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problem with windows xp and desktop explorer

when windows boots up only the desktop wallpaper is visible. there are no icons or start bar. i can control alt delete and run programs through task manager. there are no weird processes running, explorer process is running, there are no applications running on start up. i also tried running norton, but live update keeps crashing. any ideas as what is to happening? my friends laptop has had the same problem, so thought maybe a virus was floating around.. any help is appreciated

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(NT) (NT) What do you use to remove spyware?

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as well as a spyware program..

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1/ download Ad-Aware SE from http://www.lavasoft.com 2/Do you get any error messages.?
3/ Try logging into the administrators account instead of yours - press ctl-alt-del TWICE when faced with the login screen.
4/Investigate msconfig - stop things running in the startup folder as one of then might be startup items maybe causing the problems - also stop non windows services from loading in the services folder.
5/Look in the "event viewer" for any errors - if you are not logging turn on logging then reboot.
Peter

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Re: Missing Taskbar & Start Menu

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phynom, For the missing taskbar & start button go to the link below and scroll down to line 117 left column and download the ''Restore Taskbar and Start Menu'' .reg file. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

For the icon problem, right click your desktop>arrange icons by>and checkmark Show desktop icons.

Tufenuf

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