Windows XP XP is falling apart ?!


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i was just sitting here and all of a sudden i have no explorer bar on the left and i've just noticed that virtually every app in the start menu has got a generic icon, it seems they have all been deleted somehow ?!

i can sort of get the explorer bar back but its not how it used to be, anyone got any ideas ? cant seem to find anything on google

doing a virus scan as i type but i'm not expecting it to find anything
 

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start windows go to your desktop hold down Ctrl -> Shift -> Esc click file -> New Task (Run...) type explorer.exe let me know what happened next after you do that
 

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that did nothing but a reboot seems to have sorted it, one of those quirky windows features i guess

cheers for the suggestion though:thumb:
 
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In that case i would run avg antispyware, adaware se, spybot S&D, and Windows Defender to get rid of some spyware. Make sure you have service pack 2 and all the updates and you should not run into the problem again.
 

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i have absolutely no idea WTF happened, nothing has shown up in any of the scans and the registry couldn't have been touched or i'd have been told about it
 
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Me__2001 said:
i was just sitting here and all of a sudden i have no explorer bar on the left and i've just noticed that virtually every app in the start menu has got a generic icon, it seems they have all been deleted somehow ?!

i can sort of get the explorer bar back but its not how it used to be, anyone got any ideas ? cant seem to find anything on google

doing a virus scan as i type but i'm not expecting it to find anything
I had a problem earlier today with about 9 icons changing from normal to like squares with a paterns on them. Had to change the icons back through each icons system properties?

and also by refreshing the desktop & then suddenly all was fine??
is this the sort of thing you have had to Me_2001???
 
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my desktop was fine, just most of the start menu changed into these
 
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that was my initial thought alf but nothing showed in my virus scan or any of the online ones

so i thought i'd risk a reboot which fixed it
 

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