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By gundam_deathscythe574 ·
I am having issues with booting my PC running Windows XP Home. I had just installed a new router, since my older one had issues with connection drops. It was installed without issue, wired into a PC, and was broadcasting the signal to one laptop and one PC.

The PC that was receiving this wireless signal was started, but refused to fully boot. I could view the desktop and icons, but couldn't interact with them. I can start Task Manager, and so I have stripped down the boot to bare minimums, using the "clean boot" technique. No luck there.

I've been tinkering around with it, and I believe it is an issue with explorer.exe. If I terminate explorer.exe as a process, and then run it using the run command in the task manager, it will function properly for about five seconds, before freezing as previously. I have no idea what triggered this. It would seem unlikely to me that it has anything to do with the router, since I wasn't actually able to configure it on that computer: the reason I booted it up was to do precisely that. The computer had functioned, without problems, not one hour earlier.

I wanted to know what options I have, besides those operations involving a Windows XP Home CD. It would seem that mine has been misplaced.

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by gundam_deathscythe574 In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

Point value changed by question poster.

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by Toastydoc In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

First step is to roll back the operating system. A week should do it. Next, I would immediatly scan for Virus/Spyware using a remote scanning solution. (www.housecall.antivirus.com is a free remote scanner) After you know it is clean, look at your start up operations and endure that only what you want to start up is starting up. Lastly, Make sure you are running some kind of encryption on your router. WPA is a good option, WEP can be cracked in 45 seconds. WPA is not fool proof, but it will keep out all but the most determined tresspassor.

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by gundam_deathscythe574 In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

Can you please explain how I should go about rolling it back? Thanks.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

Click on Start then Show All Programs when that menu opens go to Accessories and then System Tools. In the System Tools Menu there is a System Restore utility which you can use to roll back the installation of XP.

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by gundam_deathscythe574 In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

I can't use the start button, or the taskbar. Is there another way to bring up the system restore utility?

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by gundam_deathscythe574 In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

Okay, I managed to bring up System Restore, but I cannot select any date/time before the incident occurred. Any other options?

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by G... In reply to Windows XP Boot Issue

Can you get to the event viewer? There's probably an explaination there.

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