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PC Wont Start Even when Hardware Changed !

Q: PC Wont Start Even when Hardware Changed !

I recentlly had a problem with my PC where when i turned it on the HDD light would just stay on and nothing would start or come up on screen (no beeps but all fans started). I purchased a new CPU (same model and speeds) to see if that was the problem and it still did it so i got a new motherboard (same model) and again still nothing. I changed the power supply with another i have on a PC i KNOW works and its STILL the same. I even used the power switch out of the other PC as well as trying with no ram and different ram but STILL the same problem. I dont understand how that can be possible when EVER part is different from that of what is in the computer. No HDD or sata or IDE drives were connected, no cards or anything but still the thing wont start.

New/different motherboard
New/different CPU
Different Ram
Different case & power switch
NO other cards or devices

So WHY is there STILL the same problem ????????

The stats of the PC are as follows

AMD Sempron 3000+
Asus K8V-VM Motherboard
1GB DDR400 Ram

Any help would be VERY much appreciated because i am COMPLETELY stumped on what the problem is when ALL the parts are different and i cant afford to be spending any more money on the system.

Thank You

A: PC Wont Start Even when Hardware Changed !

Bump, can someone please help

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Please help aint got a clue what is wrong!!!!!

A:Changed psu computer wont start now

Hmm can you just swap that fan back too, as a test

arran, I can't believe this. I do feel for you, you finally got a new PSU and now this !

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The BIOS version is: 4core1600twins-p35 p1.40

Any help would be immensely appreciated. Thank you very much!


A:Changed BIOS settings now Windows 7 wont start

Hi Rhodri and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

This should be quite easy to fix. All you need to do is to reset the BIOS to its defaults. Boot up and enter your BIOS. You are looking for an option to reset it to its defaults (this is NOT the same as Optimal Defaults). Alternatively, remove and replace the motherboard battery - this will cause all settings to be lost from the BIOS, so you need to make a note of your current settings on a piece of paper so that you can restore them afterwards. This will include the date and time. For details on how to do this, the location of the battery and whether or not there is a motherboard jumper that accomplishes the same thing, see your motherboard manual. Please ensure that your system is unplugged from the mains whilst you do this.

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My computer has never had this happen to it EVER, i was using my computer all day for the past 2 days but i have done that so many times, and i left it on while going to school,do this everyday as well, so i didnt think anything of it. Well i come home and i turn my computer gives me this message over and over with nothign changing:
We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Rest button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally

When i choose any of them is wont start, ANY!, whats the point of this prompt if none of them tell me. So i am asking, what do i do to fix this. Give me a list of 1000 things and i will try them all.

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I don't routinely use many usb devices, only my mouse and keyboard and every now and then my ipod. I figure the issue is likely either the power supply or the motherboard. The ps is almost two years old while the motherboard is only about three months old.

A:Computer wont start, power supply wont start, blinking led

It sounds to me like your PSU is the problem, get a hold of another and plug it to your computer and see if that will make it start, if it doesn't it might be BOTH your motherboard and PSU. A bad PSU will burn a motherboard.

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My only option was to put my XP Setup disk in and do a repair to XP. This worked but my problem is that I had Office and Frontpage installed on my computer. Now when I try and access them I get the following screen: see attachment.

Is there a way to get my Office and Frontpage programs to work short of digging out the original install disks and reinstalling them again.

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I had a stock system from Dell (an inspiron 530)

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I decided to disconnect the WD HDD and wipe the other hard drive using [email protected] killdisk.
Killdisk ran and deleted the existing Windows partition so I could install a fresh copy of Vista.
When installing Vista from the CD a status bar appears with "Windows is loading files..."
When it reaches the end it reboots into an cycle that leads nowhere.

My guess would be that it is hardware or driver related and that I may have to change some BIOS settings, but I have no idea what is wrong or how to fix it.

Thanks in advance,


A:[SOLVED] Changed hardware - OS won't install

Turns out one of my memory sticks was defective (must have got zapped when swithing between motherboards)

Oh well =]

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Hi ! Welcome to Windows Central! Your post makes no sense to me compared to your title. If you changed hardware then your W10 might not be genuine!
Here's link from Windows Central that might help. If you need more help, please join the forum! How to re-activate Windows 10 after a hardware change | Windows Central Join the Windows Central Community!

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This download may help.

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Hi -

Try a repair/ install -

Regards. . .



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Unable to find log (file not found); running clone.
-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-05-16 01:33:40
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:Massive Trouble, administration changed, cannot remove spyware, and AVG wont run

please help me with this

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I got BSOD on Emachine W4265 - entered BIOS and date was incorrect, tried to change date and save but would not save. Chaned CMOS Battery and now computer won't reboot.

A:BSOD - changed CMOS battery and computer wont boot

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whenever i start my computer new hardware wizard also start. In device manager one unknown devices with question mark is their and its device instance id is ACPI\VPC2004\0
this is due to any virus please help

A:whenever i start my computer new hardware wizard also get start

Is this a laptop? What make and model?
Have you recent reinstalled the OS or deleted some programs?

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my computer wont boot and still it wont display.
i already changed a video card and stil it wont.
it have no beep at all and it will not display.

what should i do?

