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Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Q: Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale Id: 1033

In need of help, not sure where to start.


A: Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in the right direction.

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P.S-On Advanced boot options I can't use Safe Mode,Safe Mode with Networking,Safe Mode with Command prompt and Last Known Good Configuration,it gets me back to "Start Windows Normally" and "Launch startup repair".

A:Stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"

Time to boot to an external testing/repair environment, such as a Win7 Repair disk or a hard drive test disk.

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Specs show that drive has a ATA-6 interface (P-ATA, or IDE). How are you connecting this drive to your laptop? Does the laptop have a PATA or SATA connection? Does it use an adapter?

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Last night I turned off my computer normally. The only thing different was that it installed some updates before turning off. This morning when I turned it on, I noticed that it got stuck on the "Starting Windows" logo screen. I turned it off (forcing it) and turned it on again and asked me if I wanted to start normally or repair. When I clicked repair it got stuck on the loading bar thing. At first, the f8 button wouldn't work but after a few tries it did and I can't get in safe mode either, it gets stuck.

I gave up and since the computer is pretty much new so I don't have much installed on it, I decided to just reformat it but even in the disk it gets stuck. I downloaded a repair disc and it is stuck in the loading bar with the Microsoft Corportation below.

EDIT: So I noticed when opening it up that the mobo has a red light(located in the front panel header thing)... next to it, it says LED1 R474... I'm not completely sure what it means but with my probably died on me. (Should i post this in the mobo's section?)

It was probably the updates so if I could somehow get it to unistall last night's updates (and maybe preventing it from updating again since I'm freaked out) it will get fixed maybe? The question is how :/

System specs:
System Manufacturer/Model Number Built it myself
OS Windows 7

CPU intel quad core 2 2.66ghz
Motherboard xfx 750i sli nforce
Memory 4gb corsair gaming memory
Graphics Card(s) pny nvidia geforce gts250
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A:Stuck in "Starting Windows" logo - Even in installation/repair CD

Lot's of issues with this mobo:

Go into the BIOS and reset the board to default values.

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Quote: Originally Posted by harsh93singh09

I've read a similar query but not any of the answers were able to solve my problem.
I have a dell studio 15 laptop (1555) with regular specs windows 7 home premium 64 bit , recently it used to give problems of sudden switch off with flash of a blue screen , the problem was a virus as it also messed with my windows essential antivirus.
Anyhow , so i installed Avast antivirus and run a boot time scan with showed some viruses , the problem is that by mistake i put a windows/temp file into the antivirus chest . After that scan my windows is unable to boot properly.
I firstly tried the suggested option of
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2)I tried to repair with a bootable copy of windows but its stuck on the point where the windows searches the present os installed , the os is listed there but the curser shows up as the circling one and does not turn normal even after a long time.
3)i tried re-installing windows but the screen is stuck at the point after it prompts you to choose GMT , the screen says "Setup is starting" indefinitely, again the same circling cursor
4)The dell diagnostics when run says that I have hard drive error no. 2000-0146
I followed a post by Greggocker and was able to backup my data using Peppermint live linux os
I also read him suggesting to change settings of BIOS, but problem is that my BIOS(Phoenix A0... Read more

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The clicking sound could be a bad HDD.

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A:Cant find "System Image" of 36 GB but its shows on "Manage Disc Space"

Hello sattyaji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may still be showing if the system image was created as part of a Windows backup. Using the tutorial below to reset Windows Backup should clear it for you, but you will need to set up your backup again afterwards.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,

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A:Windows 7 Start Up Repair Say's "System Volume Is Corrupt"

Okay, so I ran
via the repair disk, and it gave me this. Also, it said my system was in D:, which is odd because it should be in C:

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A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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A:Windows freeze on boot at "Starting Windows" and "LOADED ...\disk.sys"

Suggest you run SFC. {Option 2}
You may need to run it at least 3 times.
Let us know the report at the end please.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look at this tutorial: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Also, as you have access to another computer, you can use it to create a system repair disc.

System Repair Disc - Create

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A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", can't access repair mode or safe mode

Hi there Dougy282,

Do you have your Windows OS CD by any chance? If so, I recommend performing a "REPAIR-INSTALL" and see if that resolves this. You would definitely need your legitimate copy of Windows OS CD though.

Hope everything works out well for you and feel free to ask more questions, thank you.

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A:If I try to "extend volume" it gives "not enough space on the disk(s)"

Hiyya Tracing try doing it with Partition Wizard mate Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
Brilliant tool if you can't do anything with the partition them just wipe the disk mate and start over with this SSD Alignment

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Hello borito, Welcome to SevenForums!

Is this a laptop provided by a company you work for by any chance?

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A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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This is really weird because in the past, only the Windows partition would show up as (System). I'm afraid I might have somehow screwed up during the Windows installation.
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If it's any help, when I set Windows Explorer to show all files here are the files that are on that partition:
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Thank you.

A:Partition shows as "system" in Disk Management Console

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Presently consuming more than 3 GB in total.
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A:Too much disk space consumed for "System Volume Information"

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I have a toshiba with a windows 7 64bit, and it's been acting really slow recently and freezing up on me so I thought there might be viruses that I needed to get rid of, so I restarted my computer so I could go in safe mode with networking to check if there really were. When I restarted my computer I momentarily forgot to press the f8 key and the windows starting screen with the logo showed up. Without thinking I turned off my computer since I didn't want to restart again (it took forever for the computer to do). Once I turned the laptop on again I ended up going to system repair. For some reason this did nothing to my computer. I left it on for hours and hours until I finally decided I wasn't going to get any results. I once again restarted the laptop but this time when I went to system repair I cancelled it and when into more options and tried doing a system restore which also didn't work and said a bunch of my files couldn't be read. When I looked back at the system repair log it said "system volume on disk is corrupt." I googled it trying to find something to help me, and every place said to run sfc scan, which I did on command prompt, which always gave me the reply "there's a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete" and since my computer can't reboot properly no matter what this is what it'll say. Is there some way to run this scan or another way to fix my computer without having to lose all my data? I have some really important files ... Read more

A:"system volume on disk is corrupt" and sfc scan not working

I suggest first before doing anymore repairs you need to make a backup of all your important data so as not to lose it.

A linux live cd choosing to run off the cd not install go to the windows installation and backup all your data to an ext hdd.

Then using startup repair option at F8 option choose choose the windows installation by highlightlng and choose next go to cmd prompt and type: chkdsk /r press enter

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I checked back after 3 hours later to see it still trying to "Attempting Repairs"

So i restarted the computer and when the repair started again I clicked cancel and went into a few more options (open command, start from a different point in time, Windows memory Diagnostics, etc.) and ran the Windows memory diagnostics tool. After a few minutes it was done but didn't give me any information.

Computer restarted so I cancelled the scan again. This time I went to diagnostic and repair details. Every test says the same thing completed successfully. Error code = 0x0, and t the end it comes up with this Root cause found: System volume on disk is corrupt.

After It told me the root cause I did what most people do and went to see if I could find a fix
Trying sfc /scannow came up with "There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again.
trying chkdsk c: /f /r gave me a different error "Failed to transfer local logged messages to the event log status 50."

It also states "Wi... Read more

A:Root Cause Found "System volume on disk is corrupt"

Hi, and welcome to the forums.

Well, before anything else, you might boot your repair disk and copy/backup all your files to an external drive.

There are several posts in the forums that sound similar to yours, searching for "corrupt windows system". If you rebooted, not waiting for it to complete the repair process, I would restart that and give it all night as windows is not the speediest at checking obvious stuff (Repair Install).

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Newbie here. I have searched around for a while but have not found a post with my exact situation.

I just installed a new Seagate Momentus 500gb (7200rpm) SATA drive in my Lenovo X61 laptop and have been working on a installation of Windows7 Ultimate.

Not realizing this was an upgrade install disk, I tried to install Win7. I didn't know about the clean install method, so I started over with an installation of WinXP (slipstreamed to deal with the SATA drive).

Next, I ran the Custom Installation upgrade to Win7.

So far, it seems to be working ok.

