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Folders, My Computer, My Documents, Control Panel won't open on 2 out of 4 users

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cymbal Man Freq., Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Cymbal Man Freq.

    Cymbal Man Freq. Flightless Bird

    I just came from my Dad's computer and while downloading/installing some
    Windows Updates (Net Framework SP 2 patches, etc) the machine ground to a
    halt so I had to hard reboot. Now folders, Control Panel, My Documents, My
    Computer, Explorer.exe, etc. won't open and they lock up the machine if I
    try, then I have to hard reboot again. This affects at least 2 of the 4
    Users on the XP Pro machine, I don't know why.

    I went to File Types in one user & tried to enable .exe but it won't let me
    click Apply so something isn't working there. I saw a YouTube video where
    some kid went into the registry and under the Winlogon key he clicked on
    Shell and had us retype explorer.exe, but that didn't help. I went to Kellys
    Korner and downloaded and ran the registry hack for .exe files that don't
    work and that didn't help.

    I'm at a loss as to what to do. I ran a virus scan & came up empty. Ran a
    Scan disk, no problems.

    I'd like to do a backup, since the last one was last August, but I'd rather
    get the folders and stuff working first. What to do?
     
  2. sanjacstudent12

    sanjacstudent12 Flightless Bird

    RE: Folders, My Computer, My Documents, Control Panel won't open on 2

    Often, the quickest fix is to do a Windows repair. I have spent up to a week
    chasing down bugs and an hour reinstalling fixed the problem. This link has
    instructions:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/978788?p=1

    "Cymbal Man Freq." wrote:

    > I just came from my Dad's computer and while downloading/installing some
    > Windows Updates (Net Framework SP 2 patches, etc) the machine ground to a
    > halt so I had to hard reboot. Now folders, Control Panel, My Documents, My
    > Computer, Explorer.exe, etc. won't open and they lock up the machine if I
    > try, then I have to hard reboot again. This affects at least 2 of the 4
    > Users on the XP Pro machine, I don't know why.
    >
    > I went to File Types in one user & tried to enable .exe but it won't let me
    > click Apply so something isn't working there. I saw a YouTube video where
    > some kid went into the registry and under the Winlogon key he clicked on
    > Shell and had us retype explorer.exe, but that didn't help. I went to Kellys
    > Korner and downloaded and ran the registry hack for .exe files that don't
    > work and that didn't help.
    >
    > I'm at a loss as to what to do. I ran a virus scan & came up empty. Ran a
    > Scan disk, no problems.
    >
    > I'd like to do a backup, since the last one was last August, but I'd rather
    > get the folders and stuff working first. What to do?
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     

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