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No start up page just has screensaver

My laptop has just the screensaver on all the icons and start menu are gone. When you first log on this box comes up and says explorer.exe components are missing you might have to reinstall the program to make it work. Well I'll tried to reboot and go into F2 and I just can't seem to find anything to fix the problem. It didn't come with anything to reinstall because it doesn't have an internal cd-rom. The directions say to go to acer recovery, but without anything on the start menu its kind of impossible. Please I hope someone can help. Tammy

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  • CompuFirm
    CompuFirm May 11, 2010

    Does it restart the computer or does it leave you in Windows?

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Hi Tammy, when you first turn on your laptop, keep pressing the F8 key and it will go to a boot menu. Choose safe mode and see if you can get into safe mode. If you can get in there let me know and I'll walk you thru the rest of the way.




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From the black widows screen, hit ctrl-alt-delete. This will bring up a menu. Choose task manager, the file...run. In the run box type restore. From the box that comes up choose rsttui.exe. This is the windows restore utility. Follow the steps to restore your system, choose a date from before the issue started happening.

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