No Start menu or Desktop

  Bob21 09:38 24 Aug 04

On start up XP Pro I have no start menue or desk top. I can access task manager and run new task , but most programs will not run as no serial numbers or additional info is available. Any help please? or do I formatt!

  Gongoozler 09:55 24 Aug 04

Hi Bob21. Is this a problem that has just occurred on an old installation, or is it a new Windows XP installation?

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode by holding down the F8 key during boot-up?

Have you tried leaving the computer to boot up, I am having a similar problem with an XP installation that would eventually boot after about 20 minutes. I have found a work-around for that by disabling "Shell Hardware Detect" in "Services". I still haven't found the reason for this behaviour.

  Gongoozler 09:31 27 Aug 04

Hi Bob21. Was my reply any help? Or perhaps someone else has an idea about this one.

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