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Vista stucks at 'please wait while your system is preparing' screen

Question: Vista stucks at 'please wait while your system is preparing' screen

Four days ago I installed BB flashback software but due to some problems I had to uninstall it and the installation didn't complete. After that day, whenever I open my Toshiba Laptop the windows vista boots normally but stucks at 'please wait while your system is preparing' screen. After waiting for a long time, I opened task manager, ended that running screen and then my laptops works just fine. I don't know what's that. I tried system restore many times but it always ends up unsuccessful. Later on I even installed BB flashback successfully and a new anti-virus AVG, but the problem persists. Any idea and any suggestions please???

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Preferred Solution: Vista stucks at 'please wait while your system is preparing' screen

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I have a Satellite Pro C850-1FN and for some reason it gets stuck in a Preparing automatic repair screen on bootup. It will sit with the text on the screen and then after about 8 minutes a blue screen will show talking about a problem and then the PC re-boots.

The cycle is then continued.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Answer:Satellite Pro C850-1FN stucks in Preparing Automatic Repair screen


It looks like the automatic repair isn?t possible.
Did you try another option ? HDD recovery?

The HDD recovery procedure would start new system as well as driver installation and would set the notebook back to factory settings.

I think if system repair isn?t possible, your next step should be the HDD recovery.
In case the HDD recovery would not work too, then you should use the Recovery disk.

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I have a Satellite U50D-A and when I turned it on thismorning it starts on the "Toshiba leading inovation screen" with Preparing Automatic Repair written on the bottom. I've googled it but everyone else has the same problem but stuck in a loop...mines just frozen on that first screen. Now been 9 hours and am starting to doubt it will automatically repair

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I have a Satellite U50D-A and when I turned it on thismorning it starts on the "Toshiba leading inovation screen" with Preparing Automatic Repair written on the bottom. I've googled it but everyone else has the same problem but stuck in a loop...mines just frozen on that first screen. Now been 9 hours and am starting to doubt it will automatically repair

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I reinstalled Office 2010 Pro Plus 2010. Now, if I attempt to launch the Word, I get "Preparing to install . . .", then "Please wait while Windows configures Office Pro Plus 2010". After it is done a message indicates rebooting is required. After rebooting, the same thing repeats. I did it in Safe mode as was suggested but to no avail. I did repair install but was no cure.
Any suggestion is appreciated.

Answer:Preparing to install then Please wait while Windows configure Office..

You installed Office 2010 along with Office 2010 pro? That wasn't a very good idea. You can only have a single office program of any specific type at one time installed on your computer. It is like installing firefox internet browser twice, but with more damage. Office integrates more completely into your computer and can cause more problems if not done right.

Your best bet is uninstalling all of it and attempting to install it again. Use Revo Uninstaller Free in advanced mode (it will be a pop up in Revo after you choose uninstall) and remove all traces (may need to delete extra files left over, which will be another popup). If you cannot uninstall it for any reason in Revo, try control panel uninstall programs (the normal method). If that doesn't work, download Ccleaner (you might do this in addition anyway) and run the registry scanner. Only delete registry items relating to Microsoft office. Any other registry items are fine to leave alone (this program has the potential to remove something you might not want removed if used incorrectly).

After that, Run this tool: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker multiple times if errors are found. Restart, and attempt a windows update (make sure everything is updated). Then try to install ONE (1) Office suite program. If it fails, run this: Repair Install and try again.

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I have just set up a new laptop with Vista and installed all of the new updates but when I restart the computer or turn it on the please wait screen comes up for about 2 minutes before showing the login screen.

The PC I'm on now is lower spec and shows the login screen instantly. I have searched the internet and tried disabling start up programs to speed it up but to no avail does anyone have any idea what could be causing it to say Please wait for so long?

The specs of the PC are:

2gb Ram
2ghz Dual Core Processor
250gb Harddrive

Thanks in Advance

Answer:Windows Vista Please Wait Screen Appears for 2 Minuites Before the Login Screen

that usually means it is installing updates, if its a new laptop there may be a lot of updates for it to catch up on, it won't do them all at once, but over a period.

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I have a computer that is a Statelite A300.
I have recently formated my computer because it kept frezzing.

I reinstalled using the toshiba recovery patition.
Once i start the computer i login and then it screen comes up saying.
+Preparing your system. This might take a few minutes. The system may restart automaticaly... Please wait.+

So i wait and wait and wait. nothing happenes just more and more restarts.
Also i am about to format using recovery dics's i created in safe mode a while ago.

Anyone got any tips. please do hesitake to asked questions.

Answer:Satellite A300 hangs on login screen - "Preparing your system"

On the "Please Wait" screen, can you press ESC or ALT-TAB to see whats happening in the background?

Also, have you tried resetting the BIOS to its default settings?

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Hello guys, hopefully one of you can help me.I have a Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit Laptop that I was playing a movie on when it shut down.  Now if I boot it into windows I can only get to the Please Wait screen.  I have waited for an hour and it will not go away.  I can boot into safe mode and I tried restoring the computer to over a month ago but the problem was not solved.  I have a boot log attached.  If you could help me with this that would be great.I also did a MD5 check sum of the drivers directory on a working system and this one and the results are also attached.[attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Hangs on Windows Vista Please Wait Screen

Do you have the Windows Vista DVD?If so, perform a Repair Install.

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Hello all, I was hoping someone could help me with this problem: I just bought my T400 and it's acting out a bit: sometimes, either in Firefox or in MS Word, it will simply freeze up and I have to hard boot it to get it to start up again.This of course is highly annoying - I've had several word docs corrupted by this while I was working on them. Also, it intermittently has problems starting up: when it gets to the "Please wait" screen in Vista, it will get stuck there (harddrive working like a mule for a few minutes, then start blinking in a continuous pattern). In order to get it to start up properly I then also have to remove the battery and reboot. Is this a known issue? And if so, what do I do?Thanks!TPA

Answer:T400 freezes/won't go past "please wait" screen in starting up Vista

Which version of office and Firefox are you using??? How much ram do you have, although have you got Vista sidebars and aero feature activated????

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I have a machine with Vista Ultimate x64 on it (more specs at the end). It is joined to a Windows SBS 2003 domain.

When I log in to either my domain account or the local administrator account, I get "Welcome," then "Preparing your desktop," then a blank blue screen with just mouse cursor.

Ctrl-Shift-Esc does not invoke task manager. Win-R does not bring up the Run dialog. Ctrl-Alt-Delete provides security screen, but Task Manager can't be invoked there.

I can boot into safe-mode or safe-mode with networking and successfully log into both accounts. (WTF?)

Things I've tried:
* Done Vista startup repair. It claims there is no problem (and it's sorta right - I *can* startup a normal windows startup, I just can't properly log in)
* Logged in with safe mode and done chkdsk /f on all relevant volumes
* Done sfc /scannow - nothing interesting
* Changing HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell to "Explorer.exe" (it used to b cmd.exe /k start cmd.exe)
* Deleted the HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices key and allowed it to be regenerated. No effect.
* Removing the machine from the domain, and adding it back
* Using net user Administrator /active:yes to activate the machine\Administrator account. I can log in (to a normal windows startup) on that account and get a desktop. But...then what.

No ghosting, drive letter shenanigans, etc. have been carried out.

Running out of ideas. Thanks in advance for any advice.


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Answer:Vista Ult x64: on domain login "Preparing desktop," blank blue screen

***** UPDATE *****
I booted to safe-mode with networking and logged in with my domain account. I ran msconfig and disabled UAC there. Then restarted.
After that I was able to log in to my domain account from a normal windows startup.


Things are very askew.

