Hi I'm new here. I just registered because of this problem. I've read a couple posts with the same problem but they never seem to actually get resolved. Every time I start my computer, everything works fine until I log on. Once I'm there all I see is my desktop wallpaper and the mouse, no icons or start menu. If I get to task manager and manually run explorer the start menu flashes for a second and then leaves again. I tried the repair operation by booting from the windows XP and nothing changed. I was on the phone with the microsoft tech support for hours and still got nothing resolved. I think it's probably some virus or something but I can't do anything about it from this state. I have important data on the computer I would rather not lose. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!