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No desktop, icons, or start bar in Windows ME boot


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I had been having problems with IE 6.0 (SP1) hanging (stops responding) while surfing the web. I decided to uninstall 6.0 (go back to IE 5.5)
The uninstall went fine, when rebooting I received the message, "the browselc.dll file is either damaged or missing". My only option was to click OK. After doing this I get the Windows logo screen, then have to enter my network logon info, and can hear the windows music playing as the desktop should be coming up. But no desktop loads, no start button, task bar, or icons. Right and left clicking on the "desktop" give no results. Same thing happens in Safe Mode
I've booted to a DOS prompt, run scan disk (no problems found) and used scanreg to try to install an earlier version of the registry. This does not correct the problem. I have run a C:\dir command from the DOS prompt and all the windows files appear. I have also copied another copy of the browselc.dll file into the C:\windows\system32 folder. This has not helped recover the desktop either.
Reformatting is not an option.
Any help recovering my Win ME desktop would be greatly appreciated
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How did you get to a dos prompt in Win ME? I have similar symtoms like your describing but can not get a command line to show up. I was under the impression that ME didn't have a way to get into a dos prompt.
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Jim,
Use a Windows ME boot disc.
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I did, couple of different ones. Still could not get to a dos prompt.
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