* If I try to do Properties on Computer, no properties appear
* Start > Control Panels is empty
* The Event Log service is not running, and when I try to start it, I get Access Denied.
* Same with the ISA Firewall Client. (not running, access denied trying to start)
* Windows defender wants to get new definitions but gets 0x8024402c trying.
* Internet access doesn't seem to work (dns errors), even though ipconfig looks ok and DNS service is running
* My Antivirus software is running (Computer Associates eTrust) and does not seem to be upset
* Mamutu anti-Malware is running and doesn't seem to be upset about anything

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Hi All, I have a g560 laptop which i bought just a month ago and use it for my study and entertainment purpose. I have noticed that sometimes when im using the laptop for more than 2-3 hrs. It starts giving me white screen. Lets say for ex. when the screensaver is supposed to come up, I get a white screen or when I am shutting down the white screen flashes for two times or when I turn the pc off, Its stuck at the white screen even though the laptop is off. The only way I can get the screen is off is by taking the battery out and then put the battery back in. In the past one month I've got this issue multiple times. Any help would be really appreciated. I work for a branded computer manufacturer myself but bought a LENoVo because my brother has been using a lenovo since the last three years without an issue.Thanks in advance

Answer:Stucks at white screen

Maybe you need to update your BIOS. BUT WAIT!! If you do that, do it under DOS.
Please, look from this:
Also, you can call Lenovo's support.

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hi All,

I had setup my VISTA OS to check for updates everyday by 3 AM. As you all know if there are any it will install and restarts itself. Yesterday I was awake during the install update happened. Installed and System restarted but it stucks at the screen where we see " Microsoft Corporation" and progress bar keep running... it stucks there forever..even after 10 hours I see the same screen..

I am able to load the OS in safe mode. I tried to do disk check for disk errors.
But getting a message, no solutions to this problem now and send the information.

I opened the System repair tool and tried to restore and was not able to do.
Logged in safe mode and tried for system restore ..its turned off and can not turn it on because its in safe mode and no option displayed to do so.

I uninstalled all the windows updates happened yesterday (Mar-11-2009) and tried to restart doesnt help either.

Please help me out with what could be the problem and a solutions to it...
Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks in advance.

Answer:After windows updates, system stucks at startup

Hi All,

this is neuropahari again..
Startup repair threw me some errors while it was attempting to repair..
Title Message " Satrtup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically"

Problem Signature
Prob Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Prob Sign 01: AutoFailOver
.............02 : ............
............. 03: ..........
............04: 65537
and so on and on
Locale ID: 1033

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Been doing some reading and ther are other people seeming to have something similar.  The Thinkcentre screen waits a long time to go away and I have made sure there are no USBs in the boot options and I just installed the latest BIOS ending in 60.  Also there is a long wait after the MS XP scrolling green bar goes away.  I hear the scanner recycle and there is still a long wait of maybe a minute or two before it continues.  Watching the disc light on the CPU, it flashes maybe 1 each second througout that whole time until finally windows continues.  I have not unplugged my external USB external discs yet.Any thoughts?ThanksCarver Smith

Answer:Long wait time for "System is Starting" to go away long black screen after MS XP logo

Well this is sad to hear that you are having similar problems.  I had hoped it was simply a power issue for mine. My system also seems to start extremely slow very similar to what you describe.  This seemed to happen after I installed a new PCIe graphics card.  I thought it might be that I am just pushing the power source to its limit and had hopes that it would go away when I upgraded.

----------------------------------ThinkCentre M51 (8143-WNV): Intel Pentium 4 (HT), 4 GB RAM, 40 GB 7200 RPM SATA HDD, PCI Tower (4x5), Intel GMA 900, 48x32x48x16x CD-RW & DVD combo, Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet, Win XP Pro, US Robotics voice/data modem PCI, USB 2.0 PCI card

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So a couple of days ago, my PC started hanging up on a "Please Wait" loading screen in between the "Starting Windows" screen (where the Windows logo forms from coloured orbs) and the user account selection screen. Sometimes I'd leave it half an hour and it still wouldn't load.

To start with, I simply gave my PC a hard reboot, and the problem would go away. When this stopped working, I system restored, and then the problem disappeared. This morning however, I performed a system restore from safe mode, and now when I boot my PC, in whatever mode, I get the "Starting Windows" screen, then the PC hangs up on a black screen with only the mouse pointer active.

I honestly have no idea where to start with this problem, as I can't even re-install windows!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers, Notso.

Answer:Hang up on "Please Wait", system restored, now black screen...

I worked out how to use the PC's startup repair, it failed ("Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically").

Now I start the PC I get the option of startup repair, or booting normally (which leads to BSOD each time).

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I use windows 7 ultimate x64 for a long time.
suddenly, after i switch user, screen stucks .This is the screen that it stucks in (for example):

If I change user after a shirt time it doesnt happen, but if I switch after a long use ,it stucks.

What is the reason?How Can i fix it?


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My system had issues where I could not get into system restore as it was not showing up
so went to msconfig and I went to advanced startup and chose to start in diagnostic mode and on reboot it now just has a light blue screen.

I can move mouse around and there is no login box?

I tried reboot and hitting F8 but no luck.
Is there another bypass for this?

Please help!

Answer:Portege Z10 stucks on blue screen - cannot log in

Switch on the computer, press and hold the "F12" key while the Toshiba logo appears.
Alternative you can press and hold the "0" key to access the recovery option.
Choose "HDD Recovery" and confirm by selecting "Yes" that you want to enter the system recovery.

More info:

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I don't know if it's an OS problem or idk anything at all just everytime when i try to boot it up i only see the logo (i can enter BIOS) and then everything turns black, i neither know how this happened or when? i just wokeup and couldn't start my PC. im running windows 10 pro on my machine

I think it's an OS problem. please help me out, i really need the PC running

intel core 3

geforce gt 640

4gb ram

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Hello everyone,

I am trying to use the Product recovery disk on my Toshiba Tecra M3, however it does not seem to do anything.

I have inserted the disk, turned off computer > started computer again pressing F12> i get the enter HDD password which i do sucessfully> after which it seem to get stuck a a screen with TOSHIBA and all devices icons. after which it does not do anything....

does anyone have any idea on what to do next? or how to use the product recovery disk?

any help is appreciated. Thanks.


Answer:Tecra M3 - Stucks at the Toshiba screen

Hi nmirza,

Does your notebook always hangs on this Toshiba BIOS screen or only if you try booting from Toshiba recovery disk?

Maybe your recovery disk is scratched and you should try another one?

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I'm trying to help someone. When he first ran his Toshiba Satellite C875 laptop (bought in the UK), he reckons he must have selected Norwegian, and now everything is Norwegian.

Even if I run the recovery partition by booting with F8 pressed - everything is Norwegian.

Anyone know if there is some way of doing a factory reset, so the laptop boots in an out-of-factory condition?

Answer:Satellite C875 - System Langauge stucks in Norwegian


Maybe this document could help you:
+Windows 8 Recovery & Repair+

I recommend you to choose the option called Reset Your PC.
This would set the system back to factory settings. As far as I know you should be able to choose another language.

But I remember in the past (Windows 7) that such language could be chosen only one time.
After that the other languages were deleted from the partition and it was not possible to choose another language.

However, recommend checking the +Reset your PC+ option

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Hello there fellow vista users,
Here's my painful vista installation scenario:

Booting from DVD"Windows is loading files... (white progress bar) (takes ~1 minute)Blue/green vista background (HDD and DVD drives are active) (takes 20 minutes for the next screen)I get to select languages, then click on "install now"Next I get a "please wait..." screen (HDD and DVD drives are active) (takes 40 minutes for the next screen)If I'm "lucky" I get this next - "A required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing" pop-up and that's as far as I was able to go
The same happens with Windows 7, the screens differ a little, and I think the waiting times between these screens a even longer, but it's the same deal
Windows XP installs fast and without an errors

What I've tried so far:

Updated BIOSTried different settings in BIOSTried different RAMSwitched DVD drive to slave/masterBunch of other desperate stuff Updated the DVD drive firmware to the most recentChecked with Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor (no issues found)
My specs are in my profile, if you need more information on the matter, please ask
Thanks in advance

Answer:Cannot install Vista, stuck on "please wait" screen

First try running the free Windows 7 upgrade advisor located here: Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta

If you've got XP installed, also run the free Vista upgrade advisor located here: Download details: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

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I just bought the laptop (x770-11c) from amazon warehouse (refurbished, like new) Turned it on, and it's just been looping and repeating this "Now Rating System Performance".
The loading bar gets to the end, then restarts from the beginning. It's been doing this for a least 2hours....

Surely rating the performance isn't important. What should I / can I do? Shall I continue to let it runs it's course?

"Finishing the installation may take several minutes. Please do not interrupt or shutdown the computer!"

Why is it doing this anyway? What is it struggling to install?

