I have an HP laptop running Win XP professional edition. It's been running fine for the past few weeks. All of a sudden, now, when I turn the computer on and it starts to "start up" I get a menu with the standard choices of starting in safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, normal windos start up, last known good configuration etc. Just like if I were to start up "tapping the F8 key". I've tried selecting "last good config", "safe mode", cmd prompt etc. but regardless of my choice. the system "loops" back to the menu of start up choices. I was hoping to get windows restarted somehow and then try to run system restrore, but Win XP won't load. What can I do? Thanks in adavnce for your assistance!Bill, if you
because they're listed under the StartUp button in the Programs section of the Start button. (Whew!). Anyway, because it slows my system down, I'd like to remove all but the most important programs (like my anti-virus program) from this command but can't figure out how to get at the section of XP PRO that allows me to modify the StartUp portion of the Start button. Can anyone tell me where the StartUpYou can right-click on your start button, explore, and drill down to the startup folder in your programs menu, and delete shortcuts you don't want. However, if you want something easier, that will also show you things that start up automatically that *aren't* in the startup folder, click on start, run, type msconfig and hit Enter. Go to the startup tab
Start button will not link to "my pictures" or "my computer", etc. Also, I cannot "close" any pages such as pop-ups, attachments, etc. Any suggestions? WolfpackRon.First, do the normal Windows troubleshooting: 1) scan with current antivirus ("current" means a version not earlier than 2002 but using updated virus definitions); 2) remove spyware with Spybot Search & Destroy (www.safer-networking.org) and Ad-aware (www.lavasoftusa.com). These programs are free, so use them both since they complement each other. Be sure to update these programs before running, and it is a good idea to do virus/spyware scans in Safe Mode; 3) delete temporary and Temporary Internet Files; 4) stop unnecessary services/programs from starting with Windows -
the Best, Kelly MS-MVP Win98/XP [AE-Windows® XP] Troubleshooting Windows XP http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com Repair/Customize Quick Launch, Taskbar and Notification Area http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm Doug's Windows XP Security Console http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htmHi Kelly,
My Problem actually is that when I select to have my
Start Menu in Classic Mode it doesn't work I mean to say
it doesn't pop up when I click on start button. And also
when in this mode the "My Documents" Folder is not
displayed on the desktop. I hope this make my problem
clear, please help me out of this .. I went to the url
provided also but it didnt help me much. Thanx in advance.
Mode, if it
graphics card, one screen, one desktop, one taskbar - taskbar: at the bottom (2 rows), fixed, always on top, not hide automatically - visual styles disabled - nvidia nview not active - no desktop background image set - "classical" start menu used - no virus found but currently no virus scanner active - tried minimzing the hardware acceleration for the graphics card (without success) - newest graphics drivers - the problem occurs on different machines (with different hardware) - problem also occurs in safe mode Explorer to stumble, it will attempt to reload some but not all Windows icons. Some icons show up again and some are lost. Most programs do not have a provision for reloading their icons after an error and they will be lost. It is more obvious in other versions of Windows
of playing games, this is what I was presented with the next morning when I booted up. Any assistance appreciated. Please post response and e- mail to [email protected]
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)With perseverance I found a fix; What a great resource site! Thank you Kelly! Check here http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm As the subject indicates, all my shortcut/links on Desktop and Start Menu do not work. When viewing the Properties, they still point to the proper locations, but clicking the icons or selecting them in the Start/Programs menu will not work. Additionally, the icons are of a single default graphic - they do not reflect the program visually as they use to (like MS-Word was a blue "W" and Excel was a green "X").
I have a program that I do not use, but everytime I reboot my computer this programs starts up automatically. How would I stop this from happening?That would depend on the "program", if it appears in the Notification area, r-click the Icon and select the menu item to allow options to be changed. If it appears on the Desktop, go to Start, Programs, Startup, and r-click Delete the shortcut there.
