I've got a number of local accounts set up on my machine (running SP1). When I login, windows accepts my password but doesn't load the task bar or desktop. All I get is the standard blue wallpaper. I can hit ctrl-alt-delete to pop up the security box which confirms I'm successfully logged in. But the desktop doesn't load.
I've trawled through the knowledge base but drawn a blank. Would be interested to know if any one else has suffered this and has a solution.
When hitting ctrl-alt-del try selecting the task manager, switch to applications and see if anything is "not responding". Try looking at "processes" also, if anything unknown is running.
How long do you wait before you decide the system is not responding? Did you install anything right before this started (SW/HW)?
I've sometimes experienced long waits at this point (3-5 minutes) after an installation - I think W2K is finishing some tasks related to the installation - or doing some kind of housekeeping, Windows is know to do that without asking. Eventually my desktop then finally shows up.
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Thanks for suggestions... Reporting back on what I've tried out following your responses....
I tried ctrl-alt-delete and then using the new task option in task manager to fire up a couple of programs. Tried command prompt and Office and they seem to run fine. When I exit, though, I still see a blank screen (the usual blue wallpaper) and no icons, start bar, etc, as before. No strange programs or processes running that I could think might be holding up the system.
I've tried leaving the computer alone for a couple of hours after logging in but sadly it doesn't move on.
Also tried uninstalling SP1 but no joy there either. I'm thinking now about re-installing and then restoring step by step to see what might be causing the problem. One thought: I do have Adaptec/Roxio EasyCD creator installed and have read a lot of reports recently that this is causing a few problems. Will try uninstalling this.
Your desktop is simply an application that runs on top of the OS Kernel. It can crash just like any other application, but Win2000 will normally automatically restart it when it does.
It sounds like your desktop isn't initalializing. If you can launch an app, try running explorer.exe. With that, you should be able get to your control panel and check your event log. You may have some indication there of why your desktop isn't loading properly.
If that doesn't lead anywhere, you may want to either try repairing your installation, re-installing SP1 or trying the recently-released SP2. It sounds like the rest of your OS is fine, so unless there's something corrupt with your setup that's preventing the desktop from loading, you shouldn't have to do a full re-install.