no Explorer on Win2000/WinME startup...


R

RichO

Help - my father-in-law kills operating systems! - well
not quite, but he sure has a funny effect on them. The
following previously happened on his ME system (I think)
and now happens on 2000...

....The OS initially starts up correctly
....at login the name and password are accepted
....the windows background is displayed
....the windows jingle is heard
....but no icons, taskbar, etc.

This can be 'worked around' by bringing up task manager
(ALT/CNTL/DEL) and manually starting explorer from the
WINNT directory, following which everything bursts into
life correctly.

Any ideas??? - it's got me stumped!
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

RichO said:
Help - my father-in-law kills operating systems! - well
not quite, but he sure has a funny effect on them. The
following previously happened on his ME system (I think)
and now happens on 2000...

...The OS initially starts up correctly
...at login the name and password are accepted
...the windows background is displayed
...the windows jingle is heard
...but no icons, taskbar, etc.

This can be 'worked around' by bringing up task manager
(ALT/CNTL/DEL) and manually starting explorer from the
WINNT directory, following which everything bursts into
life correctly.

Any ideas??? - it's got me stumped!
You have two options:
a) Get another wife and trade in your father-in-law in the process, or
b) Look at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q256194
 
R

RichO

Thanks for that excellent advice - her bags are packed
and... no - seriously, thanks. this has been driving me
crazy all weekend and I looked everywhere but couldn't
find help on it.

Possibly coincidentally (but possibly not) I've been
having different problems with Shdocvw.dll on my work PC
recently(Explorer crashes when downloading). Any thoughts
on whether a dodgy DLL is in circulation?
 
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Thérèse Hanquet

Hi Rick,

I have exactly the same problem when I apply the "Blaster" critical update
823980, only I can't even run the Explorer from the Task manager, and not
even kill any process in it, and browsing take ages. Booting in Safe mode
does not solve anything.

Only "workaround" I have found is to replace the 3 new files (ole32.dll,
rpcss.dll and rpcrt4.dll) by the 3 old ones. This cures instantly all
problems. Thus here it is as if the files were too new instead of too
old!!!?

If someone can shed some light...

Thérèse
 

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