Please HELP

Answer:Qosmio x770-11c - Toshiba Configuring System stucks in loop


I think you should shut down the notebook pressing the power button 4 sec long.
Then wait 30 sec and power up the notebook once again. Press F8 to start the Advanced boot menu.
Here choose Repair my Computer and then Toshiba HDD recovery.
Now you should be able to start the recovery process again.

Good luck

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I recently sent my laptop (Equium A300D-13x) back to Toshiba to be repaired as it was overheating and cutting out.

It came back today and when I turned it on I got the screen where I was asked if I wanted to go into safe mode or start Windows normally.
Then it goes to a screen where it says, *Finishing the installation may take several minutes.

Please do not interrupt or shutdown the computer!*

I've been waiting all day now and I'm still stuck on this screen.

Has anyone had the same problem? And if so, how can I fix it?

Answer:Equium A300D-13x stucks on installation screen


I?ve recovered my notebook many times and the installation went always troublefree.
But of course such installation issue could happen always and I think you should simply repeat this procedure.

If you don?t have Toshiba Recovery disk then try to recover the notebook using the HDD recovery option.
Just press F8 while notebook powering up.
Then choose ?Repair my computer?. Then a new window will appear and you could select the new option called Toshiba HDD.

Check it out!

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Hi guys. Apologies if this had already been raised but I need to get my laptop working.
I cannot get past Toshiba welcome on Windows 10. I am not able to work due to health issues so money is tight but have been quoted early ?100 to repair. Anything I can do myself, please??

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Hello all,I have my laptop G580 gets stuck at boot loop, I have to press the power button several times to shut down and start again until it goes into windows one time succeeds each ten trials.I have tried to pull out the battery, but nothing worked.Thank you,

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Reinstalling Vista on a customers machine with the Dell supplied Vista Disc and it has been sitting on the "Please wait" screen for probably 20 minutes.
Is that normal?

Answer:How long does Vista take at the "Please Wait" Screen?

not really, what happened to that PC btw?

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I have genuine windows vista home premium in my Laptop.However it takes nearly five minutes to come up to full performance after i logged(Stucks for 3 minuts after loading the Desktop and takes another 2 minutes to come to full performance).It takes so many time to load the Windows Side bar so i removed it from the start up.

But for my wonder now it starts to load even slower.This problem never occured as soon as i created a new user account and logged from that.However after some days it becomes slow again. Any suggestions...?

My Laptop is HPdv5-1104TX. 3 GB Ram and 512MB Nvidia 9600 GTZ. Processor is 2.24 GHz(Centrino Processor)

Answer:My Laptop Stucks For 5 Minutes...Windows Vista Home Premium Help..!

Perhaps its all of the programs you have set to run at startup / login? Did you disable any or is this a brand new laptop and you haven't done anything?

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I have a problem with my pc the last 2 Days... It starts really slow.. First it freezes at starting window screen for 15 minutes about.. After this when I select the user it stucks again and show the blue background only with the cursor. When I finally press the code it takes another 10 minutes to finally open but I can't use it because it freezes whatever I press! In safe mode does the same thing but it stucks when loaded : classpnp.sys. My computer before 3 days opened in 1 minute.. No program starts with the start up all are disabled exept nvidia sound and my antivirus avast. I have tried everything to fix it but I can't.. Please help if u can

Answer:Windows 7 start really slow and after it stucks in home screen

Quote: Originally Posted by telis80

I have a problem with my pc the last 2 Days... It starts really slow.. First it freezes at starting window screen for 15 minutes about.. After this when I select the user it stucks again and show the blue background only with the cursor. When I finally press the code it takes another 10 minutes to finally open but I can't use it because it freezes whatever I press! In safe mode does the same thing but it stucks when loaded : classpnp.sys. My computer before 3 days opened in 1 minute.. No program starts with the start up all are disabled exept nvidia sound and my antivirus avast. I have tried everything to fix it but I can't.. Please help if u can

Try running the Windows System File Checker (SFC)
Instructions: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
If that doesn't help, try doing a full scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware download
Note: Uncheck the checkbox at the end of the installation titled "Enable free trial of Malwarebytes PRO"

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Hello all,

I recently decided to upgrade the Memory in my lovely laptop.
I went online, found suitable RAMs and ordered.

What i got are 2 of these:

Installation is very easy, but as soon as i turn on my laptop, it stucks in a black screen with a white underscore upright.

I guess its a incompatibility problem ?
Could you please help me out?

Thank you.

Answer:Satellite L675-10T stucks in a black screen after new RAM upgrade

I think you are right? it looks like the modules are not fully compatible even if the online dealer page says they are?
You can remove the new RAM modules just to check if the notebook would boot up properly? I guess the unit will power up correctly?.

Solution??? Use another RAM modules? I made good experience using Kingston modules? they could be a little bit expensive but I think they should work properly.

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When trying to start up the camera screen appeard with message: looks like there us something wrong with your camera....etc.
I cannot get pass that screen even if I click on the unlock icon. When shutting it down it does not seem to shut down and brings up the same screen over and over again.
i cannot log on at all!? Brand new laptop too!

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Hello, when I turn on or restart my laptop (Compaq 6730b, OS Win7 64 bit), it begins to start, but after a few seconds it  stucks on screen with HP logo and label "Press the ESC key for startup menu". After that begin to flash NumLock and CapsLock diods on laptop - maybe two or three times. But nothing happens, although I press ESC or any other key. Only I can do is to turn off laptop and try it again, sometimes many times on an on till OS starts properly. I have permanently plugged in many peripherals - external monitor, external keyborad, mouse, webcam, speakers and I have laptop permanently plugged in charger. Maybe this facts could be cause of the problem, i guess, because when I turn laptop itself without any peripherals, this problem didnt appear. I'll be very thankful for any advice to solve this unpleasant problem. Thanks a lot. Regards miiichal

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I have a Toshiba Portege Z930-D3S laptop. I wanted to run a system recovery and did everything exactly as in the manual page 4-24, Section System recovery Options. The tool told me that the recovery partition is empty (or something like this) and the recovery cannot be performed. I definitely did not erase it and do not how it can be. Then there was an option to erase sdd and I thought that this might help (don't ask me why) and that the tool would erase everything but the recovery partition. So, I chose it.

Now I have the frozen screen with "Toshiba Leading Innovation" and cannot enter any menu neither by pressing 0, nor by holding F8. I cannon restart the laptop, it seems that it simply fall asleep when I press the power button.

Please, help me to recover the system.

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Where do i start? can any one tell me why my browse speed decays to "0" after about 10 to 15 minutes on the web. Several friends who use the same ISP say they do not experience this problem. I wait 10,15 or more minutes for the rate to pick up again. if i am listening to real audio, after 30 seconds, it registers "net congestion" forever.
One trick i use is to go to the link "alltheweb" or sometimes the "hotmail" site will triger the bytes received to start moving. motorola has said they find no problem with my modem and my ISP "Freewwweb" tell me the same thing.

Soooo the problem may be in my P2-233, 64 meg RAM Netscape system. Again the problem! Rapid decay in browse speed with 5 or 10 minute waits for pages to change

Answer:world wide wait & wait & wait & wait ... ...

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Dear supporters,

Model: Satellite L775D-10W
OS: Win7 64 bit
Problem: The booting procedure gest stuck after "Windows loads data" and a progress bar undertitled with "Microsoft Corporation", resulting in a black screen and a moveable mouse cursor.

The same problem occurs everytime...
pressing F8 >> all options (icluding safe mode) >> boot gets stuck
Booting from Win7 64-bit DVD >> boot gets stuck
Booting from Win7 64-bit DVD >> all options >> boot gets stuck

Is it likely that the graphic card is broken or that the corresponding driver is not fitting anymore?

Thank you for your time in advance!



Answer:Satellite L775D-10W - Boot stucks: Black screen + mouse cursor visible

Graphic card problem might be possible but in such case the POST (power on self test) would not be passed and in my opinion it would not be possible to access the BIOS.

However, this is just a theory?
Try to boot the notebook using some Live CD like Linux

I would also recommend you to start the advanced boot menu. (pressing F8) and to choose Repair my Computer option.
Then choose ?Toshiba HDD recovery?

This option would recover the notebook back to factory settings.

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Vista Incompatibility...instal Vista Transform Pack for XP and wait 1 year for
Vista itself to get sorted properley with driver issues...

