Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

WIN XP HELP NEEDED. (I-D-10-T Error)
me | today | me

Posted on 08/26/2012 11:01:16 AM PDT by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Again I must turn to the smartest conglomeration of people I know for help.

I am running Win XP (service pack 3, I think) and have really messed up. On the task manager screen, I unintentionally did an "end process" on explorer.exe (I thought this was Internet Explorer which I do not use.)

Now I am really hosed b/c my bottom toolbar is gone, my start button is gone, all my shortcut icons on my desktop is gone. Everything is gone. I only have access to the Task Manager and Firefox. (I already had Firefox open.)

I am afraid to shut the computer down, or do much of anything else for that matter.

Can anyone here help me?

Thank you in advance! :)


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: computers; winxp
Oh, and I tried my recovery disk but it didnt autostart like I thought it would when I put it into the CD drive, so I dont know how to access it either.
1 posted on 08/26/2012 11:01:20 AM PDT by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

It should be ok if you reboot... If not, oooppss


2 posted on 08/26/2012 11:02:39 AM PDT by vet7279
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Restart.


3 posted on 08/26/2012 11:02:54 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

All you need to do is reboot.


4 posted on 08/26/2012 11:03:08 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

I think you can hit ctl-alt-del and pop up a task launcher window. Enter “explorer” and see if it restarts. Something like that - been a while since I had to do this kind of thing.


5 posted on 08/26/2012 11:03:08 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vet7279

Can you do a system restore?


6 posted on 08/26/2012 11:03:27 AM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Reboot works. And quit killing stuff.


7 posted on 08/26/2012 11:04:07 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Go back to task list. Click file run (something like that) type explorer.exe. Hit enter


8 posted on 08/26/2012 11:04:23 AM PDT by Ainast
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL, then click “Run” and type in “explorer.exe” and click OK.


9 posted on 08/26/2012 11:04:42 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Same as the others. Reboot is easiest, but File->Run->explorer in task manager will fix it. I did that on a regular basis intentionally whenever XP lost its mind.


10 posted on 08/26/2012 11:06:49 AM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

IBTJ (In Before The Jokers!)


11 posted on 08/26/2012 11:07:08 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Windows key - R, type in Explorer at the command prompt. Hit enter. Shut down your programs and restart the computer. Running Explorer this way can be unstable.


12 posted on 08/26/2012 11:10:23 AM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

This is why I LOVE!! Free Republic.

It is indeed a beautiful conglomeration of really smart people!

I posted my problem...
waited just a few minutes...
refreshed...
there were several responses!

Oh, and it’s working again!
Thank you all again for your help!


13 posted on 08/26/2012 11:10:34 AM PDT by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Just reboot.

It should restore everything


14 posted on 08/26/2012 11:10:55 AM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!

Should I make the obligatory “you should run Linux” comment? Or the “you should use a Mac” comment? :-)


15 posted on 08/26/2012 11:11:22 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Shady

IIRC XP doesn’t have the built in System Restore


16 posted on 08/26/2012 11:11:52 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
It's ok, you only shut down a process for that session ( each and ever time you start a computer is a session ) .... just restart or reboot.
Hold the start button on the computer case until the computer shuts down.
Now, sometimes shutting down Windows suddenly without shutting down Windows properly might cause a error in Windows or your hard drive disk, but, if you don't have any other way to shut it down you have no other choice.
Once you get your computer back up and running ok, go to SCAN DISK and set up a scan disk operation when you start the computer again, now this may take some time to do, but it will scan your hard drive for errors.
I don't think you mess up or damaged your PC much, at worst ? just reinstall Windows XP again after you have backed up all your data.... besides ? if you reinstall Windows XP again you PC would run much better.

