Using Dell D620 OK for 3 years - no real problems. In last 2 - 3 months, after XP Pro loads up, I get standard Windows Blue screen, but 50% of time - no task bar and no shortcut icons appear - however long I wait!
I can force shortcut icons by entering Ctrl-Alt-Dlt and using Task Manager - File and enter Explorer.exe - but not all my applications open on Task Bar - such as Intel ProSet/Wireless.

I have to resort to using Task Manager to 'Restart' or 'Shutdown' OR hard shutdown and start again - with similar success (or 'lack of success') rate.

Have checked for viruses (ZoneALarm) - none, re-installed Dell BIOS (Version A10), run Malwarebytes - no problems detected.

Any help would be much appreciated