XP installation hangs at desktop

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cvoptimus

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I decided to install a new Western Digital 80G harddrive (supposed to be fast) and do a clean installation of Windows XP Pro. Everything seemed to go smoothly until I installed Service Pack 1. The installation was successful and there were no errors but instead of opening windows at the boot, the program opens to the desktop and mouse but nothing else happens.

The mouse is responsive. The program opens fine in safe mode and there I am able to verify that SP1 installed succesfully.
But there is apparently nothing I can to to get the program to open normally after this. Again, no errors, just hangs at the desktop.

There is apparently no way to correct this. I succesfully rolled back the installation of SP1 with System Restore in safe mode. (As I can always get into safe mode, I can verify the success of any subsequent changes) But no change effects the outcome: the program still hangs at the desktop.

The only way to correct this is to wipe the drive clean and start all over. I've done this 3 times in as many days...so it isnt just some freak event. I've tried installing fewer and fewer programs and drivers before doing SP1.

By switching back to the old harddrive, I am able to start Windows normally ( with SP1 and all the same devices and drivers).
Can anybody offer me any clue as to what might be happening?

The only thing that is apparent is that - in safe mode the new sign on screen appears...but when the problem exists only the old (pre-SP1) sign-on screen appears ( before it opens to just the desktop )
 
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