I installed Vista the other day and...
My Sempron Mobile PowerNow driver wouldnt work (leaving the fan 24/7)
Nero wouldnt work
My Anti-virus wouldnt work
WinAVI wouldnt work
and this is on an OFFICIAL RE-LEASE..!!!!

The very next day I it and Re-Installed XP with Vista Transformation pack 6.0 and it
honestly was better than vista itself (in terms of looks etc, sidebar, tooltip windows, these
weren't on my Windows Vista)...the good thing about it (obviously) is that it was just XP re-skinned so everything worked on it.............

Just like ALL Microsoft Windows Before, (even though they have been vigoursly tested)
they ALL started out with issues......
look at XP...the Blaster Worm etc.etc.. then updates & service packs..... (say no more)

Wait another 6-12 months for millions of people to complain about thier issues and Microsoft
to fix em with then there wil probs be a Service Pack....
THEN get/install it..........

Answer:Vista Incompatibility...instal Vista Transform Pack for XP and wait 1 year.....

I never understand why people need to rush and install the latest O/S assoon as it is released.

The reason, as you can see, is above.

I'd rather wait a minimum of 12 months before all the initial bugs are found, patches are released etc etc...

Just seems too much of a headache, as well highlighted here if it all goes pear-shaped!

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Hi there, I have a fairly new WD 5000AAKS Caviar Blue,500gb SATA/16mb cache that I have been discussing in this thread over at the W7 forums:

I will highlight the main issues here quickly:
This HDD originally had an installation of Ubuntu.
I tried installing W7 but encountered a problem with the MBR and was unable to install.
A soloution has been proposed in the thread mentioned above. (Thanks "helper")
I intend to go ahead with the fix but not until I'm sure the disk is configured correctly,
all previous partitions have been deleted. I havent formatted it yet.
I was uncirtain if I should assign a drive letter/Paths (probly not).
can anyone offer me some tips?
I appreciate any help,
I thought I should ask this over here considering the topic.

Answer:Preparing HDD for use in another system.

If the drive is correctly identified by the BIOS and the Windows 7 installer then I don't see where's the problem...

I take it that you don't need any of the data already stored on the drive, correct?

If that's the case just create any partitions you need and format the drive. There won't be any traces of Ubuntu left after a format.

When you are done with formatting, just install Win7 on the partition you like and you are set.

If everything is done correctly you won't need to assign any drive letters, Windows will set those automatically.

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Gday everyone

Okay have purchased a SSD (waiting for it's arrival).

Steps I have taken for it's install :-

1. Modified the registry Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
Set the value to 0 (zero)
2. Disabled Superfetch and Readyboost
3. I use a 3rd Party Defragger - Auslogics Disk Defrag already, so I can pick and choose which drives I want to defrag.
4. Modified [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters] to 0 (zero)
5. Modified [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction]

I have read that Vista does not support TRIM, so I have a question, what impact will that have on my SSD?

I bought the SSD to use solely for my OS, and all my programmes, and I plan on cloning my current C:\ over to the new SSD, then just wiping the old C:\ and let it sit there empty.

I plan on keeping my old IDE HD and SATA HD, and as you should see I have 3 External HD's, where not only do I have my backup images (Paragon and Macrium), but also everything that is important, music, pics, doc's and programmes.

One thing I am not sure about is the AHCI in the BIOS, do I / can I set it to AHCI now or do I wait until the SSD is installed?

I also found out this evening Winblows aka Microflacid will no longer be bringing out Critical Updates for Vista by early April 2013. (Yet they're still su... Read more

Answer:Preparing an SSD and Vista

I've never messed around with an SSD. I am not sure where you got your information on Vista updates but I do know that support of vista does not go out until 2017. Mainstream support ended last year however they will continue to release updates until 2017.

Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Microsoft Windows Help

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Hi all,
after years of building my own PCs I decided that I would treat myself to a good 'un and I assembled my wish list earlier this year. I was going switch to an ASUS Sabertooth mobo with an FX 8370, 16 Gb DDr3.
But when this failed to even post I swapped it back to my regular Asrock mobo supplier of choice and bought an 990X Extreme6 - which worked straight out of the box. Kudos to Amazon though - no messing about and refunded straight away.
Anyway I digress.
I've done a clean install of a new copy of Win7 pro ( no attempt to badger MS into reactivating my OEM copy of win7 from my old machine) and as I have a lot of software installed on my old machine I decided that an inventory/audit was required . So this tidy up is a vital operation before commissioning my new PC.
What has puzzled me is that Windows Easy transfer reports just over 100GB of data to transfer. 43.2 GB from my admin user account and some 60GB from "shared items".
As I only have the one user account this is odd. I looked at the advanced tab details which yielded the stark fact that this 60GB was mainly "other items" and I can't for the life of understand what all this garbage could be. But this doesn't help me to clean up my old system because I don't know what I need to delete/purge. My question is, therefore - how do I establish the content and it's location and equally , if it's not personal user account data but windows crap , how do I know whether or not it can be deleted.?
regar... Read more

Answer:preparing my old win 7 system for tranfer to my new PC

All you have to do is copy your personal datafiles, without the crap.
Don't use the tranfer, cause it copy's about your whole pc. (for instance useless system backup)
With outlook you just transfer the PST file.

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I tried to do system restore on my acer laptop I've got windows 8 but I think I updated when it was free or whatever I must've gotten impatient and done it twice b/c now I've got 2 windows saying Preparing to restore system and it's stuck. Can anyone help me? I have a window open so I can access the control panel . The acer guy said he'd tell me how to fix it for a price

Answer:Preparing to restore system

I've got 2 windows open saying 'preparing to restore system ' and it's just stuck it's an acer E5-571 WINDOWS 10

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Okay, so I hate Vista. It irks me. Irrational, yes, but I have decided to move back to an OS that I like. The problem is that I keep hearing horror stories about downgrading a computer that came with Vista to XP. The computer in question is an HP a6030n, which is still entirely stock, but will not be when I am done. My plan is to install a new graphics card (BFG Tech NVidia 6800GS) and sound card (generic), and then install XP SP2 Pro. Any pitfalls I should look out for?

Answer:Preparing to remove Vista

The main problem would be getting HP drivers for XP for that particular model. But since you'll be used non-HP video and sound cards, you shouldn't have too many problems. Just be sure you can get drivers for your network adapter, modem (if you still use dialup), and your chipset (should be an easy one to find) that will work with XP. Do this BEFORE you format the drive and install XP.

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I want to make the leap from 32 bit to 64 bit Windows; however, I want to do so as painlessly as possible.

Other than starting from the beginning, I know there is no simple method, but is there software available that can scan my computer and tell me which of my software and hardware is compatible or incompatible with 64 bit Windows?

I have unsuccessfully searched Google and this forum for any such software. I just don't want to make the leap and discover the majority of my software does not work with 64 bit Windows and then have to revert back.

My processor is 64 bit capable as it has already been tested. I just have a lot of software that I don't want to render useless although I will benefit with 4 GB of additional memory.

Any help, suggestions, or ideas would be appreciated.

Than you.

Answer:Software for Preparing System for Upgrade from 32 Bit to 64 Bit

Hi, and welcome to TSF.

I believe this should help.

Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Official Microsoft Download Center

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I am familiar with prearing a New hard drive foDOS systems - Format F Disk and all that.My existing system was prepared in such a way and XP loaded and 'converted itself' from Win98What do you do for to put XP onto a new diskAs above or something else?

Answer:preparing new HDD to recieve NTFS system.

hi thereYou need to first set the BIOS to boot from CD-ROM, to do that restart the computer and start tapping the delete key, you will then see boot sequence, change it to boot from CD-ROM, accept the changes and save and exit. Now ensure your XP disc is in the CD-ROM drive and the computer Will start from there.XP set up will start to load and will ask you to format in NTFS.p.s Do a full format and not a quick one

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Hi everyone. I'm having trouble with my Acer laptop. This is what happened. I recieved an automatic update for IE9. I tryed it out, I did not like the new settings. So, I tryed to delete it, it said that I do not have permission to do that. So I did a System Restore to go back to IE8 and it looked like it was doing it's thing. Then it went into the Blue Error Screen. I turned my laptop off and then back on after a minute or so. Everything looked ok, all the intros still come on but "Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (Full Version) Login Screen or Welcome Screen" does not load at all. Just stays on a blank black screen with the mouse arrow. I tried using the F8 options on the laptop but they have not done anything so far. SafeMode does not work and apparently there are no Restore Points anymore. No Backups either. Command Prompt still works. I did a scan and it said there is nothing wrong but there is. Should I get the full version of Windows Vista Install Disk and use the Repair option from there? You know where the disk has options like Install, Uninstall, Repair? I'm not talking about a Recovery Disk with the same F8 options as my laptop.