However, the Local Drive is D: instead of C:. The System Reserved drive in labeled C:. Should I be concerned? Should/Can I change this?

Attached are screenshots of Disk Management and explorer window.

Thank you for any info.

A:"System Reserved (C:)" and "Local Disk (D:)" ??

Try removing the System Reserved drive letter in Disk Management to see if Win7 claims C instead. It sometimes works.

There is no reason you can't operate with Win7 as D even though it is meant to always assume the C letter unless it's installer is run from another OS.

But if you do I would not allow a drive letter for SysReserved as programs can write to and corrupt it, especially the ability to make Win7 backup images.

Now that you know you can clean install Win7 without needing XP on the HD, I would strongly consider booting the installer to do a Custom install, choose Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create new as you wish, then Format before installing to first partition after SysReserved it will create for you. The installer will see an OS at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key upfront during install.

Here are tips to get a perfect reinstall - use the ones which apply: Clean Reinstall steps

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Upon starting my laptop today (my old computer died, and I bought a new laptop), I went to go somewhere for 20 minutes. When I came back, I found that my computer was not functioning properly; it was running a MS-DOS-esque program that was apparently scanning my files. In a few minutes, it was back to normal... or so I thought. I found that I received a stop error when I entered my account after the computer restarted. I rebooted my system and the computer ran Chkdisk, which concluded that the "system volume on disk is corrupt". All scans were successful, and I believed that the problem had been remedied. I was wrong; my system was still dysfunctional. I then ran Windows in Safe Mode, which is where I am right now.

How would I go about solving this problem and bringing my computer back to where it was before? Also, is there a possible way to reformat my hard drive without using an operating system installation CD?

A:"System volume on disk is corrupt"

Hi, while in safe mode open a command prompt and at the prompt type chkdsk /r press enter you will receive a message about the volume being in use and to schedule chkdsk to run at next boot select "Y" and type exit press enter. Reboot and let the full chkdsk run. This will repair and is at this stage the best option, post back to let us know how you get on.

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Everything was running fine until yesterday, when my PC crashed with the BSOD giving me the "IRQL not less or equal" error. I ignored it and carried on- which resulted in the computer crashing with "Memory management" blues whenever I started something that was not the browser (It later started crashing on browser start too).

I first thought it was the temperature - Memtest95 and GPUtemp said otherwise.

So I started testing the RAM (taking one DIMM out) with Memtest86- It passed 4 cycles, so I shut the PC down and put the other DIMM in.

When I turned the PC on again, there was no signal sent to my screen, and none to my keyboard (and the HDD light on the front of the case did not start blinking like usual). The fans were running, so I figured something might be wrong with the DIMMs I put in. I removed the graphics card and plugged the screen into the motherboard.

Now the screen gets a signal, background lighting starts up, and then it shuts down to hibernation again. This repeats itself until the machine is shut down manually.

I got no idea what to do.

System specs:
I can not post the Minidump folder, since the PC can't start and I did not back it up. Sorry.

Thank you for your help.

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Computer info: Toshiba Satellite L555D-S7005,
Processor: AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 2.30 GHz
RAM: 4.00 GB
System Type: 64-bit Operating System
Windows: 7 Professional, Service Pack 1

My problems began probably a year ago. Started having BSOD's regularly with startup issues. Nothing I tried fixed anything. Had it in a shop where the first time I was told he "fixed some things" and seemed to be working for about a week and a half when it went back to BSOD's and startup problems (getting stuck at the "starting Windows" screen, etc). Took it back to shop where they wiped it and replaced Windows. Within a few weeks I was back to the same issues. At this point I actually just put the thing away and solely used my husbands computer. Last week after not touching my laptop for several months I had to use it due to a major accident with my husbands. The thing worked perfectly for 9 days, PERFECTLY. Then it started randomly shutting down with no rhyme or reason. After a couple of times doing that it started getting stuck at the "starting Windows" screen and wanting to run Startup Repair.

With Startup Repair I get: Startup Repair cannot fix problems with this info:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 77
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 1
Problem Signature 07: NoRootCause
OS Version: ... Read more

A:BSOD, random shutdown, stuck at "Starting Windows" screen, etc

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I was trying to save some files in restoring windows 7; now i can't boot my computer; 1st screen : windows resuming., then setup is starting services.... , "stuck" ; acer aspire 5742 Windows 7 64bit Home Premium; What can i do? now; F8;F2; F12; Ctr+Alt+Del; nothing runs all night ; have a recovery disk made with drivers & applications made by me

A:resuming Windows ... Setup is starting services..."stuck" Aspire5742

have a recovery disk made with drivers & applications made by me

Did you you make the Recovery disc?

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I have an old PC (Specs in the Computer specs next to my username)

It was working fine for a few days but now it gets stuck in a boot loop. Safe Mode options don't work, repair windows doesn't work either and rather then trying to fix it, I decided it needed a format after not using it for about a year.
I've burnt Win7 onto a Disc and onto a USB using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Configured my BIOS to boot from both which it does, however right after the "Windows is loading files..." it moves on to "Starting windows" and stays on there (the WIndows logo doesn't show either). Can't figure out why. I've fallen asleep for about an hour waiting for it and from past experiences it usually doesn't take that long..

My current computer uses Win 8 so I thought I'd give that a shot via USB and DVD and same issue. It shows the Windows Logo however the Loading circle just continues to spin. I've been stuck there for about an hour now.

I had a look inside the computer while it was running, everything seems to be connected right (hasn't been touched) so before this post, I unplugged everything, gave it a nice clean (just a cloth[not wet]) and placed every thing back in.
ALSO what's the difference between these options:

A:Solved: Issues Formatting - Stuck at "Starting Windows" Win7/8

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Hi all, I am trying to reinstall Windows 7 on my notebook (Acer Aspire 5742-7645) from the DVD. I get as far as this screen:
When I click "Install now," the screen says "Setup is starting..." and then never moves on. I have gone into BIOS and set the boot order to DVD first. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Acer Aspire - Windows 7 reinstallation stuck on "Setup is starting"

Here are some good answers and some common things to check:

Let us know the results of these checks.

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When booting the laptop (XP, SP 3) is stuck at the "Windows is starting up" window.

First, the log-in screen (where you enter user name and password) pops up only for less than a second, than it beeps and the screen disappears. (Usually this screen stays on and I change the user name from "administrator" to a different user name.)

I can start the laptop in the save mode, but I cannot switch to a different user (I guess this is normal). I would like to backup files (stored under the user name). Is there any way to switch users in the safe mode?

What can I do get over the stuck "Windows is starting up" screen?

I cannot go online with the laptop - the Wifi network is not working / not showing up at all (is this normal in the safe mode?)

This is a friends laptop I borrowed- my laptop has major issues as well 6666666 Virus/Malware/overwrites everything
After the major issues with my laptop I installed and run Malwarebytes on my friends laptop just in case. The software found nothing. Zonealarm and Avira are installed and were always up to date.

I'm really desperate! Now the second laptop is down. I feel sooo bad about my friends laptop - Please help me fix it!!!!
Both laptops are running legal Windows XP versions - installed on them when bought.

A:[SOLVED] stuck at"Windows is starting up" screen -2nd laptop down

Can you get into the Administrator account via "safe Mode"? Do you have a Windows XP CD? You might need it.

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Hey guys currently using home premium 32bit but got pro upgrade 64 bit so had to do the custom install from booting with the disk

I choose the language, keyboard layout etc, choose custom install, pick the hard drive and it goes to the installing screen.

When part 2 of the install screen is almost done it said installation will continue after the computer restarts.
After it restarts, it just stays on the "starting windows" screen and the windows logo never shows. It wa son there for hours. I restarted by pressing the restart button and it continued back on the step 2 and them same thing, restart and then continue later but now the screen is just stuck on the "starting windows" screen.

Any ideas????