17 posted on 08/26/2012 11:12:46 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
Do you still see the recovery option on your screen ( while the PC is going into the BIOS screen ) like pushing the F-10 or F-9 button for setup or recovery ?
It sounds like your driver(s) for your CD drive took a dump or is lost/ or corrupted.
The CD you do have ? check out it's physical condition ? are there scratches on it ? is it clean ? maybe the Laser in your CD drive is dirty ? it could be many things.
Hopefully ? you still have a recovery partition still on your PC and you might be able to access it.
If you have not shut down the PC, please do, then ? with a paper clip put it in the small hole on front of the CD drive and push carefully, that will open the CD drive physically.
Put the Restore disk in it and start the PC again, hopefully it will read the CD drive again... make sure your recovery disk is not damaged in anyway like dust on it, scratches, dirt on it.
18 posted on 08/26/2012 11:19:36 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FReepaholic

Ending a task is only SESSION-ORIENTED, not permanent! Simply Restart! If you permanently want to stop a task from running just deselect it from your Startup routine; Click ‘Start’ then toggle ‘Run...’ then enter ‘msconfig’ then toggle ‘Startup’ then deselect unwanted processes.


19 posted on 08/26/2012 11:19:36 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ThunderSleeps

I see nobody made the “are you logged in?” comment....


20 posted on 08/26/2012 11:22:08 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: ThunderSleeps
Actually ? their computer can be make to run both Windows and Linux.
Dual operating system.
Buy some things won't run under Linux as they would under Windows.

21 posted on 08/26/2012 11:22:25 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

My sister was warning me about a McAffee update that trashed her operating system.


22 posted on 08/26/2012 11:23:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003

Huh? System Restore is at Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> System Restore (and only do it if you are having serious problems you’ve been unable to fix specifically).


23 posted on 08/26/2012 11:24:44 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

You’re OK, not a big deal, and it’s easy to fix, even if you didn’t kill explorer.exe in task manager. It happens now and then if you have a program crash it, or you lose a network connection.

If you don’t want to shut down the computer right now, simply open Task Manager, choose the Applications tab, click on the “New Task” button, and type in “explorer.exe” (without the quotes, of course.)

Or you can simply restart the machine.

It would have been way more interesting had you deleted explorer.exe from Windows explorer. That would be no fun at all.

Mark


24 posted on 08/26/2012 11:30:18 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

>>t Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> System Restore (and only do it if you are having serious problems you’ve been unable to fix specifically).<<

I didn’t think it started until Vista. But I haven’t used XP in a long, long time...


25 posted on 08/26/2012 11:31:30 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Yup.... just push CtrL + Alt + Del and the Task manager panel comes up and go to Services.... but got to be careful with shutting down certain services even if you think you not going to use them or need them, some programs in Windows need those services to run.


26 posted on 08/26/2012 11:31:58 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Lucky9teen

I always get in too late on these threads, and never get to say that! Either someone’s already posted it, or the daggone problem’s fixed. Darnit!


27 posted on 08/26/2012 11:32:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: MarkL
I have had times where I was experimenting closing down processes, and yes folks, some times shutting down processes will cause Windows to shut down. ( Do this on the PC you don't really care about ).
It will give you a warning that windows will be shutting down in the next 30 seconds or something like that.

I was trying to see what processes I can shut down safely without the computer shutting down so I can again more performance when I had a lack of RAM memory in my PC.

Remember folks ? Windows does not like to be suddenly shut down... a no no... and some times can cause damage to the hard drive... i.e. thunder storms shutting down your electricity, a electric cord coming out of the wall socket accidentally,, or any other reason why your PC could shut down suddenly.

Or ? sometimes when your PC freezes up ? and there is no way to shut it down from the desk top screen ? you have no other choice but to physically push the start button on the computer case and hold it in until the PC shuts down.

Best thing to do after that is run a scan disk to repair and clean up any errors on your hard drive.
28 posted on 08/26/2012 11:42:27 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Just reboot. I have done the same thing in Windows XP.


29 posted on 08/26/2012 11:53:50 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

I’m glad everything worked out. Next time just make sure you are logged in, your beeber is stuned, and the weasel is sporked.


30 posted on 08/26/2012 11:54:07 AM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Glad to hear it. Nice to know for the rare occasions I use the WinXP side of my iMac...


31 posted on 08/26/2012 11:58:43 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1315 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
Oh, and I tried my recovery disk but it didnt autostart like I thought it would when I put it into the CD drive, so I dont know how to access it either.

