explorer not working

Haven't used pc in awhile. Turned on went thru boot up ok typed password and said loading settings, shows no taskbar, no start menu, no icons, only shows desktop wallpaper. Ctrl-Alt-Del will bring up task manager. Can get into most programs except internet explorer. Under program files found iexplore.exe, Tried that and pops up then closes without saying anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • jmbayler2003 Apr 20, 2009

    Cannot do anytype of backup att. keep getting explorer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.

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Backup your data and do a repair install - might take a while longer but at least you know it will clear any issues.

there are a number of things you can do to fix it but will most likely take a lot longer

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

  • Shane Russell
    Shane Russell Apr 20, 2009

    reboot into safe mode ( restart and keep pressing F8 ) it should then prompt you with a dos type menu ( use the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard to select the relvant option ) and then press enter.

    You should then be able to backup your data and from there use your installation disc / the disc you got with your computer to set it to factory defaults


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