A:Custom setup stuck on "starting windows" screen

Never mind, I unplugged things and it's all good

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After following the tutorials on the site to get windows on a flash drive or dvd, i used that to run the installer. sadly, after you hit "start to install" it goes into a seemingly infinite setup is starting cycle where ultimately nothing happens.
any solutions would be appreciated
also, i read somewhere that i can fix this with cmd by using this
At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)
however, after typing diskpart my cmd does not let me type anything else, effectively rendering this useless.. also regarding the infinite loop startup repair guide here it didnt let me issue any commands after typing D:

thanks in advance, help is much appreciated!

A:Install windows stuck on "setup is starting", cmd won't use commands

It sounds like you might have a faulty installer - try writing the ISO to USB again.

Be sure you get the iso here:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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Hi to all

Hopefully I would find help here.
I have bought a new machine with 4GB ram, 500GB HD, Intel DG41KR motherboard and Intel G41 Graphics Card.
I received the machine with Windows 7 installed, but wanted to format and install XP since I would not be able to upgrade my screen reading softwares (I am totally blind) and other necessary stuff are too much for my little budget. I can not go on with 7 since they are not that compatible. So I planned to install XP.
The problem is that XP can not be installed on the machine. Everything is ok till a screen with the sentence "Setup is starting windows" appears and seems to stay till the end of life. By googling there were suggestions to replace the HD, I replaced it with newer one and nothing changed. Others suggested that might be due to falty ram, also replaced with no change. Some other suggestions recommended burning new XP and installing the one that is new and no change. I unplugged all devices; keyboard, mouse, speakers, everything unnecessary for the installation procedure to go on but all were in vain.
I disabled all devices in the BIOS and the problem is the same. No change.
And to narrow things down:
1. I changed sata mode to native, so that the problem is not in the correct SATA, SCASi, RAID, IDE AHCI, ICH etc drivers. Even I integrated the compatible SATA drivers and burned them into the XP disc and there were no change.
2. I created a bootable USB XP thump drive to instal XP from and the problem is the sa... Read more

A:Can't install XP on computer; stuck on "Setup is starting windows"

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hi guys, today when i've finished playing the computer, i've used 'shutdown' to turn off my computer, the shutdown process doesn't seem to turn off my computer, so i just waited and waited for 30 minutes, still it was still on the same screen saying "shutting down" with the circle still spinning. so i just turned it off manually by holding the power button until it turns off.
Later on, i decided to get back on, so i turned it on but when it was at the "starting windows" screen, it was stuck there for sooo long! so i waited for a long time but it was still stuck. When i turned it off and on again, a start up repair was offered so i chose that option, it says "loading windows files" after that a blank screen for a long time, still stuck.
I then tried to boot my win7 CD to do a recovery or restore point, but after it was "loading windows files" the starting windows screen appeared again and it was stuck there.

I've googled and searched this forum but all their solution was just startup repair and recovery. can anyone please help me?


A:[Major Problem] Stuck on "starting windows" screen.

Hello duong,

Are you overclocking anything? If so, stop. Can you try blowing out any dust buildup? Perhaps some hardware went out? You might try temporarily replacing some things if you can to see if things stop freezing. Keep trying to do system recovery, etc., but if you can't, you may just have to reinstall. You might wait a bit and see what others have to say before you do.

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Hello everyone,

I have an HP Pavilion DV6-6c71ef running on Windows 7 64bit, my problem is that everytime I try to boot it it's stucks at "Starting Windows" for some minutes and then a blue screen appear after than it's restart itself.

I did a BIOS Rollback hoping that will fix things, but nothing, and now I'm worry if the Rollback can make my situation worst, it could be?

my PC was so overheating, so I did a hardware checks, and it's says there's a failure on the HDD, so I think the only solution is to buy a new one? if so do I need to buy a new Windwos too? (I do have the key for the current one).

an other question, about the rollback of the BIOS, it could cause some problems when I instal the new HDD?

Many thanks for your times and sorry for my English, as it's not my native language.

In hope to read some answers from you.

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First let me tell you about my system.   This is an Inspiron
E1705/9400 laptop with the T7400 Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.16
GHZ.   It has 2 GB of RAM and a brand new 500GB Hitachi Travelstar hard
drive (7200 RPM).   It also has the GeForce Go 7900 GS video card.   
It previously had Windows XP Professional (32 bit) and worked fine.  
But, I have three computers in my home and home office and would like
them all to work better together on my wired home network, so I am
upgrading all three to Windows 7.   My two desktops (one is Dimension
XPS 420 and the other is Dimension XPS 430) seem like they will be no
problem to upgrade to Windows 7.   But, this laptop was not listed on
Dell's Windows 7 Compatibility List.   However, the Windows 7 Upgrade
Advisor that I downloaded and ran seemed to say that it was OK to do a
clean install of 32 bit Windows 7 and it only had a few minor concerns,
where it said to check for updated drivers from the manufacturer.   The
laptop originally came with a 100GB hard drive.   For my use, that is
getting very small, so I decided to get the same exact 7200 RPM drive
in the 500 GB size.   This will allow me to do a clean install of the
32 bit Windows 7 OS on the new hard drive and not have to wipe the old
drive to do it.   I can just hold onto the old HD and stick it back in
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A:Minor Problem with New Windows 7 Installation on my Inspiron E1705/9400 - two entries for "Base System Device" under "Other Devices" with yellow exclamation point

BTW, I just downloaded and installed the driver pack from that ftp location and it worked, even for Windows 8.1 - 64 bit.
Thanks Steve!


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So, I shut down my computer, and noticed it was taking abnormally long, so I push the quick-restart button on my PC. It restarts just fine, but stays on the boot screen for a bit long, and then proceeds to get "stuck" at the "Starting Windows" screen for about a minute. From there, Windows loads just fine, and I can access a majority of my usual programs (Firefox, avast!, etc.) without any errors. However, when I try to load very few programs (iTunes, Malwarebytes, etc.) they don't load at all, despite appearing in the Processes section of the Task Manager. Also, when I try to unpin a program from the taskbar, the program's icon remains but I can no longer "unpin" it from the taskbar.

These are all of the errors I've experienced, and here's what I've tried thus far:

System Restoring. Tried it twice, to before I installed a Windows Update and before I installed a graphics driver update. Neither changed anything.
Disabling all non-Microsoft startup services.
System File Checker (no errors found).
avast! full scan (no threats found).
Windows Repair thing (at startup) - didn't get past the loading bar
Any help whatsoever would be appreciated.
Thank you,

A:Stuck at "Starting Windows" for too long, and unable to load random programs

You should never use the reset/restart button on your case unless you need to. Otherwise this happens...

Please preform a hard drive test using this guide here:

How to perform a Seagate's Seatools Test | Tech Support Forum

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hello there, I have some questions, why do I get bluescreen errors, when I start my computer or when I shut my computer down? things that I found on the blue screen is "prl_boot.sys" for sometimes. my computer never got Bluescreen on normal use..

Here's the zip:

Any answer would be highly appreciated! thank you

A:BSOD on "Starting Windows" and "Shutting Down..."

Run this

Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable

Uninstall Parallels Tools 7.0

From the drivers list Intel Raid StorPort Driver is the oldest driver which dates 2005.

iirsp iirsp Kernel 12/14/2005 5:47:54 AM

update it from here

also your IBM ServeRAID Controller Driver

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 50, {fffff8b0f9e5ab15, 0, fffff88001c6e826, 5}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for prl_boot.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for prl_boot.sys

Could not read faulting driver name
Probably caused by : prl_boot.sys ( prl_boot+2826 )

Followup: MachineOwner

0: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
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I've been working on this problem with people on the BleepingComputer forum for over two months, and while all of their advice has seemed slightly sensible at the time, after replacing EVERY SINGLE PART OF THE COMPUTER save the Seagate-tested, Seagate-passed Seagate hard drive, the CPU, and two of four RAM sticks (which have passed over 80 hours of Memcheck testing)...

...I'm beginning to wonder if the problem isn't at least in part with the advice I've been getting over there.

So, Seven Forums, here's the deal: constant freezing of the "Starting Windows" screen on a relatively fresh install of Windows 7 Pro x64, SP1. "Relatively" fresh in that I've installed all the Windows updates, the newest driver for my graphics card, Chrome, Sublime Text II, Speccy, Dropbox and Keepass.

