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I am facing a weird problem. My computer hangs while loading the desktop, and only the background shows up; no icons or bars load. If I power the system on and off about 4-6 times, I may be able to use it normally.

The desktop loads normally after rebooting or in safe mode; this only occurs when I start the system normally. I've tried several things to fix it, such as removing all start-up items, but it still doesn't solve the problem. What should I do?

I found three major errors in Event Viewer:

Source: Microsoft-Windows-DistributedCOM
Level: Error

DCOM got error "1084" attempting to start the service WSearch with arguments "" in order to run the server: {7D096C5F-AC08-4F1F-BEB7-5C22C517CE39}


Source: Microsoft-Windows-DistributedCOM
Level: Error
DCOM got error "1084" attempting to start the service WSearch with arguments "" in order to run the server: {7D096C5F-AC08-4F1F-BEB7-5C22C517CE39}


Source: Service Control Manager
Level: Error
The Network List Service service depends on the Network Location Awareness service which failed to start because of the following error: The dependency service or group failed to start.

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Why didn't the Network Location Awareness service start? If it's because another service it depends on didn't start, then why didn't that service start? Additionally: Have you tested your disks? How long have you let it sit "hung"? Do you, or have you in the past, had any network resources mapped? Have you tried booting it with no external USB devices (aside from mouse/kb) plugged in? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 25 '12 at 12:29
    
Yes, I have test disks, everything is ok. I left it for almost 2 hours, it is still hang. No network mapped. Well I will try USB issue –  Joshua Sep 27 '12 at 0:04
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If I power the system on and off about 4-6 times, I may be able to use it normally. This is the most telling piece of information (which most people will easily miss). If this problem is intermittent and rebooting over and over again can cause it to suddenly work without you making any actual changes (i.e., nothing should have changed between the times it works and times it doesn’t work), then it is likely a hardware issue. Try a memory test) and check the drive’s SMART data. –  Synetech Nov 12 '13 at 1:19
    
Is explorer.exe failing to load properly? The next time you have no icons: Ctrl + Alt + Del, Task Manager, Processes tab, End Process for 'explorer.exe' (if it exists), switch to Applications tab, New Task, 'explorer.exe' –  root Jun 17 at 14:49

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Create a new login if you have access to safe mode - Login with new user and copy your stuff over.

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WSearch is messing up try disable Windows Search in services.msc you might lose the search in explorer but what the hey, when the pc dont start then its better than nothing

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It's good you cleared out your start up items, but there is another way to start items with your PC - Next time you load up Windows successfully, go to your task scheduler - Look through and there is probably something starting up as your PC does (I had an Asus service trying to start and it caused error messages on each boot).

Also, it is possible it's a service which you don't want. Type services.msc into the search bar and see if you can find the failing service and disable or delay it.

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