windows crashes on startup, all you get is a blinking cursor in the top left of the screen, but no useful error messages.
if you start in safe mode explorer crashes immediately so you cant do anything.
if i modify system.ini to give progman as the shell then you can start the computer in safe mode, however msinfo will not run from here so i cant run the system file checker (ole initialization failed).
any ideas on how to recover this system?
or can you point me in the direction of how to get it networking from dos? i've not done this before - i've tried the net command but i need to load netbios somehow first.
the origin of this problem is likely to be some kind of viral infection, the windows directory is full of what i take to be junk with filenames like iupld~xx.exe xx being a number, however the usual hideouts for trojans in the registry seem to be free of nasties.