could it be as simple as the search and run commands being off the screen?
Right click on your desktop in safe mode, choose PROPERTIES, choose the SETTINGS tab, and then slide teh RESOLUTION bar to MORE
you should have at least two settings in safe mode 640x480 and 800x600
Thank you, Gerry, for your reply. Hope I am answering in the right box.
Anyway, I went to Safe Mode, and under my name, went to Settings. There are five settings: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, and 1600x1200. I tried each setting, applied and then okay. Nothing changed. Font and task bar still quite large and no search and run. When I would go back to check the settings each time, it was always set at 640x480. Would never change. I went to the Appearance tab and the font is set to Normal.
I restarted the computer and went to Safe Mode again, and chose Administrator. There the settings are at 640x480. There, I also tried different sizes, as above, but it would stay the same size. Yet the task bar and font are fine there.
I restarted the computer again, and went to Settings which is set at 1024x768. There are only two settings there: 800x600 and 1024x768. Just for the heck of it, I tried to change it to 800x600 and got a message to the effect if I wanted to, and I said No. So that seems to be working okay.
I have had the computer just a year now. It was a present for my 71st birthday, but wish (if wishes were horses.....
) it could have been an HP. Have had many problems with this one. I did a clean install about a month ago using the Dell Resinstallation CD. When finished, I had two operating systems, both the same one Windows XP Home Edition, SP2. When I would choose one of them, it took me right to the desktop. When I would choose the other one, it gave me choices of either booting from the CD or the hard drive. So, that was not right, to get two OS's. In desperation, I then used the Dell Software Restoration CDs, which took me back to how it was when I originally received it. Even since then, I have had to do several system restores because of problems. One was my fault, as I had installed Incredimail and it messed up my computer.
Never understand why I have so many problems (like this Safe Mode one). I scan and defrag on a regular basis. I have several antispywares that I use (the online ones) in addition to the one that is with my DSL Verizon Yahoo. I have Ad-Aware, Spybot, and others. Plus, in addition to my antivirus that I have with my DSL, I use online antivirus scanners, too.
Okay, you are probably tired of reading this and I am tired as it is 12:50 AM.
Do you have any other suggestions, other than throwing it in the river?
Thanks much, Anna Ruth