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Satellite A85 running XP Home...boots to desktop theme, but no icons, start button, or taskbar Don't want to use my Restore disk as it will erase the HDD and I'll lose everything. Suggestions?

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Try booting to the Safe mode; this will load Win but with minimal junk loaded. You can access the menu to choose boot mode by turning on power and immediately start tapping the F8 (sometimes F5 instead) key. You should get a short text menu with the possibilities listed. If you can make it that far, open the Start menu, choose 'Run.' Enter:
rstrui.exe
click 'OK.'
This starts the restore routine and, if you haven't had it turned off, you can restore your system back to a calendar date (not too recent, choose a couple of days back) when it was still working.
You will lose no work other than Win and AV updates that have occurred since that date.
This will often make everything OK again; with the reminder that it IS Windows.
Good luck-

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