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Vista boot screen/paths

Q: Vista boot screen/paths

i installed vista on a spare dock drive to test it out i decided i liked it so i ordered another drive for vista to run on then i backed up my storage drive and then formated the drive from a XpPro x64 OS and reinstalled vista on its own dedicated hdd the prob is when the installer reboots and it gets back to vistas boot screen it shows 1 xp boot path and 2 vista boot paths one works and the other doesn't but in the one that dose i get all kinds of missing file and corrupt file errors any ideas?
oh and is there anyway to speed up the vista install its kinda sluggish (normal?)
thanks in advance.

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there two windows xp professionals installe dmy pc .
How can I delete the second?

A:Boot Paths

Go to Start/Run and type msconfig go to the Boot.ini tab click Check All Boot Paths

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I am trying to show a friend how to use a used computer he purchased recently. I have done some exploring in his files and folders. My experience is limited to XP only; so some things look different to me. I found this path: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp\services.exe which seems odd. Is a temp folder where Vista would place services.exe, or does this indicate a problem?

Thanks for your replies,

A:vista paths

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I'm writing a batch file which calls a 32 bit .exe program. I want it to be compatible with the different Windows operating systems. The problem is that the path to "Program Files" is different depending which OS is being used. For instance:

I know the paths for these OS' since I use them:
- WinXP 32 bit: C:\Program Files\
- Vista 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\

Could some kind souls please tell me what the 32bit paths are for:
- WinXP 64 bit:
- Vista 32 bit:

And for Windows 7 also would be nice:
- Win7 32 bit:
- Win7 64 bit:


A:Need help with paths in XP and Vista.

Environment variable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Look down in the section called "system path variable" for %ProgramFiles%.

Some other good stuff on that page as well.


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Will the Windows Vista Upgrade path allow me to upgrade from 64 bit Home Premium to 32 bit Ultimate? I need to do this to use my legacy software without re-installing everything.

A:Vista upgrade paths

The last that I read, going from 32 to 64 required a CLEAN install. Based on that I would think that it would be the same for 64 to 32.

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After a bad recovery, I couldn't get a portion of windows to work. Went to Hp and microsoft both for the problem. Hp's suggestion on the matter, was to use F8, windows advance options. and select return to os choices.

Problem was I didn't know which to choose, nor, if I was following the right procedure. Would someone answer this please. Thank you


Xp pro sp2 Media center edition
os Xp pro, ie 6 after recovery

Boot. INi

[Operating systems]
Multi(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Windows="Windows XP media Center Edition"/noexecute=optin/fastdetect
C:\cmdcons\Bootsect.Dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'/cmdcons

A:Boot Ini paths screwed up after recovery

What appears from the first looks,
You should choose C:\Windows.

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I guess this may be a tiny bit off the subject here, but I am attempting this in windows 7.

I have a program file manager tool called 'Directory Opus' that is capable of calling windows external programs and passing them the current directory the file manager is sitting on.

So far so good.

Now I want to call a cygwin (linux/unix emulator for windows) terminal with that file manager.

Checking properties on the cygwin Icon I got the path: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -

So it is a path to a command and an argument to that command.

Actually I guess it is 2 arguments to a command since I think '-' in that position means to feed anything on STDIN to the command. At least that would be true in unix shell programming.

So using the Directory opus setup I pass this call:
[email protected]:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - <and here add {s}>'

So the call ends up:
[email protected]:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - {s}'

That call does just what it is supposed to. It passed the current file absolute address however cygwin terminal does not understand the windows path notation. If I were passing it: C:\subdir\blah\ It would just say 'No such file' Cygwin terminal wants to see /cygdrive/c/subdir/blah Or at least I think that is what is happing.

So to cut to the chase.... I'd like to put a little wrapper to Cygwin terminal in there with the code necessary to convert 'C:\subdir\blah\' to '/cygdrive/c/subdir/blah/'

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A:Dos paths and unix paths conversion

I would ask on specifically this forum:
General Software Discussion -

The reason is I know there are a bunch of DO aficionados, who also use Linux, on that forum. I've never tried DO myself. I have played around with CygWin. But it's been a few years.

If the site wants a donation to sign up just explain to Mouser why you want to post etc.. I think he'll be sympathetic.

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Hi all,
I find that the Windows 7 boot screen slows down the boot process on my machine. Is there a way to restore the old Vista scrolling loading bar? I know it's there as my netbook uses it.


A:Changing the Windows 7 Boot Screen back to Vista's boot screen

Boot manager is the same as in vista! It doesn't slow down your machine.
Or do you mean something different with "boot screen"?

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I have just changed from XP where I used random photos as my screensaver and I had the option to show the file path which was an effective caption. With photos going back many years it was always enjoyable as the photos brought back memories. I am now using Photos as my screensaver in Windows 7 but I can't find any way to show file path / captions. Can anybody help please?

A:How do I display file paths when using Photos as a screen saver

Welcome to Seven Forums romper. It can't be done natively in 7, but if you still have your XP PC, people report success in copying ssmypics.scr from their XP machine to the Window 7 C:\windows\System32 directory. Open the Screen Saver Settings window and select the My Pictures Slideshow option, and voil?!

A Guy

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I bought a Windows 8 laptop, ASUS Q500A, and reformatted it with Windows 7.
I went into the BIOS and used "Restore Defaults" and now all Boot Option Priorities are deleted.

Each time I boot the laptop, it automatically goes to BIOS (or UEFI).

I tried inserting the Windows 7 disc so I can access Startup Repair or Command Prompt but it freezes before it could get anywhere even when I tried it with an external CD/DVD drive.

I cannot get the laptop to boot to the hard drive or CD drive at all,
please tell me how I can reset the boot option priorities so it will be boot to the hard drive again.

Thank you.

A:Boot priorities and paths deleted after BIOS reset to default.

A Win8 PC needs Secure Boot turned off to Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.

If this fails or you'd prefer it you can Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7

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So I have had Windows XP Pro 64bit on a seperate hard drive for a while that I have installed first. I just decided today to partition my second hard drive and put Vista on it. The installation went fine.. but sometimes i get corrupted errors and the Main partition for Vista is listed as C when its listed as E in XP. This is causing problems. How can I make it so it stays E? This has been baffling me. Any help would be appreciated. thanks!

A:Dual booting XP and Vista is assigning wrong hard drive paths!! please help!


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My Dell computer is frozen and won't go past the splash screen. Pushing the function buttons for setup or the boot menu doesn't work so I can't change any settings or configurations. The computer also will not read the CD Rom drive so I can re-install the OS. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this? Thanks.

A:Vista doesn't boot past splash screen and can't access boot or set menus

Welcome, this definitely looks as if you have a hardware issue. Try this. See if by any chance you can do this : HD Diagnostic and this : Memory Diagnostics
Both of these are a bootable diagnostic check. Post back results please .

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I have looked through loads of other similar problems to mine but can't find an answer.

A couple of hours after a Windows update, I noticed my brand new laptop running very slow for something that should be a speed machine. I scanned it with antivirus, spybot, tuneup utilities, scandisk, and windows malicious removal tool. Nothing showed up!!

After a thorough scan disk effort everything seemed to work very well so I decided to make my acer restore disk just incase anything happened in the future so that i could boot form this dvd and be fine. Like a dumbass though I decided to move to a more comfortable spot which in turn managed to pull the power cable out of the laptop during the burn process. My battery was not in the machine so it killed the computer power. (pretty unbelievable when im reading this back but honestly this is what happened!!!)

Now Vista wont load up... It takes an age to get to username and password if ever, but then when i click to load it just goes to a black screen and nothing will show up. It stays like that for hours.

I just want to scrap everything on the system and start from scratch.

Its an acer computer and im pretty sure there is an option to restore laptop to factory settings but as i can't access windows i cant click on it to do this.

Ive used F8 and out of these options

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A:[SOLVED] Vista Will Not Load Black Screen - Pre Loaded Vista (No boot dvd/cd came wit

Hmm.. you have quite a problem there :/ you may need to put your laptop back to the original factory settings which i asume you already know how to do if you own the disk thts the only i can reccomend really if the OS isnt startinf back up propaly

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Need help here.

I have a HP laptop DV9543cl with 32bit Vista. Last Thursday (6/3/2010), Vista update icon showed up and asked me to install the update. As always, i did that. Once install was done, it asked for a reboot which i did. It started booting up again and when it finished Windows logo screen, it went blank and no display with all the other lights were in correct status. I waited for a long time before attempting a reboot. Since then i don't see anything on the screen after the initial BIOS screen (Which is also all jumbled up). I tried F8 (BIOS) and F11(Restore) but no screen. Don't know what to do but i am pretty sure that Laptop is working ok just not displaying anything. I am going to try Remote desktop on it now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Blank screen after initial boot screen for HP Laptop with Vista

have you tried ringing up HP support line?

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Hi have been running Vista Home Premium on my HP Presario SR212AUK. I had an involintary shut down due to a power cut, now it wont start, I have a blue screen error- page-fault-in-nonpaged-area stop:0x00000050. I have tried to reload the operating system from the MS CD, have "press any key to boot from CD" which it does the white bar moving across the screen "loading files" which terminates in the same blue screen error, same again when attempting to start in safe mode. Is it the hard drive that has failed?

