- Pressing Windows or Ctrl+Esc did not bring Start button
- Restoring system to few previous dates
- regedit can not be run. I got "registry editing has been disabled by your administrator"
Fortunately, Ctrl+Alt+Delete works. I could run explorer and some other commands. I did:
- New Task in Task Manager
- Type GPEDIT.MSC and Press Enter
- Go to the following location
- User Configuration
- Administrative Templates
- In the Settings Window, find the option for "Prevent Access to Registry Editing Tools" and double-click on it to change.
- Select Disabled or Not Configured and choose OK
- Close the Group Policy Editor and restart your computer
Now that I was able to run regedit, I needed to figure out which registry enabled start button etc. There were many choices which seemed like would do the job. I am a very impatient guys so did not feel like manually enabling those. I resorted back to more searching and found http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/nodesktop.reg. Running this script and restarting it solved the problem. Funny thing is that I could run this script simply by hitting the URL and Selecting Run in IE. Interesting, isn't it?
By the way, http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm has solutions for various XP problems. My appreciation goes to this site.