When I login to Windows XP(home edition) under my name all of my desktop icons are missing and there is no task bar or start menu - only the wallpaper background. I can only hit (Ctrl Alt Del) to access the task manager, but nothing is listed. I tried running explorer from there and the icons just flash on for a second and disappear again. I've hit ever key on the keyboard...nothing happens.
The weird thing is if I login under the other username the icons appear but I can't get to the files I need for work. Switching the user doesn't do anything. What could have happened? Any suggestions on fixing the problem? This is a Compaq 2195US laptop if that matters.