A:Vista boot blue screen

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Dear friends;
I have a dual-boot system ( Windows Vista and Windows XP ).
Last day I installed a new software called Rollback Pro. (
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my computer.
after reboot my system I can log-in to windows Vista because during start-up progress I saw a blue screen error for
a secound and computer reboot automatically.
I tried to log-in to my windows by Safe-mode , Last good configuration and other options but I got the same error.
I tried to use Windows Vista Installer DVD to fix this problem by using "Start-up Repair tools" but it could not be
abale to fix my computer.
Now I want to know how can I fix this problem because I have a lot of information on my Vista.
Is there any other option that I can fix my probelm.
I will be glad if you could help me as soon as possible.
By the way, during use windows Vista installtion DVD I got a message that told me go to this site for more information;
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Mehdi Molavi

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I installed windows 7 but instaed of the 4 colours I get the Vista scroll bar on boot up. Does anyone have any suggestions have to change it ?? I have changed the screen resolution & made some changes using command prompt but no luck so far ???

A:Vista boot screen after 7 Install

What kind of install did you make
Upgrade or clean install?
If you did not have to reinstall programs, it was an upgrade
Do a clean install, instead.

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Help!!!! I get to the Gateway boot screen then my laptop shuts off. I cannot get to the safe mode screen after repeatedly pressing F8.

A:Vista turns on then off at boot up screen

Can you get into BIOS setup? Hit the F1, F2, or Del key (haven't used a Gateway in awhile so I'm not sure which key they use anymore to get into BIOS) as soon as you see the Gateway splash screen.

It should tell you which key to press to get into setup on that splash screen.

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Has anyone noticed that you can't use a custom boot screen in SP1? Prior to upgrading to SP1 I had a custom boot screen which worked fine in Ultimate x64. I upgraded and lost the ability to use a custom boot screen, whether it be my original custom screen or any other custom screen. Has anyone figured out how to do a custom screen in SP1?
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A:No GUI winload.exe.mui in Vista x64 SP1 Boot Screen

actually it still should work..i use tuneup utilities...and it customizes my Bootscreen automatically..i have done it the old way where you back it up and all...but this way is easier and it does it for you

not so sure how to upload it using this forum...sorry

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A:Vista SP1 blue screen on boot

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If yes, then you should install SP2 as well as check Acer's website for an updated wireless card driver to install.

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Gah! ....So frustrated (surprise, right?)

I've seen similar problems to mine here on the forums, but because I"m not especially tech-language savvy the responses weren't especially helpful - please forgive me if this has been thoroughly solved, I'm really only good enough on computers to get myself into trouble, and out of most of the time (with the help of tech gurus like those here on this forum...from the rest of us, thank you for being around!).

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In trying to troubleshoot it, I forgot to do a last good configuration option early on and it has not worked (though from what I've read, that might not have resolved this issue anyway). When I try to go into safe mode, it hangs on the files loading screen, again, indefinitely. I've tried a hard boot as well.

Beyond those options, I don't know enough about computers to know what the next step for me is and the ideas I've seen seem to come with more risk than what I've already tried - I just don't feel comfortable without some step-by-steps at this juncture

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Is there any way I can change the background picture on the Vista boot screen? I have tried Stardock's Bootskin but I really don't want to spend the money on the full program. Any suggestions?

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A:vista black screen on boot up

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Help... I have a situation on my HP m9370a PC where I'm stuck on the Blue screen on boot-up and cannot select any options on the blue screen (ie F9, F11 etc).
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The problem I have now is getting the machine to look at the CD drive at start-up! Obviously if I could get the key functions at the frozen blue screen I could change the BIOS settings to point to the CD drive at start up. I was wondering if there is a hardware jumper or such that may force a boot from CD??

Any ideas?


A:Vista Boot and Blue Screen

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A:Vista Black Screen On Boot

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When I boot my computer the "Windows Loading" icon is there for a long time, then after it disappears a black screen appears. The black screen is there for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile the computer makes a lot of noise. Then when the 10 minutes have passed the computer stops being very noisily and I get to my login screen. When I type in my password and login it is very slow. Then when I finally get to the desktop it is also very slow and "Explorer" starts freezing randomly and I have to restart it and hope, that the computer will start normally and not have a black screen for 10 minutes.

Sometimes when I boot my computer this problem does not occur, but mostly it does and it's been going on for a very long time.

The computer also crashes about once a day meanwhile I'm playing a 3D videogame.

A:Vista - Black Screen at Boot

Run a full antivirus scan
Download and make a full scan with malwarebytes. Be sure to update first

Try booting with a clean boot for testing
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Try to boot in safe mode, does the problem persist?

Are you using any virtual software; Daemon etc?

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A:Vista Will Not Boot, Blue Screen

Hello,Do you have a Vista DVD at hand, or if you don't have one, does tapping F8 and bringing up the Advanced boot menu options, include the Repair Windows option?If so, please try a Startup Repair

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My wife's laptop does not consistantly boot properly and will frequently give us a black screen, and hang there with the cursor in the center of the screen, just after the Microsoft caterpillar loading screen. It has been known to boot in safe mode. This time while in safe mode I managed to do a system restore, but my AVG anti-virus will not turn on. I know this is not BSOD, but posting here and using the BSOD scans seemed appropriate. Any chance you can help us straighten her computer out?

Here are some specs:

Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit
OEM version originally installed
Age of system and OS is about 5 years
OS not re-installed

CPU: AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Tech TL-60
Video Card: NVidia GeForce 7150M/nForce 630M
Motherboard: Quanta 30CF 85.26
Power Supply: (I used Belarc to find the motherboard, but cannot find power supply.)

HP Pavilion dv6700

I have attached the perfmon and output folder zips. Thank you, we appreciate all you can do for us.


A:Black screen, Vista will not boot

As a test lets try replacing AVG, D/L MSE free> Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows save to your desktop.
Then D/L the AVG removal tool> Download tools and utilities | AVG Worldwide
Remove AVG using the tool and install MSE, if this solves the issue you can then at later date try reinstalling AVG.

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8800 GT 512MB
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razer Deathadder mouse
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I'm stumped with this and need help.

I'm running a Dell Studio laptop with Vista (Service Pack 2). I can login normally, but instead of going to my desktop it takes me straight to Safe Mode: black screen with movable cursor and a window that says "Windows Boot Error." No error code.

The next window it gives me asks to scan the hard drive and the file system. If I choose "Yes," it scans, then comes back and tells me there is a hard disk error and I need to download the following updates.

It gives me no list of updates. If I click "Yes" to the download, the window goes away and it does nothing.

If I click "No" on either of these windows, it waits three seconds and then brings the window back up, starting from the "scan hard drive and file system" window.

If I clear the windows, I can use the 5-shift "Sticky Keys" window to get into my Windows Explorer, but only at five-minute bursts at a time.

My system was just purged not two weeks ago of the System Tool virus. Do I have another stupid virus on my machine, or is there something else going on? Thanks in advance.

A:Vista SP2: black screen, boot error

Sounds like a virus to me - none of what you describe sounds like legitimate Windows error messages.

To be sure, please follow these directions to post over in the malware forums: NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

If you're worried about your hard drive try this free, bootable hard drive diagnostics routine: HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

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My Vista crashes after booting up. I have just rebuilt the system to see if that would clear the problem but it has not.

After log-on , I get a blue screen and a system dump. After restarting, the computer may then go a long time before crashing again. It may not crash until it is turned off in the evening and restarted the next day.

The dump file says

Probem event Name: Bluescreen
OS version 6.0.6000.
Local ID 2057

BCP Code 1000008e
BCP1 C000001D
BCP2 975226FF
BCP3 820F0D74
BCP4 00000000
OS version 6_0_6000
Service Pack 0_0
Product 768_1

This has happened since the computer was new. Techguys say that ir must be a software problem but it happens on a clean install, so it must be something that has always been there, presumably.

Any advice on what to do next would be very welcome.

A:Vista crashes (blue screen) after first boot up

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Hi all,

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop with Vista Home Premium. I had just opened Avast to do a virus check when my screen froze. I restarted and after the Toshiba splash screen (but before any welcome screen) it boots to a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

If I type nothing happens.
F2 restart--set HD as 1st boot, still boots to blank screen with cursor.
F8 restart--still boots to blank screen with cursor.

I do not have a Windows Vista install disk or recovery disk.

Have tried booting with battery out and still boots to blank screen with cursor.

Any ideas on what to do?

Would a recovery disk help or would it just tell me nothing is wrong?

A:Blank screen with cursor--Can't Boot into Vista

Hi Gpnd.

First Try this.

Press Shift - F10 to open up a command prompt.

then type "Sfc /scannow" without the quotes.
If this doesn't fix it, Its possible that you have a hardware problem (probably hard drive).

Do you have a 2nd laptop or computer to use? We also need a USB flash drive, OR a blank CD.

We will install Ubuntu so you can save your files, and then do a quick scan.

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Hey everyone!

I've had an issue with my computer booting properly. I went from a 1:05 boot time to over a 2:00 boot because Vista go's to a black screen instead of loading my desktop.

I'm not sure where to start fixing this, I've always been good with computers and have tried all the text book fixes and I have no where left to go. I made a video which is uploading now and will be up incase this doesn't make as much sense as I'd hope.

I'm running an
Alienware Area 52
Intel Pentium D CPU 3.00 GHz
3 gigs of ram
ATI Radeon x1600

All my drivers are up to date.

Any help / input / advise is greatly appreciated!

A:Vista 32 Bit Black Screen of Death on Boot.

