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Desktop Problem

After downloading a fresh copy of SP2, my desktop (explorer.exe?) won't load properly, no icons appear or start button or task bar, it will appear after 10-15 minutes but won't fully load, and when it does, you can't really click on anything. Do I need to uninstall SP2 and can I do it from DOS? Or is this a video driver issue?
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How did the computer work before installing sp2? If it worked great then start with backwards. I would uninstall sp2 and see if the computer works. If it does then try re-installing sp2.
David WallCommented:
how does it run in safe mode have you tried disabling eveything in start up via msconfig start> run > msconfig

If you restore points try rolling back to the the restore point prior to installing SP2 and see if machine is OK if so uninstall SP" test if OK then reinstall.

Have you looked into the evenlog for any messages.
Create a new user and try logging in to that. How does it work then?
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Robert Sutton JrSenior Network ManagerCommented:
If you login with another username and its the same result, try doing a system restore. When you installed Sp2 it created an OS restore point in which you can roll back to the "PRE" Sp2 image.
RHLserviceAuthor Commented:
sys restore won't work, is there a way to reinstall XP without losing data? Just reinstall the basic set up files? I have an XP disk, an older one without SP2.
Robert Sutton JrSenior Network ManagerCommented:
System restore should work. If you remember when you installed SP2 it created that restore point b4 even installing  SP2. Its apart of the pre-install tasks. Check again.
David WallCommented:
You can do a repair install of wndows xp it will keep existing data and apps ( if it works) details here http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

If you can, backup the disk using knoppix cd bootdisk and then copy of any important data (belt and braces).

then bun the repair install.

Forced accept.

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