programs won't load



James_B
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
I startup my pc and click on a shortcut, or use the start menu, but programs
won't open. Instead the shortcut just becomes transparent. I have done
multiple virus scans and have deleted all viruses. Therefore I have no idea
what the problem is. It all began when I had a screensaver on, and couldn't
get back to windows (the screensaver wouldn't go away). I eventually had to
restart my pc, and when I started it up again, I couldn't open any programs.
Alot of the programs that start up when I normally log on aren't opening. Any
suggestions or help would be grately appreciated.
Thanks

Jonybrv
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
BTW, how did you manage to run a virus scan ?

Do you have any other user accounts ? if not try boot into safe mode
Administrator account to see if it happens there ? The password should be
blank and you can press F8 key at the startup to access Safe mode.

If it happens there, I am afraid the system files are corrupted and may
require a reinstall too. Before going for a repair install you can run sfc
/scannow from Start -> Run.

If not, the user profile should have been corrupted.

Will wait for the result before proceeding with reinstall.

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Jonybrv

"James_B" wrote:

> I startup my pc and click on a shortcut, or use the start menu, but programs
> won't open. Instead the shortcut just becomes transparent. I have done
> multiple virus scans and have deleted all viruses. Therefore I have no idea
> what the problem is. It all began when I had a screensaver on, and couldn't
> get back to windows (the screensaver wouldn't go away). I eventually had to
> restart my pc, and when I started it up again, I couldn't open any programs.
> Alot of the programs that start up when I normally log on aren't opening. Any
> suggestions or help would be grately appreciated.
> Thanks

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
James_B wrote:

> I startup my pc and click on a shortcut, or use the start menu, but programs
> won't open. Instead the shortcut just becomes transparent. I have done
> multiple virus scans and have deleted all viruses. Therefore I have no idea
> what the problem is. It all began when I had a screensaver on, and couldn't
> get back to windows (the screensaver wouldn't go away). I eventually had to
> restart my pc, and when I started it up again, I couldn't open any programs.
> Alot of the programs that start up when I normally log on aren't opening. Any
> suggestions or help would be grately appreciated.
> Thanks

Try the .exe, .com and .bat file association fixes from Doug Knox' site,
http://www.dougknox.com/, Windows XP Fixes, File Associaton Fixes.

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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
James_B wrote:

> I startup my pc and click on a shortcut, or use the start menu, but programs
> won't open. Instead the shortcut just becomes transparent. I have done
> multiple virus scans and have deleted all viruses. Therefore I have no idea
> what the problem is. It all began when I had a screensaver on, and couldn't
> get back to windows (the screensaver wouldn't go away). I eventually had to
> restart my pc, and when I started it up again, I couldn't open any programs.
> Alot of the programs that start up when I normally log on aren't opening. Any
> suggestions or help would be grately appreciated.
> Thanks

Sorry, meant to add you should also run the .lnk file fix at that same
site.

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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


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