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Hi guys and thanks for this great service.

When I fire up my computer (Windows 2000) everything is normal until, instead of my desktop, I get the Blue Screen. I can access my files and net through Task Manager but get a window stating "Cannot find file '(null)' or one of its components ect...ect..." This all started when I downloaded Micosoft Updates. A couple of virus sweeps came up clean. Would appreciate any ideas you may have.

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Hi bcripps...

Open Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel and tick the box to "Show Updates". Look at the installed updates and see if KB908351 is installed. If it is, remove it and see if your machine will boot properly.

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Thanks for hopping aboard, Wannabe1...

I removed KB908531 (hope that's the one you meant), and re-booted. I'm afraid it didn't make any difference. Any other ideas for me?

Thanks so much...

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What other updates were installed about the time the problem began? Can you list the numbers here for me?
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Sure...

KB911562
KB911567
KB912812
Update for Windows Media Player

Anything???
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Remove the top three updates one at a time...rebooting after each removal. See if one of those is causing your problem.
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Deleted as instructed but the problem still remains. Thanks for your persistence.
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Click Start, then Run, type msconfig, and click "Ok".

Under the "Startup" tab, are there any blank entries in the "Startup Item" column?

Edited by wannabe1, 25 April 2006 - 01:06 PM.

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Without the desk top, I have no access to the Start Button. Is there another way to open the menu?
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Whoops...sorry :whistling:

From Task Manager...New Task...msconfig

Also from Task Manager...New Task...explorer.exe

Edited by wannabe1, 25 April 2006 - 01:15 PM.

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No need to apologize... you're helping me!

Under 'Startup Item' there are seven items; all are checkmarked.
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From Task Manager...New Task...regedit

In the left pane, expand (click +) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

Scroll down to .exe and click on it. In the right pane, under the Data column, what is the value listed for (Default)?

Edited by wannabe1, 25 April 2006 - 01:41 PM.

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How about the entry under (Default))...Content Type?
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application/x-msdownload
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