A:guys my computer wont start and wont have a display

does it beep any. if not this will indicate more major problems. (unless you dont have beep speaker installed) a mother board is programed with a set of beep to play if there is a problem like such as three beeps if the ram is not working, 1 long beep if the vid card is not working etc etc. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR BEEPs WILL BE. if you are not getting these then you need to find out why. see if you have a speaker inside your case. if you do and all of your fans spin but still no action from you pc then you may have a larger problem such as mother board or processor.

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After I installed windows xp update packet#1 I uninstalled it to see if it was the cit ause of a music software glitch. But thereafter windows doesnt detect the external controller when I boot up or when I use the new hardware wizard.

I completed removed all drivers for the Midiman controller keyboard so why won't XP detect it so i can setup the drivers to use it again?

Any help would be really appreciated!

A:Why wont XP just see the new hardware

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Good Morning,

I've searched around but can't really find any details on this;

I girlfriend has a Dell desktop, running XP SP2 - It has no previous problems but was out of use for around 6 months and so she somehow forgot her password to log on.

To get around this I booted into Safe Mode and changed the password through the Administrator account which I've done a dozen times before without issues. I restarted and then got the error:

Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

At which point it keeps rebooting itself - it will not start in safe mode and will not go back to the last good configuation (although I've rarely seen this work sucessfully anyway).

I'm hoping I can just do a repair of the registry files via the XP disc, however what sort of success rate am I looking at as there are files she really needs to get hold of.

Secondly, I took out the hard drive (XP SP2) of an older system I have at home in the hope of making this the master drive and slaving the corrupt drive and try to pull the required files this way, I've obviously changed the boot sequence to boot from this new drive - I get the the XP loading bar screen, where it just restarts itself again.
I've tried all the combinations of running just this drive, but with the same results - just seems a little odd that I wouldn't boot from a completely different drive (this drive is known to be working correctly).

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A:Changed password and now won't start

The Microsoft option is the easiest as long as you have an XP CD.

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HI every one am a new member and i really neeeed ur help
irecently bought an Asus A53S
core i5
grafix card 1 giga nvidia
640 HDD
6 giga Ram
a using windows 7 64 bit ,, the laptop was working perfectly but i downloaded windows blind 7,2 and it started to change the SID and after the SID changing process done the laptop Restarted but ddnt start and gave me a blue screen of death
stop:0x0000000(0,00000 F4)
smething like that
i cannot start my Windows at all. Please help!!

Can u tell me how to fix this? - i tried using 'System Recovery Options' and :

1- Startup Repair, doesn't work (it isnt able to find & repair)

2- System Restore, wont let me restore it at any restore points.

3- System image recovery , doesn't work.

4- Windows Memory Diagnosis, doesn't resolve anything.

help me plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

A:SID changed and now i cannot start my laptop at all

i did the steps in this link because i thought its a similair problem :

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

and i messed it up because it told me in step 17 : If any one of them are 0 bytes, then you should stop what you're doing now and seek an alternative method of recovering your system, because Windows cannot function with a 0-byte size registry hive.

and i ddnt read that and now the only option appear in Recovery Options screen is the startup repair only
plzzzzzzzzzz helppp i ddnt enjoy my labtop at all not even for an hour

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When my PC automatically updated to Win 10 all went smoothly, it did not ask me for a Microsoft account and always showed my name on the start up /welcome screen (the one with for squares). We needed no password to access the PC and anyone in the family could use it. Last week my daughter was looking at some photos on the PC and decided to 'share' some with her sister. To do this she had to log into her own Microsoft account. Now our PC has changed, it shows my daughter's name as Administrator and we have to use her personal password to access the PC. Why has this happened and can I get back to how it was before - no access password and my name as Administrstor?

A:Win 10 - has changed administrator and start up

Transferred to the Windows Help forum from Tech Helproom.

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Hi all

I am running XP Pro, and i dont know what i have done but i do not have a picture on my start menu anymore and when i shut down i dont get the box with the button options, its now like windows 2000 with the drop down list.

How can i get it back to the normal xp??

regards and thanks in advance


A:Start Menu Changed

I think this site will answer your questions.

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When my PC automatically updated to Win 10 all went smoothly, it did not ask me for a Microsoft account and always showed my name on the start up /welcome screen (the one with for squares). We needed no password to access the PC and anyone in the family could use it. Last week my daughter was looking at some photos on the PC and decided to 'share' some with her sister. To do this she had to log into her own Microsoft account. Now our PC has changed, it shows my daughter's name as Administrator and we have to use her personal password to access the PC. Why has this happened and can I get back to how it was before - no access password and my name as Administrstor?

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is there a driver that will work with vista for my modem?

A:my dell 1150 laptop was changed from xp to vista my dialup modem wont work

Er.... what is the make an model of this modem?
A little history regarding your problem wouldn't hurt.

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I am so frustrated! emachine only 10 mnths old. when starting gets to the welcome screen and reboots. have run all the scans and system restore - gives me an error System Restore ox8000ffff now it wont even start in safe mode! also had the error Startup Repair offline should I just shoot it!

A:Windows 7 wont start up, wont restore

Do you notice if the screen flashes a quick blue before it restarts?If it does, go back to the Safe Mode menu and select instead Disable automatic restart on system failure. The computer will try then to boot normally. If booting should fail and 'bluescreen', the PC will display it instead of rebooting. If possible, take a picture of it and insert it into your next reply. Otherwise, type in what it says.