The BIOS for my motherboard (brand new!) is updated to the latest version.

I have unplugged my Delta 44 sound card on the off chance it is the problem child, but the problem persists, so I'm guessing not.

Here's Speccy:

I used to have hobbies. I'd go for walks with my wife, try to learn to play the banjo, cook stuff. Make small batches of wine.

Now, all I do is work on this infernal box of stinking misery. All I do is run Memtest, run Seagate drive diagnostics, reinstall Windows and occasionally think about taking a sledgehammer to this ******* son of a thousand PETs and just buy a Mac.

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A:Repeated freezes at Starting Windows screen, "Startup Repair" no good

Please check Event viewer to see what is logged there relating to the problem.

Usually freezing is either hardware (ram, etc.) Which you seem to have eliminated or software conflicts.

If you have a BSOD (i know it just freezes) please upload at least one because we can examine the drivers that were loaded leading up to the freezes, etc.

There are several ways to find what the problem is. The best is to go into event viewer (type eventvwr in search). Event viewer (local) >>> look for errors listed in the last day, week, etc. Then go to the windows log>application tab. Finally the windows Logs>system tabs.

You want to look for all errors (they have red in the left column ).

When you find them you want to look for errors that say app hang, app crash, or anything that relates to the problem.

When you find them please note the event ID, and the source codes and tell us what they are.

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My office just upgraded, and I can no longer use Windows XP. On this system, I was able to add a separate taskbar to facilitate quick access to commonly-browsed folder locations on our vast network, and another one expedited the launching of useful programs and lists. Each task on each taskbar was represented with a big custom icon to save eye strain. I had them installed in opposite vertical margins, and they were set on auto-hide to keep them out of the way when not being used. Just move your mouse pointer to the left or right margin, and BAM! Sorry for the cliche, but I really got used to the convenience of what I had set up, and I just don't think I can be as efficient without anything comparable.

Now there appears to be nothing comparable in the Windows 7 GUI, and it's making me sick with rage! I see only the option to put a "toolbar" on an existing "taskbar", and no option to create any additional taskbars! This cramps up your one-and-only taskbar, plus the tiny toolbar access buttons require way too much precision for anything that's supposed to be quick. When you've figured out how to bring up that ridiculous button, the list that it yields is small enough to cause painful eyestrain - nothing efficient, much less cool about this at all! I have seen customization options in other OS GUIs that may have resolved some of these issues, but I see none such in W7.

I have tried every google search string that I can think of, and found... Read more

A:Need to add "TASKBARS" (MSese for "Launchpads", "Docks" NOT "Toolbars"

Several possibilities here: Second taskbar in windows7? [Solved] - Windows 7 - Windows 7

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I just received my new laptop yesterday with the full intention of removing the Windows 8 installation and installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. After some work with the BIOS screen I finally made it so that the Optical Drive was first in the boot order but now I can't get it to run the Windows 7 setup.

1. Turn on computer.
2. At prompt for "Press any key..." I hit a key.
3. The progress bar for "Setup is loading files" completes.
4. The screen comes to "Starting Windows" and the MS log comes on to the screen.
5. Nothing further happens, the screen remains with the MS logo and "Starting Windows"

Windows 8 boots without issue (but I don't want to use it). I tried reading through a number of other threads but they seemed to be dealing with desktop PCs where hardware was easily removed. I have never had an issue with installing Win7 from the DVD before. I have already tried removing one of the memory chips but that did not resolve the issue.

Comp Specs:
Asus A55A-TH51 (purchased from tigerdirect)
Intel Core i5
Hitachi 500 GB HDD
Intel Integrated Graphics 4000

I thought this would be an easy change as it always has been but I really need some help with this one.

A:Issue Installing Win 7 Ult x64 on New PC; Stuck @ "Starting Windows"

On a Windows 8 PC you likely have to turn off Secure Boot in BIOS setup first before you can install Win7.

Then you need to follow special steps to boot installer to install Win7 using UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums.

All of this is detailed in Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.

Some users decide not to mess with UEFI but to instead install normally to an MBR disk as shown in Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7

More information here about UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube
so you understand your choices better.

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I recently bought an external hard drive and usually i remember to unplug it before i start my computer, however this time i forgot. this caused my computer to go to the "starting windows' screen when i booted it up at which point it stayed stuck there until i restarted the pc. at that point it came up with f11 boot menu, f6 quick flash etc. then goes to a screen saying "launch startup repair (recommended) and "start windows normally". If i press start windows normally it just goes back to the starting windows screen and stays stuck there regardless of me removing the external HDD. If i press launch startup repair it say's "startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically" and comes up with error code "0x0" for all ltests it performs which include check for update, system disk test, disk failure diagnosis. Root cause found: bad hard disk. restoring my system to and earlier date has no effect, and when i open command prompt it shows X:\windows\system32> even though my system had no x drive prior to this event (external hdd is still unplugged at this point). Entering UEFI and changing boot priority between AHCI P0: WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3AO and AHCI P2: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222, the only 2 options, had no effect on anything i mentioned above. This has always been an issue with my computer and is not unique to the HDD, ive just always remembered to unplug any usb's. I looked up a lot of fixes on another pc and didn't have any luck, a... Read more

A:Computer stuck at "starting windows" screen

I'm 90% sure all i need to do is get my pc to boot from the D: Drive instead of X: Drive im just not sure how to go about that

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A75-S226. When I try to install Windows XP it gets stuck on "Windows is starting up". I tried to instill Windows 2000 and the same thing happens.


A:Toshiba Laptop stuck in "windows in starting up"

Were you able to format the drive?

You can run diagnostics on the hard drive

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Hello (again),

Ok, here's a quick rundown on what's happening (and it's been very frustrating so I apologise for the multiple help requests.)

Recently wiped my hdd with KillDisk and reinstalled Win7 Home Edition. Was working fine for the last 3days and was supposed to install Mint last night. When I rebooted, I got the Boot Manager, which never happened before. Selected Win7 and got stuck at the "Starting Windows" screen.

Tried to repair it, didn't work. Tried to restore, didn't work. Tried to reset to factory settings, still didn't work.

Just finished wiping it, twice. Now attempting to reinstall Win7, and still stuck at the "Starting Windows" screen.

Can someone please tell me what is happening? The last thing I did was install Ccleaner; the last thing it did was install updates. Thanks in advance...

A:[SOLVED] Stuck on "Starting Windows" screen

I managed to reinstall win7 but it wont load, not even in safe mode. It goes to a boot screen where the only option is Windows EMS.

So I ran KillDisk again. What I dont understand is why I see the previously set-up partitions:
C:\ (40% of hdd for windows)
D:\ (60% saved for Mint)
Q:\ (for MS Office starter/trial whatchamacallit)

Uhm, what gives?

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First, the specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Lenovo G570
Intel Core i3
Let me know if you need anything else...
Now for the symptoms:
My computer has recently been having trouble booting from the shutdown state. I am not having trouble "un-hibernating." The problem seems to only arise if I restart completely or shutdown and then turn the laptop back on. The problem began about 2 weeks ago. The screen got stuck on the image of the windows icon after the little swirling dots come together (boot screen animation). After almost 15 minutes, I lost patience and decided that something was wrong and manually powered down by holding down the power button. I then entered startup repair and restored the system to a previous restore state. This seemed to work and I didn't have problems for about a week. I then turned off the computer and left it at home while I traveled for about a week.

Upon my return, I tried to turn on the computer and it got stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen again. I did the same thing: restored to a previous restore point and tried to turn it on again. It got stuck on the same screen again. I tried to run the startup repair again, but the repair said that it could not find any problems. The repair module shut down the computer after that. I left it alone for about 5 minutes and tried to turn it on again. It booted without any problem. Strange, but OK.

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A:Laptop stuck on "Starting Windows" Screen

One could try file checker command,

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

then : How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7

and then: Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

And try to quickly check: Memory Diagnostics Tool

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Hello. I have a problem with my friend's laptop: an Acer E5-572G-58U0. I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from a USB stick. I choose the language, time and currecy and the keyboard language. I press "next" then "Instal now" and ... here is my problem. It stucks at "Setup is starting". I waited all the night but in the morning it was the same.

