This is true after booting: Explorer Crashes - No Desktop Icons and/or Start Button Control/Alt/Delete - When the Windows Task Manager dialog box appears, select the File menu and then New Task (Run). When the Create New Task dialog box appears, type in Explorer and press the OK button. Windows Explorer should restart complete with the Start button. However nothing happens" Even in Safe mode (F8 booting) the desktop is black with safe mode white text in the 4 corners. I can see the mouse pointer reacting but Rclick does not work Is there any hope? K.