Is there a way to change the column width of the START>ALL PROGRAMS menu. I currently have four columns, and the far right column only displays part of the program/folder names.Thanks for your suggestion. Although I don't like or want the "scroll programs", I did set it and later set it back to "no scroll". For some strange reason the far right column now displays full text of programs/folders.
how do i add a program to the start up in windows xp. there is no settings as in previous versions. JoelGo to the folder
\Documents and Settings\your user name\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
and put a shortcut to the program there.
In my start menu, I can see some of my shortcuts, but not all of them. If I go to the bottom of the menu list, there is a bar with arrows on it. If I click on it, all will show up. It seems that XP only shows the most frequently used program shortcuts. Is there a way to fix it so I can see ALL my shortcuts?I assume your using the classic start menu and not the new xp style start menu because the new style only does scroll programs and sounds like your describing personalized menus. Right click start button, properties, under classic menu click customize, uncheck: use personalized menus.
How do I change which programs are allowed to open at system start up?If you mean run at startup, the best way is to check each programs properties and set them not to run at startup. EG MSN Messenger: tools > options >general tab [you do the same in Outlook Express if it's your news reader] If you can't find such an option in your program[s] you can dissable them with msconfig start > run > msconfig , open the startup tab ,remove the check. Also look in c:\documents and settings\username\start menu\startup remove any unwanted shortcuts found rgds Li'l Roberto
How do I remove programs from start-up? Not the start menu, but when my computer starts?You can run the msconfig.exe tool (startup tab), or use the Startup Control Panel program available at: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml DanProbably the best start-up management tool out there. It's not supported anymore, but, you can find it here: http://f2.org/archive/software/startupmgr.html download version 1.5
Hey everybody! When i click start a menu pops up that says Programs , Documents , Settings ect.. Is my windows broken? Please help :( Afraid this is a virusAnthony = Troll A troll (i.e. 'Anthony') posts an outrageous message to a newsgroup to bait people to answer. Trolling is a form of harassment that can take over a discussion. Well meaning defenders can create chaos by responding to trolls. The best response is to ignore a message posted by an obvious troll.
Just started using XP and the start menu and toolbar disappears so I can't log off etc.Hit: Ctrl + Alt + Del Either Task Manager starts and you can choose an option from the Shutdown menu item OR you will be immediately presented with the option to log off etc. StephenI'm not sure what is going on. You may have Auto-hide enabled - if so turn it off so the Taskbar stays put and doesn't slide down. You can get to the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties through the Control Panel OR more easily, by right-clicking on the Taskbar and selecting Properties and there you can uncheck Auto-hide. StephenThanks again. I'll try that. I have a youngster who uses the computer and lord know what she does at times. enabled - if so turn through the Control selecting
I would like to put similar programs into one folder in the All Programs menu ie I want to put all my music, graphics, Internet etc. related programs in a their own folders. I believe that this is possible but I have been unable to locate any information as to how to do it. I would appreciate some advice .. DDRight click the Start button/Explore All Users/Start Menu/Programs. In the right pane, File/New/Folder from there drag and drop as needed.Thanks, I'd never have found that! DDNo problem! :o)I have some programs in the USER folder as well as the All USERS folder, can I drag those into a folder I have created in USERS? A bit nervous of trying! DDGo for it. You are only moving the shortcuts to the programs.Thanks! Everything is going well at the momentand I
website, and you load the photos of the listings and it creates a Java applet to pop up on your website for visitors to take a "tour" of your listing. Anyways, I downloaded a software update for the program, and as usual restarted for the changes to take effect, and now my computer starts up, I log in under my profile, and it goes to the desktop, but none of my program icons come up, my Start bar doesn't come up, and I have to start programs out of the Task Manager window. Any ideas what I can do in the event that I can't find my Windows XP startup disk? KelleI've done. I use is you load the pop up on your and as usual computer starts desktop, but none of and I have to what I can do try line 117 at http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm hope this helps.