Unless you want likely to erase all your new programs and saved work, do NOT use your System Recovery Disk!

Unless it has been manually turned off, System Restore always looks for the last good working configuration, and boots up from that. So try just:

o Clicking on Start then Turn off Computer
o Select Turn Off from the little window that comes up.
o Let the computer completely shut down.
o Then power on the computer and immediately --
o While the computer is booting, rapidly hit the F8 key constantly. (This might cause the "keyboard failure" error message to appear. Ignore it.)
o You will then get the Windows Advanced Options Menu
o Select the Safe Mode with Networking option
o On the next window, select the Operating System (Microsoft Windows XP Home or Microsoft Windows XP Professional, whichever).
o After startup, select/enter your username and enter password if required.
o Allow finish of rebooting.
o If there looks to be no hitches, shut the machine down, then power up the computer and see if it does boot ointo an acceptable configuration, from which you may continue to update your files.

If you do not know what you are doing, avoid deleting system files, please.

If you have a further problem, take it to the nearest professional technician. Amateurs wanna-be "helpers" will probably get you into more problems than you can create ignorantly, and will cost you more time and money than you want to afford.

20 years in the business, and knowing that no two customer fubars are alike.

Ciao

32 posted on 08/26/2012 12:09:34 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Watch yo mouf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lucky9teen
I see nobody made the “are you logged in?” comment....

Surprising to see that your post#20 is the first mention of that. I would expect to see it within the first few. That is the norm, anyway.

33 posted on 08/26/2012 12:32:27 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

I have a strange problem with a friends computer I’m trying to connect a printer to.

When I try to install the printer driver (for an HP LaserJet 1012) the OS tries to install it in the “other PCI Bridge Devices” under “Other Devices” in the XP Device Manager. I’ve tried to manually install the printer but that doesn’t work either.

What in Sam Hill’s name is a PCI Bridge Device and what does it have to do with installing a printer? I have never come across this problem before.


34 posted on 08/26/2012 12:44:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lucky9teen
"I see nobody made the “are you logged in?” comment...."

I was going to but I thought we out to keep this thread "series"...

35 posted on 08/26/2012 12:50:57 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

As a famous Freeper once said, First, adjust the impellances and then coil omnidirectionally.


36 posted on 08/26/2012 12:51:15 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust; All
"(I-D-10-T Error)"

I_D_I_O_T Error

It's an oldie but a goodie.

37 posted on 08/26/2012 12:54:11 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

I once did the same thing in college. Don’t do that. Restarting works just fine.


38 posted on 08/26/2012 12:58:56 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ThunderSleeps
Nobody uses Linux:


39 posted on 08/26/2012 1:17:58 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Just re-boot. It’ll load correctly and repair itself.


40 posted on 08/26/2012 1:38:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

Just restart and all will be well again. This is one of the things that can happen if it crashes also; no harm is done.


41 posted on 08/26/2012 2:06:44 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (WTB new tagline, PST!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: American Constitutionalist

yea, i have been dual booting for 13/14 years.

i almost always use linux when i am online. some programs i use windows for, and i do not want to go thru the trouble of using wine.

always pick the easy way out.

Blessings, bobo


42 posted on 08/26/2012 2:14:43 PM PDT by bobo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: ThunderSleeps

“Should I make the obligatory “you should run Linux” comment?”

Oh, heavens yes! Ubuntu or Mint. WinXP is a virus magnet. Seriously.


43 posted on 08/26/2012 8:56:00 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: harpu

I have switched to using PEBKAC error myself, confuses most PC users.

Problem
Exists
Between
Keyboard
And
Chair


44 posted on 08/26/2012 9:10:21 PM PDT by SledgeCS (I will vote for Obama when he admits that his idea of a transparency means "You cannot see it")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: harpu
I have switched to using PEBKAC error myself, confuses most PC users.

Problem
Exists
Between
Keyboard
And
Chair

45 posted on 08/26/2012 9:11:48 PM PDT by SledgeCS (I will vote for Obama when he admits that his idea of a transparency means "You cannot see it")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson