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Desktop problem

by ndnakota / January 8, 2013 1:55 AM PST

Hi. I've got a Dell Inspiron 1501 (laptop), about 5 years old, never had a problem until recently.
When I start it up, it's been coming up with the desktop screen like it's a brand new computer. My desktop picture and all my files and icons on desktop are gone. So I start it up again, and again, and again. Sometimes it takes 7 or 8 tries before MY desktop comes back.

Is my hard drive going bad? I haven't noticed any grinding noises. What do you think could be causing this?
Any thoughts?

Thanks. Suz

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Of the profile got corrupted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2013 2:15 AM PST
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Google this "Corrupt Profile." Add which windows version for a better search.

This issue can result in what you noted. It's an old issue and why we always backup what we can't lose.

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(NT) TYPO. I meant "Or"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2013 2:20 AM PST
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googling corrupt profile
by ndnakota / January 8, 2013 7:55 AM PST

Thanks Bob. I will do that and see what I can find. And yep, I've got everything backed up, just in case.

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