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Why can't computers load the OS earlier in the boot process?

Question: Why can't computers load the OS earlier in the boot process?

I was reading an article referred to me from another thread on the Windows OS boot process, and while reading, I couldn't help but wonder --
When a computer turns on, why can't it start loading the OS earlier on in the boot process?
Regarding the gradual unfolding of a computer's boot processes from power-on -> OS loaded, why are there so many "hoops" to jump through in the boot process? It seems like the BIOS has to point to this location, this location can then read that location, that location can then load this location, this location runs this to load that location, etc., progressively higher and higher level. Even accessing a hard drive, it seems like there are multiple incarnations of "drivers" that need to be used until the highest-level drivers within the OS can take over.

I can sort of understand why it's necessary for a lifeless piece of machinery be able to go from a powerless, very low-level functionality and climb the ladder to higher functionality (with analogies like needing to start in lower gears to work up speed toward higher gears), but as far as computers go, I don't particularly understand the specifics of why it can't be done in less "hoops". I'd guess it's a large part of what the BIOS->UEFI transition is for -- a higher-level intermediary between powerless low-level hardware and higher-functioning OS abilities...?

I think I can catch the drift analogy-wise, but if anyone can provide specifics, it'd be much appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Why can't computers load the OS earlier in the boot process?

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Answer: Why can't computers load the OS earlier in the boot process?

Well which parts of the procedure do you have questions about? If you pick out a particular step, we can explain why it is necessary.

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umm i was just wondering if someone knew how to make windows (XP) load its graphics drivers before the boot screen
so that it can be shown in full colour. ??? i know you can.
but i aint 100% sure how to.. and i dun wanna screw anything up!
so can someone teach me??


Answer:moving the gfx drivers to load earlier in boot

I really don't want to make myself look like a fool but I highly doubt that you can. During the boot screen is when they load all the basic drivers which would include the graphics driver. Then the other drivers and loaded afterward.

When I frist read the thread I thought maybe something is MSconfig but thing after looking at it the information in there isn't loaded until after the boot screen.

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I like to use my mouse on the left side even though I'm a rightie, so I have the primary buttons switched. Unfortunately, Win7 loads that config almost at the end of the boot up process, which of course is annoying if you're trying to click on a few things while the boot finishes (and not knowing which button to use).

Any way to get the mouse config to load earlier in my boot cycle?
Thanks folks!

Answer:Load mouse config earlier in boot??

Quote: Originally Posted by djroese

I like to use my mouse on the left side even though I'm a rightie, so I have the primary buttons switched. Unfortunately, Win7 loads that config almost at the end of the boot up process, which of course is annoying if you're trying to click on a few things while the boot finishes (and not knowing which button to use).

Any way to get the mouse config to load earlier in my boot cycle?
Thanks folks!

USB, PS-2, or? specs would help.

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Please adviseUsing MS BootVis I have analyzed my boot. It takes 141 seconds for my X61 to boot. Everything including video but not shell is loaded within 20 seconds. Then there is a a 110 second period of periodic small disk and CPU activities with two large disk and CPU blocks within. At about 132 seconds the shell starts to load, the shell load is completed at 141 seconds and then the processes start to load. The process loads take another 100 seconds.My major concern is the 140 second boot. This is a relatively new phenomena but I can not point to any particular action that lead to this boot performance catastrophe.I run MS OneCare with regular virus scans. I have run CCleaner to remove all temp files and clean up the registry. I have reviewed processes and services being loaded and removed those that I as an amateur thought could be removed. Please note that for business reasons my entire hard drive is encrypted using True Crypt and I also run a Checkpoint VPN service. I have been using these for some time prior to the boot problem.
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  0 downloadsThanks in advance for any assistance.-------------------Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:16:42 AM, on 3/14/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS ... Read more

Answer:141 second boot then 100 second process load

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When I start the game "DiRT", press enter, the message like that, saying, that load profile is aborted, appears. Why? What I did wrong? Is this a bug in the game? I dont want to create a new profile. I wanna go on, but I can't because of this stupid issue.

Im running windows XP SP2. 2.33 GHz / 1,98 GB of RAM / NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS

I have a patch 1.2 installed to my DiRT.

Hope somebody will answer.


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For some reason my windows for corrupted so I needed to reinstall one but when I burned a Windows 7 on dvd the DVD/CD reader does not spin completely and I am unable to boot Windows.
Initially I used to easily boot from a DVD but now the problem is that I have already tried 3 discs but they also showed the same behaviour. Interestingly when I use a CD it is able to boot but it's too damage to complete the installation. Please help.

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How can I get rid of "Earlier version of Windows" from the boot menu? The Boot tab of MSCONFIG does not show this entry.

Answer:Earlier version of windows in boot menu

You can use EasyBCD to do it.

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In attempting to use a new program I was told I had to do a Replacement of my Win XP Home OS. Turned out the software problem was a problem with software, not my OS. In any event, I ended up with dual booting of 2 versions of Win XP. Gateway tech had me delete the reference to the OS located in my WinNT directory. I slightly protested but was assured that was the proper one to delete and I wouldn't lose any data. Actually, that deleted my ability to boot in my original OS which I want back because all my files, programs, email, configurations, etc., are accessible there.
I tried Restoration to several places, but that didn't change the boot.ini file which still has only a reference to my "new" OS located in my new Windows directory. My original WinNT directory is still intact. I would like to edit boot.ini and, first, add back in the reference to WinNT directory to see if I can again dual boot. At that time I'd do a backup of my files, documents, etc., to preserve them. Then I plan to again edit boot.ini to change the default to my WinNT directory, hopefully to restore my original system and delete the Windows directory.
My original boot.ini (after the replacement of Win XP) looked something like this (I don't have the exact wording of the last line):
[boot loader]
(not sure if there was a timeout=? or not)
default=multi(0) disk(0) rdisk(0) partition(1) \Windows="MS Win XP Home" /fastdetect
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Answer:Win XP Home edit boot.ini to revert to earlier OS

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First Problem:
My computer randomly turns off and immediately restarts, and it happens at random times, One time it happend while the computer was loaded a file in MS Word. Most of the times it happened shortly after it turned on; like while programs are loading up and such; and it rarely ever happens multiple times in one day.

Second Problem:
Earlier today, I went to turn on my computer. I pushed the button, and a yellow light simply came on by where the power button is... the screen stayed "off", I heard no noises, nothing. I held the button to turn it off, tried turning it on again. Eventually I just shook the entire CPU and it immediately turned on...

Also it would be much appreciated if you avoid complex terms... I really have no experience with the physical aspect of computers...

Answer:Computer restarts randomly, and earlier today did not boot up

If you have no experience with computer hardware, it might be better if you took it to a repair shop as you could inadvertently cause more damage. That said, what PC do you have and what are its specifications? Do you get any error messages? Do you get a blue screen before it restarts or does it just go black and restart?

It could be bad RAM, power supply, motherboard, maybe loose cables or something else. You might have to swap in known good parts or test your parts by installing them into another PC. However, you will have to be aware of parts compatibility issues. Do you think you could try this? If so and if you have two RAM modules, you could start by trying to removing one of them and see what happens and then swapping in the other module and testing it.

Before removing or replacing any hardware, make sure the PC is off and unplugged at the back of the PC. Ground yourself to the PC's case to avoid any static discharge which could damage the components.

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Hello there

I have two partitions, one 400GB one and another 40GB one. The 400GB is the main one, of course, with Windows 7 Home Premium installed on it, while I created the other one so I can install Windows XP. For some reason the XP installation failed no matter how many times I tried, and it actually ended up screwing a lot of things and I wasn't able to boot into my Windows 7 until I installed Windows 7 on my 39GB partition and then I got the boot menus back.

Anyway, after deleting the newly installed Windows 7 (and also from the startup options), I still have "Earlier version of Windows" as well as "Windows 7". Of course Windows 7 is set as default, but I'd rather that I don't have to choose since I don't really have an 'earlier version of windows' and I do not know how to remove it.

I tried going to msconfig > boot but it's not listed there. I also tried Advanced System Settings and "Settings" under Startup and Recovery but there is text file anymore that has the startup options like Windows XP did.

What do I do? How do I remove it?

Thanks guys

Answer:How do I remove 'Earlier version of windows' from boot options?

Hello TarekElsakka,

You might check to see if you may be able to delete the entry using OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below.

Windows Boot Manager - Delete a Listed Operating System

Hope this helps,

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I just joined the forum today and apologize if this subject has been covered, but I couldn't find what I needed after searching several times...I have an HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop with Windows XP Media Center addition.  In the 3.5 years that I have owned it, I have done a system recovery to an earlier date several times with good results.  A couple of days ago I started getting lots of unauthorized pop-up windows so I decided to do a system recovery to a date a few weeks ago when things were working fine.  It seemed to have completed the recovery fine (took about 30 minutes), but when the computer restarted, it wouldn't boot up.  It seemed to be stuck in an endless loop on the Windows XP screen; the screen wasn't frozen because the little bars were moving across the screen the whole time.  I finally shut the computer down after 3 hours of this.  I have turned it back on 3 other times for about an hour but it just gets to that screen and stays there.Is there anything I can try?  Thanks for any help... I'm pretty green when it comes to this sort of thing.

Answer:laptop won't boot up after system recovery to an earlier time

Tap F8 repeatedly at boot which should bring you into safemode...see if it works there.If not re-boot doing the same thing and choose "Last known good configuration...