I know probabily there was many other threads but i didn't find anything useful there.

A:Windows 7 installer stuck at "Setup is starting"

Witch OS came on the Laptop? Win 8?
On BIOS, did you enabled CSM (Compatible System Mode)?

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Hi,I am attempting to install windows 7 x64 onto my pc and it hangs at the "Setup is Starting..." screen.  I waited for the screen to go away overnight but to no avail.  My system's specs are: Phenom II x3 720 beMSI 790GX-G65 Motherboard with integrated video and the latest bios2 Gigs of ram (going to expand to 6)640 gig Seagate sata hard drive in IDE modefirewire and integrated audio have been disabledusb enabled but usb compatibility mode disabledno floppy drive and it has been disabled onboard lan has been disabledThere was an instance where the installation got past that screen and asked me to choose a drive to install but none were selectable.  I used seagates utility to set up the drive with ntfs but that didn't solve the issue.  Is there anything else that I should try? 

A:Windows 7 Install is stuck at "Setup is Starting"

Hi,You can run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, it will tells you about any known compatibility issues.  If you have 64-bit version of Windows XP installed, trying to perform Upgrade install and check if the issue persists. Thomas Lin

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My HP Pavillion G6 laptop recently had a hard disk (I think) error and I was forced to use a clean install to keep on using my computer. After the clean install, everything seems to be working fine and for a week or so there have been no problems whatsoever. Just this afternoon,my computer failed to start, it was stuck at the "Starting Windows" screen. Safe mode refused to work either, stuck at the loading drivers screen. I have not changed my computer in any way before.
I tried to use startup repair and it went on FOREVER. LKGC failed too. I am currently contemplating another minimized image recovery, but i fear that my HD has failed.
I am most confused as to why there were no warning signs after my clean install, computer ran just like when i first bought it. This is a very sudden event.
Any help would be appreciated!

A:Win 7 64-bit stuck at "Starting Windows", no safe mode.

I too think your HDD is the main source of the problem,I would probably get another HDD and install windows on that and test it for the same time this one lasted before it failed on the re-install to see if it's a hd problem or not.If you have a spare HD I would test it on that pc and see if it loads faster or has the same problem.

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I purchased my laptop in January and I'm not really sure what happened, I must have been struck by a pretty bad virus or something because I had a lot of protection and ran regular scans. But anyway, one day I booted up my computer and it said error recovery or something a prompted me to repair my pc but I choose start windows normally, and it loaded normally but just before it could get to the login screen a blue screen error flashed for a split second then my laptop restarted and took me to the error screen again. when I try repair my computer, it takes me tow blank lie screen,ole the login screen, with a cursor in the middle, but no dialog box. I left this running for up to 3 days, so it's definitely not just loading. so I decided my computer is pretty much screwed, and searched for my installation disc it came with. (windows was already preinstalled so I'd never used it before. on startup I pressed f12 and booted from cd rom, then it said press any key and took me to a loading screen, which took about 5 minutes and then to the installation screen. I said my language is English, choose uk English etc. then it says install now or repair your computer. when I click the repair option, I am taken to the same blank blue screen from before. when I press install it says setup is starting... and the loading cursor is spinning, so I know it's not frozen. I left it for half an hour, tried again, and this time left it for 11 hours, but still no setup has started. ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Install is stuck at "Setup is Starting"

It probably isn't a virus or any kind of malware if you are experiencing issues when attempting a fresh Windows installation.
It's possible the hard drive has developed a fault, despite being only six-months old. You should test it to confirm if this is the case.

Download SeaTools for DOS from here (click Downloads):

Now download & install (on a working PC of course) IMGBurn from here:
Use IMGBurn to create a CD from the SeaTools for DOS ISO CD-Image File.
Now boot your laptop from that CD and SeaTools for DOS will eventually appear on the screen.
Select your laptop's hard drive and test it using the long/extended test if available.

Hopefully the drive will pass the test, but at least you can then move on to troubleshoot the problem elsewhere, confident in the knowledge that it's not a faulty hard drive that's causing it. So testing it is definitely not a waste of time.

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I have windows 7 Home. I restarted my computer to complete an automatic update. After doing so, My computer would remain on the "starting windows" screen for hours.

Overnight, It did load up. However, when it did the was a message at the bottom right hand side of my screen that read: "This version of windows in not genuine" right above the time and date. I also could not click on the start up menu or anything on the task bar. The sound also was not working. There was a red and white "x" by my volume icon.

I had to press the power button on my SONY Vaio (my laptop computer). I loaded from the restore option (this was an option when the computer loaded back up. The other option was to start windows normally.). It did a test and restarted and remained at the same starting windows screen.

I then loaded the computer in safe mode. I tried to restore my computer to a certain date in System restore, but it told me that I did not have a point to start from. I scanned for viruses and etc. and found 1 threat then deleted it.

I am now starting in safe mode with network to see if this allows me to connect to the internet and maybe allow me to do system restore. It's moving very slow right now.

Later today, I plan to obtain a Windows 7 disk to wipe it completely. I do not want to do this, but at this point I Don't Know what to do. Please help me of you have another option.

A.J. Sellers

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Hey this is probably my first time ever creating a thread on troubleshooting something about my PC.okay lets startoff that in the very beginning i had XP and decided to upgrade to win7 ultimate x64. It worked out awesome no problems. Last night i was playing a game and i fell asleep on my bed. i woke up in the middle of the night and shut it down with the power button method. This morning i wokeup and i couldnt get into windows, it just wouldnt boot up. I tried doing the repair, restore, nothing worked. I was just stuck on "Starting windows" screen, it was really random. I tried reformatting with windows 7 thinking it would fix the "starting windows" problem but it just kept getting stuck after the fresh install of windows 7. I've wasted 7 hours of my day just frustrated/pissed trying to see wat can possibly be causing this problem. The thing is i went back to installing XP and it works fine. Which is wat im operating under now. I even tried installing XP and then reformatting with windows 7, and nothing..same exact problem getting stuck on the loading screen after the format was done. Could it be BIOS? I cant think of anything else. Especially when windows XP is working, its not like one of my hardware devices are defected. Its just weird because just last night windows 7 was working fine. I dont know wat couldve went wrong just from the time i shut it down to the next morning when i wokeup and i couldnt get past my loading screen. And about my computer k... Read more

A:Stuck @ "starting windows" screen, everything was FINE!

Hello Electroh0lic, Welcome!

I must confess I am having difficulty understanding your post. No offense intended, could you please try again, this time using proper punctuation and capitalization?

Don't know if this is applicable, but you can try looking in my post to see if anything in there helps.


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hi all
i've installd a retail w7 x64 on my notebook in uefi mode on my gpt dsk along its own W8; now if i boot in the w7 instllation through lgeacy mode (with using a boot stick, per this ), w7 gets past the "starting windows" thing and boots cool. but when i get back to uefi mode, it still boots until the "starting windows" but then the logo no longer throbs , as if it has hung; surprisingly though, after 5sec the starutp sound plays and the num-lock turns on as if i have actually signd in . and i believe it does actually sign in (even though the scree looks it has stuck on "starting windows"). why do i believe it does actually sgin in ? because i can actually PLAY an mp3 i have on my desktp using the touhcpad. i can even shut it down with <start> + -> + <enter>

basically, it signs but does so as if i've turnd my moniotr off (of else have had it cover'd )
any ideas why so weird a thing is happening to my notebook?

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When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

A:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?

are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this
interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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Ok, so I got my Maxtor 300 Gig SATA Hard Drive and used the XP utility to create it. This is the first time I did that--I was so used to using Fdisk, I always did it that way in the past. Anyway, I'm using it as a data drive and followed the wizard in XP and ended up with a "Dynamic" volume instead of basic. I guess that's the default when you go through the wizard--I just kept clicling the "next" not even really paying attention to the choices as I usually do since I'm impatient!