Answer:No Windows Vista Login Screen after System Restore goes into Blue Error Screen.

Originally Posted by staypuft

Hi everyone. I'm having trouble with my Acer laptop. This is what happened. I recieved an automatic update for IE9. I tryed it out, I did not like the new settings. I tryed to delete it, it said that I do not have permission to do that. So I did a system restore to go back to IE8 and it looked like it was doing it's thing. Then it went into Blue Error Screen. I turned my laptop off and then back on after a minute or so. Everything looked ok, all intros still comes on but "Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (Full Version) Login Screen or Welcome Screen" does not load at all. Just stays with a blank screen and arrow. I tried using the F8 options on the laptop but they have done nothing so far. SafeMode does not work and apparently there are no Restore Points. No Backups either. Command Prompt still works. I did a scan and it said there is nothing wrong but there is. Should I get the full version of Windows Vista Install Disc and use the repair option from there? You know where it has options like Install, Uninstall, Repair? I'm not talking about a Recovery Disc with same F8 options.

Can someone please give me an explaination on how I can boot a disc from a DVD drive. I'm unable to login to Windows Vista, do I use the Command Prompts to boot a disc?

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This is doing my head in a bit

I plan to upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium x86 to Windows Seven Home Premium x64 when it is released. However, I only want to pay for an upgrade licence, NOT a full price version.

My current version of Vista Home Premium is itself an upgrade from the original OEM copy of XP that came on my PC.

There are two ways as far as I can see:

i) Vista Home Premium x86 > Vista Home Premium x64 > Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (first stage done using an alternate media which I have just paid GBP 7 to be delivered shortly.

ii) Vista Home Premium x86 > Windows 7 Home Premium x86 > Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (first stage using an x86 retail upgrade, second stage using alternate media obtained after buying the retail x86 package).

However, looking at the following article:
Installation choices for 64-bit consumer versions of Windows Vista

it reveals that the steps are likely to be even more complex. For example, my option i) becomes:Uninstall Vista altogether
Reinstall my original Dell x86 copy of XP Home Edition.
Use the Vista alternative media to do an upgrade installation of Vista Home Premium x64.
Then do an upgrade installation of Windows x64 on top of that.
Extremely messy, and almost certain to end in tears!

It would be nice if MS took the opportunity to provide a straightforward upgrade path from x86 to x64 this time around; until we know the upgrade options no one knows for sure I guess. However, does anyone know or susp... Read more

Answer:Preparing for x86 Vista > x64 Win7 upgrade

Hi there

I've been through all this rigmarole and it
(can't say it in English or the post will get deleted
but think of Bovine scatology or dogs little round objects)

raunverulegur dogs mi?degisver?ur af a s??askapur

Sometimes you wonder have these bozos at microsoft ever actually used a computer when you see the sort of rigmarole you have to do to upgrade an OS.

The problem with the alternative media is that although it forces you to do a CLEAN install you have to have the VISTA 32 system on your computer when you start the install -- even though you boot from the x-64 version DVD and it will wipe the OS from your Disk.

Don't Format the HD and do a clean install with the 64 bit alternative media --if you do when you try and activate windows you'll get a nice message saying - this copy of Windows can only be activated via an UPGRADE !!!!!
even though you can't run the setup.exe from Vista x-86.

And of course if it goes wrong and you've deleted your x-86 Vista version you can't re-install that again either -- guess why -- same reason --This is an Upgrade version of Vista -- round and round we go.

I gave up trying to explain this to some call center guy in India who obviously was reading from a prepared script and was just going round in circles
-- so I just said "red quote as above", slammed down the phone (and broke it), polished off 3 glasses of strong neat scotch , downloaded a "Torrent" X-64 bit version of Vista and then &qu... Read more

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EVERYTIME I try to download any file, program, anything it ALWAYS gets stuck at preparing to copy and says "Copied 0 of 0 bytes" and just sits there forever. I've tried saving the files I want to download to new locations (Ie: Desktop, C: drive, etc.) with no luck, and I've tried turning off firewalls and everything else and it still gets stuck. I'm using IE (7 I believe), I can't download firefox or anything else either because those all get stuck on preparing to copy aswell...


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I've attached the Bugcheck Analysis from the minidump. Has anyone seen this error before?


WARNING: Whitespace at start of path element
WARNING: Whitespace at end of path element

Loading Dump File [C:\Windows\Minidump\120610-28656-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

WARNING: Whitespace at start of path element
WARNING: Whitespace at end of path element
Symbol search path is:

Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 UP Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7600.16617.x86fre.win7_gdr.100618-1621
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0x82838000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x82977570
Debug session time: Mon Dec 6 14:30:51.609 2010 (UTC - 6:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 6:34:03.381
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
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Answer:Windows 7 System Crashes preparing to hibernate

Desktop, or laptop?

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@cboyThanks For Ur Review But One Question How To Label DVD?It Can't Label Whole Name "COMPUTER 1/22/2015 11.00 PM 1" On DVD.Plz REply Me How To Label DVD... Thats It & Thanks Again.

Answer:How to label DVD while Preparing For System Image Backup?

You mean the volume label?Most likely reason is the forward slashes in the date. They are illegal characters.Try 1-22-2015 instead.

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Question: Wait for Vista?

Should I wait for Vista to be released so that XP MCE Pro and Home prices will go down?

Answer:Wait for Vista?

Not to be rude, but there is a specific forum for software, and again, specifically for Windows Vista.

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I currently have windows home edition from way back when it first launched and it doesnt even have sp 1 installed on the disk. Im getting sick and tired of phone calls to Microsoft to get the damn OS to activate while dodging popups and typing in activation numbers everytime i reinstall windows which is alot.

So should i get xp home sp2 now or just wait for vista?

If this is a dumb question then im sorry lol

Answer:should i just buy win xp sp2 or wait for vista?

Download the full installation of Service Pack 2, create a slipstreamed installation CD for yourself using nLite, learn how to use the Windows install in a way which doesn't keep stuffing it up and forcing you to reinstall so often, and then wait for Vista to arrive.

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In the near future (within two months), I'll be buying a new computer which I hope to build myself, so I won't have an OS pre-installed, and I don't have any original OS installation discs either.

I'm wondering whether I should just get XP (I heard SP3 was coming), or just wait for Vista.

Answer:New PC, should I wait for Vista?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked that, I'd have 251 dollars...

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I am (very) new to computing and about to dive in and buy a notebook to support my PhD research. Is it worth my while waiting a couple of months and buy a notebook complete with Vista? or should I go ahead and ensure I have a voucher for an upgrade.

Answer:Buy Vista now or wait

If you need it now, buy it now. But it is only a couple of weeks until Vista's consumer launch.

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Hi, I have an issue where I'm stick at the please wait screen at boot and the screen keeps blinking. I have same issue booting into safe mode. Any help on how to resolve this? Thank you!

Answer:blinking screen at boot, please wait screen

You need to fill in your specs as complete as possible. If we don't know what your PC is, we can't help.

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There is a file that runs in task manager after combofix starts for a brief period of time called "catchme.tmp" Icons are hidden on desktop, Programs and files missing from Start Menu. any help would be appreciated. Combofix freezes on the screen " preparing to run, may take 10 minutes" Hard drive activity stops and computer locks up. Let it go for hours overnight and still stuck.

Answer:Combofix Freezes at preparing to run screen

ComboFix usage, Questions, Help - Look here -


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When signing in screen says preparing windows. Then a box opens and says unable to open account. Sign out and try again or hit dismiss, non of your work will be saved if you hit dismis. What can I do to get windows to open? I cant find bookmarks, documents or pictures either 

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when i start up my laptop i get a meesage that says" preparing automatic repair" it continues to run but nothing happens

Answer:upon start up i get a screen that says"preparing automatic r...

