Freshly Installed WinXP Pro Fails to show Taskbar or START

By bobhjon ·
I just installed Win XP on a freshly formatted C: drive of an IBM HDD using a slipstreamed XP disk. It appeared to install normally, loaded all the required drivers and configured without problems. But when booted and rebooted several times it shows a window with the standard background, BUT NO TASKBAR nor START BUTTON. The computer is ok because it loads XP normally from the slave drive.
When I run the Task Manager it shows explorer.exe and normal processes, but will not respond to the shutdown option.
Any ideas on what happened and how to fix it?

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re: WinXP won't go.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Freshly Installed WinXP P ...

Try the install all over again, from the beginning, but this time make sure there are no fingerprints or anything else on the install disk. For some reason, it didn't go right the first time and there's no sence in mucking with it. If you have the same problem the 2nd time around, the disk is no good.

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Get full functioning in Safe Mode so now what?

by bobhjon In reply to re: WinXP won't go.....

First, the problem is not with the disc, because I had made several slipstreamed discs, and got the same result with them both; and it has installed properly on a different computer.

I booted into Safe Mode a couple of times and got just a blank SM screen. Today, I left it running when I went to lunch, and when I got back, I had a Taskbar and START button. They work and I can access the Control Panel, MSCONFIG, and RegEdit but it takes about 20 min. per function.

I recall that there is a Registry tweak that is supposed to fix my problem. Does anyone know what it is?

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