I've been on forums such as this before, and realize I should do a 'search' for my problem before posting, but I wouldn't know what to type in the 'search' field to even begin looking.
Background - Dell 8250, Windows XP
Problem 1 - When I open my profile, my desktop comes up, but then the screen goes black, stays black for about 5 seconds, then comes back on, with icons, etc. (My wifes profile just comes up, and voila, she's good to go.) The icons in my quicklaunch toolbar come up, but the icons are jumbled randomly. One day Nero looks like OE, another day, it looks like another program icon.
Problem 2 - When I go into some programs (MS money, for instance), the colors and screen gets weird, kinda like the way the producers made the screen look in the movie 'Wolfin' (remember that, like the viewer was looking through the eyes of the wolf?). The program seems to run ok, but something is not right.
It seems like an intermediate .bat file someplace is corrupt, and I'm no stranger to using the command prompt, but I'm not that familiar with Windows to go experimenting.