I'm running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit with SP1. Well, I guess my problem started with one of two things. I was in the middle of defragging a drive and received a BSOD at some point before it finished. Then when I restarted it, there was a scheduled defrag for system files that took place. When it got to 38%, it said a certain files were too big to move (with 140GB to spare), so it continued on and never got to the desktop. Restarted...still a black screen with the mouse pointer visible. So, I open task manager up and see that explorer.exe isn't running, so I run a new task to load it. Now, I have to do this every single time I restart windows. It will load the desktop on its own in safe mode. It seems to be running the same as before this problem, but it's ANNOYING! Nothing works to correct this problem here: http://www.webtlk.com/2008/12/15/desktop-and-icons-fails-to-load-at-startup-in-windows-vista/ I've scanned the drive for errors (none), tried to repair it using a recovery disk, and countless other stuff. I've gotten it to defrag the system files correctly another time, so...I'm not sure if something is just out of place or what the deal is. Anyone have any other ideas how to fix this without resorting to reinstalling windows?