No icons or taskbar at windows boot

February 10, 2009 at 08:44:03
Specs: Windows XP

I can get into the task manager running windows xp pro. I have tried reinstalling the OS 3 times now and same thing occurs. How can I get my icons and taskbar back. It won't even allow me to right click. The background is the only thing that loads.

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#1
February 10, 2009 at 10:48:23

"I have tried reinstalling the OS 3 times now and same thing occurs".

Explain how you are reinstalling Windows and what type of disk are you using to reinstall.


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#2
February 10, 2009 at 10:57:54

I was having troubles with my original setup not booting up at all. So i have windows xp pro disc. I set BIOS to boot cd first. I then place cd in tray boot computer up and press button when it say boot from disc. I then go through the formatting and set up windows on the partition. I have done this many times on my other computer and never had this happen. I have even tried many steps people have posted on this site to try and figure this out. Think it may be a trojan or junk pc.

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#3
February 10, 2009 at 11:05:04

During the installation process are any errors generated?


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#4
February 10, 2009 at 11:09:20

no errors occur. It seems to take a super long time. On my other PC it usually takes about 1-2 hours and on this one its taking around 5-6 hours.

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#5
February 10, 2009 at 11:15:10

Try running a hard drive fitness test on the drive. You can download one from the manufacturer of the brand drive you have.

Is the hard drive a SATA type?

What capacity?

What service pack is integrated into your WinXP installation CD?


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#6
February 10, 2009 at 11:17:59

Yes it is a SATA, 40Gb, SP3.

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#7
February 10, 2009 at 11:35:10

40GB SATA? Are you sure? I didn't knwo there were ever any SATA drives manufactured that small?

Did you slipstream the WinXP CD? Did you slipstream SATA controller drivers into the disk?

What motherboard are you using.


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#8
February 10, 2009 at 11:40:59

It is the original hard drive that came with the Dell Optiplex GX270. Not sure what mother board it is. I had just come across this desktop and it had major issues wouldn't boot up not even in safe mode. Now i am just stuck withthe blank screen. I went to dell's driver site and downloaded all the drivers with my laptop and saved them to a flash drive. Haven't installed them yet didn't think that would be possible not being able to use the computer other than the task manager.

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#9
February 10, 2009 at 11:59:03

I looked at the general specs for that Dell model. You may or may not have a SATA hard drive. However, if it is 40GB I think it must be IDE/ATA type, not SATA.

Either way may not make a difference for the purpose of solving your issues.

5/6 hours to install WinXP is WAY too long. I think something must be wrong with your hardware or install CD.

You evidently had a different thread going on this computer. Did anyone suggest that maybe the tray was simply hidden?

To find out, move the cursor slowly up and down at the bottom of the screen. You are looking for a double headed arrow. If that appears hold down the left mouse button and drag upward.

By all means install the drivers from the Dell site. I don't know if that could cause the current issue. And the drivers have nothing to do with the excessive installation time.

How much memory is installed in the computer?

Watch the POST screens at start up to determine many of your hardware specs.

If you don't see any POST screens then boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and disable fast boot and any logos listed. Save upon exiting. The POST screens should then show.


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#10
February 10, 2009 at 12:08:12

The taskbar isn't hidden I have tried that one already. Been fooling around with it for 3 days. I actually tried a different Windows XP Pro with SP2 also and the same thing occurred. When I was in the BIOS i noticed that there was a install OS that was off so i switched that to ON now but not sure if that makes a difference. I think the motherboard or hard drive itself may be junk. I have reformatted and installed OS many times on other computers and never ran into this problem before. I appreciate all your help

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#11
February 10, 2009 at 12:23:54

are you sure the screen size isn't just too big so the tray is lidden because of that?

Have you tried right clicking a blank part of the screen and choosing Properties> settings. See if you can change the resolution.


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#12
February 10, 2009 at 12:34:28

There is no response when i right click. When i run task manager i minimize it and it goes to bottom corner of screen. Where it is still visible so i don't think thats it. I am reinstalling the OS again now. See if changing the install OS from off to on has any effect.

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