I have a Dell dimension 9150, it has 3 gigs of ram and unfortunately will no longer boot normally. It will boot in safe mode but i do not know where to go from there. It will get as far as showing the desktop background and icons but the windows bar and start button never show up and i cannot access any of the programs. I have heard there is a way i can fix this as long as it will at least boot in safe mode. any help?
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This may be a problem with exploree, Not IE.
When in safe mode onen your task manager "alt+ctlr+del'.
Go to the applications tab. At the bottom will be a tab called "new task".
Click on the new task and enter explorer.exe If this works, then your problem is with windows its self and you may need to reinstall Windows.
If this is a maleware problem (virus) run this small free program "malewarebytes" quick scan and see if it can fix the problem. http://www.malwarebytes.org/
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ok so when im in safe mode and i enter explorer.exe what happens when it works and or if it doesnt work. and i cant get the internet on the computer will putting that program you gave me on a usb and then running it on the computer in safe mode work?
You might also consider using the Windows "repair" option. This will replace "defective" files with "good" files from your Windows install CD/DVDs...assuming you have the install CD/DVDs.
However, understand that any updates to those particular files you may have obtained will now be removed from your system. And, if your disk contains unique and critical data that's important to you, those data COULD become inaccessible, especially if the "repair" fails.
Generally, I prefer to make a backup of the disk before I ever start trying to "fix" things, as sometimes "fixing" things can make it worse. With a backup, I can try different fixes AND they don't get mixed-up with each other AND if something goes horribly wrong during a "fix" procedure, I can always go back to where I was and start over with a new approach to try to fix the problem(s).
Having a backup can save a lot of time, as well as preserve your ability to recover your data.
For example, let's say I try Fix#1, and it doesn't work. Who knows what that fix might have screwed-up? Then I try Fix#2 on top of Fix#1, and the potential for screwing something up is compounded. Then comes Fix#3 and it gets worse and worse. Ultimately, it may become IMPOSSIBLE to fix a disk that someone has tried to fix using multiple methods one after the other. With a backup, I can (if desired) restore the disk to its original state in between each of the Fixes...so there is no interference amongst the "fixes".