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I'm trying to help a friend fix his computer, but I'm having a lot of trouble with it. I don't know if anyone can help me with the little bit of information that I have, but I need as much help as I can get.

When it turns on and loads Windows (XP, Home Edition), none of the desktop items show up, nor does the Start menu and bar.
An error message is displayed, stating that an error has occured within the explorer.exe file. When I looked into the details of the error, it says that the shdocvw.dll file is corrupt.

The Windows Live Messenger login screen loads automatically, though, and I'm able to access the internet by "checking my email" from the Messenger once I log on. I can also open the Task Manager to access the Run command if I need to.

I can't, however, access the C:/ or D:/ drives, and I'm pretty sure A:/ isn't working either. Also, the Control Panel won't open either.

Someone told me to try to find a winnt32.exe file and erase the OS and hard drive and start fresh, but apparently THAT doesn't exist either.

I've been attempting to find some article on the internet that could help me for near 13 hours now, and I can't seem to find anything that works.

I may not be near a computer for the next few days, so if anyone can help me at all, my cell phone number is xxx-565-xxxx (I hope I am not breaking forum rules by providing this), and my email is [email protected]

I will check back for responses as soon as possible. I hope someone can help me figure out what's wrong and how to fix it.


Edited by fenzodahl512, 28 July 2009 - 02:33 PM.
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