YouTube - Vista 32 Bit Black Screen of Death on Boot

there's the link!

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Hey guys, I hope this is the right section,

I had Grub and Kubuntu, then was done with linux for the time being, so i cleared the partition that it was on, and when i restarted grub was giving an error etc, so all i could find was my vista 64 cd, and after some reading on MS support pages, being that they used the same loader to fix it with that dvd.

So i ran this in the cmd prompt:

bcdedit /export c:\BCD_Backup
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

and everything was dandy, it fixed the loader.... but put the vista boot screen(the simplistic screen with the loading bar)

so i go access to my windows 7 iso, burned it, and re did the same process (but used the repair option first cuz it asked me and i figured it would be easier) and then ran the same commands to hopefully refresh the loader w/ the possibly newer windows 7 one(mainly for the boot logo)

but its still showing the old vista logo

i know this seems silly but how can i fix it back to the newer windows 7 one?

A:Boot screen reverted to vista after repair

Welcome to the forums ....Try opening a command prompt and enter scannow/sfc ... see if this will help... if not, the simplest way may be a clean install of windows 7....

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I have Toshiba Satellite Laptop which came with Pre-Installed windows Vista.

It had been working just fine until today.Now when I try to start it up the power light comes on and I can hear the HD working but there is no movement on the screen.Its black (Just like it is when the laptop is off).

The F8 key doesn't help either!
Ive downloaded the Recovery Disc but cannot get the system to boot from the CD Because I don't know how to change BIOS settings!

Thx in advance for your help!!

A:Vista fails to boot up...Black Screen!

You need a genuine Toshiba Recovery DVD.

Try F10, F2 or F12 during boot-up for BIOS screen. DVD drive must boot first.

BIOS screen will be similar to this -

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My Toshiba Satillite A205-S7456 with Vista home premium will not boot, when I try it gives me Black Screen and error 0xc00000034 tried safe boot, repair disk nothing works, I need help please.

A:Will not Boot, Vista Black Screen error

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I'm not really sure if this should go here or under the Vista section, because I don't know if it's a software or hardware problem. I'm running a GQ5140 desktop from frys (I know it's not the best rig) with a Celeron D processor, 1.5 gb of ram, I have a eGeForce 7200 GS, 80gb internal harddrive, 500gb WD external drive, a CD RW/DVD Rom, with Vista Home Basic. Even though it doesn't have the best specs, it runs my older games and I can even play Ovlivion on it with out too much trouble. I haven't had many problems with it before.
Just recently I really wanted to play Assassins Creed, and I noticed I would have to upgragde my Ram if i tried to play it on Vista. But on Xp it only needs 1gb of ram to play. So i decided to take my Xp Pro disk from my older computer and install it beside Vista. I partitioned my external drive (I decided to give Xp about 80gb), I installed EasyBCD (I might have done this too early, the info i had said to install it after I installed my other OS and repaired Vista). I read all the warnings about how Vista doesnt like dual booting and all that stuff, but me being the stupid person I am decided that I wasn't going to have any problems. And so i restarted my computer and booted from the Xp disk. I told it to install it on my X: drive (what i decided to name it) and it seemed to go through the setup fine. After the setup it rebooted and the Bios information came up as per usual (I guess it's called the POST sc... Read more

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Hey. I'm having a bit of trouble with my PC; I boot it up, it goes through the usual information, goes through the vista loading bar with the bits scrolling left to right and then goes to a black screen with the cursor which is movable in place of the vista pearl that is supposed to show up.
I've left the computer for hours to see if it was perhaps just being slow but no cigar.

This started happening after I was playing World of Warcraft and my computer locked up/froze and I ad to reset it. On resetting this black screen after loading bar problem started. Note that the monitor does not go into sleep, there is no error message on screen like 'Out of Range' 'No signal' it just stays black with the cursor which I can whizz around the screen in frustration

Recently (a bit over a week ago) I upgraded my graphics card and psu to:

Jeantech Storm 700w PSU
XFX Geforce 9600GT 512MB GDDR3 Alpha Dog Edition

I had no problems with either until yesterday which seems a little strange to me. My OS is Vista SP1 32 bit. I've tried booting to safe mode, with the same results as booting normally. Anyone know anything on this problem? I have googled to no avail as I have seen several 'solutions' to problems identical to mine but with the variety of the solutions I can't help but think I should come to a forum like this and get more advice.

Thanks to everyone who helps me! Will.

A:Black screen after Vista loading bar at boot

Bump for shame.

Need help real bad. Thanks guys :)

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hi all i have a problem when vista is booting up past the loading bar screen sometimes not always the system kinda hangs when about to boot into desktop?, a mouse pointer appears and the screen is black for about 30-45 seconds then the vista circle icon appears then desktop loads?
is this a known problem or just my system?

Many thanks in advance

A:Vista black screen when about to boot into desktop?

The HP Website has the following support article:

? HP Notebook PCs - Black Screen Appears for 2 Minutes after Welcome Screen Displays - c01271669 This document describes what to do if the notebook display shows black screen for a prolonged period of time after the welcome screen displays.

See: HP Notebook PCs*-* Black Screen Appears for 2 Minutes after Welcome Screen Displays*In short, it says to update the Recovery Manager program. Did it. Didn't work.

I then came across a posting that stated that the same problem had been fixed by removing a special character from the computer name. The Costco Concierge techs who re-installed the OS on my machine last week gave it the name "Owner-PC" and I hadn't bothered to rename it yet. I thought it was a long shot that renaming my machine would fix the 90+ second black screen between the Welcome page and Desktop, but it worked. I gave my machine a name with no spaces or special characters and the "fix" seems to be permanent.

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whenever I put on my Vista SP2 PC, immediately after the welcome screen comes on a blue screen(without any error message) comes on for like sveral minutes before the desktop appears. While the blue screen is on the mouse is visible on the screen and can move but nothing comes uip or happens when I left or right click.
My PC is also very slow even though I do a disK clean up or defrag every two weeks. Sometimes a black screen appears then after a while the blue screen reappears with a message like "preparing computer for crash dump" appears before it shuts down complete.

A:Prolonged Blue screen at boot up on Vista

Hi and welcome to TSF please follow the instructions here

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I need help getting this Vista laptop to boot back into windows. It had a virus once removed it would no longer boot. I'm thinking the boot process is messed up because when it starts up it shows in the boot selection WINPE RAMDISK and Vista Home Premium. Well when I goto WINPE it takes me to the recovery manager so I ran sfc /scannow, chkdsk and claims to have fixed some errors. Well try to boot into the main OS and still just sits at a black screen after the loading screen and before the login screen and can move the cursor in normal boot and safe mode. I've found some possible solutions of pressing ctrl+alt+dlt and nothing happens, tried pressing shift 5 times get the sound but still shows nothing. I cant reformat it yet until I get the files backed up. I tried using the file backup system in the recovery manager but onces its done gathering the files it says to insert USB and I do but won't ever recognize it. I've tried inserting it before the file scan and same ending result. I've checked the BIOS to make sure USB was enabled but I believe the virus is preventing me from fully accessing the BIOS can't get off the main to view anything else. Its weird though because it just let me view everything a few minutes prior now it won't let me. I've tried boot fix and all that stuff and no go still stuck. Needing help!

A:Vista will only boot to black screen with cursor

You can try this Back Up Data without Booting to Vista[11]=Backup%20Restore

There is another way using the vista disc. But I can not find it.

Hope I was some help.


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hello, I guess not many of you have come up with this weird problem.
I have installed Windows 7 build 7000 in a couple of PCs , everything fine.

I have installed it on a netbook (LG X110, its the same with MSI WIND U100), and upon boot, the boot screen is the old Vista animated boot screen, with the green bar loader at the bottom. No new W7 boot screen.

I guess it has to do with the screen size of LG X110 (10") which also causes screen detection issues in other OS's (e.g. Backtrack 3), but is there an option where I can FORCE the resolution/screen size so that it will show the correct boot screen??

Thank u all,



A:Windows 7 bld7000 has vista boot screen!

What boxes are ticked when you run msconfig>Boot?

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I have Toshiba Satellite Laptop which came with Pre-Installed windows Vista.

It had been working just fine until today.Now when I try to start it up the power light comes on and I can hear the HD working but there is no movement on the screen.Its black (Just like it is when the laptop is off).

The F8 key doesn't help either!
Ive downloaded the Recovery Disc but cannot get the system to boot from the CD Because I don't know how to change BIOS settings!

Thx in advance for your help!!

A:Vista fails to boot up...Black Screen!

usually press delete on start up or look to see if a flash up appears on screen saying something like press f12 to configure
anyhow if delete button works go to bios go to boot up config and enable cd rom

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Gateway LX6810
Vista Service Pack 2
Q8200 Core 2 Quad
8GB RAMClick to expand...

I'll try to keep this short.

My computer was acting fine then I got a message from Windows Essentials saying a required restart was needed to finish an update. I exited the message as I was doing something a restarted 15 minutes later. When I restarted it went through the normal shutdown cycle then the monitor turned off. But the computer stayed on. I figured this was part of the update and it would shut down in a minute. After about 15 minutes it still didn't shut off so I shut it down manually. When I restarted it, it got to the welcome screen and it went to a blue screen. I thought it was a one time thing so I restarted it again and the same thing happen. I tried safe mode and the same thing happen.

