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I have a problem with my computer that has me stumped. Please help. I have looked around for a solution but have found nothing that helps. I searched here too but could not find an discussion of this problem. I hope I posted this thread to the right forum.

The computer:
Asus PB5B-E motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 CPU
2 GB of DDR2 Ram
4 Hard drives
CD Rom
Windows XP Pro SP3 OS up to date

My computer stoped working (would not turn on) and I replaced a failed power supply. When I try to start some programs by clicking on their icons I get an error message that says the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) server is not running (or something like that). I do not get an "RPC unavailable" error message. I also get desktop icons but no Task Bar. From the Windows Task Manager I see the RPC has status of "Started" and Startup Type of "Automatic". If I refresh the RPC I can then run the programs by clicking on there icons. I can then also stop the explore process and re-start it as a new task. Then I get the desktop icons back and the task bar shows. Everything seems to be working properly and I can run programs, email and get on the web. After I turn off and re-start the computer I have to repeat this whole process to get everything looking normal again.

What I have done:
I checked for virus/malware using Avast anti-virus, Malwarebyte Anti-malware and Spybot SD. The system was clean.

I have tried a backup copy of the operating system which I have on another hard drive. The hard drive with this backup was not in the machine when I had the power failure and was made when the system was working fine. This backup boots ok but gives me the same problem.

Using the normal boot up again, I did a "restore" that was made prior to the power supply failure. This gives the same problems.

I have not yet tried to do a "repair" re-build of Windows XP. Thought I should ask here before I did that and possibly make things worse.

Other than the "repair" re-build I have no idea what to do next. I would appreciate any help I can get - I just am stumped.

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