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For a project I need to do the following things:

I need to install Windows XP and Vista on 50 different computers. Also it needs to be updates, configured and I need to install certain programs like Office 2003 and missing drivers. They all have totally different hardware (processors could be Intel Pentium 4/dual core/quadcore or AMD pc's) and peripherals.

During this project, I will work in a company where I have access to a Windows server.

I thought about making an image of the drive and restore it on every pc. however this will have conflicts with HAL and it's not a very clean way, is it?

Do you have any idea's how I could optimize this process?

Answer:Optimize the process to install XP/Vista on 50 computers?

Only thing you can do is install from the network. That will be the only way you can install on each PC since they are all different. Other than that you will be stuck going from machine to machine. There is no way to install XP/Vista on 50 machines that have different hardware and with the requirements you want. Sorry. I know that isnt what you want to hear.

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I did a re-install of Windows, and since then, my G-mail Notifier tries to check my e-mail before my Wifi connection is established- resulting in an error. Then about 15 seconds later, it will finally connect, and then I can select to have it re-check for an Internet Connection. It's a small, but annoying, boot-up annoyance. My browser also starts in offline mode.What's more is, the wireless network notification in the tray doesn't even appear while I'm waiting, to even say it's disconnected, it just looks as if I have no wireless adapter at all for those 15 seconds. Considering 15 seconds is how long it takes my PC to boot to desktop, it's like I'm waiting twice as long for my PC to be internet usable.Is there a way I can advance the priority during start up for loading the wireless adapter driver? Would the necessary service be the Wireless Zero Configuration service, or would it be something else?Athlon XP 3200 Barton CorenVidia Quadro4 980XGL 128MB 1GB PC3200Windows XP Professional SP2BenQ 24" FP241W LCD

Answer:How to load WZC first in XP startup process?

I am only going to deal with one issue at a time."G-mail Notifier"Give us a link, so we know which one you are talking about.

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The website would not load on the two PC's we own.  We subsequently bought a laptop where it also does not load.  Spoke to our son/daughter who live in different states and it comes up without any difficulty whatsoever.  The website is  Any help would be most appreciated

Answer:One & ONLY one website does not load on any of our three computers

It loads fine here ...Is this a weak attempt at SPAM ? ?

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3 computers on home network, 1 wired to D Link router and 2 wireless, everything worked fine until 2 days ago, certain web pages will not load on any of the 3 computers, 1 computer has vista, 2 have W7, downloaded firefox, certain webpages still will not load, restarted both router and cable modem, no change

Norton antivirus and firewall on all computers

Thank you for the help

Answer:Webpages won't load on any of 3 computers

Hard-wire one computer straight to the modem, bypassing router and see, if it works.If not, temporarily uninstall Norton, using Norton Removal Tool: and see what happens.

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Iv been trying to get this back working on my own and done everything I could think of and find on the internet to do and am at a loss. I visited this website almost everyday and never had problems, now I usually get errors after the first page then an't get it up at all for awhile. I haven't been able to do anything on the forum for some time now. I will try to click on a forum or post or anything and depending on which browser I use they are different but internet explorer for example says ''Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage'' other ones display different network connection errors. All other websites are working fine and the website seems to work for other people. I tried checking all my security (F-Secure), router (even directly connecting with out using the router didn't work), my ISP(dish satellite), registry, DNScache flush, temp files, different computers, different browsers, using links to get there, using the IP address just brings up some apache page thing, everything I could find through internet searches but nothing has worked. :(The only change I can think of is that it seems to have started when the forum changed there layout or skin which I'm not sure it has anything to do with it (how could it?) but I never had problems before.I figured after trying so many things without success I should see if anyone more knowledgable had any suggestions.Oh and if it's needed the website/forum is

Answer:All my computers will not load 1 website.

Try to check in your server hosts file .....!

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This page cannot be displayed, or...Internet Explorer cannot display this page, and similar messages. I have an older XPS 420 with Vista that still fires up and works well. The default browser is IE9, but for sites that require something more I use Pale Moon browser Once a connection is made, I can listen ts streaming radio or watch and listen to YouTube music on it
My newer computer has Windows 7 and IE11 and has the same problems...takes forever to load or requires multiple attempts to do. Some pages come right up, but if I press links on those pages it takes longer, quite often, or the page won't come up at all. Both systems worked find until a week or too ago. They both share an Actiontec PK5000 router, which shows that both Qwest Broadband and the ISP are connected at a speed of 2272/896 Kbps.
This is all fed from the landline connection that doubles for my in home phone and router connection. I don't know what ot check next. It would appear that the problem is upstream from my location. My lines connect with the big metal box that sits on a concrete pad out on the street, and thence to heavens knows where. This box serves an apartment complex that uses the old fashioned copper wire lines. I don't do the wireless option on the router.
Not getting any responses on Hardware Forum.  Any ideas what might be causiing this?. 

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I have purchased a laptop and want to sync my PDA on both my laptop and desktop. I need to load MS outlook on both which is on the software disc I got with the PDA but will it let my do that or can you only load it onto one machine?

Answer:Can I load outlook onto two computers?

You can put Office onto one desktop and one portable computer.At least I hope so - I've done it.

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When I boot up, the C: drive stays lit for a long time. It is still loading my "process's" in the task manager.
I see that all my AVG files are usually the last to load, and I think this is the reason my boot up is not
as fast as it used to be. I ran malware bytes, AVG free, and CCleaner. They are all clean, no spyware, virus's

Does anyone have any ideas on what to do? I tried bootvis, that didn't help either. I've only got one
file in my start up, and that the AVG reference. I defrag twice a week also.


Answer:Process load slow, especially AVG processes

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I cannot load on any computers in my house, I have tried restarting router, disabling firewall, restoring, using different OSs but nothing seems to work.
I use mac most of the time but I do occasionally use XP and Vista.
Anyone know any fixes to this?

Answer:cannot load on any computers in my house

What browser do you use? What error message is displayed?

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We have a four computer LAN that shares ISDN internet access using static IP addresses. Two of the computers work fine and load all web pages with no problems. Two other computers won't load several web sites that are fine on the good computers. Specifically we have been unable to load MSNBC.COM and ORBITZ.COM. We have checked to make sure all internet options and network settings are the same (except the IP address obviously) on all computers. We also connected one of the computers with the issue to the same port as a computer that works, changed its IP address to the same as the computer that works and it still would not load the sites. We have made sure that all Windows 2000 Pro updates have been applied. All four computer use Windows 2000 Pro. I suspect some obscure configuration issue, but have run out of places to look. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to try or what to check?

Answer:Certain Web Pages won't Load on Some Networked Computers

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As the title states. I'm looking to save state much like sleep or hibernate would. The exception being I want to be able to load it up using some form of GUI directly from my desktop (ie not having to restart). Is this possible and if so how?

Answer:How can I save my computers state and load it at will?

Come on lads.

I know Windows makes a file each time you hibernate that contains the state of your system.

There must be a way to save these files for future execution.

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we have 4DC in our oraganisation in defferent location. we are facing the problem at one location, i.e computers are taking long time 10-15 minutes to load desktop. this is happening if logoff/relogin/restart the machine and this problem only at one location (one domain controler).

Could any one help me how to overcome this issue.


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On my Toshiba laptop, Firefox (3.5.5) will stop loading new sites. I am able to access a few sites by hitting the back and forward buttons, but nothing past ~5 either way. Any kind of attempt to load something new (a streaming music app like Pandora) will not work. I can exit Firefox but cannot end the process (firefox.exe). The only way to restart Firefox is to restart the computer. I've reinstalled Firefox and started from scratch, but it hasn't worked.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Firefox locks up, won't load any websites or end process

Have you tried other browsers to see if its just Firefox?

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I can not even to get it to work. It will not load the process at all.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:59:19 AM, on 7/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 922\dlbtbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 922\dlbtbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
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Used to have win 7, upgraded to 10 a couple weeks ago.

Randomly yesterday the computer turned off. I turned it back on and it said it shut down incorrectly and it was going to go through the repair process. It kept going through a loop and would never complete that process. It gave me some other options such as system restore which I tried but it could not find any restore points. Then I tried another option which was the last viable one, unfortunately I don't recall what it was, but I remember it implied to me that it would be rolling back my operating system to Windows 7 instead of 10, 7 being my previous OS.
I let this run over night and I came back to it in the morning and it was still sitting there. I turned the computer off and then back on and it automatically went back into that process.

I am unsure if my hard drive is faulty or if the OS is corrupted or something.

Can I do something in BIOS to bypass this and get into windows? Should I reinstall windows on this harddrive, or buy a new one?

Thankyou for any feedback and information.

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Hello Everyone!
I am in desperate need of help please!I'm not so techy, so pls bear with me. My PC is a Compaq pentium processor which I bought in 2002 with XP Home on it. It crashed earlier in the year so my "tech" pal helped me install XP pro. but installed in on a partition, so I still have XPHome on it but can't load it directly. My C drive still has docs and programs that I had on my XPhome and I still access them from the XPhome via my XP pro.

Now, everything has been just peachy for about 6 months now, up untill today when the XP pro will only load/boot in the safe modes. When I try to boot normally, it just shows that initial BLACK windows log in screen with the little horizontal blue thingy going from side to side and the windows flag/colors. And it just keeps showing it indefinitely till I press the power button to shut down.
I opened the PC to look for foreign bodies and there was nothing there. I also performed a system restore about 3 times and nothing changed. The computer boots in other modes except the normal mode. And I can see all our user icons as well as the administrator, which of course shows when you boot in a safe mode.
I tried a whole bunch of stuff, rebooting, etc but still nothing

I am just about ripping my hair out now! Please help guys...
Thanks in Advance!

