Win2k can use the msconfig supplied with WinXP. If you know someone with an XP machine, I would copy their msconfig app instead of downloading from the web.
when 2000 finally loads it does not keep my desktop I have to press the button to restore.
What button are you using to "restore" your desktop?
1. Anyway, I can get this fixed without having to back my system up and starting over?
Hopefully not, but that may be a possibility. And, it actually might be a good idea rather than trying to fix a bad install.
2. Once I do get it set up, how can I eleminate some of the icons that are in my task bar next to my timer? It takes for ever for these guys to load in.
You can either use a copied msconfig, or if you're registry-wise, you can go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Run and delete some start programs there... if you know which to delete... or you can simply download this
. This Startup program is much less destructive than editing the registry and you simply uncheck what you don't want starting up.