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    Windows XP Pro Boots - No Icons, No Taskbars

    There is so much of this issue on the internet and NO ONE can seem to fix it!!
    Some claim its a virus, or there was one instance of after uninstalling Google Chrome that action breaks some windows files.
    Explorer does not work! Ctrl-Alt-Del will get most things working but nothing else.
    Norton 360 can't find any bad stuff; Spybot did and claims to have fixed it.
    Am really trying to avoid wiping the disk and re-installing Windows XP Pro when it is no longer supported. Thinking of Windows 7 Professional.
    Does anyone have a real fix for the original problem and understand what really happened?
    David

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    Welcome David,
    It's from a malware infection and the fix depends upon the payload and any later downloads by the malware. Each infection needs to be investigated and checks run with help from specialist, I would use Majorgeeks forum but there are other very good sites that will guide you through this.

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    David, Welcome to the Lounge as a first time poster. I see you have been a member for a while.

    A repair install will not solve this problem, at least I do not believe so. You could try to clear the infection, but this is not positive. A re-install of XP Pro or even better an upgrade to Win 7 Pro with a complete clean install would be ideal. It will give you an updated OS, clean from infection and in pristine condition. This would also be a great time to dispose of s/w you no longer usee, and update those you do. I would suggest checking out Imaging once you have things set up the way you want.

    Check the Windows Compatibility Center and install and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser. These will be good tools to check apps and hardware you have with Win 7.
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    Its definately a virus. Try booting into safe mode with networking. If you get the taskbar in safe mode, download and run Malwarebytes . If you still don't get a taskbar, Do a Control,alt,delete to bring up task manager. Click on the processes tab and look for a suspicious process and kill it. Then click on File > New Task and type explorer.exe to get the task bar back. Download and run Malwarebytes. After cleaning up the virus, go to Control Panel > Internet Options >Connections tab > Lan Settings button and make sure "Use a proxy server...." is not checked.

    Jerry

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    I have found a person with the sam trouble here;http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-1...shows-no-icons
    I hope the link above helps.Scroll down through the answers.
    Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einsten

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