Hi, Shutdown the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  Select the Diagnostic Menu option ( f2 ) and run the tests on the Hard Drive. Post back with the results, including any error codes that may be generated. Regards, DP-K

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HiSome of you may remember my post about which laptop to buy a couple of months ago here, and many of you kindly replied. Well, I did buy a Toshiba, but after a few days I got a blue screen and nothing would happen. So I contacted the shop (my nephew is the manager!!) and he took it back. He offered me the option of waiting till mid-March until the latest stock arrived. So currently that is where Im at.But Im totally confused about Vista; I see so much negative reviews about it. In fairness i see some good reviews too. But even elsewhere here on this site, people are talking about Misrosoft rushing their next OS, Windows 7 !! When is that likely to happen? And, though I know its difficult to answer, should I get my new one now with Vista, or persuade him to give me a refund and wait for Windows 7? I do want a new one, but can wait a while. Dont think Id like to wait more than 1-2 yrs though.Thanks for your opinions.h

Answer:Buy Vista Laptop now or wait?

windows 7 (code name) isn't planned for release till 2010,don't think you could wait that long...

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I ordered a copy of Vista Home Premium Upgrade and am planning on ordering the 64-bit version from Microsoft as soon as I get the Key #.

I am planning to run Xp and Vista in dual boot and am in no hurry to get Vista installed.

Should I install Vista 32 bit now just to play around with or should I just wait for the 64 bit version to get here?

Also, can I install the 64 bit version while leaving my XP drive connected without the XP key being deactivated? I know if I install the 32 bit upgrade I will have to disconnect my XP drive.

Answer:Install Vista 32 bit now or wait for 64 bit

I say go for 64-bit. Vista itself is kind of annoying, but go with the 64-bit version if you're going for it now.

RAM is dirt cheap, and you'll need the 64-bit version to address all the memory you'll buy this year. I have 6GB because I found 4GB for under $90 to go with my 2GB I bought in September. 6GB allows for nice precaching, and most of my apps start in 2-3 seconds now. It rocks.

Going for the 32-bit version will just be a burden and limit your future.

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I am building a new system and want to take advantage of DX10 for gaming.
I dont want to make the mistake of getting Vista ultimate to find 6 months from now 7 is the way to go. Is Vista as buggy as people say, or is it just inexperianced users. I currently have xp pro. My new PC will have AMD PII 550 black edition cpu in a gigabyte 790x motherboard with 4gb ram and a Ati HD4850 512 mb graphics card.

Answer:Vista now or wait for 7 release

Wait for Windows7, avoid Vista... have in mind DX11 (ATI will release some this year) .....

And how about using Windows 7 RC now (will last you for a year), while you wait for Windows 7 Release? (and probably wait for its price to drop)

Vista was bad uppon release, got good enough after the SPs. But still, Windows 7 is quite better and there's no reason for Vista now.

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im about to upgrade my pc with new memory, mobo and cpu. I have found out that i wont be able to use all 4 gigs of my new ram. I am thinking about upgrading to vista, but want to go ahead and go 64 bit as it looks like thats gonna be the future. Should i wait for windows 7, or should i go ahead and get windows vista 64? thanks

Answer:Vista 64 or wait for windows 7?

It depends really. If you install Windows 7 Beta now, you'll be wiping it clean and starting over at least once or twice before getting the final version, which doesn't have an official release date as of yet. Vista x64 is very stable, performs very well, and would be a great choice if you can get it cheap. If I was in your shoes, and knew I'd want Windows 7, I'd probably look for a cheap Vista Basic license for now to hold me over until Windows 7 is released, and stable.

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Hello, a friend of my Wife's is asking me for advice for a new pc, she is completely new to pc's, I am ok with sorting out spec but not sure whether to advise her to get a Vista pc now, with a possible free Windows 7 upgrade disk or wait for Windows 7.As I understand it the Windows 7 upgrade Disk will involve a clean reinstall, is that correct. I would welcome anyone's opinion on buying now or waitingMany Thanks

Answer:Vista or wait for Windows 7

I honestly believe (though many will disagree) that Vista will go down in history as Microsoft's biggest disaster since Windows ME. The number of users who've reverted to XP, and the lack of uptake by the business sector, is testament to that. Windows 7 is supposed to address many of the criticisms of Vista and also to be able to run on much less highly specified hardware; the hardware requirements to run Vista were (IMHO) patently absurd.As Windows 7 is due in October, I'd recommend waiting for that, unless the need for the new PC is urgent.

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Hi, last few weeks my pc is having some strange startup problem, when it gets to windows and ''please wait'' comes up it hangs there for about 2 minuites before loading the desktop, i have no idea why its doing this as its not using any hdd or cpu usuage..everything is silence. after about 2 mins the hdd will roar up (10k raptor) and begin to load the desktop etc.

Answer:Vista 64 startup ''Please wait''

anyone know what could cause this problem?

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Hey folks. thanks for reading.

I need more Ram - From what I read Vista 32bit only suppors 3g ram - I'm a graphic designer that heavily abuses Adobe programs, I feel like my computer should move faster then my brain.

When is 7 coming? Later than sooner? Or should I just give in and buy the 64bit upgrade. *** the difference? And its not failr if you're a Microsoft Dealer that reply's "Get the upgrade".



Answer:Wait for 7 or Vista Upgrade?

Hi -

Windows 7 Release Candidate is coming out on 5th of May. I suggest waiting as it doesn't have near bugs Windows Vista has. Windows 7 will come in x64, also.

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Hello all,
I am shopping around for a new laptop and I have decided to go with Dell. I was disappointed to find that most of the choices involve getting Vista Home Premium 64-bit. I have Vista Home Premium 32-bit and like it, but I have heard of problems with 64 bit such as program incompatablility, instability, and problems with updates etc. I am a middle range user who knows what is inside my computer and basically how it works, but doesn't generally 'tweak' it too much. I'd like to have 2 machines with the same OS (just once and have just got used to the Vista program.
Is Vista 64 as much of a pain as I've heard?

Also, if I do go with 64 bit, how much memory is recommended? I have 4Gigs on my 32 bit machine and it likes it fine.. but what's on offer at Dell, 4 Gigs seems to be minimum for 64 bit.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Answer:New laptop-Vista 64 bit or wait for Win 7?

Hi; I have Vista Home premium 64 bit on a new HP desktop. I have been on HP support 4 times to resolve an issue; folders on my portable hd appear as "read only" on the vista machine and cannot be changed.

No one has been able to resolve the issue, this may just be a bad windows install, or some sort of other annomolly. The 64 bit version is not very stable; the computer occasionally freezes or otherwise locks up.

The folks in Redmond should be ashamed of this effort. This computer is very close to going back in the box and back to Sams club.

I would wait.


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My laptop is able to boot up normally. But when I want to log in to my account, it stucks at "Loading your personal settings" screen. I waited for quite sometime but it is still stuck there and my profile is not uploaded. I tried many times. But discovered I am able to log in to administrator account and use it without problems. I had even done a system restore but it does not solve the problem. It was working fine till now. I had this problem before and had to reformat it. But I do not want to. Is there any way to solve this problem? Please help. I really need to access to this account.

Answer:Screen stucks at "Loading your personal settings". HELP please!!!

If you can log in to the administrator account then you should be able to resolve this.Log in as the admin, then openC:\Documents and Settings\your.usernameSelect Tools > Folder Options > View Select "Show hidden files and folders"This folder contains all the information relating to your account. For the time being, you can access files this way.To resolve the problem, I would try renaming the folders in C:\Documents and Settings\your.username one at a time. Then log off, and try logging on Rename "Application Data" to "Application Data Old"Log off administratorLog on as your.usernameIf this failsLog on as administratorRename "C:\Documents and Settings\your.username\application data old" back to C:\Documents and Settings\your.username\application dataRepeat this process for each folder.

