Yesterday I had the worst possible nightmare; my 2 year old Sony Vaio laptop running on WinXP Home gave me an error dialogue box on start up, it reads:
Explorer.EXE - Application Error
The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000006)
When I hit “OK” Windows starts up, however I see nothing on my desktop, no start menu, etc zilch… I tried ctrl+alt+del and ran the task “explorer” but I got the same error message above.
Now, I tried http://www.myfixes.com/articles/wininet (found on DANIWEB) resolution but unfortunately I hit a brick wall when I realized that I get the same error (above) when I start in all Safe Modes, therefore I can’t run any possible diagnosis or even backup what I have on the laptop to prepare for a full format!
I’m not sure exactly what the error is related to, is it a virus? Or is it WinXP just being Microsoft? I don’t know – please help!
If worst came to worst and I need a complete format (which I’m trying in vain to avoid) is there anyway I can back up what’s on the C:/ Drive without going through Explorer?
Any help would be much appreciated!