One time the computer started it got to the desktop but wasn't acting right at all. I saw a message from Windows Essentials saying "A full system scan is required to finish threat removal." This was the first time I saw any evidence of a threat." I clicked scan but the computer was not responding.

I cleaned out the computer of dust, the cpu fan I believe (see screenshot below) accumulates a lot of dust and has been the cause of random shut offs once before. I saw a large amount of dust deep inside by the fan so I unscrewed it and blew out all the dust. I put it back together and tried again with no luck.

Here is the blue screen that comes up
0x000000D1 (0x0a0 0x02.... Read more

A:Windows Vista Blue Screen - Cannot Boot

re seat your ram
re seat graphics card

re boot

if no good try to access safe mode press f8 on start up advanced options safe mode if successful go to device manager and see if any red Xs reinstall that if there

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Ok, I'll try and get to the point, this is a long issue and I am quite simply fresh out of ideas. I have had no problems booting vista to date before experiencing this. I'm normally pretty aware of having the newest updates for my laptop, whether that be updated hardware drivers or windows updates.

Yesterday, whilst searching the internet, I downloaded the trial version of Alcohol 120%, a cd burning software. I got it from the offical site. As I ran the install, and 'OK'ed all the UAC warnings the computer stalled and promptly crashed. I had time to notice a windows update icon running in the startup bar, but was not sure at the time if that was related...

The computer reset with the error recovery screen, and I chose the 'Start Windows Normally' option. The computer went through to the startup screen, I typed in my password, it loads up my desktop to the point where there is a single icon in the taskbar and then promptly throws up a jittering blue screen. The computer restarts again. No matter what I try, it blue screens on this point and restarts.

Now despite a pretty dim view I have of Vista, one thing I heard it excelled in was data recovery options. Yet none of these help me. I have already done the following to end up witht he same result:
1. Running in Safe Mode (w/ Networking and w/ Command Prompt)
2. Running from the recovery console and the Vista DVD the Startup Repair package
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A:Vista Blue Screen/Boot Issue

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0) Run msconfig command and sign the "No GUI boot" option under boot options.
1) Use Vista Visual Master to generate winload.exe.mui with the image you like.
2) Backup the original winload.exe.mui in the C:\Windows\System32\#localelanguagedirectory#

#localelanguagedirectory# = (for example) en-US . fr-FR , it-IT ... u'll know to be in the right one if it has about 1100-1200 files in it. Mine is es-US so u'll read en-US in this topic.

3) Copy the new generated winload.exe.mui in this directory.

4) Restart PC.

Now if u get it working : CONGRATULATIONS !

If u don't you are just like me, then follow these further istructions :

5) Run bcdedit command ... u'll notice there is a missing line in the Boot Loader .

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {91e89640-f856-11dc-beca-ef095f0eef8a}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30
Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {91e89640-f856-11dc-beca-ef095f0eef8a}
nx OptIn
quietboot Yes"

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A:[Solution] Modding boot screen with Vista SP1 (32 & 64 bit)

There's a free program available now that makes doing this a lot easier.

Boot Screen - Change

Hope this helps,

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our laptop is a hp pavilion running windows vista. the battery ran down to the point that we needed to recharge it, but the power cord was frayed and the power kept fluctuating from wall plug to battery and finally it was so problematic that we couldnt get the battery charged back up. so we ordered a new power cord and battery which arrived today. during this time we could get to the desktop sometimes, but then the pc would shut off....i figured it was from lack of power.

installed the new battery and attached new power cord, it booted up to desktop and my husband started to use it, but it shut itself off again. we have been unable to get it to boot up again. it will start and restart several times, doesnt matter if i hold f8 or not. it will "start" and stay on a black screen if i hold down ctrl-alt-delete. cant get to a cursor or any text. tried to boot it up with laptop recovery disc, got nothing, just black screen. not sure it even tried to run the disc, but it did feel like it was

hooked it to a monitor to see if that was the problem, no good, same results.
help; i'm at the end of my knowledge base.
thanks so much.

A:Windows Vista black screen on boot

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After updating my Vista to SP1, or whatever auto-update shoved at me, vista is presenting me with a black screen with a cursor for somewhere between 5 and 20 minutes before showing me the windows icon shining and the following login screen.
Anyone has an idea of why this might be?

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I have a Toshiba laptop running Vista. It was working fine before. Today I took it out and tried to boot it. It couldn't boot up. I pressed the power button, and it was ON. however, nothing showed up on the screen, not even the BIOS/manufacturer logo. And no beep sound either. I tried to connect it to another monitor, no help. I took out the HDD and RAM. no help either. Does anyone know what happen, and help me? Thank you very much.

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I am not sure if I posted this in the right place, if someone could direct me, or if this is the right place, ugh, I hate being a n00b :/.

So here is my problem:

Before I begin, I am sorry for signing up and the first thing I do is ask for help, I really should give before I get. I'll get right to it, again, sorry.

There is this whole huge thing about me getting a video card then getting a power supply and it not working and what-not, but alas, I will not bore you, and since I am unsure of the attention span of the people in this forum, I would say I have about a paragraph or so before I lose my readers so here I go.

Since I lost the connection form the video card to the power supply (a 6-pin connector sort of splitting into two 4-pin connectors that connect to the power supply), I ordered one from "newegg" and it came today, thinking all of my problems would go away I quickly connected it, but then I connected the monitor to the video card and booted it up, it showed a black screen, the monitor was working, the light was on, the computer was working that yellow light was blinking, but there was a black screen. So, I started to boot up and shut down over and over and moving the connectors from the video card making sure they were all connected and I think I made the problem worse because whenever I connect the 6-pin to video card and power supply and start it up, it doesn't even turn the screen on, it blinks, the yellow light doesn't turn ... Read more

A:Black boot-up screen on Windows Vista

Your power supply might not be sufficient to power your new graphics card whatever it is. Disk boot failure could be a failed hard drive or possibly insufficient power to the hard drive.

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I'm having quite a severe problem with my laptop and I'm hoping somebody might be able to help me find a solution! My laptop won't boot - it gets past the Fujitsu Siemens splash screen and then just gives a blinking underscore in the top left corner. I have tried several things already:

Pressing F8 to try to boot to safe mode. There is a slightly longer loading time then I get the same blinking cursor and no boot menu.
Changing the boot order (putting the hard drive as the prority). No change.
Pressing F10 to access recovery options. Same symptoms as pressing F8.
Booting from my friend's recovery disk (I have either lost mine, or never made one - can't remember). Wouldn't let me use the disks on my pc.

I have a recovery partition on the hard drive but don't know how to access it. I'd really appreciate any help as it would be difficult for me to afford a new laptop right now! Also, could anyone suggest whether it's likely to be a software or hardware problem? I'm considering buying a new Vista disk or XP (might be cheaper) and using this to access the recovery partition - but not much point if the HDD is broken!

Thanks in advance for any help!

One more thing - I never installed any service packs, not sure if that makes a difference.

A:Vista won't boot (blinking cursor after splash screen)

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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I'm having quite a severe problem with my laptop and I'm hoping somebody might be able to help me find a solution! My laptop won't boot - it gets past the Fujitsu Siemens splash screen and then just gives a blinking underscore in the top left corner. I have tried several things already:

Pressing F8 to try to boot to safe mode. There is a slightly longer loading time then I get the same blinking cursor and no boot menu.
Changing the boot order (putting the hard drive as the prority). No change.
Pressing F10 to access recovery options. Same symptoms as pressing F8m
Booting from my friend's recovery disk (I have either lost mine, or never mad one - can't remember). Wouldn't let me use the disks on my pc.

I have a recovery partition on the hard drive but don't know how to access it. I'd really appreciate any help as it would be difficult for me to afford a new laptop right now! Also, could anyone suggest whether it's likely to be a software or hardware problem? I'm considering buying a new Vista disk or XP (might be cheaper) and using this to access the recovery partition - but not much point if the HDD is broken!

Thanks in advance for any help!

One more thing - I never installed any service packs, not sure if that makes a difference.

A:Vista won't boot (blinking cursor after splash screen)

Whats the brand and model of the laptop. If we can find the correct manual, it will tell us how to access the recovery partition.

Can you borrow a Vista DVD from someone? You can boot with it and do a Startup Repair.

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I'm having quite a severe problem with my laptop and I'm hoping somebody might be able to help me find a solution! My laptop won't boot - it gets past the Fujitsu Siemens splash screen and then just gives a blinking underscore in the top left corner. I have tried several things already:

Pressing F8 to try to boot to safe mode. There is a slightly longer loading time then I get the same blinking cursor and no boot menu.
Changing the boot order (putting the harddrive as the prority). No change.
Pressing F10 to access recovery options. Same symptoms as pressing F8m
Booting from my friend's recovery disk (I have either lost mine, or never mad one - can't remember). Wouldn't let me use the disks on my pc.

I have a recovery partition on the hard drive but don't know how to access it. I'd really appreciate any help as it would be difficult for me to afford a newlaptop right now! Also, could anyone suggest whether it's likely to be a software or hardware problem? I'm considering buying a new Vista disk or XP (might be cheaper) and using this to access the recovery partition - but not much point if the HDD is broken!

Thanks in advance for any help!

One more thing - I never installed any service packs, not sure if that makes a difference.

