Restart and press F8 before Windows loads and select "Last known good". If that doesn't work, you can try system restore and select a date prior to when the error began. If still no good, a repair installation could bail you out.
for no apparent reason, my pc will not fully boot all startup programs.
I have only adAware, AVG, messenger, and my network connection starting at boot up.
It tries to boot messenger and the error message comes up:
Windows\winSxS\x86_microsoft.windows.GdiPlus_6595b64144ccf1df_1.0.2600.5581_x_ww_dfbc4fc4\gdiplus.dll is not a valid windows image.
Then all boot operations cease.
WhenI tried to open Device Manager this message came up: mmc.exe-bad image. Avira also gets a long involved message similar to the messenger one and will not boot.
I hope someone can help with this as my system is dead in the water.
I have run registry scans, virus scans, and malware scans, finding nothing.
I am running XP home with all the latest service packs and updates.