Answer:please help. XP-pro will boot/load in safemode, not boot/load normal

Did you change or install anything prior to the problem arising?

It sounds like a 'buggy' driver, possibly. Mine occasionally does this with the video driver.

Once XP is booted in Safe Mode, look in the Event Viewer (Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer), and see if there is a clue to the cause of the problem in there. Also, look in Device Manager and see if there is a hardware device that is displayed as having a problem.

Hope some of this might help.

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need to put music on ipod & lost my program and switched to a new please don't really have money to pay for the program. is there anyway i can get it free

Answer:changed computers and lost program 2 load

Yes, it's called iTunes and you download it for free from Apples website.

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I am so running out of ideas.  Its driving me bonkers.
I am unable to load one specific website(atleast so far).  It wont load on any browser or any computer on my network.  Even if i bypass my router and directly connect to my modem, it will not load.  But I know the website is online because other people I know can access it fine.
Site: (its a browser game)
bypassed router (hard wired modem to computer)rebooted computerrebooted modem and routerdns flush (ipconfig /flushdns)netsh winsock reset 
reset browsers to default
HOWEVER!  If I load this with torbrowser the initial website itself loads just fine. It of course wont load the game because of the security settings in torbrowser (which I could bypass if I chose but what would be the point from there?)
Windows 7 - 64Bit

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Alright, recently all of my friends except me and my house have had serious problems, They all run WinXP BTW. programs on their desktop fail to load when double clicked on, and if they do load, it shows the program for 1 second, it then closes and goes to the desktop, but with no icons. The ones that seem to be causing this is My Documents, Outlook Express, MSN Messenger, and Internet Explorer. There are also more that I will not list. Does anyone know if this is a virus or what? Thank you for your time.

Answer:Help! Programs Failing to load in five of my friends computers


Tell them all to try and online scanner like trend housecall, or get a free one like AVG and see what pops up.

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Since about a few weeks ago I noticed that when I leave my PC idle, and if I don't press any key or use the mouse for about 20 to 30 minutes, some rogue svchost.exe process will start utilizing about 20-40% of CPU resources.

As soon as I move the mouse pointer or press any key (which is necessary if I'm to find out which process it is), that process seems to vanish completely and the CPU load goes back to normal.

I tried to locate which particular svchost.exe file it is by leaving sysinternals process explorer running (I hoped to find out its PID) but it seems that even its PID gets changed from one time to another. It seems that the process not only stops using a lot of CPU resources when the PC is not idle anymore, but that it completely stops running.

I ran ESET Smart Security 8 several times and it doesn't find anything suspicious.

Does anyone have some suggestions as to how I could locate the problematic process and hopefully get rid of it once and for all?

Answer:Rogue svchost.exe process stealthily causes high CPU load

Just some ideas.

Check if you have anything Scheduled.
Check and see if you have your security System to scan.
Check and see if indexing is completed.
Check and see if you have MRT running.
Check and see if you have any Auto Updating programs.
Do you have any Auto Cloud backup programs running

I would also recommend running Malwarebytes to be sure.

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Hey everybody,

This is my first post and I am trying out 7 on my Acer Aspire One netbook. I know its not very powerful, but it is running 7 nicely (when it does run..)

In any case, I am dual booting 7 and XP from this 1.6 atom, 1gb ram netbook. The install always goes smoothly and so do most programs. However, I will get BSODs regularly when the system is under load doing lots of tasks. The error messages seem to be different every time. I have gotten volsnap.sys, bad pool caller,and lots more. Superfetch will often crash as well. The screens flash by so quickly I can't always see the exact error messages.

These are appearing after clean installs of 7 with 2-3 programs installed. I have attached one of the minidumps if that would help, but any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!


Answer:5-6 full re-installs, still BSODs under process load on Aspire One

I got this also.. I think it is an audio driver issue.. did you get music whtn this crashes?

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I am looking at purchasing a laptop. The entire reason I want this is to be able to take a laptop to other places that have free wireless connection to use my Frontpage program to edit websites with and use Quickbooks to work on a home-business stuff when I am out. Also to download pictures and videos and stuff because I can only get an extremely slow dial-up connection at my house.

So, what I need to know is can I install my current Frontpage CD and Quickbooks CD, that is already installed on this PC, AND install it on a new laptop, and get the updates for both? Or would I have to go out and purchase an entirely new CD for those programs? I do want to be able to have those programs on BOTH computers, because there will be times when both are in use by different family members, so I need to be able to have access to them on both computers.


Answer:Solved: Is it legal to load one retail program on two computers?

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How do you rename "Earlier version of Windows" in Boot.ini in Windows 7 with a dual boot setup? In msconfig>boot it only shows Windows 7 even though I have Win XP Pro on the C;partition. I just want to rename "Earlier Version of Windows" to Windows XP Pro.

Answer:Renaming "Earlier version of windows" in dual boot

Use Easy BCD.

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Whenever I load the game Grand Chase, 5 minutes later I get the generic host process for win32 error, and then after that I get windows explorer is not responding and I lose all my icons, making me restart my computer. I also notice I have no sound after the error. Every other game i play (Warcraft, Lunia, Gunbound, Starcraft, Flyff, etc.) they all work fine no generic host process whatsoever. I really want to fix this, because my sister loves playing Grand Chase but now she can't because of the damn error. If I need to I will post a Hijack this log. thank you! Oh and if this helps, I recently installed windows xp sp2 and reinstalled all drivers for my keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

Answer:Solved: Help! Generic Host Process error whenever I load the game

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Hello, I'm facing a following problem: Some random programs on my PC won't start. I click on the icons, and some of them load their windows, but some programs do not load anyting but a process in task manager. It seems random. The same program can work once and after a restart or some time - it ceases to. What could be the cause?I experienced several unusual sym[ptoms recentyl, but couldn't trace it back to one particular moment:In order from the oldest to the most recent event: From time to time system won't load and there was a information on the black screen that a file ntos.dll (something with NT and OS and DLL in the name) could not be loaded and needed re-installation. But I ignorantly ignored this thing.In total commander unzipped files "disappeared": unpacking file in one column caused the action of unpacking but there was no output file in the second column. I converted my system partition from fat32 to NTFS (no intended correlation).Most recent: Google Chrome could start a download but it stopped after few bytes (with different source sites).I have win xp pro sp3, ESET SS 3.0, all up to date. I can load ubuntu via dual boot if need be. Could you guys please help me?I've made a combofix scan, maybe a log can come in useful. In case you wanna have a look: ComboFix 09-12-11.05 - Cyryl 2009-12-12 22:55:55.1.1 - x86Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1250.48.1045.18.2038.1638 [GMT 1:00]Uruchomiony z: c:\documents and settings\Cyryl\Pul... Read more

Answer:Random programs load but nothing happens, can't kill process, windows do not respon

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I?m experiencing very annoying issue. CPU loaded with System Idle Process always. Because of that there is serious lag in iterfase. Problem appeared almost sumultaniusly on there different PCs. Using ?Process Explorer? and going to System Idle Process - Threads I?ve found processes with names:
ntoskrnl.exe!KiDespatch Interrupt+0x650 (on one PC)
ntoskrnl.exe!KiCpuId+0x6a0 (on two others)

I have three diffenent machines - one old acer laptop, one modern desktop and wmware virtual machine running on macbook. All have same OS - win 7 ultimate sp1. All of them are in the same network.

I?ve tried to localise issue by removing services and applications from startup - nothing, I?ve scanned machines with microsoft security essentials, Dr Web CureIT and Kaskpersky virus removal tool. Still nothing.

CPU get loaded as soon as system starts. Number of ntoskrnl.exe instances equals to number of CPU kernels. 1, 2 and 8 in my case on different PCs .

I?ve been googling the whole Sunday - nothing helped. Some suggest that it is hardware related... apparently it is not as it happend to three complitely different computers.

Can? anyone suggest what else can I try?

Answer:ntoskrnl.exe threads hosted by system Idle process load 100% CPU

Welcome to TSF.

From what I see here, the System does not have enough RAM and a lot of TCP/IP traffic has just begun. As the 'problem' occurs on 3 machines, have you tried rebooting the router/switch/hub (common factor)?

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So, I've tried loading one specific site and it gives a loading indicator on the tab and just keeps on going. I've tried it on other browsers, no solution. I've tried clearing caches and cookies, no solution. I've also tried it on other computers on the same local connection and they don't work as well. I've done some research about DNS but I'm not 100% sure what to do. I know i have to check my ipconfig but I don't know what to look for. Please help.

PS i also saw something about HOST.files and deleting specific ones. Not sure if that doesn't apply since it's not just the single computer, the problem applies to all computers so I'm assuming its a ISP or DNS problem.

Answer:DNS problem? Can't load specific websites, help mighty gods of computers.

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Well my son did it, he decided that the pc was running too many processes and decided to delete some .. well he deleted one and didnt know which one it was ,. the pc said it had to shut down, now all he can do is boot as far as the boot screen and no further . is there any help or do we need to do a full reformat to fix this . or better yet can it be fixed at all ?

Answer:deleted a process now pc wont boot past the boot screen

while your computer boot,hit repeatedly F8 button.When the screen of choices comes up select "last known good configuration" and hit enter 2 times.
Post what you've done.

