I had this problem once in win2k and had to wipe the drive to fix it! I set up a couple of backup users for my XP install. By switching users the prob goes away. Therefore its defenitely something to do with the document and settings folder. What the problem is: the task manager has no toolbar, and I don't remember if the window lists applications or processes but it is totally blank. Please save me some time and help a poor self taught computer addict with a quick fix to this dillema. Im to tired to try and figure this out and its really buggin' me.