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Nothing will load on my Compaq Presario 700 notebook. It wont even turn on in safe mode.
When I go to turn it on it sounds like the hard drive attempts to spin. I don't hear the fans, but all the lights come on. The battery is fairly new and everything is plugged in properly.
All this began when I was running Macromedia Dreamweaver MX and it locked up forcing me to shut down.
Any ideas?

A:XP wont load/Computer wont start

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Hello! My MOBO is Asrock 980DE3/u3s3 and I had the kingston value ram ddr3 4 GB 1600mhz up until now . I recently purchased a Kingston hyper x savage 16GB DDR3 1600 mhz dual channel kit . I installed them and the monitor was in standby and would not start . The pc seemed to be working just fine , but the monitor was the issue. I tried using my old RAMs but I would get the same thing now . The weird thing is that it worked just fine with a 3rd ram memory, a kingmax 2 gb ddr 3 , 1600 mhz single channel . Now I am just getting the 3 beeps with the Hyper X Savage . All parts have warranty . Which one should I exchange ?

A:Changed RAMs and monitor won't start

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The color is suppose to be blue at welcome screen it's not anymore, even when pc is switched on it shows the text yellow and apps on pc they don't have their default color anymore, they are using the same color that the win7 has, How can I fix these

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My home page opened at this address:

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A:Home page changed on start up?

You need to go here and download hijackthis to its own folder away from the desktop,like for instance in my documents,then post back the log that it produces for analysis ......

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Hey all, after using AlienwareGUI for a while to swap to a theme I uninstalled it after a while. The result made the IE icon on the start menu the IE6 icon. I've gone to the quick launch IE icon and changing that icon back to IE7 but it still didn't fix the start menu one. Anyone know how to get it back?

And yeah, doesn't look like much of a problem but I go nuts about it. Probably because im a perfectionist and every other IE icon has the IE7 one. <_<

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I was installing a program... i didn't knew what
changing the 'sid' would do ... apparently it did that during installation ... and now i cannot start my Windows at all. Please help!!

Can u tell me how to fix this? - i tried using 'System Recovery Options' and :

1- Startup Repair, doesn't work (it isnt able to find & repair)

2- System Restore, wont let me restore it at any restore points.

3- System image recovery , doesn't work.

4- Windows Memory Diagnosis, doesn't resolve anything.

5- Command Prompt -> well i was hoping to fix the thing from here. But i don't know how? How can i use this command prompt (what commands) in order to fix this?

When i open it, it starts like this: X:\windows\system32> .... why is a 'x' instead of a 'c' ?

Any suggestions? Help please!

A:Windows 7 doesnt start - sid changed

Hello Erind. It sounds like your System Repair is going to an internal ram disk. You might see if this tutorial helps solve your problems. When you get to Step 11 it goes into more detail about using the "X:\" special provision of the command prompt.

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

As the tutorial says in the beginning, "the instructions presented within this tutorial must be followed correctly, or you can damage your Windows 7 installation even further." Please keep us informed of your progress.

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hi guys!

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what's wrong . . and what do i have to fix this problem!

i can't tell you guys how much i've tried to fix it and i falled . . so please help me

this why i call it the hardest problem

g510 lenovo notebook
windows 10 64 bit
amd radeon r7 265 series
procsser: intel i7
intel hd 4600 graphics card

*my bois is uefi and it's updated".

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It keeps Restarting and doesnt ever let me get to my desktop to perform a system restore, then there is a blue screen of death with stop code 0x00000ed....I don't know what to do please help me.

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After only just having one problem solved on here I have encountered another and I think it is fairly problematic but am far from understanding it - please help!!!

I downloaded the new version of Internet Explorer (version 8) as this was an option when I signed onto the web this afternoon (I previously had IE 7 and am running Windows XP version 2).

But after downloading this I had trouble getting onto the net (though I seemed to be able to initially). So I restarted the PC. But, it did not restart.

Instead I get the following message on a plain black screen when I try to run my computer:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

What is this file? I have an Acer Aspire notebook which came installed with Windows XP Version 2 (I have no CD drive currently).

I have looked on the microsoft website (I am currently on a different PC) but dont understand anything that is posted on their about this problem.

Do I need to re-install a new operating system? Will this mean I will loose all my data that is on my computer? This is very precious to me as I am travelling and I have saved on my computer photos and diary entries - I would be very upset to loose them.

What is my best course of action? Should I take it to a specialist. Again I really hope I can prevent the information that I did have saved on there from being deleted.

Thankyou to anyone who can assist.
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I hope it's kosher to post a link to another post I made in the XP forum (I'm only doing this because someone suggested I do). I dont think I have a virus/malware problem, but maybe someone here will recognize it. I just finished running the a-squared command malware tool and all that it came up with was 19 cookies.

A:Failed To Load Dll, No Start Menu, Programs Wont Start, Etc

Please try using this to repair the broken registry entry that may be causing this.Download Autoruns, search for the related entry and then delete it.Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click HERE if you're not sure how to do this.)Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the file(s) in the error message.Right-click on the entry and choose delete.Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.

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Windows8 Pro laptop wont start and just cycles on and off every few seconds.  Removed battery and AC and held power button for 30 seconds, replace AC and battery with same results.  Never boots long enough to get any screen info. Ideas? 

