Weird startup prob in XP Pro

When I start my computer (type in password) it does the little startup chime and says it is loading my settings, then nothing. I have to Ctrl-Alt-Del and end explorer.exe and then run it again. Not a huge problem but its a bit of a pain in the ass and could be masking a bigger problem.

Event viewer holds the secrets.

que?

Ponyboy could you elaborate please? I see nothing in event viewer that looks relevant.

thanks