my task bar went missing!

By vegeta_says ·
I have windows xp 64bit pro and was installing a windows xp theme (LeopardXP_BricoPack_by_nobodyuse)

and I failed to realize that it was not compatible with 64 bit windows. It was supposed to move my task bar to the top or something but now its gone and I can't access anything except through my ctrl+alt+delete's run command. I also tried to uninstall it and my bar is still missing.

Can anyone please help me? ):

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Try a System Restore

by Jacky Howe In reply to my task bar went missing!

prior to loading the software.

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system restore

by vegeta_says In reply to Try a System Restore

How Do I system restore without a start menu? I also don't have any restore points. I also don't have a windows disk, anymore. ):

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Check these Registry settings

by Jacky Howe In reply to system restore

Logon to the System and press Ctrl+Alt+Del and on the Processes TAB select explorer and then select End Process, follow the prompts. Now go to the Applications TAB select New Task and type in explorer and then your desktop should show up.

Click Start, Run and type regedt32 and press Enter.

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon\

You will have to set the Shell variable in the right hand pane by right clicking and select Modify. It should = Explorer.exe

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No luck. ):

by vegeta_says In reply to Check these Registry sett ...

I opened up my processes tab and explorer wasn't even there. I then tried to run explorer as a process and it said it wasn't a valid win32 application. Maybe it got removed or modified in an unfavorable way by this mac theme?

I then to check my registry keys and the value of the shell variable and it is in fact already equal to explorer.exe

I think we're on the right track, though! Thanks so far.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to No luck. ):

I would try sfc /scannow and see if that fixes it.

How to perform an in-place upgrade, or reinstallation of XP.

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Windows CD

by vegeta_says In reply to OK

Ironically I had just read about this scan method and attempted it right beofre I saw your post.

It seems like it would work, but the problem is I don't have a windows xp pro 64 bit disc because I bought the computer secondhand with windows installed.

This is my new problem. ):

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OK try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows CD

but there is no guarantee that it will work. You really should have been given a CD when you bought your System.

This will reset everything on the System and you will have to install everything again. The first step is to get you access to your System.

<b>Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD</b>

<b>Download from here:</b>

Use something like Nero to burn the CD.

Boot from the Vista CD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt.

At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.

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