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Previously when I would click on the start button, the menu that appeared would reach about half way up the screen. Today, however, it goes all the way to the top of the screen. I checked the buttons properties and all there is as it has always been plus the menu has the same amount of icons on it as usual. Also, the "Most Used Programs" part of the menu is blank after every reboot.

Can anyone shed some light as to what is going on?



Windows XP Pro

A:Start Menu Has Suddenly Changed Size

Have you run spyware and virus scans recently? If so, with what software? Running scandisk would be a good idea if you havent run it already too.

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My start page changed some how from google to How do I restore the google start page? This happens about once a month or so. Can you assist?

A:Chrome start page changed some how from google to

Have good read of these two post; as they deal with all - and likely how it happened too... used to be first port of call as it were to resolve it; and it may still work...?Regardless - suggest you run the cleaner utils as posted in the above; and likely you will find you have more than other pests of which you are completely unaware...And then afterwards - pay heed in future to what you download/install; the "helpful offer to install it automatically for you - which from now on you will decline (and instead do a customised install)?

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Thank you in advance to anyone who is willing and able to guide me through a possible virus. As the title states, my computer has begun acting strangely and I fear it is infected.
Normally, my start up page is Google, when I use my Chrome browser, however, after searching and downloading a movie, things began to get weird. My computer is acting generally slow, and suddenly my start up browser has changed to Yahoo. I fear these are signs of a virus and I would like to take care of this situation before things get worse.
I am fairly inexperienced with virus removal, and I am not sure how to best approach such a vague situation. I ran a Trend Micro Titanium    internet Security, but no threats appeared. I would like to go for a general thorough examination of my computer.
I am using a Windows 8 Operating system.
Thank you again. 

A:Start Up Page Changed. Computer Is Slower. What Did I Do??

You may have installed the Yahoo Toolbar without knowing it or accidentially changed your startup page without realizing it.Many toolbars, Add-ons, screensavers, and weather monitoring programs come bundled with other software (often without the knowledge of the user) and can be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware/browser hijacking. Even if advised of a toolbar or Add-on, many folks do not know that it is optional and NOT necessary to install in order to operate the program. Toolbars and Add-ons can usually be removed via Add/Remove Programs or the Programs and Features in Vista/Windows 7/8, so always check there first.If the program is not listed in Add/Remove or Programs and Features, the next place to check is your browser Add-ons.- How to Disable Addons, Extensions or Plugins in Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer- How to Disable Add-ons/Extensions in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google ChromeTo set or reset Google Chrome's Home Page, please refer to How to set the home page in Google ChromeTo restore the default settings in Google Chrome, please refer to: Reset Default Page Settings in Google Chrome

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maybe someone has the knowledge and time to try to help me with my problem. I had problems with my laptop fujitsu siemens amilo pro v2060 - the lcd worked just at some angles when opened, I sent it for a repair, and finally I got it back, they changed the connector wire and then ...the windowsXP doesn't start.

Here is what I see

here I have several options, but not one works..also not to start windows with last known working settings, when I click some options I can see windows logo for one sec and then darkness and this..

diagnostic screen of fujitsu siemens...
I dont know if this menus can help me to get my windowsxp back..

and when I walk throug I see also this ..but I don't have knowledge to use this commands: boot and such things

I am afraid that I lost windowsXP and all of my data - if I tell more exact..I send my gf's laptop on repair...and now I probably ruined everything - wish I will not be at late night news . If someone has knowledge to help me..thank you.


A:Solved: windows will not start up after lcd connector was changed :(

Contact the repair place that did the repairs and get a return authorization and send or take it back for them to get the job done right. If they turned on the computer after making the change they did they would have seen that it does not boot up. This is called warranty work.

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having problem with start menu if it is changed to classic and u cant get it back ? u dont have to download anything or some software just go to control panel and personalize then go to themes and set vista theme apply and done thankyou .
Future mod

A:Vista start menu changed to Classic

having problem with start menu if it is changed to classic and u cant get it back ? u dont have to download anything or some software just go to control panel and personalize then go to themes and set vista theme apply and done thankyou .If you liked my please vote for me
Future mod

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I made a change to my start-up menu and as a result, the sound no longer works, I can no longer get on the internet, when I go into Device Manager, its empty. I tried system restore. It showed previous dates I could revert back to, but I wanted something more recent, so I went into "create a restore point" to set my own date and it set the date to the current date (at which everything is lost) and got rid of everything previous to that, so now I can't use that either. I tried using my memory stick to download files to the computer, but it doesn't recognize the stick in My Computer. What's funny is that when I use Malwarebytes, "H:\" drive shows up to be scanned. Also, I can backup Quickbooks because it too recognizes my memory stick. I am computer ignorant (as my name implies) so if I need to provide any more info, let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Changed start-up programs and now, device drivers gone

What's funny is that when I use Malwarebytes, "H:\" drive shows up to be scanned. Also, I can backup Quickbooks because it too recognizes my memory stick. I am computer ignorant (as my name implies) so if I need to provide any more info, let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated. you have All In One Printer / Memory Card Reader that plugged to your computer.could you give more information about your computer, Brand and Model. does it PC or Laptop on your next post.

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Hiya guys,
I've just done a fresh install of Windows 10 on a new build.
I noticed there are a couple of bits I can't seem to get back to how they were before, last time it was the free upgrade from win7, this time it was a clean install via windows 10 media creation tool.