Anway, I Googled and noted you need this for RAID drives and its not recognized in OS other than 2000 and XP, but is there any advantage to it? I'm not running a RAID configuration and my main OS disc is "basic". Does it matter? I can change it to basic it seems pretty easily according to MS article on it.

A:Can't change "Dynamic" to "Basic" volume on SATA drive

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I've scanned my laptop with SFC four times in this past week, and each scan ended with the same failure to repair specific files. I'm uncertain how to proceed with these corrupted files.

I followed the instructions in the SFC /SCANNOW tutorial; I installed the System Update Readiness Tool (CheckSUR in attachments) after running SFC three times and it managed to find and fix some sort of error. However, the results seem to be the same in the new SFC scan logs.

I also tried obtaining a .iso of Windows 7 home premium from Microsoft's website (Access Denied) to run a repair install, but it will not accept my product key due to it being a pre-installation provided by Samsung.

I do not have a Windows 7 installation disc so I cannot manually replace them like the tutorial suggests.
Also, I don't know if this is relevant or not, but I ran the WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab troubleshooter several times as well (dism.txt is in attachments). Every single time it says that two problems were found:
1. Problems installing recent updates (Not fixed)
2. Service registration is missing or corrupt (Fixed)

Additionally, I've recently noticed that my free hard drive space has been decreasing rapidly. In the past two days, it has decreased by 2 or 3 GB, despite not downloading or installing anything. Is this related to my current problem with the corrupted files or something else? I don't know how to find what's eating up my storage space.

Any advice is appreciated,


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My laptop is stuck in a cycle of restarting itself after displaying a screen that says "Preparing to Repair". It turns on, shows the hp symbol and the message, then after a few seconds it loads a black screen covered in blue dots (which I've never seen before), then it turns itself off and restarts the cycle. I've tried using the fkeys, which load every option except the f12 system repair option. I can get into my bios menus and everything. I made a repair usb, as my laptop doesn't have a disc tray, I changed the bios to run from the usb in hopes that I could repair it that way. Still not working. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I don't care if I have to completely wipe it clean. I just don't know how at this point.

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I am infected with this crap and have used the following tools to try to get rid of it:
Windows Defender, Unible PowerSuite (SpeedUpMyPC, Registry Booster & Spyware Protector) and Norton's One Button Checkup and WinDoctor.

Not sure if it's related, but my DISPLAY is locked at 640 X 480.

Atempted the 5 Step Process before posting and Panda ActiveScan froze and crashed after scanning 59253 files, but not before identifying 28 spyware files.

Here's my extra.txt log from Deckard's:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.

-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 36%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 1277.95 MiB / 810.39 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 1516.89 MiB / 1165.44 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1930.88 MiB

A: is Removable (No Media)
C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 37.21 GiB total, 18.7 GiB free.

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - ST340014A - 37.25 GiB - 1 partition
\PARTITION0 - Unknown - 39.19 MiB
\PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 37.21 GiB - C:

-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------

AUOptions is scheduled... Read more

A:Netsky Worm-Popups-The Three Icons - "Error Cleaner" "Privacy Protector" "Spyware..."


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when i open Partition Magic 8 i see my Maxtor 6Y120P0 drive in a yellow color and the file system marked as "other":

but my Windows 2000 Disk Management shows healty:
under windows i can read and write to the partition, so what is wrong? what does Partition Magic wants?

Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting

A:partition magic shows partition type as "other", windows shows "healthy"

Quote from Symantec:
There are currently no versions of PartitionMagic that support Windows® 2000 dynamic drives.Click to expand...

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I've been having problems with my Alienware X51 since about a month ago. The issues are as follows:
Windows sometimes gets stuck at the "Welcome" screen. Even when it doesn't, logging in often takes up to 15 seconds. Of note is that this has not happened in safe mode.
The computer would often freeze shortly after login. This only seemed to happen within the first few minutes; once the window has passed, the OS is stable until shutdown.
Some system tools (such as the Windows Performance Monitor) are unresponsive after launching.
Screen artifacts would appear in safe mode when I close certain applications.

Cleaning out the dust, reinstalling graphics drivers and reseating the RAM didn't make any difference. I then did a repair install, which solved everything except the first issue. All of this normally suggests a problem with a third-party driver. However, I've also seen a few other issues that suggest that there is a hardware problem as well:
The Dell ePSA tool often freezes during memory tests.
The BIOS complained once about being unable to find the hard drive, and Windows displayed a BSoD when it did finally start up. The Ultra DMA CRC error count in the S.M.A.R.T. data also increased. However, this was right after I took the PC apart for cleaning and did not occur again after I reseated the SATA cable.
Windows might have froze once after loading the files for safe mode. Granted, I was impatient at the time and didn't wait very long before rebooting the computer.... Read more

A:Windows stuck at "Welcome" screen even after repair installs

Was there anything you did specifically both hardware or software-wise before the issue started occurring?

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I had previously posted a thread about my laptop heavily lagging for no reason. Then i got some replies to clean up my hardware, which i did earlier today and i made about 60gb free by deleting movies and unnecessary files.

After like 5 hours now i turned my laptop on, and its stuck on boot loading screen for several minutes and then reboots itself to repair mode. Even after that, the problem was not fixed at all...

I even tried to boot into safemode, and that didnt work either!

Now im hanging on to another try of repair mode which seems to take way longer than the first one..

Plz help....

A:win7 stuck at "starting windows"

Do you have a windows 7 DVD?
if so please follow
Repair Windows 7 Using the Startup Repair Tool

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Hi everyone,

I recently changed my led screen on my laptop and after restarting the computer - my computer wont go past the welcome screen before the User Log in (blue screen). So I decided to do a clean install on my hard drive.

After putting in windows CD and starting the computer - I can get the windows installer to start but after pressing the begin installation - it is getting stuck at "Setup is Starting"

I waited and watched it for few hours if it will start but no response. So, i'm here looking for some help in figuring out what is going wrong


A:Windows 7 - Stuck at "Setup is Starting"

Work through the steps to overcome installation failures in signature pic below.

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Last night I turned off my computer normally. The only thing different was that it installed some updates before turning off. This morning when I turned it on, I noticed that it got stuck on the "Starting Windows" logo screen. I turned it off (forcing it) and turned it on again and asked me if I wanted to start normally or repair. When I clicked repair it got stuck on the loading bar thing. At first, the f8 button wouldn't work but after a few tries it did and I can't get in safe mode either, it gets stuck.

I gave up and since the computer is pretty much new so I don't have much installed on it, I decided to just reformat it but even in the disk it gets stuck. I downloaded a repair disc and it is stuck in the loading bar with the Microsoft Corportation below.

EDIT: So I noticed when opening it up that the mobo has a red light(located in the front panel header thing)... next to it, it says LED1 R474... I'm not completely sure what it means but with my probably died on me.

It was probably the updates so if I could somehow get it to unistall last night's updates (and maybe preventing it from updating again since I'm freaked out) it will get fixed maybe? The question is how :/

System specs:
System Manufacturer/Model Number Built it myself
OS Windows 7

CPU intel quad core 2 2.66ghz
Motherboard xfx 750i sli nforce
Memory 4gb corsair gaming memory
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A:Stuck in "Starting Windows" - Even in the Installation CD

Have you tried to start it again repeatedly hitting f8 and then choosing Safe Mode? If it will make it into Safe Mode you can revert back to a System Restore point, preferably prior to the updates.

Since you stated this to be a new PC I would also try and reseat all your RAM, cables and card since things get roughed up sometimes in shipping and problems don't always show up immediately, just be sure to remove power connection from the PC and to ground your hand by placing it on the power supply body for a few moments prior to touching anything else, if you have a grounding strap so much the better.

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After the new avast update all my programs just shut down and google chrome said "aw snap". I could not shut the computer down and was forced to shut it down manually. After it restarted I can NOT get pass the loading screen, it just stays there; even safe mode it gets stuck. I have tried everything from "last known working roll back" or w/e it's called. I have tried re seating my ram, did hardware checks and everything passes. I tried wiping the whole computer but my cd drive is not working either now and I know it worked because I just burnt cd's for my moms wedding. So I am hoping you guys have another solution that I have not thought of, I have been at this for 24 hours.

