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"I also do not have any discs"
To repair such I use the XP CD and try a "repair install." The repair install is widely documented on google.com
-> If there is no OS CD please tell which OS CD you have. If none, go get yours and then we can continue.
When the desktop picture has loaded, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to load the task manager -- if you havent already tried that.
Go to "File", and click "New Task (run...)"
type EXPLORER.EXE and see if that kick starts the interface. If it does, you could try then dragging Windows Explorer into the Startup folder of Windows. Its not a proper fix, but if it gets the problem sorted and you can still be productive it could do for the time being.
It won't respond to that command. An hourglass pops up for a second but nothing else happens.
It also does not respond to CTRL+ALT+DEL
Basically, the only thing I can do is right click on the desktop and create new folders. I have tried to create a new folder and then open it to see if it would access the approp. program but nothing.
I don't have any XP cds. If all else fails, I will have to take it into a repair shop.
Hint. The repair shop needs your XP CD and Key.
If they install theirs, then it usually fails later since they can only use some other copy which can't be activated.
If I buy XP
will I lose all the programs that are on this computer when I install it?
Why would you buy XP?
Don't you already own one copy?
Microsoft will replace your lost CD for about 35 bucks which is 1/3 to less than what a new full copy is.
-> There are some that in your situation because of a pirate copy of the OS. For this there is little hope of recovery since no one can support such and I've run into cracked copies that are buggy. Also any competent repair shop can't help such since there is no XP CD or license to work the repairs with.
There are also some members that will expend other people's time trying to fix a pirate copy which I feel is unfair to everyone. I am more than willing to help a legit owner.
Are we dealing with a pirate copy here?
If we arent then its probs just a duff computer. I am all confuddled now anyway!
This computer was in a business that my friend close. She bought the computer directly from Dell but doesn't know where any of the discs are that came with the computer.
T'is a bit coincidental --in my opinion-- for it all to go so wonky at this time though..
I am beat! I wave the white flag and invite someone more experienced
because it was in a business she cleaned it up (removed customer info and ran defrag) before giving it to us. I think she may have cleaned it up a bit too well!
sounds like me a few years ago in my naive-ness thinking I could safely delete *dll files to make more room on the disk! Thankies goodness I know better now!
Then you can't call MS for that CD.
Dell may offer restore CDs for a fraction of the full version of XP. Have the system's service and such tags when you call it in.
No need to pay full price if you can avoid it.
Oh dear oh dear! Sounds like a difficult one.. *scratches chin*. I really am not sure now. Is a new folder all you can create? or can you create new shortcuts as well?
Also, when it boots it skips the user account page and goes straight to the desktop. In safe mode, I went to users accts and saw that there are 2 administrators set, but it won't let me change one to limited. Would that cause this problem?
Good goodness graciousness I do not know!
Okay now I am ***really*** stumped. I am sorry, but I truly am beat on this problem. Can you system restore? Like, to months ago? O.o
Try it and see will ya?
btw I almost forgot GOOD LUCK!
I tried it a couple times yesterday and it didnt help and now it won't even let me do it anymore
The hardware could be failing --and fast by the sounds of it-- or the system could be getting eaten by malware and junk like that.
computer is old or new?
Again, best of luck!
thanks for help
computer is about 5 yrs old & is a dell
One word says it all..
"Dell".. Thats all I will say.
Damn shame tho, sorry I couldnt help.
I can make them but it doesn't do anything when I try to open them
btw if you wanna access system restore I think it is "rstrui"
when I try to make this shortcut it says the file can't be found but it will let me make shortcuts to cmd.exe and notepad.exe even though I can't open them
I am truly sorry but I dont know what else to do.
Really sorry but I am truly beat. I will think on this one and see if I have any solutions for later..
SOLUTION TO PROBLEM CONCERNIN NO DESKTOP, ICONS OR START MEN
go onto number 195 and download the programme open up a file in task manger after it and the start menu will appear
NUMBER 195 TO THE RIGHT HAND SIDE !!!
this is not is freebie
Re: this is not is freebie
Those fixes at that Kellys-Korner ""Tweaks and Tips" link are freebies. Whether or not that particular fix will solve the problem is not guaranteed but it's worth a try.
I was probably thinking of another fix at Kellys-Korner that is not a freebie.I do know that not all the tips at Kellys-Korner are not freebies.
Yes,it's certainly worth a try.