I've attached a screenshot of how my start menu looks now, before reinstalling I had the power, settings and file explorer at the bottom of the start menu as a list, along with 'all apps', which would open the A-Z list of apps.
As you can see now, the power etc are now icons on the left, with all the apps as a permanent presence next to them.

It's not a huge issue, but something that's frustrating me that I can't figure out how to change it back, I don't launch apps from the A-Z so i'd rather not have it there.

Has this changed in a recent update or something? My PC was without internet for a few months until today so maybe I missed a change.

I have checked and I have the latest build of windows.

Thanks, Mark.

A:Has the start menu changed in a recent update?

15 new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - CNET

There isn't any way to "change it back".

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Hi guys, is it possible to change the colour of the white start button in Window 8.1?

My screen is suffering from screen burn because of the bright start button and I'm thinking it would be less severe if the button was a darker colour.

I've looked through all personalisations and everything but I can't find a way.

The button does change to black though when "High Contrast White" is selected in the personalisations, but I can't find a way other than that to do it


A:Can the Start Button colour be changed? Windows 8.1

I don't think it's possible to change the color other than what you found. There may be some 3rd party app to do so. I know of none.

I use this. You may want to try it.

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A few months ago i sold my old gateway computer to my aunt and cousin.

Anyways i loaded what i though was enough security and told them not to do anything dumb sat them down showed them how to use the anti-virus software, adaware, spybot blah blah..

I get a call about a week ago from my aunt saying she can't log onto her computer. i ask why? she tells me as soon as she turns it on it asks her for a password (this is before windows or anything loads up, right after the gateway symbol comes up and the press F10 for blah blah which you can't do anyways)
She must have downloaded a virus that tracked her keystrokes or something cause then she told me for about a month she was having problems with all of her passwords being changed and all this stuff i told her she definitely screwed herself over by not telling me the before it got to bad.

I tried to wipe out XP and reinstall but it will not let me boot from an XP CD or floppy disk... no matter what i try to do that stupid password login thing comes up and after two try of typing stuff in a weird smiley face pops up and then you have to restart.

Is there any hope for this computer? what steps or tools do i need to revive this PC if any or is it just a total loss and should i just tell them to throw it away and look for a new one for them
Cliff notes--- Old gateway pc was violently infected with a virus and now i can't even get into windows because it prompts for a an administrator password that i have no ... Read more

A:Computer Seriously Hijacked!! Every Password has changed!! Can't even start it now!

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I have the following problem: Two days ago while browsing a pop-up window caused my Internet Explorer to freeze. Since I was almost done browsing I chose to shut down the PC altogether and only a few hours later realized I had caught some kind of spyware or virus:
Whenever I boot IE is opened automatically.
The startpage was changed to some kind of websearch with different entries already given (and named "about: blank".
Whenever I changed that into my standard it was changed back as soon as I closed the IE and at every reboot.Also at one point when I was online something should have been downloaded, but I just canceled that request, not having a closer look at what that may have been.

Since then I took the following actions:
manually looked for files that had been added to my system at the time of that frozen IE. I found some and moved them to a different folder.
They were: javaqh32.exe, oirqw.txt, netis.dll, d3ue32.exe in the C:\WinNT folder, mswb32.dll, yqarj.dll, wmaa.dll, sdkud.exe, sysnk.exe, syspj32.exe in the C:\WinNT\System32 Folder. Since I manually moved them I thought I?d better mention them in case your hijackthis will overlook them.
I remember that javaqh32 was in the loaded processes, as well as d3ue32 and I managed to get them out of there and to different folders by starting my system under DOS and move them then.
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A:automatic IE start and startup page changed

Greetings, and welcome to TSF!

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should 'not' have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools/View->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' (or 'Show all files') is enabled. Also make sure that 'Display the contents of system folders' is checked. If you have Windows XP, the search feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that 'Search system folders', 'Search hidden files and folders', and 'Search subfolders' are checked.

For the options that you checked/enabled earlier, you may uncheck them after your log is clean. If we ask you to fix a program that you use or want to keep, please post back saying that (we don't know every program that exists, so we may tell you to delete a program that we think is bad to keep).

Right click on this link and choose Save As. Save it to your desktop. Right click on that file and choose Install. It will run immediately (you won't be able to see anything happen). You may delete it afterwards.


The version of Internet Explorer you... Read more

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A:windows wont start...did start in safe mode now cant even do that

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Hi. I got some knowledge on repairing computer problem but i got this particular one i wasnt able to fix. Ive tried everything i know to try and fix it before doing a fresh install but coming to this site as a last resort. Ive done everything from safe mode to sfc scan to chkdsk /r and nothing. Only thing is sfc /scannow have found some corrupted sys file but was unable to fix some of them. I cant log into safe mode so cant install any fixing program either to run it through cmd (thats the only thing i have access to) system restore cant help cause pc say there is no restore point but last time i was able to power on pc without problems it updated some files and made a restore point when done and that was weird when it didnt find any rp. Please I need some help here since im running out of resources. Hopefully someone can help me. Thanks

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Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Home Service Pack 3
Did not boot merely loops to start options screen but no options work and I am returned to the same options screen.
Have tried advanced start up options "disable auto restart" to generate BSOD which gives the following:


STOP: 0x000000D1 (0x4E884D26, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x800F8941)

I have no XP system disk available at this, my mothers, address and it is her computer that has stopped this AM.