A:Vista won't boot (blinking cursor after splash screen)

Hi and welcome to TSF did you set the cd\dvd drive as first boot device when you tried the disc,you can get the manual from here support Fujitsu that should tell you the key combo to access the recovery drive

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Hi everyone:

I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Vista. Days ago I remember downloading something that made my laptop reboot. Upon rebooting, I still can't get past the bios screen. (Actually I do, but only to a black screen with a blinking cursor.) I've pressed F12 to change the boot order to CD Drive. Ive inserted a vista bootable disk in and heard it spinning and working. Seconds later, I get an error along the lines of, "Not a bootable disk, press X to retry". I've tried the test that is available in the F12 setup, but no errors were detected.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dala

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I am running Vista SP2. When I boot, I can get to the log-in screen, but once I enter my password it just hangs. I've tried running system restore from both safe mode and safe mode with command prompt, but when it shuts down after system restore again it just hangs. Not sure what to do from here. Any suggestions?

A:Vista Won't Boot Past Login Screen - Won't Restore Either!

So I was able to system restore, but still the same log-in problem. Sometimes, When I click I user account, it will hang and not even allow me to type in my password. Maybe somehow the log-in screen in screwed up. I don't know.

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I'm using Vista Home Premium. Last night I just got rid of a virus (Antivirus 2009) and installed a new antivirus program (avast). I restarted a couple times, then went into safe mode, then shut off the computer. This morning I couldn't get it to boot, not even in safe mode. Everytime, it would make it past the loading bars, and then the screen would turn black, and there would just be the cursor there, with the little loading circle flashing.

Can someone tell me what is wrong? Or at least, can someone tell me how to get around this and boot up my computer at least once so that I can try system restore?

A:Vista won't boot; black screen with cursor appears before log-in

At this point the only thing I would suggest is resetting your BIOS by clearing your CMOS jumper on the motherboard.

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I have a toshiba L300D-202 laptop with windows vista home premium SP1. Everything was fine, except I was having trouble backing up some data and was advised to run CHKDSK to fix any possible hard disc problems.

I ran CHKDSK but it tooks about 5-6 hours. Then after it had finished, it just stalled, so I left it for a while. I gave up in the end and cut the power. Now whenever I switch the laptop on I get the initial toshiba screen, but then Vista won't boot and just get a non responsive black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner.

I tried using the recovery disc. That shows a white bar loading windows files (from the cd), then the short green bar loading windows, but then goes to a totally black screen that doesn't respond at all.

I'm totally stuck! Any help or ideas for this one?


A:Vista Won't Boot At All (black screen blinking cursor) Any Help?

I wonder about your hard drive.
Try these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics: (read the details at the link) (read the details at the link)

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i cant egt Vista to boot up ?
last night i installed acrobat 9.1 then shut down. went to boot up again and no OS ??? all i get ia a screen with the ASUS logo ??
the laptop is making a dnnn, dnnn, dnnn sound for a wile and it will give me the first few notes of the windows tone, then nothing. after a wile the ASUS screen is replaced with

reboot and select proper Boot device
or insert boot medie in selected boot device and press a key_ (the _ is blinking)

no matter what key i press, it just repeats above message.
the computer is 9 days old. i have been in the bios and reset to factory setting as well as tried user settings. checked to see that the hard drive was on the boot location list ( it is )
i do not have a Vista CD just a ASUS recovery CD ( with Vista on it )

i would love to not lose my info at at all possible, so i am trying to find an option that dose not cause me to recover and lose every thing ??
F8 dose nothing, F2 gets me into BIOS setup.
no other keys seem to do anything on start up ???

cant seem to get into safe boot up or safe mode. after the computer gets to the reboot screen the dnnnnn,dnnn,dnnn stops ?

any help would be great
thanks a billion

A:vista wont boot , all i get is maker name on black screen ???

You can try a sytem restore to before the problem occurred. If this doesnt work for you re-install may be required.

Boot off your recovery disk, and see if it has advanced recovery utilities. You will be looking for System restore. If not, try this (one moment while I pull up the tutorial for creating advanced recovery utility disk.

Follow Instructions provided for creating Recovery Disk. You will then place the recovery disk in drive, restart, at "hit any key to boot from disk" hit a key, and boot into recovery disk. Click System Restore. Follow prompts to restore to a point Before the problems occured. DO NOT USE REGISTRY CLEANERS!, and install a top of the line antivirus/antimalware program, and I recommend using Windows Defender also.(malware may be part of your problem)

Create a Vista recovery Disk to Access Sytem Recovery options

Both of these programs are top of the line:Vista SP1 Antivirus Performance or:New NOD32 4 & Smart Security 4 Released!!!
(I recommend Eset's NOD32 Antivirus/Antispyware version 4.0 with Windows Defender):
Free Eset NOD32 online scanner/cleaner
Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir (download)
Eset NOD32 Antivirus 4 (64-bit) (download)

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Okay, bear with me, as this may be a little long. A friend was going out of town last weekend, so he shut his computer down and unplugged it before he left. It was working fine at this point. When he got back home, and started it up again, after the BIOS loaded, it went straight to a black screen and wouldn't budge.
Anyway, he called me for help, and I figured it would be a simple fix, just use the Vista cd and do a Startup Repair on it. Easy, right? Wrong. I forgot that the DVD player in his system has an issue and won't read disks. So, I took his computer to my house, removed the HDD, and installed it in my computer. Before I go on any further, the computer that was having the issue is a Dell Inspiron 531 running on an AMD Athlon X2 (not sure of the exact speed, but it came with Vista preinstalled from Dell, so I'm assuming it meets the minimum requirements), and the one that I was going to use to fix the issue is a Dell Dimension E510, running a Pentium 4 3.0Ghz and 2.5Ghz of RAM.
So, I put the Vista cd in my DVD player, changed the boot sequence, and booted off the cd. Now, when it got into the repair utility, it did NOT list the Vista OS for me to repair it. It said something about (paraphrasing) "... if your OS is not listed, load the drivers for your HDD. Please select the source of the drivers for your HDD to install..." or something to that effect. I have no idea what the drivers would be called, or where to look for them. Besides, it was my underst... Read more

A:Vista Ultimate won't boot up (black screen of death)


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Hi everyone,
Hoping I can get some help from someone.  Here's my story:
I went to shut down my computer and noticed it had 16 updates so I shut down and let it do it's updating. 
When I went to turn it on later I got a black screen.  So, I took the battery out and put it back in and turned it on. 
I got to a screen that had two options, one was to repair the computer and the other was to start the computer
normally, I chose to repair the computer.  After the repair processing completed I received an error message
stating the computer could not be repaired.  The only option I had was to shut it down.  I wanted to try one more
time so I turned it on again and I tried tapping F8 so I could do a system restore but nothing happened I just got
a black screen. 
It was working perfectly fine before the damn updates.  Does anyone have any idea why this happened and how to
fix it.  I really can't afford another computer or even to take it in to get it repaired.  I think I can do it myself if I can
get a little guideance from the forum. 
Thanks so much for the help.  
P.S.  I don't have the installation disc

A:Can't get my computer to boot up. (Acer - Black Screen - Vista)

What model Acer system is this?

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Hi Folks,

I have a pretty serious problem. My computer (vista 64 bit) won't boot. He starts loading windows, then he just goes into a blue screen(flashes can't write down info or see it its fast). I tries running start up recovery from dvd and system recovery, both dont do anything and either fail or jsut have no effect on the problem.

Help would be greatly appreciated as I have been sitting at this problem for a very very long time.


A:Vista Boot Error (Blue Screen On Start Up)

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Dear, it's my first time i write here because it's the first time I'm experiencing such problem.
i will start from the beggining:
My pc is not able to boot anymore. after i have disabled the automatic restart on system failure i got the following blue screen:

STOP: c0000135 ? The program can?t start because consrv is missing. Try resintalling the program.
I have tried to search the net and it seems to be an effect of ZeroAccess MAX++
i have tried to get access to system registry with a windows vista installation dvd
but the problem is that after the pc loaded windows files from the dvd

it start to load windows

but then it stuck on a black screen. and nothing more happen.

at this point i really don't what to do to try to solve this problem.

please help me.
i wish to thanks anyone who will spend time to help me.

A:Impossible to boot windows Vista - blue screen

please close this thank you

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Ok, so I don't know how this happened but a while before the keyboard and mouse started malfunctioning on the vista computer. Over the weekend, I don't know how but the computer will not boot properly anymore. Nothing happens! I load the computer, it manages its way to the load screen and the green progress thing moves and stops after about the 8th loop. I can't use any recovery tools because it freezes on boot. Safe mode doesn't load, it loads all these files and just stays stuck. I tried a CMOS reset, I tried a lot of things and I don't know what to do.

I would appreciate any and all help! Thank you.

A:VISTA Computer hangs on boot (right on the loading screen)

It could be a failing hard drive. I would go to your web site for your hard drive manufacturer and download the diagnostic tools for DOS. This way you can run it when you boot your computer.

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I tried to install Windows Vista a few days ago and it must not have liked something about my system because it persistently froze up during the installation. The trouble is, it got far enough in to give me this dual boot menu at startup asking if I want to boot into vista installation, or windows XP. I've already formatted the drive with the vista installation, and I checked in the boot.ini file, but there's nothing there about it.

Any ideas?

A:Vista failure and an obnoxious dual-boot screen

I am assuming you are asking how to remove the dual boot screen. Try right clicking on My computer and goto properties. Then under the advanced tab click on settings under Startup and recovery. From here you should be able to select your default OS and delete boot options.

