Okay.. I am at a complete loss. I have been searching for a complete answer for weeks and have tried just about everything out there. My computer boots up to a blank screen with no taskbar or icons. I can get to task manager and run some programs through there. I cannot access my internet on this computer either. The cable connection is fine since I am running a laptop of it. I have booted into safe mode...but have no taskbar/start menu there either. I have run explorer.exe from command prompt... it flashes for a second then goes away. I have run spyware checks, virus scans....nothing. I do not have any system restore points to fall back on. I tried a windows xp repair install from my orginal upgrade disk... but it did not work. I have SP2 on my computer.. not sure if trying to repair from the original disk may have caused further problems. I have tried Kelly's Korner fixes by downloading them to a thumbdrive and installing them on the broken computer... they ran... but did not fix the problem. Another interesting note... IE will not open at all... Firefox will open but obviously with no internet connection it is not usable.
Before the problems began I had been tweaking my computer to try to get it to boot up quicker. Not sure if I may have screwed up something in the registry. Stupidly I did it without making a boot disk.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to spend a fortune to get this old computer repaired. I am looking to get a new computer with a faster processor in the next few months but would like to be able to use this one for the time being. At the very least I want to get all my personal information (pictures, emails) off and loaded to the new one... but that is difficult without windows.