I am part of an IT that has a question When you click on the start menu you get the quick start programs and default internet explorer and some email program there. This is our problem we have made a folder for our users in the all programs area that when you have your mouse over the folder a drop down menu comes up. So we dragged and dropped the folder we use to the same area as the internet explorer and outlook icon on the start menu. But when a user places there mouse over the folder nothing happens. They have to double click the folder and it opens an explorer window with the programs we have in the folder in the all programs area. Here is my question is it possible in windows xp to turn those folders in the start area to have a drop down list the user can use?AFAIK you
I used the Add/Remove to unistall a "Math Advantage" program successfully. (The program does not come with any uninstaller.) However, the Math Advantage phrase remains on the Start Up Menu, All Programs, with the arrow pointing to the right showing "(Empty)" . How do I get rid of this blank "Math Advantage"? Thank you.right click , choose >Delete
When I right-click on any icon in the Start Menu, I do not get a menu from which to select options. Nothing happens. Is there a way to get this working?Restore Taskbar,Start Menu and Desktop (Line 117) http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
i have this problem i can't right click on Program Menu under Start | Programs, to see their properties or use the Sort by Name. This porblem occurs only in Program Menu, its only happen just 5 days from now.I'm using Windows XP Pro(SP1), I already scan my pc for viruses and spyware or adaware to make sure is not a virus but theres none. I have an Administrator rights, file system is NTFS, i can't used my System Restore because i disbaled it. i see some error in Event Viewer under System, Source: Service Control Manager, ID code: 7023. Description: The IPSEC Services service terminated
not? Rob Graham"Rob graham" wrote in microsoft.public.windowsxp.general: Do you mean in "Programs" part of the Start button menu? Several possible explanations: *** Did the program install a shortcut in some folder under the Programs folder? *** Some programs don't need to be installed, simply unpacked. For such programs, you need to create a shortcut in the Start menu yourself, if you want one. *** Some programs, especially those not written with NT-based systems in mind, create shortcuts in the current users start menu instead of the All Users start menu. Then the user who installed the program will see it in the start menu, but others won't.Stan, One such program is Window Washer. I had to reinstall it after a computer
one MVP Kelly Theriot's past post: "Very problematic issue in XP. Workarounds in the meantime: Control/Alt/Delete - When the Windows Task Manager dialog box appears, go to Processes, find Explorer.exe highlight it and choose End Process. Keep the task manager open then select the File menu and then New Task (Run). When the Create New Task dialog box appears, type in Explorer and press the OK button. Windows Explorer should restart complete with the Taskbar and Start button. If still nothing: Go back to the Task Manager/File/New Task and type in msconfig. On the General Tab choose Expand File. Or type in CMD: expand x:\i386\explorer.ex_ c:\windows\explorer.exe Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar (Line 195) http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm Hide All or
button on xp takes a while before Im able to use it It will work once then ill have to wait a couple minutes to use it again I reinstalled xp as a repair installation but it does the same thing also the programs in the taskbar have the same problem the program icons on the screen open up with no problemHi! Start>Run>Regedit>Navigate to:- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop In the right pane select>"MenuShowDelay". Right click>modify and set the value to 0. Reboot. Also here: Start, Control Panel, System, Advanced, Startup and Recovery, System Startup/Time to Display Recovery> set the timeout to 0. Also:- Right Click My Computer>Properties>Advanced>Performance>Settings and Disable: Fade or
I can get a document into the Start menu so I can see it and launch it right after pressing Start?David, it doesn't seem to work that way. For pinning to work I have to have the file or a shortcut in the Start folder. The properties of programs contain an option to pin them in the Start menu folder but the properties of a document does not contain such an option. As I mentioned above, when I put a shortcut to the document into the Start menu folder then nothing appears in the actual Start menu. Can you help any further?Describe in mind numbing detail the exact steps and how windows responds to each step. I can drag anything that is not on a network drive to the start menu upper left hand section or to anywhere on the All Programs menu. Which is how it should be..Excellent
Hi, After installing SP2 I noticed that I cannot sort, move or delete any programs in the programs menu etc I have looked thru other posts but still cant find a solution Any ideas? Rudy. P.S. I have Adaware, spywareblaster and cleanmyPC (popup blocker) on my computer.