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This is my daughters laptop:
Toshiba Satelite A300 - O/S - VISTA - Intel Centrino

She was chatting on facebook when the pc came up with the dreaded blue screen: message below:
I have tried rebooting normally/safe mode comes up with the same blue screen could anbody please HELP? THANKS

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
if this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps

check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed, if this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

if problems continue disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.

Technical information

STOP: 0X00008086 (0X00000000, 0X00000000, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

A:Blue Screen - X00008086 unable to boot VISTA

Most often this error points to problems with the storage controller on the system, but it's possible that it could point to any Intel component who's driver has been coded with this error.

So, in short, I'd start with these free, bootable diagnostics. The hard drive test will tell us if it's the hard drive (or, if not, then we suspect the storage controller):


I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests. They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)
If you find hardware issues, here's a link to the hardware forums: Hardware Support - Tech Support Forum

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
If you find malware, here's a link on how to post in the Security Center: NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

Beyond that, it's possibly malware related (I've seen the TDSS rootkit do this), or it's due to corrupted startup files (running Startup Repair from the S... Read more

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Well i got through the whole vista installation to the point it reboots and then the flashing green line across the screen shows up, then nothing , just a black screen and a no signal input sign on the screen, i updated the bios and tried again, it got a little furthur i got some txt telling me to wait until it had finished installing as if it was almost there then it went again back to the black screen, has anyone any clue why this is, this is the pc spec

Advent 3119 PC
CPU Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz (Northwood)
BIOS Phoenix-Award BIOS. Press the Delete key to enter.
Motherboard ECS SF2
Memory 512 MB DDR RAM - PC2700
Hard Drive 80GB Maxtor 6Y80L0
CD Drive Lite-On XJ-HD166 16x(48x) DVD-ROM
Lite-On LTR-52327S 52x CD-RW
MC Reader Flash Memory Card Drive (7 in 1)
Video Card nVidia GeForce FX 5200 (128MB) 64bit
Sound Card Realtek AC'97 audio
Speakers Advent SP-120N
Modem Conexant PCI HSPi V.92 (CX11252-11)

any ideas appreciated as im at a loss as to what it could be now

A:vista installation black screen wont boot up.

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Window Vista on boot screen goes black with arrow.

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Let me start off by saying thanks for any help i am truly stumped on this. I downloaded a image burning utility(I think it was called ISOBURN) to my friend's VISTA pc. I then used this utility to burn one image to a disk and then uninstalled the program.Later that day the system was rebooted and it didnt boot to VISTA like it should it booted to what appears to be a WINDOWS98 boot selection screen that lists different booting options(such as NORMAL or SAFEMODE or command prompt).This system has never had WINDOWS98 on it and all selections from this screen result in an error stating the system couldn't find the appropriate files and to designate their path.It seems like the image burning program I downloaded somehow altered the system's boot file and now the system is trying to boot to windows98 but because there is no windows98 on it it goes to the boot selection screen where i get stuck.I have used the recovery tools on the Vista recovery disk to get to the command prompt where i can see that the vista install and all my files are still there.I rolled back the registry from the command prompt and restored the computer to an earlier date but this didnt fix the problem.Once again THANK YOU for any help it would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Dear, it's my first time i write here because it's the first time I'm experiencing such problem.i will start from the beggining:My pc is not able to boot anymore. after i have disabled the automatic restart on system failure i got the following blue screen:STOP: c0000135 ? The program can?t start because consrv is missing. Try resintalling the program.I have tried to search the net and it seems to be an effect of ZeroAccess MAX++i have tried to get access to system registry with a windows vista installation dvdbut the problem is that after the pc loaded windows files from the dvd it start to load windowsbut then it stuck on a black screen. and nothing more this point i really don't what to do to try to solve this problem.please help me.i wish to thanks anyone who will spend time to help me.

A:Impossible to boot windows Vista - blue screen

Hello, this problem is caused because your computer was infected with a rootkit: one component was deleted, but Windows still wants to load it, hence the blue screen.Download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool x64 and save it to a flash drive.On a working computer, press Windows key + R and type notepad, press enter. Please copy the contents of the code box below into Notepad. To do this highlight the contents of the box and right click on it. Paste this into the open notepad. Save it on the flashdrive as fixlist.txt
SubSystems: [Windows] ==> ZeroAccess
NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on that particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating systemPlug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. Insert the Windows DVD.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File m... Read more

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what on earth were they thinking?

plain black screen with © 2006 Microsoft and the load bar and that's it, doesn't even have Windows Vista Home Premium and/or the window logo really realy crap. At least XP has Windows XP on the bot screen.

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If this is the wrong forum, where does this go???
Last week I started up my computer and right before the logon screen was supposed to show up, it just restarted. (I guess it was a blue screen?) It told me that Windows failed to start the last time and it asked me if I wanted to use Startup Repair. Since I had nothing to lose, I just went ahead. So then it kept saying "Your computer was unable to start" and it asked me if I wanted to do system restore, but I thought that would be useless, as half of the time System Restore in Windows Recovery Environment doesn't work for me!!1 It really wasn't doing anything, so I just went ahead and turned the computer off. So when I started it up, instead of Starting Windows, I see the Windows Vista boot screen. Oddly enough, it's faster than the normal boot screen. Now, before anyone asks me if anything related to Vista is on my computer, the answer to that question is no. All I really want to know is how to restore it back to the Windows 7 boot screen. I tried bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US, but that didn't work. I would have tried bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-US, but I didn't want to run into any problems.

Are there any other ways to fix this? Not that it's a problem or anything, it just looks... wrong.

Thank you in advance for any answers.


If you ask if I'm able to start my computer now, the answer to that is yes.

A:Computer starts up with Windows Vista boot screen

Obvious question shadow is is this machine upgraded from Vista to 7?

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Hi guys! I'm new here and I have a problem that I hope you guys can help me with.

I had problems with Windows XP a while back and decided to reinstall it. Now I had XP SP3 cd that I had downloaded from and I burned it into a CD and used it to install XP, now for some wierd reason it had an error about not copying some file (I can't remember what it was though ) and I simply clicked on skip file on the dialog box. Now obviously that file was important since when the computer restarted, displaying the Windows XP Setup boot selection, when I clicked on it it said it couldnt located this other crappy file and setup had to be aborted. So I aborted and selected the other boot selection, which was my old XP. Now the problem begins.

I finally got fed up with the problems in XP that I decided to install vista. Now everything when smooth and well, installing vista and all and even installed SP1 for Vista. But everytime I had to restart the damn XP setup selection is still there on the boot selection screen, and it still doesnt work!!!

Is there anyway to somehow get rid of it? I tried Easy BCD but it seems that it isnt located on the selection screen so I guess I cant get rid of it that way. I also deleted my old XP file becuase it was taking up space on my HD.

Please help me.. This is really starting to get on my nerves everytime I use the computer. Please any help is appreciated.

A:Windows XP Setup on Vista Boot Selection Screen

Hello Plipz, and welcome to Vista Forums.

How and where did you reinstall Vista?

Did you format and do a clean install with Vista?

For now, check in Method TWO (step 7) below to see if you can remove XP from the boot OS select screen.

Boot Partition - Default

Hope this helps,

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Ok well this is kinda my fault but i somewhat screwed up my computer. There is a Vista Transformation Pack that you can download off the internet. My friend has done this and it looks pretty sweet. I installed it last night before i went to bed. I got back from school today, turned on my computer and found that it has been screwed up. So what basically happens is that it starts out normal but when it gets to the boot screen (i.e, its a black screen that says windows xp with the little green/blue bar, well it says Windows Vista now but that would be the boot screen) and then it restarts. And it just keeps on doing this. Also it give me the option of starting windows in Safe Mode but that hasnt solved the problem, the same thing just happens. The only thing that came to my mind was re-installing Windows XP, but before i screw my computer anymore i just wanted to check if anyone had a solution or tips for my problem...

A:XP Restart @ Boot Screen (Vista Transformation Pack)

Welcome to TSG....

If you had all of the system backed up before you did this the answer would be simple just restore the backup and you would be all set. The question is do you have the recovery or restore disc set(s) for this computer? Do not run off in a tizzy re-installing Windows right now I am just asking about the discs.

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I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit. that gets as far as the Windows Loading Screen (with green bar) but restarts and goes to the error recovery screen. When this problem first started I was able to recover it using a restore point, but their are none shown. I was also able to use bootrec.exe to repair it, but now that doesn't work either. I'm able to boot into Recovery mode and startup repair is unable to fix any problems. I Have run the frst tool and have attached the log file to my post. Any Help is Greatly appreciated.

A:Vista won't boot, Loops to Error recovery screen.

Computer now displays the error message ntsf fatal error 1 reading boot.ini after dell logo screen. This happened after trying to boot into safe mode using f8. Safe mode hasn't been able to boot previously.

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Thank you for whatever advice you can offer.

Trying to fix a friend's desktop:
Dell Inspiron 531 (manufactured 2006 - in China of course)
Athlonx 64X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2000MHz
1024 MB 667MHz dual channel DDR2 SDRAM
Cache: 512k x2
Buffer: 64M
On-board video (64M system RAM allocated)
Single CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, no floppy - on SATA1
Seagate 160GB HDD (ST3160815AS) - SATA 3.0 GB - on SATA0
BIOS 1.0.13
Service Tag 764WRD1
Vista Home Basic (OEM version, no discs available; do not know if it is running 32bit or 64bit)
Home use computer - email, Facebook, web surfing, simple gaming (older lady, not a hard core gamer)

Problem friend reported:
Was working fine. On Sunday morning, it suddenly had problems. She tried using System Restore, but it would not 'take' a prior restore point. Got worse, OS reverted to "Safe Mode" option list, would not boot in Safe Mode. Eventually got to point it would start (Dell logo, then flash Windows progress bar for 10-20 seconds, it would disappear) but never finish booting - hard drive light on a slow cyclic flash, no response to Ctrl-Alt-Del.

