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Icons & start

My computer will o longer bring up the icons or start menu when I boot it up. The only thing that appears is my desktop background. I think my CPU usage is at 100%. How can I get to a point where I can clean stuf out or fix the problem?

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Boot the computer into Safe Mode.

  1. Turn the computer on
  2. Wait until the Bios screens have gone and press F8 a few times.
  3. A windows Startup options menu will appear
  4. Select Safe mode
After Windows boots...

  1. Goto START - RUN
  2. Type winipcfg and press enter
  3. Goto the Startup Tab
  4. Click the word Manufacturer
  5. Remove ticks from all boxes that DO NOT have Microsoft as the manufacturer.
  6. Press Apply
  7. Press OK
  8. Your computer will ask you to reboot, click yes.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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Boot to safe mode..then do a system restore about 15 days back

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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