Help please

A:Wont start just loops to start options screen

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I can't open my Microsoft Outlook - when I start it it states it wasn't shut
down properly and asks if I want to start it in safe mode. If I
select no I get a message "Could not start the RPC server' and then I
get a blank outlook screen. It doesn't work if I select to start in
safe mode either.

Any ideas? As non techie as possible.


A:Solved: Could not start the RPC Server - Outlook wont start

Problem solved - I uninstalled HTC Sync software and Outlook was able to start correctly. I had installed the HTC Sync software the same day Outlook stopped working.

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i really have no idea, i believe its a problem with the actual start up button instead of the computer itself, ive pried the thing open, seeing the generator is on, everythings in place and there are lights on, showing there is power. any ideas?

A:powers in, but start button wont start computer

Does it boot?

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I have a Pc running XP home.. tonight it wouldnt start up and displayed a message NTLDR is missing.. I did the repair option with my xp disk and it seemed to go ok .. but now when you try to start it up it starts as far as the dos type screen that gives you all the option,, safe mode, last know config that worked etc.. it doesnt matter which one you press it will just reboot again and start over till it gets to that screen.

any answers anybody ?

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So i got this a bit older 1.70ghz computer and i want to set it up for backup computer to use internet, so I put 2 HDD's in one master+slave and also 2 cdroms, dvd burner and normal one. thing is before i added any of that I could turn the display on just normally and it would show green light and turn on after a few sec that computer booted (i used pci card) then after adding hdd, cdroms and ram's it just wont turn on, i tried my other graphic cards and still no luck...and onboard display socket shows me 'out of range' message if I plug display there, even after I remove the pci graphic card, so anyone please help? is it possible that adding any of the above hardware caused the display not turning on problem? and if i cant fix it, how can i get the 'out of range' text away and make onboard graphic work?

btw, I tried other monitor and still same, so I know its not display issue. Also i tried moving the pci graphic card to other slots, still same.... any suggestions?

A:display wont turn on after adding various hardware

Sounds like you power supply might not handle what you have added. Have you taken or disconnected all you added and see if it still boots? Also, it would help if we knew what we are dealing with here. Please list what type computer and what is in it....ram/power supply and wattage/ motherboard/ any and all model numbers/ make of computer, and anything else you can think of.

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Hi i just put a new copy of windows XP on my dell optiplex GX260. I do not have the driver disk but i think i was able to recover most the drivers online. The reason i am telling you this is because i think it might be a missing driver problem but i am not sure. Any ways.....

I have tryed 3 diffrent pices of hardware. 2 of them being USB internet adapters and the other one is a pci wirless internet card. Non of them will install the drivers. Its kind of weird the USB keyboard and mouse worked. I go to the device manager and it shows a ! icon.

It says the hardware has not been installed because it cannot find the necisary software. Well I did install the CD's one of the adapters does not even come with a cd its just supposed to be poped in, instaled and ready to go. I tested them on another comp and they worked fine.

A:Windows wont instal new hardware drivers

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Ok well I'm going to list my hardware if it has any relevance to my problem then describe the problem:

-p6x58d-e asus motherboard
-930 i7 cpu
-6g corsair xms3 ram
-xfx 5870 gpu
-750w corsair tx power supply
-Azza solano1000 case(probly has no relevance, but the HDD led is plugged and doesn't flash)

(figuring the bug is in caused by 1 of these 2 so giving full product desc. from
-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
-Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

So I just finished installing and connecting all the hardware, it works, BIOS detects everything, although for some reason HDD is sata3 6gbs and connected in sata3 slot with 6gbs cable marvel controller only displays speed 3gbs(that's not the actual problem though). After exiting BIOS or if I let it run without entering it I get this message.

"Reboot and Select proper boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press any key"

This is WITH a windows 7 x64 DVD that I got from school(I'm in computer science I get windows for free) I have used this disk to install windows 7 on another PC and it worked fine. I set the boot order for the dvd drive first in the BIOS didn't change anything.

Let me know any ideas, tips fixes or if you need additional info

A:Hardware is working but wont detect windows cd

fixed myself sorry

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I have been trying to connect a sandisk card reader to my Dell Laptop on windows XP (home edition), the initial bubble comes up saying USB sandisk device found, and then the second bubble pops up saying hardware not recognised or not working properly. My PC does the same trying to connect a camera or any other new USB device

I have installed the disc that came with the hardware and it still does not work. In device manager its shows up with a yellow exclamation mark over it, and when you open properties it states no drivers found, and it is showing as device enabled

If I then run windows fault fixer to update the drivers, and search for drivers it goes through the stages and then when you click finish it doesnt work still it also moves the hardware shown in device manager into part of IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers with a yellow exclamation mark still showing, when it should really register in the drives section of device manager.

I have connected the sandisk and camera to a friends Dell laptop and windows XP automatically registers it and sets it up, and its listed under the drives section of device manager - with no problems, so it appears to be an issue with the way my plug and play sets up the hardware when its plugged in.

I have checked the status of all my USB controllers under device manager and they are all showing as working.

It may have occured after an IT helpdesk guy was messing with my drivers and setup trying to get my wireless working. All I want to do is ch... Read more

A:Windows XP wont configure USB Hardware device

Try Johnwill's USB solution:

First step, Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. Create a restore point and name it something like "Before USB Fix". This is to bail you out if something goes wrong during the following process and makes things worse.