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My PC was running fine with Windows XP Professional

and i decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 OS to run

alongside of Windows. i quit the install when it

required me to partition the hard drive since i didn't

want to mess with that. i backed out of the install

process til it shut down.
After that i couldn't get the computer to boot at

all. when turned on it goes immediately to the logo

screen which is normal but then freezes up. this logo:

screen has the options for F1 Setup, F10 Recovery, etc
but clicking on them has no effect at all.
at this point Cntrl-Alt_delete doesn't work and i

need to hold the start button to shut down.

I tried using my Win XP install disk to do a repair

or clean install if necessary but computer just goes

to the logo screen and stops.
I also tried removing the battery with the computer

disconnected from power but also no change.

Any suggestions for this fix will be greatly


Answer:Boot process stops short of boot options and freezes

What is the make and model# of your computer/motherboard?
Boot into Setup (Bios) go to Boot Priority. Using your arrow key, move CD rom drive to First Boot Device. Save and Exit. You may also be able to press F12 at bootup to change the boot order.
Put the XP CD in reboot. You should see the message Press Any Key To Boot From CD. Go to the Recovery Console. Here type FIXBOOT and press enter, and try to boot normally. If that fails, back in the RC type FIXMBR press enter and try to boot normally.

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Scanned obits, clippings, pictures. Left setting on .jpg. All went to MGI PhotoSuite 8.1. All scanned images, I copied & pasted into my Word 2000 doc., that also had text. This doc. has text, 19 scanned images, some pg. size, some smaller, one being only about 1 1/2" square. I burned this document, and another containing one image, to CDs, using Roxio Creator 5, direct CD, & Ikebana IDE CD-RW Drive 24x10x40, Memorex 80, 10x. These CDs all read on my computer, but tried them on 4 different computers at Comp USA, & ea. time the text only read. Ea. time an image was encountered, the computer would display a box saying: unable to load graphics conversion filter, .....continue with document? Yes or No? All yeses brings up an all text doc. missing all images, including that little one! conversion filter ......on google search engine brings multiple scenarios, similar but I am still at a loss. I took my CDs to large CD burning shop, a tech ran tests, then placed my CD info onto a test thing, & then burned multiple copies of a better burn of my info. These read on his computer, (as mine had), but when he tried them on their office computer, they read text only! He could not understand why. His better burn CDS also bring up the above message on the Comp USA computers. I noticed they all had Word 97 on them (new ???), but so did the tech's computer that read them, I think! Anyway, these are genealogy docs. that I have numerous waiting kin... Read more

Answer:Unable to load graphics conversion filter, text reads only other computers from CD

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I just recieved a new laptop from work, the computer works fine and fast once XP Pro is loaded but after I login it can take upto 5 mins.+ to load so XP Pro is functional. I used BootVis and noticed that fltmgr.sys is a driver delay over the entire boot process. I am eager to fix this so I don't have to vegetate while the computer reboots on windows frequent reboots. Please let me know if I can offer anymore info.

Thanks in Advance!!

Mike George

Answer:5 Min. Plus Boot On New Laptop? Process Explorer? Boot Vis?

This can be caused if you have a mapped network drive that is no longer available.

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Cant load windows because of a error booting.  not sure what happened but system rebooted and when I got back home the system was not loading anymore.  any help would be great.  

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Backstory (skip if you need)
I'm fixing someones laptop, It was slow and taking 30 minutes to startup, i did the usually virus scan and restarted, then it was stuck in an auto repair loop. I used a windows 8 Install CD from microscoft. None of the options in it would work, install (key doesnt match) reset (missing partition), image recovery (cant find an image), restore (no restore point), etc.
Used command prompt, did stuff like bootrec, bcdedit, diskpart, and chkdsk. After it ran chkdsk it finally loaded windows. I reset/reinstalled the OS completely. Fixed, restarted, running smooth. Owner said it was working great for a day, then after turning it back on it was in an auto repair loop.
It's stuck in a preair loop, I can't even boot from the 8 CD! Have it configured in the bios, it shows the the blue windows logo then the screen goes black for 3 minutes and a blue screen flashes for 1 second saying  "Your PC ran into a problem and need to restart. Collecting some info (0% complete) search online for error: 0x000021a"
The weird thing is, Windows 7 disks boot fine, but it's "not compatible". And if I physically remove the HDD, it will boot into the windows 8 CD. So I put the HDD back in (while still at the command prompt) and it wont take my commands in related to the C: . I get a "System cannot find the drive specified"
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Answer:Windows wont load, Boot CD wont load, Automatic Repair Loop

I got a windows 8.1 disk made and it allowed me yo boot from the CD, but it's SLOOOOW, it takes minutes to load reset or w.e (none of them still work), or open the command prompt.
I ran chkdsk /f /r /x but it didnt help. chkdsk /r ends with:
"A disk read error occurredcc0000185
Insufficient disk space to fix the Usn Journal $J data stream."
Before when I ran it, I'm pretty sure it let me restart and booted into windows, not now.
Next I tried bootrec.
/fixmbr - succesful
/fixboot - succesfull
/rebuildBCD - Total identified Windows installations: 0
/scanOS - Total identified Windows installations: 0
Next bcdedit
Nothing worked "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The requested system device cannot be found."
Next sfc /scannow
"There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."
"Windows resources protection didnt find integrity violations"
BCDBoot c:\WindowsFailure when attempting to copy boot files
Next diskpart - but I forgot what I did before that may have worked. All i can remember is I had to select a disk or volume, and do something with it.

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Can anyone help me repair my installation of Windows 10 Professional on my Workstation Desktop because it won't load completely even after using the Windows 10 Home/Pro Installation USB flash drive to do a boot repair, which has always worked before. I did manage to correct the boot order with grub customizer though and fix the grub menu name after I accidentally reinstalled grub when using my boot repair Linux disc though, so now it says Windows 10 instead of Windows Recovery Environment and it boots to Windows 10 first instead of Ubuntu to prevent me from having to use boot repair for Windows from the Windows 10 Home/Pro Installation USB Flash drive.

However, I still need to disable fast boot in Windows 10 too to prevent having boot issues with dual or multi-boot systems and having to use boot repair to fix it, but I can't get into Windows 10 now to do that and I've done everything I can think of to resolve it or that has worked before along with the new solutions mentioned. Therefore, what haven't I tried so I can find another way as to how to fix this issue?

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I was following instructions on removing a script that was identified by my anti virus program. The first step was to go into safe mode and run the anti virus program-- Hit windows key + R, type msconfig, click boot tab and under boot options I chose safe boot  with network.  When I rebooted I entered the wrong password a few times and thought I had forgotten it. I found a boot screen that let you change the password which I did and tried to reboot again. That password didn't work. I remembered where I wrote the old password down and entered it -- it doesn't work. I'm not sure where I am. If I can't get past the password problem I can't address the boot process problem. Can anyone suggest what to next? 

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Question: boot process

Ive just recently formated my pc and ive just done some windows updates now when up restart my pc it takes heaps long to load up, it normally would go to a windows xp loading bar thing. but instead it comes up with a blank screen freezes there then it comes up with this black and grey loading bar then when thats finishs loading then it comes up with the windows xp loading.. anyone know wat ive done wrong and can solve this

Answer:boot process

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Hi. I teach computers at an elementary school and am having problems with our new computers. Some of them will not boot up at all. I push the power button and the light comes on, I can hear the power supply fan running, but the hard drive makes no noise and does not light up. The CD_rom is getting power, I tried booting from floppy, nothing seems to work. They did work when we first got them. Sometimes, if I let them set for a week or two they will begin working again and
have no problems. The computers in the lab were put together by the same person...I heard something about stickers melting inside of them but do not think much of that. I cannot open the case for fear of voiding the warranty. However, another computer from the library started doing the same thing(different builder). I opened it up, reseated the memory, the cooling unit, etc...still no boot. The power supply fan comes on but I do not see the fan on the cooler coming on. Does anyone have any ideas?


Answer:computers won't boot up

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I have 3 maybe 4 computers that won't boot. In chronological order, my son's old custom built computer crashed. I had him bring his tower over. I put it in our system in place of our HP. Starting up, it would bring up the Windows XP screen, then a flash of a blue screen with text, then reboot over and over. Safe mode yielded scrolling text, hold on text, reboot. I was going to try booting a Linux live-cd but the CDrom tray wouldn't open. I used our Dell desktop to make a XP rescue floppy. His computer started to boot to the floppy but said it couldn't find COMMAND.COM. I put the HP back in and burned a startup floppy from ME. It would boot to a command prompt. I'm not good with DOS and didn't get anywhere that way. I finally got the cd tray to open, changed the boot order and put in a Puppy Linux live-cd. It won't start to boot it. I didn't even think about a virus. I suspected a hardware failure. I found him a rebuilt computer to replace his.The next day, back to usual equipment, we have the 2 desktops (wired) and 2 laptops (wireless) on our network connected to DSL. The HP desktop is dual boot, ME and Puppy Linux. For several hours we noticed the HP and a laptop (dual boot; 98se and Puppy) both running Linux, were slow and erratic surfing the net. They were replacing a utility pole close to our house and we thought the DSL service had gone flaky. The following day, when my wife started the HP, she thinks she chose Puppy a... Read more

Answer:Computers won't boot

I can't boot to hard drive or CD drive. I can boot to the floppy drive. What are the odds of just a corrupted boot vs. everything is infected? It's not a hardware problem. 3 computers have it.Thanks

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how do you get a boot disc to load without it going on to the hard drive instead?

i have my emergency boot disc on cd-r, but instead of giving me the choice to boot the cd, it goes on to the regular booting process. i need to get to a dos prompt!!!

i changed the boot order in my bios, but i still can't get it to boot thru the!

thanks again!

