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No taskbar or start menu?

I recently had a nasty virus, and while trying to get rid of it, accidentally deleted a vital Windows program. I don't remember what it was called exactly, "Windows safety -something-"(I thought it had something to do with the strange nature of the virus). But when I deleted it, Windows immediately shut down, and when it restarted, it would say "AUTOCHECK NOT FOUND" before it even got to the "accounts" part.
I re-installed XP home edition and let it reload the missing file. I got windows up and running, but there was no task bar/start menu. I tried re-installing my graphics card (ATI Radeon), then fixing the resolution, but that had almost no effect. I can't even access the "Taskbar and Start Menu" from the Control panel. I click, double click, right click then open, and nothing happens.

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Re: No taskbar or start menu?

1 st install a good anti virvs program & check virus on all u r hard disk files & folder..

now re install windows.....
i m sure u r problem will be solved...
dont forget to vote for me...

& pls check u r moniter display setting ...


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Re: No taskbar or start menu?

Sounds like you have format your drive. Good practice is to leave a partition for just Windows and the other for the rest.

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