So I did some quick research, found instructions to try launching the Dell Diagnostics from the <F12> boot menu. System Response was:

No boot device available:
SATA0: Installed
SATA1: Installed
SATA2: None
SATA3: None

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A:Vista boot hangs, black screen, no more action

Install Ubuntu to back up your stuff. If you cant install, it means you have a hardware issue. If you can install, worst case scenario we go back to factory settings, but you do not lose your stuff. Talk to you tomorrow.

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Hello all! This is my first post on here and I'm in need of some good technical advice. Issue #1... I had a couple boot disk issues the past few days. My first error message was that the following file was corrupt or missing...<windows root>\system32\hal.dll... After 3 repairs with my original windows vista cd my computer successfully booted. But than I got a boot disk failure message.... After I turned the power off and then on again my computer booted successfully, but I am not convinced the problem is totally fixed yet.

Issue #2... I've had this operating system for about 2 months now and have had a high number of blue screen errors. One of the blue screens I get repetatively is the IRQL Memory error... I have 4 gb of ram, which when I first installed vista had to install with only 2 gb of ram and then download the fix for the 4... so i'm wondering if this is still not fixed yet either? Any ideas how to get rid of the blue screening???

Any help would be truly appreciaited.....Ben

A:Vista boot error and blue screen issues

Any takers or ideas?

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Hi im trying to enable dual boot for 7 and XP. 7 was installed first and after XP installation, I ran EasyBCD (in XP) to restore vista bootloader. Upon startup there is still no dual boot option and boots straight into 7.

Any advice?

A:Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen

Try running EasyBCD from Windows 7.

Also, please post a screen shot of an expanded Disk Management.

To open Disk Management, press Winkkey+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO.

Vista and Windows 7: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Use the Paperclip next to the Smiley to upload and insert here.

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3 days ago, I installed Windows 8.1. After the install was done and I installed everything I need, I wanted to go play some games, but these were on Vista. So, I restarted the PC and booted from Vista, but instead of the boot screen, I got an error which was "***STOP" and some message. What happened in the while?
NOTE:1. I had MBR HDD, but I converted it to GPT using AOMEI. After that was done, I checked to see if Vista is still booting and it was fine.
2. I had a dual boot made by 2 Vistas: one installed on AHCI mode and the other, on IDE. The one deleted to install Windows 8.1 was the IDE one.

A:Windows Vista ***STOP message before boot screen

I managed to get further than the ***STOP thing. It's now status 0xc0000225.

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I just reloaded the darn Vista, twice. I had errors that just snowballed.

Now, during boot and after the Welcome screen I get an extended dead black screen before desktop starts. About 3-4 minutes, system seems idle with very little disk activity.

I went to task manager and disabled TMM. C Panel> Admin tools> Task Scheduler> Microsoft> Windows> MobilePC> TMM> set - disable

From HP I updated drivers for graphics card and ran this fix from HP. I enabled 'No GUI Boot' in msconfig> boot.

Still have problems, anybody? Thanks.

hp pavilion dv9500t
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1 Build 6001
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7100 @ 1.80GHz, 1801 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.23, 10/3/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Adapter Type GeForce 8400M GS, NVIDIA compatible
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
Adapter RAM 128.00 MB (134,217,728 bytes)

A:Vista Boot Problem - extended black screen

Be sure to install the intel chipset drivers. You may have them on a seperate disk, if not the drivers should be available on the hp site.

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Hello, I have been trying to make my system look like Vista, but the only thing I'm missing is the boot screen. I found this one deviantart page that had one, but it wasn't animated. If you know where I can download an HD, animated Windows Vista original boot screen (file type .bs7), that would be great.

A:Windows Vista Boot Screen Download for Win7

Is this what you're looking for?
[Fun Tip] Enable Windows Vista Boot Screen in Windows 7 - AskVG

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Acer Aspire M1100 AM1100-E1402A
Mfg Date 2008\03\07
Vista Home Premium 32-bit

It was running OK, but getting a bit old and a bit slow. I upgraded to a W7 desktop, but wanted to keep this one playing around with.

Ran System Recovery 2 or 3 times using the Alt-F10 method. First time, I wanted to avoid loading bloatware so ran msconfig early on, went to Startup to uncheck Acer Launch and stuff like that. Windows Update worked until SP1. Just couldn't get SP1 to install, including when I downloaded it from the web.

Then I ran System Recovery and let the bloatware run. It stalled at 9/11. Again, Windows Update worked until SP1.

Then I tried System Recovery using discs, instead of Alt-F10. It failed for some reason. I have a couple other System Recovery discs from an laptop and an eMachine laptop. I tried them with the same result. Recovery starts, writes over the C drive, then fails.

The message is:
The system registry contains invalid file paths. Installation cannot proceed. This system image was applied without guaranteeing that drive-letter assignments would match across computers.

So now I'm stuck.

I googled the error message, but generally ended up in discussion boards that are over my head. I think I saw some discussion about partition. I have a foggy memory that this desktop may have arrived with the HDD partitioned into something like 120 and 200 GB partitions. I think I removed the partition. I wonder if this has contributed to the problem? Then... Read more

A:Vista System Recovery failure - "system registry contains invalid file paths" - canno

The vista image extracts to the temporary drive letter D.

If you use a regular installation dvd and MS standard setup.exe, it will fix the os registry letter correctly. (Defaults to the first letter i.e. C as A and B are reserved for floppies )

If you are trying to restore from a factory image, you will have trouble because there is now another os on the machine.

I have a script I use for it.

You could get it to work , but it is a lot of mucking around.

It is just easier to use a Vista install dvd ( not the same as your factory recovery image ), boot it up, and install to your desired partition.

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Yesterday, whilst playing COD4, my computer suddenly froze (still don't know why). After re-booting the pc, everything seemed normal, until it crashed again, but this time with red dotted lines sprawled across the screen.

I rebooted the PC, and my first thought was to run my anti virus (AVG) to check for anything unusual.

Half way through the scan, we had a power cut. When the power came back on, everything still seemed normal on the PC, so I ran the virus scan again.

Whilst this was running in the background, I was surfing the web, when suddenly tiny red dots started to reapear and flash up on different parts of the screen. Then before I knew it, the whole screen had red lines across it, and the PC crashed again.

After another reboot, I was met with a BSD! But it was gone before I could get the code...

I rebooted into safe mode, but was still met with the red lines across the screen. (this leads me to suspect it could be a physical problem with a component...) I ran the anti virus again overnight, and it came up with nothing.

I reckoned it must have been a driver issue with my graphics card, so I uninstalled the driver, and installed an earlier version. However, when I rebooted into normal windows, it would crash and hang on a black screen before the logon page had loaded.

So back into safe mode I went, but dispite the driver change, there were still red lines!!!

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A:Red lines across screen, won't boot unless in safe mode - Vista 32bit

This absolutely sounds like a display card issue -- not the drivers, but the card itself. Check for warranty support -- most are good for 3 years.

If you are using multiple cards -- test one at a time and disable SLI in the BIOS

Make sure nothing is overclocked !

Does booting in VGA mode make any difference (I doubt it will, but try it).

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I have clients with certain machines - one in particular is the Dell Inspiron Duo - a "flippy" tablet that has a rotating screen.

When starting Win7 (32 bit), either Home Premium or Pro, a cold start always starts with the "dancing sprites" Win7 startup animation.

However, a reboot of this same machine always starts with the "Windows Vista" startup animation. Performing the usual "bcdedit /set. . . ." fixes does not help.

Other machines that I have do not exhibit this issue.

This issue is present on both a stock factory image, or if I do a "generic" install using TechNet supplied media.
All of the installs have SP1 installed.
It does not seem to matter what updates are installed, if any. I have seen this happen on machines that are fully up-to-date, and also machines that have just been bare-metal installed.
I do not know if it is a 32-bit vs 64 bit issue as I have not researched it to that level.

Why should a Win7 system show the correct startup screen on a cold-start, but not do so on a warn start?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Jim (JR)

A:Win7 shows vista boot screen only on system reboot

If the problem persists after a reinstall then it most likely is bad boot code surviving because the disk was not wiped of code using at least Diskpart Clean Command.

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I've done a search for this but it's kind of a hard one to put in to keywords without getting tonnes of results with radically different problems. I bought a new computer a few months ago and bought Vista Ultimate OEM but I still needed XP for work so I just put my old XP harddrive in, played around with installing some drivers and everything worked swell. I had some free time on the weekend though and decided I may as well install Vista now. I chucked the DVD in and booted from it, then began the installation. I've got 3 hard drives, one of them is XP, one is for the bulk of my files and finally one that I cleared everything off of, ready to be formatted and have Vista put on. The installation seems to have gone fine, it unpacked all the files and installed everything. It rebooted, assumedly at the end (I didn't hang around to watch it install for half an hour) and booted in to XP. Cool, so I rebooted again, went to the boot menu and selected the Vista hard drive and then nothing happens. I get a black screen with a white blinking "_" cursor. I went back in to XP and looked on the Vista harddrive and it appeared to have the entire file structure on it. So is there any advice you can give? I'm not quite sure what else to try other than do a completely fresh install.

