Windows XP Taskbar Freeze

  peterleemaxwell 19:09 08 Oct 04

I'm hoping someone can help who may have had a similar problem. When loading up XP the task bar freezes but I can still use anything that has a shortcut on the desktop. There is nothing that will work from it such as 'Start'.I have a programme luckly on the desktop that shows a similar type of thing to 'MSCONFIG'. This I have used to stop nearly all the non M.S. software starting but it's still no-go. Any help please.

  JonnyTub 19:11 08 Oct 04

may help click here

  peterleemaxwell 19:36 08 Oct 04

Thanks Jonny Tub.
Looks good, as a NTL fault caused the first problem then the 'Expert' at NTL made it worse. There is just one problem with the task bar frozen, I cannot get the 'start' to work to get at the 'network connections' Thanks for the help.

  JonnyTub 19:39 08 Oct 04

Try bringing up the device manager to see if there's anything there that shouldn't be. have you tried scanning for naughties ?

  peterleemaxwell 19:58 08 Oct 04

Hi Jonny Tub,
There is nothing in the 'Device Manager' and I ran a virus check thinking it was a virus, plus I scanned with Adware 6 thinking it could have been something. I'm at at a loss. Is there anyway I can get at anything other than via the start? I can use progs by opening the H.D and placing shortcuts on the desktop. What I need is 'Control Panel' or 'internet connections'.
Thanks for your help.

  JonnyTub 19:59 08 Oct 04

see what starting up in safe mode brings up

  peterleemaxwell 20:26 08 Oct 04

Jonny Tub,
Afraid it crashed using all the 'safe mode' options.
Looks like I'm doomed to do a re-format. Tried earlier to do a XP re-load this it did with no effect. I'm now on the internet with this same machine using a 'No Install Linux' disc. Why windows cannot work or be repaired I don't know. This disc allows e-mail and web surf (Mozilla). Must use a different set-up procedure. Thanks for your help.

  JonnyTub 20:27 08 Oct 04

have you tried a system restore to when the pc worked fine? or last know good configuration by pressing f8 when switching on?

  JonnyTub 20:28 08 Oct 04

hmm, you can't access sys restore can you, bugger!!

  JonnyTub 20:34 08 Oct 04

can you right click on the taskbar and does it give you options?

  peterleemaxwell 20:37 08 Oct 04

Jonny Tub,
Yes I did try 'System Restore' amnd the 'Last Known good configuration' both failed. I think the P.C. is
just a box at the moment although I can use any prog, on the H.D. by the 'shortcut to desktop' method' half a PC! I think from what the 'Tec' at NTL said was that the IP address has stuck in the settings and this looks like it has corrupted the windows set-up files. Only a guess. A complete 'wipe' looks like the only option. I would have liked to fix without this as when working everything was set up just right. Thanks again for your time.
Best Wishes,

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