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bought this laptop at around march 2014, perfectly fine, problem started about a week or 2 ago, when i press the power button it booted up to the lenovo screen and stucked there. the only 2 ways that i can boot it normally is by: 1. when its off, press onekey recovery and select normal startup2. when its off, keep holding the power button until it boots to the lenovo logo screen and release the power button after it shuts down from the lenovo logo screen, then press the power button. that way it will boot normally any possible explaination and solution? thanks

Answer:Lenovo ideapad 510 start up and stucks on lenovo logo screen

Hi  Edgarlee,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!        
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with system stuck at Lenovo logo.
As per your query, please disconnect all the external devices and try to power on the system, try to boot to BIOS and check for the issue.
If you are able to boot to BIOS, try to load the BIOS default setting and check for the issue.
If you are not able to boot to BIOS then please perform a power drain by disconnecting all the external devices connected to the system, also remove the battery and shutdown the machine and press and hold the power button for 30 seconds and now connect adapter and battery and try to power on the system and check for the issue.
Hope this helps! Do post us back for further q... Read more

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Hello, I have an Ideapad Y530 with Windows Vista Home Premium SP1.  When I suspend the system, it takes 90 seconds-2 minutes to resume. I usually have nothing but Windows IE running when I suspend. I have already disabled Veriface and the login password protection with no improvement to the wait time. I might as well completely shut down the system and restart it. What can I do to reduce this wait time? Many thanks, - tom 

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How long have you found System Restore to take?
Is leaving it to run over night ever the done thing? It's currently taking well over two hours here. I'm just wondering - maybe my machine's buggered.

Answer:System Restore: your longest wait

At worst, I have seen it take 45 minutes. Never overnight, or two hours though. Guess it depends on the amount of changes and machine spec.

My wife's old workstation might have taken that long though. It was a P4, with 2GB of ram (shared with video) and Windows XP.

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I keep getting a screen that says "please wait' followed by a number of dots when I first turn my computer on. It stays there for a moment, then goes to the normal welcome screen. I do not know what is causing it. I've run virus checks with Bitdefender and malware checks with MBam, (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, for those who aren't aware of the nickname for it) and they both say my computer is clean. Is there something going on here that I'm not seeing? If so, what, and how do I get rid of this?

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i have a 2 yrs old asus laptop and sadly the warranty is expired and i do not have the money to repair my computer.

the problem with the computer is that whenever i turn it on there is a screen with the asus symbol which under it it says preparing automatic repair. after a while in this screen the computer screen goes black but the computer is turned on (and i can feel it working).
any ideas how to solve it?

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I've been stuck on this screen for ages, everything else went smoothly. The download, the normal Windows Update screen "Preparing the files" worked fine, but this wont do anything. Can't get past this screen
Any help is appreciated. I can't download it all again because I use prepaid wifi that costs me $10/GB and have non left.

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I have a HP laptop Model: 15-f004wm and it's stuck in auto repair mode. What should I do?

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it has been two hours and it is still on the blue screen that says please wait prepping windows what do i do please help

Answer:it is taking forever on the screen that says preparing wind

What are you trying to install?Is it from a CD/DVD or other?message edited by Johnw

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Hi, got stuck in preparing auto repair screen.Even F11 doesn't work. Did a fast system test and find out that Harddrive short dst check failed.Failure id: GUVWS8-74383X-MFPV61-60R703Appreciate if someone can help.

Answer:Stuck in preparing auto repair screen

Hi!, @ayhan203: Welcome, to Forum !. By the present error, IMHO, is fail, of HDD. You needed call, to Center, of Support and Assistance of HP, more near, your home, from ...

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hey, i recently upgraded a few components e.g graphics card, harddrive and the PSU. everything has been working perfectly for about 3 days. originally i had a 500gb hard drive which had only about 40GB left on it so i thought it'd be a good idea to boot from my new 1 tb internal hard, i got the reccomended program 'acronis true image' the trial version as i would have had to pay for it which i did not want to do seeing as i would only use it this once. so after i installed the program i cloned my 500gb internal hdd onto my new hdd and made sure i had not deleted anything as to make sure i chose the correct boot drive in the bios once i successfully changed the boot drive to my new hdd i restarted the computer and double checked that my windows 7 had linked with this drive, i also checked over each hard drive to make sure a few important things were on each and they seemed exactly the i decided to format my old 500gb hdd after knowing almost deffinately that it had booted to my new drive. i formated it by simply going into the device management and right clicking on the partition and pressing format. it came up that it could stop a few programs from working if i did this and asked if i wanted to force format it. so i had one last check to make sure i hadnt missed anything and compared each to make sure each of them match up with their i then agreed to force it then all of a sudden a load of programs on my computer dissappeared and my computer turned... Read more

Answer:err: preparing your desktop then goes onto blank blue screen

Try this:1. Open Task Manager.2. Click on File -> New Task...(Run).3. Enter in explorer.exeDoes this show your desktop?You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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After having a new fan installed two weeks ago, my computer has randomly become unresponsive at times with only the mouse cursor being able to move. Until now powering the computer back up again has "fixed" the problem. The fan had been required, on top of a full reinstall of Windows, which had cost enough to make me feel content with this method for now.

Tonight, however, I had the same problem but, after powering it on and off (since restarting it always just got me stuck in the BIOS screen) I find myself stuck on a black screen that follows Windows telling me that it is preparing an automatic repair.

I've tried restarting it but nothing stops it continually ending up on that screen. Even if I can get back onto the desktop, I expect I'll end up having to call someone to see what's causing everything to become unresponsive.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Processor (CPU) Intel? Core?i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache Motherboard ASUS? P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI?CrossFireX Memory (RAM) 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT) Graphics

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My laptop displays preparing automatic repair and won't boot up.  The screen just goes black.  What do I do?

Answer:Screen displays preparing automatic repair only.



I see that you're having an issue booting the notebook. Could you tell me what OS you have? 

I look forward to your response.



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Issue is "Preparing Automatic Repair" comes on screen for 20 seconds and then laptop shuts down.

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Hi There,

I have the same problem as zigzag8336 (Window update redirects to Google) and I followed instructions given to zigzag by sundavis.

All went well until the combofix got stuck to the "preparing Log Report" screen.
I did install the windows recovery console as requested by Combofix.

Am I totally screwed here or is there still hope for getting my PC back in order.

I'm running XP with SP2 installed.

Please help if you can.


Answer:Combofix stuck at "preparing Log Report" screen

Well let's hope the Blue text at the top of this page didn't happen..Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.32) and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the... Read more

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Hi Need urgent assistance!!! PLEASE
Last night Windows Vista Home d/load new updates - IE 8 and I uninstalled Avast anti virus and put on PC Tools anti virus. It wanted me to restart which I did and now when it boots up it freezes on the screen 'Please Wait' the circle keeps spinning and acts like it is thinking but nothing. I have tried booting in Safe
mode with and without networking and with the command prompt - all with the same outcome.

This Acer is pretty new, last month or so, not sure of exact specs, but I don't even have the option to repair vista or restore from a previous config. Only options I get are the Safe Mode ones and Start windows Normally.

The Computer came pre loaded with Vista Home and hence I don't seem to have the disks. I know that normally the backup of vista is on the partition drive but how do I get to it if I cannot load into Windows? I need to fix this as its not my computer and feeling extremely guilty!!!

Please if you respond not to difficult indepth tech answers I know a little but not good with fiddling with the inside of the comp....
Thanks Anything would be GREAT!!!!!


Hi Did the computer owner ask you to uninstall the Avast and what method did you use to uninstall it?

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Sometimes ago, I post a message here describing a strange issue with my X61 laptop: it wait for about 30 seconds with blank screen before starting to boot Vista. An engineer from Lenovo came to look at the machine and told me that it is an OS issue. However, after experimenting with the Bios setting, I found that if I enable all the devices in the "I/O port access" setting, then the time of waiting will reduce to 10 seconds (instead of 30). On the other hand, if I enable the "Intel (R) AMT" in Bios, then the computer asks for "the <CTRL-P> action" after the 10 seconds. Thus, I think it is definitely a Bios issue instead of an OS issue. I wonder if anyone else experiences a similar problem? I am still finding a way to eliminate the 10 seconds waiting time altogether. Any help? Daniel

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Currently using Windows 98, I am thinking whether I should buy a $100 XP or wait til Vista comes out this year. Should I buy xp or wait for Vista?

Answer:Wise OS move: XP or wait for Vista

if you are still on 98, get XP because the machine you are one, unless it built like a brick **** house, wont handle Vista. Unless you want to build another machine, get Vista

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The wait for Microsoft's delayed Windows Vista could be even longer than expected, according to a research report issued this week.