My computer: Asus Striker Extreme, Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, XFX 8800 GTX, 2GB Crucial Ballistix + 2 IDE and 1 SATA drive

A:Vista Ultima - Blank screen of first boot with a flashing cursor

sounds like your computer went to sleep after the install and now cannot wake up - common vista problem - go into BIOS and play around with sleep options i find s3 works best usually or turn sleep off - you should also read the excellent sleep tutorials on this website - you can probably run powercfg from xp and see sleep options - hope this is helpful

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Last night I was working on a slideshow using windows movie maker in Vista. I had trouble getting the software to recognize my video files for my camcorder so I was suggested to try and download codec so it could play my files.... I have no idea what I was doing but gave it a shot.

Even though the codec didn't work even after download I was still able to run my computer normally. This morning I woke up and continued to work on my slideshow but my computer would not play my slideshow. All it would do was play the audio and music files.... Everything else seemed to function so I decided to reboot.

My computer will reboot but now my screen is black. It still "functions" I can see it changing different colors of black and grey as it is rebooting... and I can hear all the audio that comes along with rebooting but I can't get my laptops screen to work.

I hooked up my desktop to my laptop to see if the monitor would work that way. It worked for about 30 sec and then turned black also. I then rebooted and hit F8 and ran in safe mode with my desktop screen still connected. I am able to run in safe mode but not reboot normally. I think I downloaded some virus with that codec.

I then decided to unhook the desktop monitor and just hit F8 hoping the screen would show up on my laptop... but that still won't work. It remains black.

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A:Toshiba Satellite running in Vista and my screen or computer won't boot up

In safe mode Remove that codec pack you installed, use Contol Panel>Programs and Features.
If you really think it is an infection, (very possible) you will have to take it to a reputable PC repair shop for disinfection.

Meanwhile find your restore Disc, it may be needed.

" I have no idea what I was doing but gave it a shot." I hope you learn from this.

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I'm trying to fix a friend's Toshiba Satellite laptop (Vista). Since it's not my computer I'm not sure how the problem started but when booting normally it goes as far as the initial options screen (press f2 for settings, f10 for boot options) and then goes black. It won't boot into safe mode, from a restore CD or from the recovery discs (they were burned from a recovery partition right after install, I guess it's possible that they weren't set up properly). When booting from the cd it gets past loading files to the blue loading bar, and then goes black. Any suggestions? I'm guessing it might be hardware but is there any way to troubleshoot it before taking the whole laptop in? I'm assuming it's not the HDD because it won't even boot from the CD.

A:Vista Black Screen (no safe mode or boot from disc)

Have you tried using the screen toggle? Most laptops are able to toggle the screen to an external monitor. Normally hold down the Fn key and hit F5 or F8 or something like that. When it boots it may be trying to switch it to an external monitor.

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Hi all,

I have been using my Vista Premium machine, which I bought 1 month ago without any problems until today. I tried to boot the machine this morning, and it booted to the "loading windows vista" screen and then the screen turns black, and it freezes with no hard drive acrivity. I left it for 10 minutes before turning it off and restarting.

It happened again on a second boot, and I noted that the mouse and keyboard had no power when it froze. I tried to boot to the premium disc and use startup repair, which found nothing, but offered to do a restore to a previous point.. I agreed, it restored, and restarted.

Same problem again. So I restarted it and booted into safe mode without a problem. I tried to boot again, and it failed. Any ideas of what to do? It just seems like a really wierd problem.

I also noted that my router didn't have a light for the cable connected to my NIC when it froze

I haven't changed any hardware since I bought the machine (Q6600 Quad Core, 2ghz 800mhz ram, 500gig hdd, 8800GTS). I am running the newest beta nvidia drivers, and will try to uninstall that when I boot into safe mode (fingers crossed), but the loss of power to the keyboard and mouse are disconcerting. They are both USB devices, so I can also try to boot with just the kb and mouse plugged in.

The two updates my system had before this problem were MS updates of Outlook Junk Filter and a driver update for my network card that looked wierd, but I installed it.

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A:Vista Home Premium freezes to a black screen on boot

I've taken the PC back to the store under warranty as i'm pretty certain it's a hardware fault.. probably the motherboard.

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Hi All,

I'm totally messed with a problem.
I have my laptop(Vista Home premium 32 bit) fine and running from past 1 and half year.
Suddenly from 5 days I am facing 'Display driver nvlddmkm failed and restored successfully'. Don't know when and why this happens.

So I thought of restoring my system to 5 days back.

I selected System restore back up point to 23rd of September,09.
During this process something got messed up and when restarted it is showing 'blue screen' . Nothing else is visible.

I'm able to login through safe mode.but don't know what to do with this.

I also tried to do system repair. But no use.Ended up with same.
Tried to do system restore again. No use.

Can any one please suggest me what might be the cause and what should I do now.

Even if I want to reinstall Vista, manufacturer has not provided any backup cd with my laptop.

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Vista System restore failed not able to boot up - blue screen

Good job on posting your system specs!
Did you follow these directions for system restore?
System Restore - How to
Startup Repair
Startup Repair

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Here's what happened. I was playing WOW online, (no past problems with

it before). Then the game went black screen, then back to game, then

black screen, then to game, now with weird colors on part of the screen.

I rebooted and it would not go into windows, but when it tried to load

windows in normal mode, I still got only the black screen on boot up,

(black screen with short white horizontal lines in it, at 800x600 pixels

when starting up, and blue screen with same line problem and only

(800x600 pixels again), when trying to load windows. After it try's to

load windows, I get a blue screen, and white horizontal lines, when windows

is loading, then the screen goes all black, and can stay that way for hours

if you leave it on. Soft booted again, same problem, but now it stops at

"Windows Error Recovery", again in 800x600 pixels mode, and says to

fix the problem: 1. Insert your "windows installation disc", and restart

your computer. 2. Choose language, then 3. click repair your computer.

Well this machine was made at CyberPower,Inc, and they didn't give me

that disc. All they sent with the machine was a Recovery DVD-ROM. It

didn't give the option to "Repair your computer", just to reinstall

windows. Tried that to find my only option was reinstalling windows, I

did that and I was only left with 199GHz of space on my hard hard drive.

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A:Vista 64bit won't boot up in Normal Mode, black screen

Hi and welcome to TSF try booting in safe mode with networking this will allow you access to the net and then try going to the nvidia support site for your graphics card and download and install the latest updated driver

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Hi guys,

I've just moved, and my pc, on the third time I've used it here has failed to boot past its gigabyte bios screen. After opening it up and making sure the motherboard/ other component cables were correctly plugged in, it successfully booted and worked normally, until I turned it off and on again, now, its back to square one :(
It's hardware specs are as follows:
1 Xigmatek NRP-MC 650W, 1 Sapphire HD4850 1G DDR3 1G 256Bit GDDR3 PCIE2, 1 Samsung 1TB SATA II 7200RPM 32M, 1 OCZ 3G(3x1G) DDR3 10666 Platinum CL-7-7-7-20,
1 LG H22NS30 SATA 22X+- Super Multi DVD Rewriter Black with Software,
1 Intel Core i7 920 Processor LGA1366 2.66GHz 8MB Cache CPU, 1 Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P MB - I'm also using a usb logitech keyboard, which only starts working once I get to the windows login screen....

Any help with diagnosing what's not working and how to fix it would be really appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows Vista PC fails to boot past the bios screen

I'm guessing your HDD is broken, or poorly connected!

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Hi all,I apologiez in advance if I am writing this in the wrong forum.A few days ago I got my ?2000 new PC with Vista Ultimate 64bit installed on it. Everything worked perfectly fine for 3 days. The 4th day I decided to install windows update. I installed it and clicked on restart. After it restarted I got an error saying windows is missing a file - insert your windows CD, select your language and click on repair. After trying for 3 hours to do that it finally did and I got window started by selecting last know good configuration.I thought it was a hardware issue at start. After the first update I forgot to set windows update back to manual. So, the 5th day it auto installed the updates again and I had no idea how to remove those updates - So I restarted and since then my PC boots to a black screen. I can't even see the boot menu let alone choosing last known configuration. My hardware is brand new and was working perfectly fine before the update. However, I still tried to remove Ram, HD's but nothing happens. All I get is a black screen. If I can get at least to the boot menu I can at least try to fix it. I searched and I found out many are facing similar issues if not exactly the same one after the windows update.Any help, tips are much appreciated!Windows Vista ultimate 64bitAsus Striker II Formula nForce 780i SLI, SATA2Foxconn Videocard PCI-e GeForce 8800GTX 768MB DVI/HDTVIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz FSB1066Corsair 4x2GB DDR2 SDRAM PC6400 CL4.0 DHX2 Samsung 750GB SAT... Read more

A:Black Screen on boot - windows vista ultimate 64bit

The issue can occur if one of the updates is incompatible with your system.
First please try the suggestions in the following thread:
If the issue persists, let?s try the following methods to troubleshoot the issue:
Method 1: Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD ?". appears.
3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next. 
4. Click Repair your computer. 
5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next. 
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.
Method 2: Rebuild BCD
1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer. 
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD ?". appears.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next. 
4. Click Repair your computer. 
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next. 
6. In the System Recovery Options dia... Read more

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