Answer:tryign to boot with a disc, but it continues to load HD boot!

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OK a while ago my hard drive was crapping out so cloned it to a new one then at first it

says operating system not found that being XP would hit ctrl+alt+del and it would start

over and work properly and then a month or so later on after hitting ctrl+alt+del windows

would start loading and loading until I held the power button to turn it off repeat the

process and then it would work and I no longer have my disk for XP anybody ever had a

similiar problem like this before and if your wondering the system model is a desktop HP

pavillion XV976

it originally came with Windows ME then did a clean install of XP

hope someone can help me with this

Answer:strange boot up process

not exactly sure what you mean... Can you load a Windows Operating system on the PC?
If you can, go to start -> right click my computer -> properties.
Go to the advanced tab. There should be three buttons that say "settings" click the bottom one -> it is under the heading "startup and recovery".
In the new dialog, press EDIT, and copy/paste what you see in here please.
You might need to add/remove something, or you might need to change to a selective boot (if I am following you).

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Only I use my laptop and have set no password. But several icons appear on starting computer that I have to eliminate by hitting "enter key" before system will boot.
How can I get the system to completely boot without further intervention when I turn it on?

Answer:Accelerate boot process

I'm not sure what icons you are seeing. You can go to control panel, add/remove user accounts and disable the 'guest' account and you can click start, type power options and select change the power options listing, go to advanced power options and set it to hot require a password on wake up and see if that helps.

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Hi All

I was given a used computer by a friend of a friend the other day and while I was trying to get it into a usable state I noticed that it seems to have 3 hard drives. I guess this isn't too odd but I'll explain anyway.

One of them is call Local Disc ©, the next one is called Win XP (E) and the third is called Win 98 (F).

C is 37.2gb with 22.7gb of free space.
E is 16.7gb with 15.9gb of free space.
F is 1.8gb with 1.25 of free space.

Not being all that smart with the inner workings of computers I don't know if there are 3 hard drives on the machine or whether there is only one that has been split. I don't know how to check either.

To be quite honest the set up isn't bothering me to much. But what does bug me is at start up there is a Dos type screen comes up and asks me which OS I want to load. The two options are Windows Xp or Windows Xp! I've selected both on different start ups and the machine seems to boot up normally no matter which one I choose.

The thing is this Dos screen waits for 30 seconds before self-selecting the first option if I don't hit Return. What I would like to know is - is there any way I can reduce this 30 second wait down to 1 or 2 seconds by changing some setting or other. I know the easy answer is - hit Return - but that isn't always convenient so to be able to change the setting would be great.

Can anyone help me with this please?

Thanks in advance.


Paul Eamonn

Answer:Trying to Speed Up the Boot Process

Hi .<<But what does bug me is at start up there is a Dos type screen comes up and asks me which OS I want to load. The two options are Windows Xp or Windows Xp!>>That can be corrected. But are you saying that booting into either selection...puts you in the same Windows install?In any case, the suggested correction procedure: Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - Note that this should be done after you have booted into the Windows install you wish to keep. Normally, two entries at boot time...indicate two installs of Windows, but there are times when two installs may be indicated at boot...when there is really only one. The above link addresses that aspect.< there any way I can reduce this 30 second wait down to 1 or 2 seconds by changing some setting or other.>>Yes, there is. On that same tab you just used...there is a box to the right labeled timeout. You can reduce that to whatever number of seconds you want to. Reboot the system.Let us know if these accomplish what you are trying to do.Louis

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I've encountered a strange problem. After switching on or rebooting PC, the POST screen shows up. Prints all the info about PC, drives, additional controllers. Right after that, it should find the boot drive, the boot partition and start booting, but there is a certain lag that bugs me. Everything stops for 2 or 3 seconds, screen is black but there is a cursor blinking in upper left corner. Then the screen fades to black and boot process continues. I can't do much during the lag. Only after it I am able to e.g. hit F8 to open boot menu(this one that allows me to choose for example Safe Mode).

That situation doesn't happen when I decide to boot from any other drive (including USB sticks) so it's certainly a W7 issue. I've enabled boot logging but it kicks in after the lag. It has something to do with the W7 loader itself.

I've made myself an image of a clean W7 installation (using ntfsclone, linux tool). Already restored it a few times, some time ago it worked like a charm, but recently I did restore it but I still get the lag(no hardware changes, one BIOS setting changed, but reverted it and still laggy). Unfortunately I forgot to backup the boot partition maybe that's the problem as the lag happens just as the boot process starts.

In the meantime I'll try to get myself a clean boot partition somehow, but I am still looking for suggestions.


Answer:BOOT process - strange lag before F8


Found a partial solution. Maybe somebody will find that useful someday :]
It happened after I booted W7 with pendrive connected. Since then boot lags started. The solution was to recover boot partition(W7 install CD repair, showed no errors but fixed boot lag) and never boot system with USB stick connected otherwise the lag returns.

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so i was setting up this system the other day with xp pro and its a fairly recent machine:

CPU: AMD X2 4600 s939

Ok here's the weird thing, i've used this mobo before and hard drive, just updated cpu and ram.

I installed xp using an sp2 disk and got everything up and running no problems, but there is a weird issue when booting that i have never seen before.

Right after posting, it pauses with a blank screen for about 5 secs, then displays a white bar loading graphic on the bottom of screen, when that is finished it proceeds normally with the windows xp logo loading screen and all is fine, the system still boots under 30 secs.

but after installing xp on multiple machines, i just got wondering what is it?

I never seen it before, it adds about 7-10 secs of loading time after posting. it used to be right of posting, it was about 1-3 secs before i saw the xp logo loading bar. it doesn't affect the system in anyway, it just out of the ordinary for me and other than just adding 10 secs of additional boot time, can be somewhat annoying.

can anyone explain what this is and if possible remove this.

Thanks in advanced.

Answer:xp boot process oddity

I've seen it too, but cant really remember how it happened.

I think something like this happens when your pc comes out of hibernate.

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here is my issue I was upgrading from vista to win7 when it told me to uninstall trend micro anti virus and my video install programso I did so my first attempt to install win7 failed so it put vista back on, then I notice that it change my boot file so after 3 attemps to install with no luck I reverted back to my original boot file not in the mean time the booting starting taking alot timeI finally got win 7 installed after changing back to my original boot sequence. But I still am having the boot issueI believe this was caused my uninstalling trend micro and most probably releasing some spyware and virus, I do not understand this hijack file what can I get rid of and what should I not touchthanksLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:06:54 AM, on 7/27/2010Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\vspc1330.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\My Book\WD Backup\uBBMonitor.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Shared\SkypeNames2.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = - HKCU\Software�... Read more

Answer:Very Slow boot process

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you let... Read more

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my first post, excuse me if I haven't conformed with the rules.

Please help, any advice on a problem I have encountered would be appreciated.

A friend asked me to remove some malware that she had ‘acquired’, namely “XP Antivirus 2011”.
It is diverting all attempts to access the web to paying or other doubtful sites.
I researched this piece of malware and found on the Bleeping Computer advice on what to do.
This “uninstall guide” was entitled “Automated Removal Instructions for XP Anti-virus 2011, Vista XXX etc ? using Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware:”.

I duly downloaded “FixNCR.reg” onto a flash drive on my own PC and uploaded it onto the infected machine. I did have some trouble doing this as .reg files were automatically opened inside Notepad, and thus did not work. So I used File Folder to update the attributes of .reg files, such that I could ‘merge’ it into the registry. I also killed a three character-named process that was running and this seemed to free things up - I appeared to be making progress, and was able to actually get into the BleepingComputer website (previously impossible), intending to download RKILL as advised in your tutorial. This turned out to be difficult (as I could not find it), and the PC appeared to be overheating (hot here in France at the moment) so I came out. Letting the system cool down and restarting normally, it boots up by saying files and folders need to be check... Read more

Answer:Boot Process Freeze with XP PRO

Hi, Lets give it a try.We will need to view the system status from an external environment. You will need a USB drive and a CD to burn. There will be several steps to follow. Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computerRun GETxPUD.exeA new folder will appear on the desktop.Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.batThe program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.Next download to your USB driveAlso Download Query.exe to the USB drive. In your working computer, navigate to the USB drive and click on the Query.exe. A folder and a file,, will be extracted.Remove the USB & CD and insert them in the sick computerBoot the Sick computer with the CD you just burnedThe computer must be set to boot from the CDIn some computers you need to tap F12 and choose to boot from the CD, in others is the Esc key. Please consult your computer's documentation.Follow the promptsA Welcome to xPUD screen will appearPress FileExpand mntsda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDDsdb1 is likely your USBClick on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)Confirm that you see that you downloaded therePress Tool at the topChoose Open TerminalType bash driver.shPress EnterAfter it has finished a report will be located on your USB drive named report.txtThen type bash -afPress EnterYou will be prompted to input a ... Read more

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I've been having some really strange issues with Vista 64 when turning my computer on or restarting. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The problems started about a couple weeks ago. I usually leave it on all the time, and one day when I got home from work the monitor was turned off and not responding to keyboard/mouse (usually shuts off after 10 min.). I forced the monitor to turn on, but it was not receiving a signal so I hit the reset button on my computer. When it started booting up it stopped at a black screen with "Intel Boot Agent" or something saying that it couldn't find a hard drive to boot off of. I hit reset again, and the same thing happened. Then, I shut it off completely and turned it on after a few minutes and it booted fine.