I am using Windows XP Professional 4GB ram. Oh and one of the ram slots do not work anymore. Also, it is not the windows cd because it works in my other computer.

A:Computer stuck at "windows is starting up"

If you want your PC to boot from the CD drive when there are boot files still existing on the hard drive, you need to set CD-ROM as the first boot device in the boot sequence.

You do this this by getting into the BIOS Setup. For most computers, this involves holding down the 'Del' key as soon as you see the manufacturer's splash-screen. For some branded computers (HP, Packard Bell etc) it may be a different key such as one of the 'F' keys. It usually tells you which key to press at the bottom of the splash-screen

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Hello , as the title says, when I start my computer it freezes/get stuck in "Satrting Windows" screen.
1st time I got this problem I took out RAMs and I put them back in and I ran a memtest and it gave no errors , then started the computer and it worked fine.
This time I tried :
- Safe mode with all its types. Safe mode also freezes at classpnp.sys
- Last know good configuration. this doesn't solve anything.
- F8 => Repair computer. this gets stuck in green loading bar with "Microsoft corporations" Screen.
- I inserted the original CD that I installed windows 7 from and tried to access System recovery options through repairing and it gives me an error that says This version isn't compatible.
- I booted with memtest and ran tests on RAM aswell it gave no errors.

but still nothing , what else can I do to solve this problem please ?!

My computer is HP Z400 Workstation , Intel Xeon CPU , 4gb RAM , 2 weeks and half ago I installed a nvidia geforce 210.

A:Stuck at "starting windows" screen

Work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start which try everything possible for starting the OS, leading up to if necessary rescuiing your files to Performing an HP system recovery or do the superior Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

Even if you choose to do the HP recovery be sure to read the Special Note to HP Owners at the end of the Reinstall tutorial as it will explain about Minimal Recovery available on many models that is almost as good as a Clean Reinstall.

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My notebook is set to the recommended screen resolution, under display settings that allows you to change the text size indepdenent of the screen resolution, I was expecting to see 3 radio buttons (as per the windows 7 tutorial) but I can see only "Small" and "medium". I haven't played around with different screen resolutions to see if it has any effect.

I wonder if it needs some driver update or related to my screen resolution or whatever? Thanks.

A:display settings only shows "Small" & "Medium"

I really don't know, but the Nvidia driver automatically makes some adjustments, depending on what it is installed on. I suspect that they feel no one would want the large text on a small display.

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Please help us to troubleshoot the following problem in our Compaq NX 9000 Machine with Windows XP Professional Operating System:-

- An error shows with two options "Switch to" & "Retry" after booting the machine, which forces to press "Retry" button in the error window repeatedly and as you press this "Retry" button, "Start Menu" automatically opens and it then again asks to press "Retry" Button.

Thanks to all helping members.


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I accidentally pulled the plug out of my computer when it was in the middle of shutting down. Now that I've tried to reboot it, I get a screen saying:

Safe Mode
Safe Mode With Networking
Safe Mode With Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration
Start Windows Normally

Whenever I click on any of the options above, I always ends up back at the same screen, suggest the above options again. I've tried rebooting I again a few times but nothing works?

Any ideas?

A:Stuck on "Safe Mode"/"Last Known Good Configuration" Screen

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I've searched around the forums and all I can seem to find are people with one or two dead pixels (the absolute max I saw was 8). On the left side of my monitor, I have an extremely large amount of dead pixels. It's about the size of two quarters. It started out small (as a single pixel - then a single line - then a large blob). I've tried just about everything to get rid of it. I've tried massaging it out, using websites/software like, to no avail. I really don't have the money for a new monitor. Any ideas? Thanks!

Here is an image:[img=]

A:Solved: Large group of "dead"/"stuck" pixels

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FF049, , .HWPLLB1.CN1296167S5169.
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable

A:Solved: Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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Hi there I have noticed that my drive letters shown in disk management are different from those being shown in "list volume" in the windows recovery console command prompt. Below are some pictures, number one showing my current partition setup with the drive letters and number two-four showing what is shown in "list volume" in the windows recovery console command prompt.


NOTE: If I do a "list volume" in a non recovery console command prompt the drive letters are shown as they are shown in disk management.

A:Drive letter in "list volume" WRE is different from "My Computer" Fix?

I believe that is normal since the recovery console assigns letters based on which partition it sees first. It is not aware of the fact that the System Reserved partition doesn't get a drive letter assigned as does Windows.

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I've attempted to repair the computer using a windows xp cd.

The problem is I think I used an sp3 for an sp2 machine, now it's stuck in the blue screen with the little green dots in the right corner and on the 4th of 5 steps "Installing windows"

Have I ruined the computer?

Is there any way to pull information from it at this point?

Is there anyway to revert ?

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Listened to a french music website streaming new music. Afterwards, computer seized, 2 shortcuts added to desktop, default homepage reset. Upon trying to open new IE window, firewall requests to use Internet Explorer as a server. Try to open email, received the captioned DLL error messag.

Tried to shut down and reboot, received same DLL error message when trying to open IE and MS Outlook.

I'm running WindowsME, MS Outlook 2000 SR-1.

How do I go about restoring the computer to 7pm last evening before all these issues?

I'm also curious as to why Norton Antivirus and Zone Alarm did not detect this activity.


A:"COMCTL32.DLL Cannot Start" - "Error Starting Program"

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


A:Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE HELP)


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

A:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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Hello, TSG!

Just yesterday I was using the computer normally until I got a Blue Screen. Getting a blue screen is usually something normal that occurs to my every so often, so I didn't mind it and rebooted the computer normally. However, I got two more blue screens within the next hour. The 3rd time rebooting, my computer starts to act strange as if it had a virus. Upon powering up the monitor would just display a black screen with two lines about something --- which I don't remember, sorry --- and stayed like that unless I plugged out the power cord or held on the power button to shut down. Then when after a few tries it boots and displays a message "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" (and the same message for Drives 2 and 3) show up. Also it asks me to continue loading by pressing the F1 Key.

When Windows loads the first time, it displays a message saying a bunch of hardware has just been installed and ready for use. Also, my internal clock resetted itself back to Monday, November 07, 2005 (Which, if I recall, is the date when I got the computer) and my speakers do not work.

TL;DR Version
3 blue screens within a short time
Floppy disk fail
Drivers 1-3 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1-3

Anyway, I browsed through Google but I haven't seen anyone with both problems. I disabled my Floppy Disk Drive and that message doesn't show up anymore, but the others do and my computer still isn't fixed. I ran a vir... Read more

A:Solved: "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found" problem

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I am running Windows 8 64 bit

Apparently I scanned my system using full system scan (AVAST) and left my computer on thinking it would take for many hours. When I came back, my computer automatically shutdown because it was left standby for about 4 hours. I don't know if the scan was finished. When I try to boot, the screen gets stuck on "please wait" screen or "configuring windows. Do not turn off your computer".

I already tried going to System Recovery Options screen, then going to Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, but I tried everything there and still the issue persists even when I tried to boot in safe mode. I tried going to command prompt, and type sfc/ scannow but it says it can't scan right now. I also tried chkdsk / R but it says the same. I don't know how to run cmd as administrator from the System Recovery Options.

So now I tried to use system restore but I am stuck to the windows logo for about 1 and half hour. I don't know if I should wait for this or it is already stuck. In other forums I read, they used system restore with only the "C:" disk group connected. Should I also do this?

I am thinking to remove AVAST or somehow disable it.

Please help me.

A:[SOLVED] Stuck on &quot;Please wait&quot; screen or &quot;Configuring windows. Do not turn off your

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Do you have your Windows 8 CD?

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ok!!!!!!!!!! what is it and how do i fix it,,,, eyes crossed knees woobly help?????????????????????

A:[Solved] mplay32.exe,1"/play/close"%L"." and sndrec32.exe"%L"."

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I reformatted my computer about 4 weeks ago. Every week I've been doing routine maintenance. Ad/spy/virus check, follow by cleaning of Internet temp files, cookies etc etc.