In March, Microsoft announced that widespread distribution of Windows Vista would be delayed until early 2007. Now, research company Gartner Group has reported that the operating system might not be fully available until at least the second quarter of next year.

Gartner said: "Microsoft's track record is clear. It consistently misses target dates for major operating system releases. We don't expect broad availability of Windows Vista until at least 2Q07 [second quarter of 2007], which is nine to 12 months after Beta 2."

Microsoft, however, maintains that everything is on schedule, in line with its March announcement.

A Microsoft spokesman told sister site CNET News: "We respectfully disagree with Gartner's views around timing of the final delivery of Windows Vista. We remain on track to deliver Windows Vista Beta 2 in the second quarter and to deliver the final product to volume-licence customers in November 2006 and to other businesses and consumers in January 2007."

Gartner said it believes that as a result of modifications Microsoft made in 2004 to the modular structure of Windows, the software company will need more time for "shims", or tweaks made to reported problems. This process takes place reactively as users try out the Beta 2 release of the operating system.

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Answer:Vista wait could be a long one, says Gartner

Personally, I don't think this will be any realy problem for MS or the deployment of the software. MS doesn't need any boom for Christmas, and by coming after, they will get extended growth throught the year, not just at one time. Their big money is in the VLP program anyway, so the retail version isn't that much. They will make their timelines and still make a killing on it. If the PC makers are waiting for it, then that is there problem. They should have more forsight than that, and be looking for ways to leverage their hardware, not the software that it runs on.

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Bleh.. I need another Win XP cdkey.. I'm tring to decide if I should purchase another Win XP cdkey, or if I should just hold out and wait for Vista.. currently running linux on it and wanna switch it to windows to run a couple games..

Answer:Is it worth it purchasing another CD key, or wait for Vista?

Do you qualify to give the Vista beta a try?

Realistically, maybe XP is the way to go. Even when Vista is released for sale, it would be prudent to wait for a service pack before adopting.

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Bioshock is complaining for a dx9. Just seems kind of odd that dx10 doesnt support previous versions. Is this correct?

Answer:wait so Vista comes with dx10 support but you still need dx9.0c?

DX9.0c is not actually just one version. There are many many versions of DX9.0c which get updated every few months or so. Essentially, new features get added to 9.0c which require additional or recompiled DX binaries. These, however, are not mandatory unless you need them for a specific application.

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I currently have Windows XP Proffesional installed (32 bit).

I have a 64 bit capable machine and would like to upgrade to a 64-bit OS.

Should I wait for Windows 7 or should I upgrade to Vista SP2 now?

Answer:Should I wait for Windows 7 or upgrade to Vista SP2?

Wait for Windows 7. You'll regret going to Vista this close to 7's launch. Why not just run the RC till October?

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Hi all

I'm running a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop on Vista 32.

About six months ago I started to experience a long delay between log on and desktop appearing: perhaps three minutes on some occasions. Its not getting any worse, but nor is it getting better, and its an annoying waste of time!

Any ideas why this might be happening?


Answer:Vista: long wait for desktop.

The long boot time could be caused by the amount of programs starting when Vista starts up.

To view what is running at start up, go to the Orb (Start) > Run type msconfig click on the Start Up tab. Uncheck any programs you don't want to start when Vista starts up.

Also any type of Security Suite will cause a delay in start up. However I wouldn't disable it.

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I'm putting together my I7 rig and was wondering if I should just stick with XP until windows 7 comes out or should I pay 100 bucks for an OEM Vista in the meantime?

I am definately getting Win 7 when it comes out but is there a projection on when that will be yet?

If its only gonna be 6 months or so then I'll probably just stick with my XP until then, if its going to be another year before its on shelves though, then I'll go with Vista.

Anyone help my dilemma?

Answer:Windows 7 release? Pay for Vista now or wait?

Even though I love Vista, if I were you I would stick with XP (assuming you already own a copy) since Windows 7 will probably be out within the year. There is no sense IMO in paying 100 bucks for something you will only be keeping for less than a year.

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Recently everytime i start up my computer it start ups normal but when it hits please wait it just hangs there for more then 5 minutes before going to the desktop.
I have tried disabling things from my services tab in "msconfig" also in the startup tab. I read somewhere that you should turn on System Event Viewer to see the problems that happen but i get this error everytime it goes to the desktop after startup (Could not connect to System even notification service)

I dont know by turning that on it made it slower or what. I really dont know what to do so decided to come here for help.

Answer:[VISTA] Please wait on startup takes for ever

Try the followings:

1. Scan your pc to remove virus/spyware
2. Restore your computer if it was running fine previously
3. delete your cookies, unwanted files, etc
4. Run system fragmentation

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Everyone at my work is getting Vista Ultimate for free (well sorda, gotta spend a few of my days off doing the training) as part of our training requirements, not a jump that I wanted to take yet but, its free. Now I just have to decide which system to put it on, or if I should just wait till xmas when I do a new system rebuild. Im not sure if its OEM, or retail as of yet, since the box isnt in my hand. If its OEM and I install it on my laptop I wouldnt have to worry about transfering the license. More ram and a C2D are in store for that, and a phone call to MS should fix any activation issues with that. That still leaves me with my longterm problem, since I mostly game and watch movies on my PC I see Vista being something that I will be required to have on my main rig at some time, where my laptop can get away with XP or Linux. Has anyone had issues with OEM Vista and activation on a full system upgrade? I dont want to install it on my main rig and find out Im SOL in 6 months when I upgrade...

Answer:Vista Ultimate... Should I install it now, or wait?

This thread is too long and wordy.

Go for it.

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Asking this in behalf of my son re his new laptop. This was offered as a windows update on his Vista 64 bit OS. Is anyone out there using Vista 64 bit SP2, and if so, any problems/issues with it?

Answer:Windows Vista 64 bit SP2. Update or wait?

I can't reply to this (but I am anyway I guess), but any SP should be installed. Running win 7 at the moment.

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Three minutes people. I can get passed the windows logo sign fine but when it gets to my desktop all that's visable is the background, not even the toolbar. After everything loads onto my screen it takes even more time to click on something to open a program, this is ridiculous.

I'm working off of a HP Pavilion dv6565us, now the computer outer shell says dv6000 but the dxdiag and the serial code slapped on it says the right catalog #. The model hasn't been an issue, I just wanted to get the specs out

Answer:The three minute wait (windows vista)

First step would be to check your start-up items. What do you have there?
You can check them in CCleaner Tools>Startup. Anything that you can start when you need it can be removed from your start-ups. Leave your AV, Firewall, and your resident malware apps there and also anything like your specialized audio or video drivers or controllers. Some AV apps, firewalls, and malware apps take a long time time to load, so you may consider getting a lighter, faster protection system.
It wouldn't hurt to also run the Cleaner and Registry options on CCleaner

Here's a good Read Me to give you an idea what I'm talking about.
Basic computer maintenance everyone should do

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Hello. I have tried everything and this is by far my last resort. The past hours i've been trying to fix something and i finally have resorted to help. I bought 2 sticks of 1 Gig Ddr Ram and put it on my computer. The computer ran well(faster then normal of course. All of a sudden it starts to get stuck on the loading screen when you first boot up windows xp with the bar underneath going across. I used System recovery and it worked. After it was done it said Error can't copy smss.exe file is missing contact administrator so i ignored it because i found the file in the folder location C:/Windows/system32 and was able to use the computer to navigate freely. The next day i can't even get on again so i do a full system restore, now i'm stuck at the screen where the logo Microsoft Windows XP is located and below it reads Please wait ...Plese can i get some help, i spend 6 hours trying to resolve this matter and nothing seems to be working. Help would be greatly appreciated.I tried Safe Mode and it reads that Windows XP Has not been installed yet or finished installing.I used system recovery method chkdsd and the hard drive was fine.Thanks in Advance

Answer:System recovery/restore stuck at please wait

You're a bit confusing swapping between 'System Restore' (Windows' wind-back' utility) and 'System Recovery' - are you using a recovery disk/partition supplied with the machine or an OEM copy of Windows?Did you try removing the extra RAM as this is possibly where the problem started?If you've already tried a recovery then I take it you haven't got any data-losing issues, in which case your best option is to start the recovery process again (with your original memory configuration)."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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