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Windows 7 might have killed my XP

by eclipse557 / March 16, 2009 10:24 AM PDT

I hope this is the right topic. I have a
Dell Dimension 4600
2.4Ghz Pen. 4
~1280Mb DDR
80GB HDD
->20GB (XP)
->60BG (Win7)
Nvidia 5200


So I just installed windows 7 on my computer on the partition above and when I boot into windows XP, right after I type my password, I just get my desktop background. It seems like it is a problem with explorer because the desktop or any other applications don't come up. Any ideas?

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Shouldn't happen...
by John.Wilkinson / March 16, 2009 2:26 PM PDT

Windows 7's installation shouldn't cause such an issue, though it is not impossible. When that happens, try pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc to view the Task Manager, switch to the Processes tab, and End Task on every instance of Explorer.exe listed. Give it a moment, then go File->New Task and type explorer.exe in. Not a solution, but it may restore Explorer so you can navigate more easily and will help determine if Explorer is corrupt or just glitching at boot.

John

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Try the F8 key. :-)
by Dr_Marten / April 20, 2009 4:09 AM PDT

When you power n your computer try hitting the F8 a few times and see if you can get the option to start XP in SAFE MODE.

If you do then let it finish loading into SAFE MODE.

Power down WINDOWS XP from the START button on XP in the usual way and see if your computer then starts as normal.

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