Hi, I have xp sp1- ol' reliable. I uninstalled a program from the Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs menu and it went through routine and the program no longer launches but the program icon is still in the Add/Remove Programs menu. If click on it now it pops up an error, "can't find US-224 driver". I canna get rid of the icon. It's really more of a driver and an applet for a USB device if that makes a difference. Also, when you remove a program is the rest of the program left over residue still gumming up the works somewhere? Thanks as always and keep up the good work.Take a glance:
all of a sudden i cannot right click anything at all in the start or all programs menu, including things like my computer, and its really annoying!!Since you've given us no information about your system or what changed between the time things worked and when they didn't, it's impossible to be specific. If you have SP2, there are a number of third-party applications that add themselves to the right-click context menu. Here's a link to a discussion of that: http://forum.aumha.org/index.php - See SP2 forums You might also look at the right-click items on MVP Kelly Theriot's excellent site here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm Malke
If the directories are there, but are empty, check to see if the items are still in the Recycle Bin. If the folders are there and populated, please reply again on the newsgroup.programs are in a start menu folder and I've placed a short cut to this folder on the desktop so I can get to my programs, I just need to get them back to the programs item on the start menu. and "All Users" in called "Programs" and directories were directories are still in the Recycle reply again on the confers no rights. messageI have the same problem, but if I just leave the computer running the programs show up. I am running XP Home on a P3 533 with 512K memory. I have done a repair but still have the same problem. Would appreciate any help as I do not
On all the computers at work except this one, which all run XP, right-clicking on the Start Button opens a small menu (is this called the 'context menu'?) which contains, among other things, the options 'Open', 'Explore' and 'Search'. On this machine, that menu opens, but those three options are missing. I have searched high and low on the internet for a fix or reason for this. I have found plenty of tips on how to disable this menu, but precious little on how to restore its full functionality. I downloaded a fix from www.kellys-korner-xp.com, as I know Kelly is very good when it comes to XP fixed, which updated the registry (file contextmenu.reg) but has not fixed the problem. Is there anybody out there who can help me? Please! Are you
Hello All, When I click start, then go to all programs, the right hand column ( I have three columns) is half way off the screen. How can I drag it all back to centre. The first two columns seem to be overly wide. Many thanks ..Mike/Mike Gellert/ said: Try a right-click on the START menu, then CUSTOMIZE|ADVANCED. Scroll down to "scroll items" and click the box to its left.
describes how to disable or enable the Highlight newly installed programs feature in Windows XP. MORE INFORMATION The Highlight newly installed programs feature specifies that a new program that you installed on your computer is highlighted with a different color in the All Programs list. You can disable or enable the Highlight newly installed programs feature. This feature is available only when you use the new Start menu and the feature is not available if you have the Classic Start menu enabled. To disable or enable this feature: 1.. Right-click the Start menu, and then click Properties. 2.. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize. 3.. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, click the Advanced tab, and then click to
I work in a computer lab in our local high school. We are running XP Professional on 2 yr. old Dell desktop computers. We have a recurring problem with icons disappearing from the desktop, and even programs disappearing from the start/programs menu. Even when place in the All Users folder, Desktop and Start Menu - they still disappear! Any ideas?Susan, not sure but this may help. Rt click on Start>Select Properties>Taskbar>uncheck Hide Inactive Icons.
, I had to set up the DPI of the monitor. I set the 'Custom ' setting under Display Properties>Settings>Advanced to 104% so that holding a ruler up to the screen gave exactly and inch on screen. I saved these settings, restarted, and I had a beautiful presentation with all fonts the correct size. However, on opening the start menu, the width the the menu was not wide enough to show all the text in the menu. Presumiably the start menu is sized to the text before the text is scaled up. This is a serious bug and should be rectified. Also, I hope there will be better integration of the DPI setting in Longhorn, which should better support scaling with its vector graphics. Is it really that difficult in the setup process to ask the user to measure an inch on the screen