windows xp corrupt and will not repair

Hello experts, I have a computer that I am repairing.  The initial issue was there was no desktop, task bar or system tray.

I could not start explorer but could get to command prompt via ctrl-alt-del, task manager.

I have booted from the OEM CD and repaired windows install.  When it finishes it gets stuck on the Windows Startup screen at
"please wait"

I have hard started, installed IE8 and I am still at the same place.

I have done this multiple times and ran chkdsk, also found that the system had a fixed IP address.  I had to put a router in from of it and now it can get to the internet.

Not having any luck and I don't want to wipe the system.  any recommendations?

Oh, when I try to run explorer.exe it never comes up..
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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
is this really only corrupted ?
Sounds like it also could be a virus/malware symptom.

Reminder : XP is reaaaaaaaaally old now. And not supported/patched, so very vulnerable.

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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Mr. Tortur, you are correct, In process of replacing system.

I was trying to avoid wiping the system clean but I think that would be the only way to fix it.
tucktechAuthor Commented:
replaciing system.
are you still interested in a solution? because you posted :
>>> Not having any luck and I don't want to wipe the system

i can provide help to get it running; and it's really up to you to decide whether to use the XP system or not
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