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG
-------------------------- Use text after this line --------------------------------

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

-------------------------- Use text before this line --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Disk Drives that you know are not present.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse, you'll have to modify the instructions and leave enough parts for those to function. I don't have one yet, so ... Read more

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This is my last hope before I return everything back to the store,I recently brought a Belkin HIGH -SPEED MODE WIRELESS DESKTOP NETWORK CARD. 802.11g MODEL NUMBER F5D7001. VERSION 1000
I was running window 98 then upgraded to SE didn't work, so then I upgrade my BIOS so i am now running Phoenix award vg.00pg.(not sure if that is configured right yet) still nothing, so i upgraded to windows 2000.and still nothing. my processor is intel celeron 460mzh. 440 chipset family.

windows is not finding the new network card. I am not currently up to date on my updates on 2000 cuz somehow i keep download the online updates, My motherboard is an Asus p2-99(way out of date but since i just upgraded the Bios really hate to go and get a new one, can i update that more so i can down load the card.)

one more thing tried to install my cable modem on that computer and still nothing I got the card installed but cant get the modem installed. so download everything directly to the other computer is out.

What am I missing ,where can I download it.

thanks ahead of time for a very baffled mother who just want her son to have a computer and leave mine alone.

A:windows 2000 wont detect new hardware

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I just successfully built a mild gaming computer that is working great except for one strange issue.When I go to shut down the computer through Windows XP,it will shut down as normal,but the computer itself wont shut off.The screen just goes blank and the system remains on.I have to press and hold the power button for a few seconds to shut it off.

I don't see anything in Windows power options or the BIOS's power management section that could be relevant to this.

Any ideas? Thanks.
Tech specs are as follows: Abit AN7 socket A/462 motherboard,330 watt enermax PSU,AMD XP 2400+ CPU,1GB DDR400 Corsair RAM,120GB PATA HDD,Gigabyte Geforce 6600GT AGP GPU,Soundblaster Live 5.1 sound card and a basic IDE CD-ROM.

A:Computer wont shut off (hardware related?)


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Ok well I'm going to list my hardware if it has any relevance to my problem then describe the problem:

-p6x58d-e asus motherboard
-930 i7 cpu
-6g corsair xms3 ram
-xfx 5870 gpu
-750w corsair tx power supply
-Azza solano1000 case(probly has no relevance, but the HDD led is plugged and doesn't flash)

(figuring the bug is in caused by 1 of these 2 so giving full product desc. from
-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
-Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

So I just finished installing and connecting all the hardware, it works, BIOS detects everything, although for some reason HDD is sata3 6gbs and connected in sata3 slot with 6gbs cable marvel controller only displays speed 3gbs(that's not the actual problem though). After exiting BIOS or if I let it run without entering it I get this message.

"Reboot and Select proper boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press any key"

This is WITH a windows 7 x64 DVD that I got from school(I'm in computer science I get windows for free) I have used this disk to install windows 7 on another PC and it worked fine. I set the boot order for the dvd drive first in the BIOS didn't change anything.

Let me know any ideas, tips fixes or if you need additional info

A:Hardware is working but wont detect windows cd

fixed myself sorry

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Hi i am having a problem with my start menu. It has changed from normal blue and green start menu and toolbar to grey. When i load a web page the border is grey like the old windows 95 setup. Does anyone know how to change it so i have my old start menu and skin?


A:Start menu and border changed blue to grey

Right-click on a blank space on your Desktop. Select Properties. Then click the Appearance tab. Under 'Windows and buttons', select Windows XP.

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I have a Windows 7 Computer on which Corel Paint and Corel Paint Shop Pro were installed.  I clicked on a picture I was editing and all of a sudden all of my icons on my desktop changed to the Corel symbol and every time I try to open them I get an error message saying that they cannot open.  All of the files on the desktop and start programs are .ink files linked to corel.  Even Corel would not open.  I have already tried System Restore and that did not work.  I tried deleting the Icon cache data base file and restarting the computer and that did not work.  I even deleted all of my Corel products and that did not do it.  The only things I can open are recycle bin, control panel and windows explorer (which I have to open by right clicking the start button).  I cannot open any of my other installed programs without getting the error message that they are now .ink files and cannot be opened.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Icons on Desktop and Start all changed to Corel logo

Search on 'Corel Draw' here.  Does that sound like the problem you're having?  Some reported a fix here.  Where the check mark is.  Idea is to download that zip and double click the .reg file in it, per the Microsoft Moderator who made it.  Supposed to work in Vista or Win7.  But I've not had the problem, so haven't tried it.
Someone here in BC might know if that really works; it might be malware, so let them help you first.  It's not a new problem.  If you'll read the first link, others had the same problem when they clicked on other folders and files.
In fact, you can click here to see how common the problem (I ran a Google search in that link).

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Hello everyone.
Today I tried Windows 10... it's not bad at all but for the moment I prefer to stick with Windows 7.
So I downgraded and everything is fine a part from a small detail in the start menu...

As you can see my Windows 7 is in Italian but there are three entries that are in English.
Documents-Pictures-Music instead of Documenti-Immagini-Musica.
All the settings in control panel are on "Italian" so I don't know why this happened.

Any way to fix it?