Then, this week the same thing happened, except when I turned on the computer after powering down it displayed the mouse cursor briefly and then sat at a black screen for a long time (I actually stepped out of the room). When I came back, the computer had apparently restarted itself and was waiting for me to enter my password (I have it set to ask for a password during startup). I powered down and then turned it on again, and when it prompted, I entered safe mode and moved all important files from my C: drive to D: drive. I restarted and it seemed to boot okay, though quite slowly.

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Answer:Problems during boot process

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Question: Boot Process Stops

Wasn't sure where to post this, but thought this was a good start. I have a Dell Dimension E510, Windows XP. Everything was working great until I shut the machine off while I was out of town for a few days. Upon returning, I booted up the machine and it it quickly completed about 95% of the boot process (as shown by the progress bar), then hangs up and just stops doing anything. Nothing will work on it other than turning it completely off at the power switch. Diagnostic lights flash during the boot up process until the very end when numbers 1 & 4 remain constant lit. Tried to hit F12 during the short boot up process to enter into a diagnostic state, but it doesn't respond to F12 or even F2 to view the process. Could not boot into Safe Mode either.

Any clues or help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Boot Process Stops

Unfortunately those diagnostic light parameters are not on the dell diagnostic chart for that model.

Are you sure you are tapping F12 several times during the Dell logo splash screen, It usually takes more than 1 keystroke to get the F12 screen. Then run diagnostics.

I would also unplug the PC power cord and open the case, remove the memory modules and reseat them twice to clean the contacts, then try booting.

If you get into the bios, check the date and time, if it is way off suspect a failing cmos battery, replace it with a new one, then enter the bios and "load defaults" saving changes on exit of the bios.

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My system is an older socket A (AMD 2500+ on ASUS mb and 2 gigs RAM) but do try to keep it up to date as best I can. For my simple needs it's sufficient for now. I'm running Xp Pro sp2.

Lately, I'm having a problem booting into Windows OS at full CPU speed (not OC). Here's what happens :

I restart > Windows Splash screen comes up with the scrolling teeth > it then pauses for a tad just before continuing on into Windows and desktop.

After going into BIOS and only increasing the CPU speed a touch -- I restart > Windows Splash screen comes up with the scrolling teeth > it pauses but now hangs and refuses to go into Windows and desktop.

I then have to restart, go back into BIOS and readjust the speed back to the original slower config so it can boot fully into Windows.

Other info: the higher speed I reset the CPU at (boot fails) is to its original rated speed. The CPU, motherboard, and RAM have been changed out with another similar combination -- still with no luck.

To help figure this out I would like to know how to find out where precisely this machine is hanging during the boot process. I tried checking the Event Viewer but it seems to log only after successful boots with the slower CPU speed, not the failed boots (I guess it hadn't gotten to the Event Viewer loading point?).

Any help in identifying this problem is appreciated.

Answer:How to pinpoint boot process?

If I remember right, press "F8" to get boot menu options, then select the option that has "boot log on" it.

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This is the second time I turn to you for help, the first time was VERY helpful.
Thanks again.

My OS is XP Pro
The problem - My computer restarts automatically in the midst of the booting process.
It happens right after the screen where the windows logo on a dark background is shown, and in some times the next "welcome screen" is shown for a few seconds.
At this point my computer either restarts itself automatically or gives me the following message in a small window:
"the system is shutting down in 60 seconds?? the system process Icass.exe terminated unexpectedly with status code?"

This whole problem started after I tried to run a movie from an old DVD , the
Dvd reader was reading very slowly and finally stuck and the "blue screen" appeared .
Right after that I tried to restart and I'm getting this problem ever since.

Reading former threads of this subject I got into safe mode and disabled the "automatically restart" option.
At the next boot, instead of automatic restart I got the blue screen with the following message:
STOP: ##############,###############,##########,#########
Win32.sys- address ########## base at ############ timestamp ########3
Beginning dump of physical memory etc.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Boot process Failure

Greetings, uzi451...

Are the "####"'s in your post made by you, or are they what are actually showing up on the blue screen?

Also, do you have your XP disk available? If so, are you able to boot to the disk?

One more question: have you made sure your machine is malware-free?

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OK I have windows 7 64-bit on an hp pavillion dv6-2066dx and in the system configuration in the general tab I clicked that use origional boot option and now I can't unclick it it is faded what does it do and how do I undo it thanks

Answer:use origional boot process

Run MSConfig again and select Normal Startup and click OK and reboot.

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So today I was on my computer and I randomly started hearing random audio. I was looking through the processes and when I went to delete what I thought it was, I clicked the wrong thing not knowing and terminated it.

It then told me my computer was shutting down in "X" seconds, and it counted down. I then deleted the Iexplore process the problem was, but was unable to do anything about the restart.

My computer restarted and now I get this - "STOP: c0000218 unknown hard error" right when I get to where I would normally log in.

Now, I can get into safe mode, but I can't get into regular mode. When I checked my event manager, it said winlogon.exe has initiated the restart and there was no title... It said it was a minor error 0xff, and the comments were that it restarted becuase the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service was unexpectedly terminated.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Terminated RPC Process. Can't boot PC now

Find the Error(s)in the Event Viewer that correspond to the crash:

Start> Run> cmd> type in eventvwr

Description of the Event Viewer:

Unfortunately, many Windows XP users aren't aware of the Event Viewer, what it is, where it is, how it can help with a problem:
The Event Viewer has logs for everything that happens on the computer. There are three sets of logs: System, Applications and Security. By opening the first two to display the Events, you can look for Errors that correspond to the time of the problem- in your case, the crash.

There are three types of Events in the System and Apps logs:
1. Information (white circle w/blue i): this is just basic documentation of the normal working of the System or Apps.
2. Warnings (yellow triangle w/black exclamation mark) noting some problem at that moment. Warnings usually resolve on their own. If they do not, they become>>>
3. Errors (red circle w/white X- they document something that didn't work or isn't happening as it should. Each Errors has three parts: an ID#, a Source and a Description. By doing a right click> Properties, the Error will open to a screen that can be copied. These three parts taken together can usually lead to cause and resolution.Click to expand...

Do this on each the System and the Applications logs:
Click to open the log> look for the Error> right click on the Error> Properties> Click on Copy button, top right, below the down arrow and Paste here... Read more

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When I installed XP Pro on my Dell 610 laptop, for some reason (me not paying attention, probably) it set the boot up process to stop at "select a user" (2 choices).I want it to boot like my desktop, that is, to the Welcome screen, then to the desktop, with no stop at the user select screen.Is it possible to make that change without reinstalling XP? I tried User in Control Panel but the solution did not seem to be there.

Answer:need to change the XP Pro boot process

"user selection" IS the welcome screen so your decription is a bit vague as to what you are talking about.Sounds like you want your user account to autologon.Google xp autologon for the registry entry to editAnswers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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After starting up the PC, ,get to the Windows logo/login screen. Monitor goes blank and then process starts all over again.

Tried to boot to a Windows XP install disk. That is bypassed and process continues in the loop as described above.

Got to boot sequence sceen in BIOS settings, but CD drive is already specified as the first drive.

All help greatly appreciated.

Answer:PC will not complete boot process

Your Windows Disc may not be bootable. Try it on another computer. If it boots on another computer then try a different drive in the non-working computer.

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Question: boot process slow

this part of the booting process is so slow for my new computer i didnt download anything except drivers and audio and stuff even when i had no drivers it was that slow.... am i missing anything

8800 gt sli
2gb ram
E8400 @3.0 ghz
620 watts psu
500gb seagate hdd
XFI creative labs sound card
226BW monitor
antec 900 case
normal optical drive ide
asus P5n-T deluxe mobo

Answer:boot process slow

comon guys please help! could it be that ididnt install the sata-raid driver?

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I'm having a problem in a migration of my winxp system to new hardware.

I've cloned the system volume to the first partition on a new harddisk, (rdisk 0 partition 1) service pak 2; samsung sata harddrive

as well as a created a vanilla xp system volume on the second partition of a second hard drive. (rdisk 1 partition 2) service pak 3; maxstor sata harddrive

The cloned volume boots up ok, but some of the software doesn't work, stating that it is not installed - (not missing, but not installed correctly). The software listing in control panel add/remove software is very short and is missing entries for 90% of the software installed.

If I boot up the hard drive using the cloned system harddrive as the primary disk, but point the bootloader program to the vanilla partition on the second disk, an unusual thing happens. The initial screen shows service pak 3 correctly, but somehow the system transfers to my cloned system volume on the other harddrive, which boots correctly and for the most part operates correctly. Software that didn't work (not installed correctly) when it was booted from it's own partition entry now works correctly. The software listing in control panel add/remove list now shows the complete list of all my software. Everything is fine and good except a couple of problems: 1. updating drivers to the new hardware seems to work during the installing process, but the new drivers don't seem to ever execute after the reboot. Secondly, if I turn off ... Read more

Answer:Boot process anomaly.

When cloning an previous WinXP hard drive to new hardware you should expect driver problems. Your new system needs drivers for the new hardware. You should have a CD with driver files for your new system.

