Problems booting up--no access to toolbars, etc. on XP
When I boot up my Compaq Presario V2000, it will go through the regular boot process...and everything looks fine until we get to the desktop. All I can see is the desktop image. The Windows XP toolbars and start menu aren't there, and the Windows buttons don't work either.
I can get everything to appear when I boot up in Save Mode, so I did try to do a system restore. It didn't help...
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That little app is a major factor in the security of your system. You should boot from the XP CD and attempt to repair your current XP installation to rremedy the problem. It can lead to problems connecting to other computers on occasion, but more frequently it can cause problems accessing files on your hard disk.
You need to go into bios by pressing F2 or delete at boot up. Once you are in setup you need to change the boot sequence to the cd drive as number 1 and the hard drive as number 2 then press F10 to save and exit. then reboot the computer and it will boot off the cd.
Hope this helps.
Is it a restart with a blue screen? Is it XP?
If it is XP do the following:
Boot the laptop with a Win XP cd.
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
This is an operating system error, and you will need an operating system disc. You can try to repair or reinstall the operating system, but most likely the hard drive has failed and will need replacing.