Dell Inspiron 1100 Windows upgrade

June 18, 2009 at 04:59:57
Specs: Windows XP
Hi. Another 'newbie' at this forum thing but need help. I have owned an Inspiron 1100 for may years running XP without any problem. I decided, after about 8 months to do another long overdue Windows update. (I have a valid XP OS loaded) The updates downloaded succesfully (took awhile) but now I suddenly only have a blank desktop background without any icons or task bars etc. I can use Ctl-alt-del and run windows explorer or other programs from the 'run' filed but obviously this is a problem. Everything is still on the laptop so there should be no reason to lose it. I dont know what update program caused this or why. Can anybody help? This would be much appriciated. Trevor

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#1
June 18, 2009 at 05:25:24
... try again! ... "Ctl+Alt+DEL

... select "File"-> New Task (Run...) from the Task Manager menu. Again, type "explorer.exe" in the "open" field and click ok.


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Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/...
... got brain freeze


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#2
June 18, 2009 at 06:08:37
This should remove the Updates,
Try System Restore to a date when all was good.
Start >All Programs >Accessories >System Tools

Using System Restore too many times can cause
more harm than good. After doing a restore
that does not fix a problem, then UNDO the
Restoration, and try another restore point, or
just do the UNDO.


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#3
June 18, 2009 at 06:23:23
Hi Chuck 2
Thanks for your response but I cannot go to Start. As mentioned I have a completely blank desktop. This is my problem - trying to get my desktop to display when I switch on my laptop.
Regards Trevor

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#4
June 18, 2009 at 06:31:20
I can use Ctl-alt-del and run windows explorer or other programs from the 'run' filed but obviously this is a problem.

I thought that got your Start Menu back ??


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#5
June 18, 2009 at 06:52:10
Tap F8 constantly when the computer is booting. Then go into safe mode and do a system restore from safe mode.

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#6
June 18, 2009 at 06:54:27
No, I don't get my Start menu back. All I get is a the background image I setup for my desktop. And absolutely nothing else. I dont even get a cursor. The only thing I can do is to use Ctl-alt-del.
What I am hoping for is to get whatever application that controls the desktop working again so that when I switch on my laptop it looks and behaves as a normal computer running XP

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#7
June 18, 2009 at 08:55:34
XP taskbar & icons missing

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