If your new system is an OEM, like a DELL, the driver files are on a CD but they are in compressed install files so the New Hardware Wizard cannot be used. In the case of DELL, you boot to the CD and follow instructions to load drivers which is to select from a list of what the DELL Driver Installer sees and install one-at-a-time. Suggest you install all that the DELL Driver Installer sees.

Note: You should uninstall any old drivers from your old PC if they are still listed. Especially if they are shown nonfunctional in Device Manager.

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Problem that was intermittent has now become permanent. During boot sequence Windows start screen is very faint and boot process hangs. Only way I have found around it is to kill the mains then start again going into safe mode. Following a restart from safe mode all works fine. I have been on SP2 for a while problem was not there initially. Any thoughts.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4400. It has a Pentium4 1.6GHz with 768MB of RAM and 80 GIG hard drive. The computer seems to take a very long time to boot up. When the Windows screen is up the little process bar goes across the screen over 50 times before the screen goes blank then goes to the logon screen. I have downloaded and run Ad-Aware, Spy-Bot, Spyware blaster. I have defragged my hard drive. I am including a Hijack this file. Please help.
I have cut and pasted the file below and included it as an attachment.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:24:26 PM, on 3/11/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\GoBack\GBPoll.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
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Answer:Very Slow Boot Process

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My 7 port USB Hub is, I've just discovered, adding a serious delay to the bootup procedure of my PC. I have WinXP Home as O/S, and when the Hub is connected to the PC the bootup from pressing the on button to arriving at the Login screen in XP takes nearly 15 minutes.The delay begins when the PC attempts to do a memory check. After 15 minutes or so doing the check it then proceeds as normal for the rest of the bootup process.Any ideas as to how I can prevent the Hub from interfering with the bootup process - aside from only plugging it in after I've logged in.

Answer:USB Hub delays boot up process

My usb card reader also prolongs my bootup, only by about 30 seconds though. I must admit that I have it unplugged until needed.Have you checked in your bios to see if quick power on self test is enabled, usually under advanced cmos settings. Also look, in the bios, for a setting called usb legacy support, do you have one and what is it set at?

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I'm the closest thing to an IT guy we have in the office. We are paying for an IT service, but they haven't solved the problem. We have seven computers on an office network, five XP, one Vista, one 7.
Within the last two weeks three of the computers would not reboot after being shut down. Two are XP, one Vista. The Vista computer had three bulging capacitors and it was about 1 1/2 to 2 years old. Can't find a motherboard, so waiting for capacitors to arrive and be installed. Since then the two XPs also stopped booting after a shutdown. All three were logged into by the same individual using her personal settings. We have been able to boot in Soft Mode with network, but the IT service hasn't found anything that should be causing the problem. Prior to the first problem occuring, the user had been having trouble getting some e-mail (Microsoft Outlook 2003). If she hit the send and receive button, the e-mail would send but the receive cycle never completed. Yet she was still receiving some e-mail from both inside and outside our network. We just don't know if she was getting all of her e-mail. We don't know if this is related to the rebooting problem or not. IT service did install several server updates that had not been installed over an 89 day period. Problems persisted after the server install and reboot. In fact the two XP problems happened after the server install and reboot. She has been operating in safe mode on one of the XP computers to edit... Read more

Answer:Solved: 3 Computers won't boot

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I recently purchased a new laptop. I was working on my old one last night, and it started running very slowly. This machine was about 1 1/2 years old, with a 600+ internal HDD only a few months old. It had been working fine up until last night.

The machine was running slowly, so I turned it off and turned it back on. It wasn't starting up, and Startup Repair launched. It identified the problem as Corrupt Registry. I did a memory check, then the computer restarted. However, the screen after the initial boot screen was just some text, saying there was no bootable disk detected.

I took out the hdd and reinserted it; it still said there was no detected bootable disk.

For reason I won't go into here, I no longer have the older laptop, but I do still have the hdd.

My new laptop works beautifully. I swapped the hdds out to see if the old one would work in this new one. It doesn't. When I start the machine, it gets to that initial boot screen with the brand splash logo (TOSHIBA, in this case). However, it never gets past this screen. It won't let me boot into BIOS, and I can't get to the safe mode (F8) or boot (F12) screen.

Any button I push causes the machine to produce a beeping sound. If I tap a button, it's a short beep. If I hold the button, the beep persists, and continues for a little while after I release the button (and it lasts longer the longer I hold the button down).

So, good fun, I can't even get into BIOS with ... Read more

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I'm not sure why this has happened, but here's when it happened.

One day I was watching Hulu for a while, and the computer shut down. I got a blinking green light, and i had to unplug it for a while then it worked again.

It worked for a week. The same thing happened again while watching Hulu, but this time it won't boot up.

- I can turn the PC on, get to BIOS, nothing goes wrong as along as I stay in DOS.
- If I get to Windows Loading screen it crashes.
- I was able to boot safe mode once, and do system restore
- I can't get into safe mode anymore

- I tried installing Windows but I get some CD file error now in the install screen
- I tried installing Ubuntu but I get another error.
- I tried taking out my battery and putting it back in.
- I tried removing the external 512mb video and using onboard

- PC is about 4 years old (MB/CPU/PSU)
- HDD is about 1 year old
- Ram is about 2 years old

I don't know if this is the CPU, PSU, RAM, or HDD. Is there anyway to tell?

Answer:Computers Shuts down on Boot

Visually inspect your motherboard for signs of this phenomenon:

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In the last three weeks, two family members called to tell me that the computer's that i built for them would not boot. I have both machines, checked the drives for viruses, removed all boards, memory and drives and put them back together again and can't get them to boot. The cpu and power lights come on on the motherboard and the fan is spinning on the cpu....don't have a clue as to what is wrong. They both have the same motherboard could there be a problem in the bios?

Answer:2 Computers that won't boot to windows

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)

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I have a problem when booting up Windows 7, it hangs at ''starting windows'' for 10 minutes and then works flawlessly. I've tried win7 build 7201, then upgraded to build 7229(both 64bit)and now i have win7 build 7231(32 bit) and still got the problem. Having tried different things like new nvidia drivers, new sound card drivers, different sata settings, disabled any secondary LAN adapters...etc I've decided to post here, maybe someone had the same problem and knows how to fix it.

My system:
Amd Athlon X2 5200+
nivdia 7300GT
2 gb ram
320 sata hdd

My bootlog:


Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Version 6.1 (Build 7231)
6 20 2009 08:32:24.375
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\halmacpi.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_AuthenticAMD.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\msisadrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\vdrvroot.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\partmgr.sys
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Answer:Extremely slow boot up process

It appears that some drivers just don't load correctly. Try using some programs called Uniblue. Works with 32-bit only though.
Uniblue > Windows Software Utilities Download & Free PC Scans
You can download them, then go to youtube and search uniblue serials.

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I have a 4 year old Dell Dimension 4600 running Windows XP, with Norton 360 enabled. Recently,on pressing the tower start button absolutely nothing happens for up to 10mins. Green lights then flash and on repressing "start" the boot-up process proceeds as normal.Apart from running slowly all else appears OK.On switching off and restarting immediatly there is no delay. If I wait 3hrs there is a delay of 6min., and overnight it is again ca. 10min. Taking off all peripherals makes no difference. Dell have sent an Engineer on site and replaced the motherboard and CPU to no avail! Similarly it has been sent to their workshop for the same changes and although their report was that all was OK, I suspect they did not wait a few hours before retesting. Has anyone else experienced this - if so I should like to know of any solution? Thanks

Answer:Delay in starting boot-up process

Did they not check the PSU, because that looks as if it is on the way out.

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Hello All,

When I power on my computer it starts the boot process for approximately 1 second and then my system turns itself off completely. After another second or so it turns itself back on and then repeats this cycle several times until it finally successfully boots. Once it turns on it remains stable for use (1-8 hours consecutively). I am mostly concerned about damaging other components by running the system without knowing the root cause. Does anyone have any ideas?

System Specs
I am running windows 7 and my system was built a year and a half ago with no hardware issues up to this point. Also I have not overclocked.
I5-4670k Quad Core 3.4GHZ
MSI Z87-GD65 Motherboard
ASUS Geforce GTX 660 OC DirectCU
Corsair XMS3 2X4GB
Corsair TX750 750W ATX 12V Single Rail
Western Digital Black 1TB
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 cooler

I have disconnected and reconnected all power to my motherboard and made sure everything is connected properly.
I booted without my hard drive.
I tried booting with each stick of RAM individually and in different DIMM slots.
Checked BIOS for voltages (PSU voltages listed below)
-3.3V - 3.36
-5V - 5.08
-12V - 11.96

Thanks in advance for any assistance and I appreciate all feedback.


Answer:Constant Interruption During Boot Process

So this is a POST issue, check to make sure your CPU cooler is secured properly, it could be worth to disassemble and apply new thermal paste; otherwise the culprit could very well be the PSU, if you can manage to obtain a spare, you should try that next.

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Hi Good Peoples,

Have a problem and am hoping for some help please.

My PC goes through the BIOS stage and starts to load Windoze 7, the GUI comes up and then it just stays there, goes into space with nothing happening.

I have booted in Safe Mode and that works, but it won't boot into Safe with Command Prompt or Networking.

I have tried the Repair my Computer option but that did not fix it. Then I did a System Restore but that did not fix it either.

Not sure as to what to do next.

Answer:Windows stops during boot process

Damn! It just got worse.

Now it won't even boot in safe mode.

