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No Start button, no quick launch

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by theycallmejan, Oct 18, 2006.

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  1. theycallmejan

    theycallmejan Thread Starter

    Jul 15, 2006
    Any help greatly appreciated. Helping a friend to fix her PC, but this exceeds my own (limited) technical know how.

    The machine will start up fine, but once all programs have loaded, there is no start button or quicklaunch (yet the drag bars on the bottom bar are in place to suggest that they are there). The desktop icons are visible, but once something like My Documents is opened, the names of the files are there, but no icons. Pressing ctrl alt del has no effect.

    The PC won't recognize any wireless networks, and can't connect to the internet.

    I also tried installing some malware and spyware removal tools from a pen drive, but get the message "The application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem."

    Tried to bring up device manager and got this message:

    "MMC failed to initialize because it was installed incorrectly, or because a portion of the registry has become corrupted. Make sure the mmcdmngr.dll is registered by running "regsvr32%SystemRoot%\system32\mmcdmngr.dll".

    Thanks in advance.

  2. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable and do the following:

    REGISTRY WARNING: The details that follow require an above-average understanding of the technical topics involved. If you do not understand the Registry material presented here, either find a technically-knowledgeable friend or do not attempt to repair your system Registry yourself. Improper changes in the System Registry can render all data on your hard disk inaccessible.

    I hope you have the Windows software for this machine. Please give this a try and print it out for reference

    How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install = http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    Here is a link to a registry backup program that is absolutely fantastic it is called ERUNT


    Remember to always keep a backup of two things:

    Your registry and your data. You will never be sorry.
  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Can you logon as another user say the admin account?

    Does that show normal?
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