Windows startup problem [explorer.exe]

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Sebastian Trandafir, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. hi... i hope this is the right place to ask this question. if i didn't hit
    base with this one, please forgive me.

    so... restarting windows vista [home premium 32 bits] goes on like this in
    my case: normal startup till the point where i log in... and then... black
    desktop, no taskbar, no other common startup application except for one
    "MyUser\Documents" window. right click on the [inexistent] desktop is
    disabled [i can still access task manager with ctr+alt+del].

    For the moment... the solution i have found to my problem is opening
    "explorer.exe" from the address bar in the window that's open there
    [c:\windows\explorer.exe], and that's when the normal startup happens.
    checking the startup items list in msconfig, i did not find any unknown
    programs... checking the startup services in msconfig, the same thing...
    nothing has changed from the good old times when the startup was normal.

    i guess this is all the information i could gather in order to ask for help

    i would highly appreciate if anyone would have any idea on solving this issue.

    thanks a lot.
    Sebastian Trandafir, Aug 26, 2008
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  2. Sebastian Trandafir

    Rick Rogers Guest


    The shell entry is damaged or appended. Click start and type 'regedit', then
    hit <enter>. Expand the branches to reach:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Locate the shell string in the right pane and double click it. Replace the
    contents with just:


    Click ok to set the value, then close the registry editor. Restart the
    system to see if it holds. If it doesn't, then you likely have some malware
    that is damaging the entry.
    Rick Rogers, Aug 26, 2008
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    PaulM Guest

    PaulM, Aug 26, 2008
  4. Hi...
    i have just tried changing the registry entry you have told me. It worked.
    Problem solved. Thanks a lot >:D<

    i do appreciate your help, guys... PaulM too, even if i didn't run that
    script you told me.

    Sebastian Trandafir, Aug 26, 2008
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