After that I would do a scan disk and the last 4 weeks has been ok, it completed to phase 3.

Now for some reason it doesn't complete phase 2.

Anyway ideas?

Windows XP, Service pack 3 installed.

A:"Windows was unable to complete the disk check" Stuck on Phase 2

Hmmmm? I just cleared the cache, cookies, etc on firefox which is the default browser I use. Clicked scan disk and it completed pass phase 3.

What the is the relationship between clearing cache, cookies etc that makes scan disk work?. Because it seems I have to clear all those date before scan disk can be completed. Why?

I would have thought clearing cookies, history temporary files via control panel > Internet options > general clears all the data but it seems I have to clear it through firefox too? Why?

What the is the relationship between clearing cache, cookies etc that makes scan disk work?

Another thing. As I managed to complete scan disk. I decided to re check it just incase, at this point I was surfing the net reading some emails, etc and scan disk did not complete.


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Note: I can't take any screen shots because my problematic laptop won't even start up fully.

So as a bit of background, my 6-year-old Toshiba A505-S6005 laptop battery has been horrible for ages (as in my laptop MUST be plugged in at all times or else it will immediately spontaneously turn off without a proper shut-down. It also spontaneously turns off it it overheats or starts working too hard or something), so I don't use it very much - but it's where I keep all my music and movies, and I've been gradually transferring these files to other devices, which is why I still use it occasionally...

Anyway, 2 nights ago, I downloaded and installed updates, and after taking a while to install updates, it stayed on the "shutting down..." screen for a long time... And when I woke up the next morning, it was STILL on the "shutting down" screen - and it had been 8 hours by that point (I was actually very surprised that it hadn't spontaneously turned off overnight). So I did a force-turn-off because I thought it would start up ok.

Today, I turned on the computer figuring it would boot up ok. So we get to the start-up screen - it even spends a mere split second on the usual improper-shut-down-how-would-you-like-to-start-up screen (it usually spends 30 seconds on that screen) and it goes through "configuring updates," and this took a while, and then it went back to the "shutting down..." screen. And it was stuck there for about 20 minutes be... Read more

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I'm building an MAME arcade on a windows machine. To connect the joystick and arcade keys, I use IPAC4 Ultimarc controller. When windows is on and I connect the controller to USB, the controller is detected as a keyboard and everything works fine.
The problem is when I start the system and have the controller connected to the usb drive. The system is stuck at screen "Starting Windows" (even the 4 squares doesn't show-up). As soon as I unplug the controller the windows starts loading fine.
I have to plug the controller after windows is up.
I am looking for a solution to start windows without any issues and detect the controller automatically.
Appreciate any suggestions.

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I just bought my system and it will load the data but when it gets to the "Starting Windows" screen, it just sits there. I'm trying to do a clean instal of Windows 7 Ultimate Full 64.

I did hit the reset button the first time around. I'm feeling like that might be it but it still goes through the process like it is going to load then sits at the "Starting Windows" screen.

I did wait an hour before I began to think maybe something was not right in my BIOS but everything is regestering there. I'll even see the HD light up when it is first loading data but then it stops at the "Starting Windows" screen and doesn't ask for any info from me.

AMD Phenom II X6 Black Eddition
XFX5970 Black Eddition
Crucial Ballistix DDR3 4 gig
Western Digital Caviar 1.5T Sata

I had to use a older DVD player but it works. It is a Sony DVD/CD-RW.

So...did the reset muck thing up so that it won't load or is it something else?

A:Stuck at "Starting Windows"

You could try "last known good"

Using Last Known Good Configuration

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I have been using dell studio laptop since last 4 years. But since today morning it's getting stuck on Starting Windows screen. Have tried to start it in safe mood but it's not showing any advanced setup option after pressing F8 key. It shows only two option launch repair and start windows normally. Have tried to select launch startup repair option but it's showing blank blue screen after few minutes and then no progress. Please help me.

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows"

Please fill in your System Specs completely so we know what we are dealing with.

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I have just upgraded Vista Home Premium (SP1) to Windows 7 Ultimate, both 32bit. The Vista install I started with was clean. I upgraded instead of custom installed, because some of the drivers for my machine are hard to find.
After working fine, without apparent driver or software conflicts, startup started hanging at "Starting Windows."

For a while, it was possible to get in via Last Known Good Configuration, but mostly that doesn't work anymore.
Windows will boot occasionally, (directly or via Last Known) even when no settings have been changed in the last session.
Windows will boot every time, after chkdsk runs at boot. After that, it will hang again.
The situation was temporarily resolved(including clean bootlogs), for about 10 startups back to back, by moving the partition to another location on the harddisk. The odd thing is that neither chkdsk or other disk software finds disk or boot sector errors, nor did sfc find problems with system files. The Hitachi drive fitness test finds no problems.
Failure resumed when I tried to install software. (This software was not installed before, when the problem started and is not the cause itself, but may point to a problem with the boot data.)
I have seen several warnings that the system did not shut down cleanly, but the shutdowns seem clean.

Startup Repair - Can not find the cause.
Device Manager - No problems.
msconfig (services and startup) - Disabled half ... Read more

A:Stuck at "Starting Windows."

Hello Cavaldi, welcome to SF!

Please follow these instructions to post the info we need to help?

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I just ran "sfc /scannow", got the message "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log ...". I opened that with texteditor, and found 4
Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB of prncacla.inf ...

lines in the textfile. I read somewhere that one way to resolve this is to get the Windows 8 installation disk. However, I don't have that with me. What else can I do to fix this? Thanks

A:"Cannot repair member file " after running "sfc /scannow"


Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
sfc /scannow
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
sfc /scannow


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Dear all,

When installing the windows 7 yeasterday I came across an interesting thing, i'll try to be brief:

At a step where you choose the drive to install the Windows to, and format it when needed, I saw 2 "system", as they were called there, partitions/drives:

One is my SSD, which is where I would install win7,
The second one is just a regular HDD, which by no means could appear as "system" drive.

Well I thought Ok, nvm, let me install just like I wanted - on my SSD and forget about this thing. So i did after formatting the SSD.

Everything went totally fine with the system install, drivers etc., EXCEPT:

It doesn't boot from SSD, ALTHOUGH I did go to BIOS and changed the priority.
And even after that he kind a misses ssd.

I really can feel the difference in the speed of system loading.

And in Disk utility it shows 2 primary disks. One of them as said above is my HDD.

I didnt do anything to the HDD...

What is wrong?? I really would appreciate the help!!!

A:PC shows 2 "system" partitions/drives to install Windows 7. Help

What is wrong is that you had 2 hard drives connected when you installed Windows.

Bad idea.

Windows put your boot files on the HDD, not on the SSD.

How do you solve it?

Disconnect the HDD and do it over.

There are other ways to correct the problem, but that's what I'd do unless I had already spent a lot of time configuring and installing applications.

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First time posting here, so I apologize if I my post is too vague.

I started up my laptop (Alienware M14x, Windows 7 64 bit - not sure if it's Ultimate, Home Premium, etc...) yesterday and it displayed a message saying that Windows had failed to boot. I restarted and attempted starting it in Safe Mode and from the last good configuration and both failed, leaving me with the same screen with the two options of starting normally or running startup repair. I also tried disabling driver signature enforcement, which also failed to resolve the issue. I then ran startup repair and just let it go for about 8 hours and it just continuously "attempted to repair." I left it overnight and then let it keep going for most of my day today. Altogether, it was running startup repair for around 30 hours.

I forced a restart and made a system repair disc using another laptop (also Windows 7 64 bit). I booted with the disc and hit next on the language/country menu. Windows 7 showed up as a choice as my operating system, but I could not hit the next button (blue loading circle would replace my cursor whenever I dragged over the window). After a couple minutes, a window appeared that said something along the lines of "identifying disk." This window stuck around for about 5 minutes and when it disappeared I was taken to the system recovery options. On the top of this window it says "Operating System: Unknown on (Unknown) local disk." I do not have my Windows 7 i... Read more

A:Windows 7 will not boot, infinite startup repair loop + "unknown disk"

Work through the rest of the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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