Incidentally, I'm running winXP.
> Incidentally, I'm running winXP.
Try a system restore.
As much as I'd love to (and yes, system restoring did occur to me) I
disabled that feature a while ago and as such that is no longer an
Yea, I know it was a dumb move to make, so sue me.
Laughter is more appropriate.
Maybe it is reinstall time.
If I start explorer via the task manager (which I tried almost
immediately) it opens for about two seconds then immediately closes
again. Queerer still is the fact that my firewall (Kerio Personal)
which catches pretty much everything that tries to run on my comp did
not detect the attempted start of the program. And yes, I've run
Norton/Avast scans and a Spybot, cleaned the whole thing out.
Possibly a shell extension either corrupt/rogue ?
I've usd this to examine Shell Extension...
Most will show as MS extensions.
I've seen this once, on someone's PC, a Win2K box. Explorer would not
start most of the time. In the processes there was a wowexec.exe running
that shouldn't have been at bootup. The quick fix was to disable the
Active Desktop. The long term fix was done by him, so I don't have the
Of course you are. WinXP is a toy operating system. It just cannot be
depended upon due to silliness like you are now eXPeriencing. Maybe someday
Microsoft will build a real operating system, but I wouldn't hold my
"Computer users around the globe recognize that the most serious threats to
security exist because of inherent weaknesses in the Microsoft operating
"Vista is finally secure from hacking. No one is going to 'hack' the product
activation and try and steal the o/s. Anyone smart enough to do so ... is
also smart enough not to want to bother." philo
Right, and the fact that I ran winXP every day eight hours a day for
three years running without the system locking up once means nothing.
That said, Linux FTW!
Anyway, thanks to all those who contributed to the topic, I'll see if
a shell extension is the problem.