A:Windows 7 start menu partially changed language

I feel really stupid.
A simple right click and rename was enough.

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I have a problem with the entries in the start menu. Normaly I have Swedish which is what the system is set to use. But for some reason the entries in the start menu is english now!
How can I change that back? Maybe it hapened when I installed and run the program "Advanced System Care" which was suposed to be a good program, but I'm not sure. I didn't help to uninstall it by the way.

What to do?


A:Start menu language changed, how to change back?


1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region / Change the display language
2. Switch the display language in the Choose a display language drop down menu.

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My computer always hang whenever I sign in Skype.. So I tried un-ticking the 'memory' in boot menu (in msconfig) and the result now my computer can't even start properly.. It shutdowns automatically after the boot screen, please help me..

Windows 7 x64, 8GB DDR3

A:Changed 'Performance' in msconfig, computer can't start properly

What Performance? Where was it in msconfig?

Try doing this: Startup Repair

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i have something very nasty. hijackthis will not run. certain applications say they need to be reinstalled. i have no start button anymore in bottom left hand corner. my files in the c:/ are all messed up and cant read them. i do not know what to do? i have run adware se, spy bot, cwsshredder. i am all out of options?

any help would be appreciated.

A:hijackthis disabled, start button gone, background changed

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We can change the start orb, thats easy , but can we also change those other taskbasr icons?

A:Can the power,network & sound icons be changed just like the start orb

Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman

We can change the start orb, thats easy , but can we also change those other taskbasr icons?

Yes if you know how to use a resource editor like Restorator and know where to find the existing icons. There are a few icon sets that come with auto installers but not many. Unfortunately location maps all seem to be a bit piecemeal and scattered across the net at the moment.

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When my pc restarted after a windows update (Windows 7 64 bit), Windows 7 would not restart. The auto repair utility was unable to make repairs although I am able to use it to get to DOS and see my drives, folders, files etc.

It seems like the C: drive (solid state 58gb) is now named the D: drive and the former D: drive (500gb internal) is now named C:

The problem signature states:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01 and 02: 6.1.7600.16385

I have been able to put in a bootable AVG disk and scan the drive for viruses (none found), but when I put in a Bart disk, I get the BSOD.

I also found a link showing how to set the disk partition to active for the 58gb solid state boot drive, but still could not auto repair.

Any suggestions are welcome. The repair factility can't find recover points (probably because it can't find the operating system).


A:Microsoft Update changed drive letters and Win 7 won't start

Remove the 500gb HD, than do the Startup Repair.

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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power button in start menu changed to log off automatically
i can't change to shut down in start menu properties
there is only switch user,log off,lock options
pleeeeease help

I also did a system restore

A:Power button in start menu changed to log off automatically?

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Can you set it using the Group Policy Editor?

Power Button - Start Menu

Start > gpedit.msc > Enter

Double click on the line highlighted in the right pane of the image above and wait for the screen shown in the image below:

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Hope someone can help.
I thought I'd change my start up menu so not so many programs opened at start up. Thinking this would be easy I just stopped a few programs that I thought would speed up my start up. I did that thinking that it was easy!!
Now I have lost all programs and internet connection from the laptop and can't do anything with it.
Questions: Do I need to do something easy to bring it back (I tried system restore ) It doesn't have anything I can find to restore it to. 
Question: Would I need to reload windows 7? or can I do it an easier way.

A:Changed start up menu. Lost all programs and internet.

Try going back and re-enabling everything you disabled:

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Hello, I hope my note finds you doing well. I am running Windows XP SP3.

Previously, when I started my computer it always went directly to my desktop without stopping at a Welcome screen or requiring me to type my username and password, which is the way I like it. For some reason, now the system goes to a Log On to Windows Screen with the blank Username and Password boxes, which are then immediately greyed out and another appears on top of it: Logon Message - The system could not log you on. Make sure your user name and domain are correct, then type your password again. Letters in passwords must be typed using the correct case.

I clicked OK and my computer went to the logon screen with my name and one other account for a guest. This is a screen I never use, but I clicked on my name (there is no password) and it finally went to the desktop. I thought, Okay, no worries, then I noticed that the Start Button and system tray were missing. As I opened up Internet Explorer I started noticing other problems: I lost the ability to cut and paste in any program, most URL links did not work when I clicked on them, pages sent to my printer no longer printed, I cannot move icons around on my desktop (they are locked even though that is not checked in the desktop properties), I cannot choose different fonts and colors when sending emails or posting to forums, and sometimes simple formatting like making a paragraph does not take effect.

I tried some suggestions I found online like openi... Read more

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My friend played a joke on me by setting a screen shot of my desktop as my background and ending the explorer.exe process. I just opened control panel and started a new explorer.exe process but when i did the start menu reverted to a windows 98-ish theme. I've tried many things to get it back to the vista style, and I have found nothing that works. I've had this done to me a couple of times when I used XP on my desktop and everything worked fine. I'm not sure what to do at this point.

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Sometimes when starting up my Windows 8.1 laptop, the scroll setting will be set to scroll one line per tick scroll. When I go to the mouse settings on the control panel, it says "5" lines per mouse scroll (which is what I have it set to.), however it only ticks one. This means every single time this happens, I have to reset the setting to 5, despite it already being there.

I do not know how to reproduce this issue, though would love this minor nuisance to be fixed.

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