How to get icons to show in Windows XP?

By Rj07 ·
When Windows XP is loading, I get an error message about the userinit. The screen is blue. I can only bring up the icons by typing 'control panel' in the task manager.

I've never created a manual system restore point and I can't get back to a system restore point around the date I did a clean up though I thought something had done one. I've never done one manually before.

I read somewhere about it being a problem with bad window files but couldn't get to the files they suggested I copied into a new user profile.

I do have the Windows XP disk, upgraded on-line to service pack 3 and I would be very grateful for some help.

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Maybe a In Place Install will be what you want

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to get icons to show ...

Of course you'll need a M$ Branded Install Disc not a System Makers Recovery Set though if you only have a system Makers Recovery Set you can try the directions here and if you do not get the second R Option go ahead and reinstall the OS.

Follow Method 2

Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, you may need the installation CD to reinstall. Contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair installation.

To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
1.Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2.When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
3.The following message on the Welcome to Setup screen will appear:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
4.Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
5.On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
6.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
7.Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310064 ( ) How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition
If you successfully completed the reinstallation, congratulations. You are almost done. Please continue to the "After you reinstall Windows XP" section to finish.

If you received an error or if the reinstallation did not finish, unfortunately, this article did not resolve your problem. For your next steps, you may want to ask someone whom you know for help. Or, you may want to contact Microsoft Support to help you resolve this problem.

But it will not hurt to read the entire set of Directions as they may be of assistance.


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