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I am experiencing the same exact problem as in this old thread:
Extremely slow boot up process

Solution from old thread: "Thanks but i removed a IDE hdd(80gb but quite old) that i forgot about and kept the one with Windows 7, now it boots up in less then 20 seconds"

The step-by-step process to solving this problem wasn't posted. Can someone explain to me how Florin500 fixed his/her problem so I can fix my computer?

My computer is running very slow. Here's is a record of my bootlog:


Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Version 6.1 (Build 7600)
1 27 2011 11:42:26.375
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\msisadrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\vdrvroot.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\partmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\compbatt.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\BATTC.SYS
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Answer:Extremely slow boot up process

Have you defragged your computer lately? Sometimes slow boot and load times can be fixed with a defrag.

Try Defraggler or Auslogic Disk Defrag. Both of them are free and do a good job.

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we are attempting to upgrade the harddrive in an asus eeepc 1005ha from 250 Gb to 750Gb. we purchased "Disk Director" by acronis and are using the cloning feature.

everything seemed to go well until we installed the new drive and it would not boot. the original drive was reinstalled and a second attempt was made to clone it.

the cloning process includes a reboot of the computer to start cloning. it would not boot. a screen comes up the says "windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause..." it then says that we need to use the installation disc and the repair computer feature.

the repair window on the disc will not come up, what starts is the recovery utility which reinstalls the OS and erases everything else.

is there any other way to repair this drive?

Answer:boot failure during cloning process

It's sometimes necessary to repair the clone by making sure Win7 partition or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) are marked Active in Disk Director, then boot the Win7 Installation DVD Repair Console or Repair CD to repair Win7 boot.

If you have the installation DVD Repair console is on the second screen after booting. You can burn a Repair CD like this: System Repair Disc - Create

Accept any offered Repair. If Win7 doesn't start, boot back into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts.

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I am told that the Windows 7 OS uses a bootmgr to boot up windows. Can anyone explain this process in a way that I can understand.

lets start with the BIOS and the c:

What are these?

A master boot record (MBR)
A boot sector
A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store


Answer:Can you explain the Win7 boot process

Hi -This link is listed as for Vista, (via Wiki), bit it is about the same for Windows 7 systems -Windows Boot Manager (BOOTMGR)Thank You -

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hi techies...

An intel celeron 1.0 ghz with 845 chipset machine with 64 MB pc 133 mhz ram takes time during the initial booting 433 mhz machine much better than the former in ooting..what couil be the problem...

Answer:machine boot up process slow

What OS are installed on the two machines? Also a lot could depend on how many other devices are installed into the PC in terms of add on cards and adapters, as well as how much RAM is available etc.

We'd need a fair bit more info, especially about the second machine, to make any worthwhile comparisons.

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this is a strange one. picked up a friends pc that was hanging on the boot process even after passing post. i took the tower to my house, hooked it up to my monitor, kboard, mouse etc and it worked fine, did the same at my girlfriends, worked fine.When i took it back to friends house, plugged it all up and it hangs again on boot. removed kboard, mouse, speakers and basically, only had monitor connected after setting BIOS to halt on nothing and it hangs again, even though it passes POST.Can a fault in the monitor cable prevent PC starting..?any help, thanks in advance...

Answer:Can Monitor Stop Boot Process

Yes monitors/and therefore their cables too, can cause strange happenings - I even had a monitor once that corrupted an XP installation. I was so sure it couldn't be so, that after a Windows reinstall away from the clients, I connected the monitor again (with the same results :-((A replacement monitor cured things.

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Good Morning.

I have been running a quad boot system (Windows 10 new, Windows 10 older version , Windows 7 and recently I added Linux mint). Windows 10 new is on a SSD, Windows 10 Old is on a separate SSD. Windows 7 is on separate hard drive as was Mint. Now Mint is on it's own SSD.
All was working perfectly booting each using Easy BCD. So then I got the bright idea to add a new SSD for Linux. Which I did (my mistake I think) without unplugging all the other drives.
Now Grub is what boots first and gives me the option of Linux or Windows. If I select windows 10 it then restarts and goes to my Easy BCD screen for selecting which OS to run.
Tried unplugging all the drives except windows 10 but the system wont boot. Tried running boot repair from the windows start up disk several time and again won't fix it with all the drives connected or with each connected alone.
How can I remove grub and get back my normal Easy BCD boot screen?
Don't really want to re install everything.

Answer:Linux Grub took over my boot process.

warewasher2025 said:

Good Morning.

I have been running a quad boot system (Windows 10 new, Windows 10 older version , Windows 7 and recently I added Linux mint). Windows 10 new is on a SSD, Windows 10 Old is on a separate SSD. Windows 7 is on separate hard drive as was Mint. Now Mint is on it's own SSD.
All was working perfectly booting each using Easy BCD. So then I got the bright idea to add a new SSD for Linux. Which I did (my mistake I think) without unplugging all the other drives.
Now Grub is what boots first and gives me the option of Linux or Windows. If I select windows 10 it then restarts and goes to my Easy BCD screen for selecting which OS to run.
Tried unplugging all the drives except windows 10 but the system wont boot. Tried running boot repair from the windows start up disk several time and again won't fix it with all the drives connected or with each connected alone.
How can I remove grub and get back my normal Easy BCD boot screen?
Don't really want to re install everything.

try this link How to Remove GRUB | robinadr

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Can someone tell me how to stop the boot process from hanging-up until I press the F1 key. After I press the F1 key the process resumes until the Windows 7 login screen appears. How can I stop the boot processs from requesting I press the F1 key?

Answer:Boot process hangs until I Press F1 key

I don't know how a Dell motherboard bios work but on my motherboard you can go into the bios and turn off press F1 key before boot.
Please make sure your cpu cooling fan is working as it should first.

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Good Morning.

I have been running a quad boot system (Windows 10 new, Windows 10 older version , Windows 7 and recently I added Linux mint). Windows 10 new is on a SSD, Windows 10 Old is on a separate SSD. Windows 7 is on separate hard drive as was Mint. Now Mint is on it's own SSD.
All was working perfectly booting each using Easy BCD. So then I got the bright idea to add a new SSD for Linux. Which I did (my mistake I think) without unplugging all the other drives.
Now Grub is what boots first and gives me the option of Linux or Windows. If I select windows 10 it then restarts and goes to my Easy BCD screen for selecting which OS to run.
Tried unplugging all the drives except windows 10 but the system wont boot. Tried running boot repair from the windows start up disk several time and again won't fix it with all the drives connected or with each connected alone.
How can I remove grub and get back my normal Easy BCD boot screen?
Don't really want to re install everything.

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Hey. I've some trouble with my notebook, here are details:

Notebook: ASUS Eee PC 1001PX.
I used to think that the problem was with its hdd, but it's not. I've reinstalled OS through PC and it still doesn't work. On PC hdd works btw.
Then I realized that the problem can be related with bios and I can download new BIOS and reset it, but that option was wrong. He simply stood at this stage.
And the last one, what do I want to do is just use 2 items (which I don't have) mean hot air gun for dismantling its bios, then insert it into programmer and firmware it through PC. What do you think, the game worth the candle?


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Hi all,

I am currently studying for the 70-680 exam that I am taking in December. I was watching an online video around dual booting and VHDs.

Something the instructor said has confused me somewhat.

He was showing how to create a bootable Windows USB installation disk and basically said just partition the drive, make it active and copy the Windows installation folders/files from a DVD to the USB drive.

I was sure doing a simple file copy would not work, what about creating the boot sector on the drive ?

Anyway I followed the steps, made the partition active, copied the files and set BIOS to boot from the USB.

It worked.

So why are there posts out there where people are saying a boot sector must be created using BOOTSEC.EXE ?

So on a partition, all that is needed is to make it active and place BOOTMGR in root and then the BOOT folder with BCD store and the basic OS would be loaded ?

Hope I have made myself clear !

Thanks, Gary

Answer:Windows 7 boot process clarification

Can't help you on your question - not expert enough. However, I have read many times that Windows is not reliable for booting from an external USb drive. Perhaps you were lucky. I will try again and see if luck is with me as well.

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How do i change the boot process from having to press F1 and then ENTER for the operating system, into a straight boot to desktop?

thanks much

Answer:[SOLVED] How do I change the boot process?

Hi gunwitch !

Enter the BIOS (look for some "press xx to enter setup" message), and either change the boot order priority to HDD first or look for the "Halt on" setting in the main tab and set it to "All but disk".

If you need to choose between several operating systems at startup then right-click my computer => properties => advanced => settings under startup and recovery => select the default OS and lower the delay to 1 (wouldn't set it to 0 in case you need to select the other OS at startup one day).

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I've been given the assignment of building a new ISO for our workstations which include all the latest drivers and applications we need for our environment. I've pretty much got the thing set ( nlite, ask for it by name! ), but there is a process which runs on first boot which I want to remove from the image. I'm having a hell of a time finding it. I'm not sure if it's part of the standard XP installation process, or if it's an HP only thing. The window is called "Welcome to Windows XP", and it steps the user through registering, activating and setting up a user account on the local system. Obviously I won't need this, as it only creates more work for me later.

Any tips on how to remove this, or even where to look in the image? It's not under $OEM$, I checked that first.

Answer:Windows XP Install process; First Boot

nLite does this. Your basically just generating an answer sheet for that stuff. There is a part of nLite you can choose to put in your COA key and choose what settings you want for the installation process.

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