Ok here goes I hope someone knows whats going on and can help me sort this out. Its a Dell Inspiron 6400 running XP Pro. When you turn it on, Everything happens just like it always has...screen comes up saying windows is loading and it goes to my sign in screen. enter password, msg saying loading your settings, my wallpaper image loads Then the wheel falls off (so to speak). Because thats all that happens. No Icons, no taskbar, no start button.... I am able to pull up task manager [cntrl alt,del] start a new task msconfig and change to diagnostic startup and restart. And everything loads icons and all. but as you know. You are very limited in what you can do as far as using it normally. If someone can help it would be greatly appreciated.