Windows 2000 machine boots all the way up to showing the desktop background when an error reading: (552 in the title bar at top) "runtime error '5' invalid procedure call or argument". I click on "ok" and that is as far as I can get .. sort of. The background picture is displayed but no icons and no bottom menu bar. The "windows" key will not inittiate any menus. However I can launch taskmanager. If i then launch control panel from a command line everything appears and runs normally. There is another error message that pops up though and it reads: "cannot find the file '/idlist,:132:828.' (or one of its components) Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available." Upon every reboot the 828 number changes randomly.
I have run chkdsk /f via safemode command prompt, installation disk, and normally with no result. I tried to run sfc /scannow but i keep getting a message that the wrong disc is in the cd player. I need to install a "service pack disk" but I have only an installation disk with the service pak built in. I see there are registry entries referring to /idlist %I %L. If I try to launch explorer.exe from the command line in task manager it will not launch and shows the same error - and yet it will launch after launching control panel. I have run an antivirus program and it did show where bloodhound.exploit.64 had been quarantined just prior to the start up problem, but scans clean now. I have turned off all start ups in the system configurator, as well as the startup services that are not microsoft.
I am trying to avoid doing an installation disk repair as I will lose settings and service packs and updates, so if you have any suggestions I would appreciate it - thanks.