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blank desktop Win XP tried everything still no go

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jdubz, Sep 3, 2004.

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  1. jdubz

    jdubz Thread Starter

    Sep 3, 2004

    I know there are threads regarding blank desktops but tried all listed still doesnt work. Explorer.exe not in processes so.....

    Tried task manager, new task, entered explorer.exe, it runs and shows in processes for one second then disappears.

    Tried scannow, completes scan, then just ends scanning without any results.

    String Value is Explorer.exe.

    Do not see anything strange in processes, but ended practically everything unfamiliar....nothing.....

    Even tried to access system restore from cmd prompt, displays a blank system restore window.....blank.

    Would really appreciate some direction. Thanks.
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    I'd opt for a repair installation at this point. It sounds like explorer has some serious problems, and if you've done an sfc, then it is probably registry related.

    All you do is boot from the CD. When it asks if you want to repair and to press "R", don't. Continue with the installation just like you were installing for the first time.

    You will then get a license agreement and it will ask you to press F8 to agree. Right after that screen, you will see a list of Windows installations that setup found. It will ask if you want to repair it. Read the directions on that page!!!

    Then, you will actually press "R" this time and XP will re-install.

    When done, you will be back to your familiar desktop with everything looking just like it did before. But all your Windows Updates are gone and you will need to get those again.

    If you have any problems booting from CD, set the CD to boot earlier then the hard drive in BIOS setup, or come back for more help.
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