I know a few threads have been made about this but I'm still not so sure.
When I start up the computer everything looks fine, I use Windows XP Media center edition for at home.
I'm not for certain but my computer is a gateway that I got a few years back and I don't believe I have any CDs for it anymore.
When I login it tells me that it's loading my settings but after that it stays on my desktop wallpaper and sounds like it's loading. After a little while of waiting a minimized linksys icon shows up at the bottom left hand corner and disappears. Even if I wait and hour nothing loads and all I can do is Ctrl+Alt+Del.
The task manager comes up and I try running file --> explorer.exe but then that doesn't work and it still responds the same way.
I've also tried system restoring to about 3-4 weeks back which works when I relogin in. But then if I turn it off and turn it on again it does the no icons or start bar again.
Safe mode now won't even load for me too well, it stops as a black screen with Safe Mode written along the borderlines and doesn't get to a desktop.
My brother's username apparently works when he logs in but when I log in nothing works. I'm 2nd administrator of the computer, I also don't mind loosing my information but it would be nice to get it back. Any suggestions?