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Explorer Fails To Load On Start-Up (Sometimes)

Question: Explorer Fails To Load On Start-Up (Sometimes)

Every so often, maybe weeks apart, when I start up my B machine (PC with XP), it doesn't load and execute Windoze Explorer. Re-booting (manually) doesn't fix it.

So, I use Alt, Ctrl, Delete to bring up the Task List and I click on the Applications Tab, key in Explorer and click Run.

Explorer comes up, I have my usual desk top and everything seems to run OK.

I do a normal Turn Off every night and the next morning, odds are that Windoze (along with Explorer) will load and execute.

Then seemingly out of the blue, one day it doesn't load and execute Explorer and I have to manually (via the Task List) get it to execute Explorer so I can use the machine.

Two questions.

1. Why does it do that?
2. Is there any change I can make to prevent it in the future?


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Preferred Solution: Explorer Fails To Load On Start-Up (Sometimes)

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Answer: Explorer Fails To Load On Start-Up (Sometimes)

Kelly's Korner says this

Control/Alt/Delete - When the Windows Task Manager dialog box appears, select the File menu and then New Task (Run). When the Create New Task dialog box appears, type in Explorer and press the OK button. Windows Explorer should restart complete with the Start button.Click to expand...

It's similar to what you are doing but maybe it will correct the problem for good.

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Hi, Im not really sure if im posting this is the right place or not, Im so sorry if im not.
Here is a list of my computer specs: Operating System: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs)
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 667MB used, 3271MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

My problem is everytime i go to watch any type of video on youtube or other websites like that, the video will freeze i will still hear sound, then my computer will lock up eventually blue screening. i went to my system reports and found that i was having a nvatabus error, so i deleted everything to do with my nvidia card and reinstalled fresh, still having this same issue. I dont know what else to do. everything else on my computer thats graphic heavy runs just fine. i even play a game called second life, in that game we can watch movies streamed thru quicktime and i can watch those just fine. I hope theres somebody out there that can help me. thank you for reading.

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In XP home I get an error before windows finishes loading. Something like Explorer.exe application failed to initialize. 0xc0000022.

I try to run explorer thru taskmanager but it fails to load. Just get a blank desktop.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:52:30 PM, on 2/10/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Owner\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: RieMon Class - {70F6A776-579A-4C95-BA88... Read more

Answer:Solved: Explorer fails to load

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Following an update from Kodak Easy Print, my Explorer starts to load: brings up the Goggle home page,and then disconnects. Tried rebooting and restarting and still no full boot.
Should I begin by removing all of the Kodak application?
I feel like I should be able to find a process in the Task Manager that is conflicting with Explorer.
Since I am on the other computer writing this, I cannot give you any pictures of my system, unless you have suggestions on how to do that. I do have a network with three other computers available with Explorer working.



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i'm screwed if I don't fix this by monday.

windows starts up fine and everything is dandy, until I login. Right around the loading user settings part of the login, i get a nice little popup window that says: "The Instruction at '0x7c80ac9b' referenced memory at '0x80040119'. The memory could not be 'read'. Ok to terminate. Cancel to debug" So i hit cancel to debug and nothing is fixed. I can still use cnt-alt-delete to see all my other programs running. All except the most important one. I can see my desktop picture, but that is it. and my mouse.

worst is, this isn't my computer and if it's messup up on monday i'm screwed! help!

btw: safe mode does not help.. the same thing happens. If this helps, I just installed service pack 2 right before I rebooted and found out this is happening. so that might have something to do with it.. How do I access my restore points? and if that doesn't work, what other options could i try? is there a way to fix windows by booting something on a cd?

Answer:HELP! explorer.exe fails to load after I login

Try when you push ctrl alt delete, click file, new task, type cmd and click enter. In the command prompt box type sfc /scannow and let it do its thing, then restart.

Also, before you get to the xp loading screen at startup, press f8 repeatedly and select restore to last known good configuration.

You can also use your xp disk to repair windows. I have never done it before so im not sure how to get to it though...

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I was installing a webcam and got to the point when the installation wizzard needed the computer to close and restart. on restart the computer gets as far as getting the windows start up music and logo, my antivirus logo comes on and i get my connect to network box come up, but no desktop or taskbar. The computer then stops at this point (although the the curser still moves and I can cntr-alt-del to shut down). The same happens every time i reboot now, even on safe boot. Can anyone help please?

Answer:desktop fails to load on start up

I'm assuming that you are running Windows XP.Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up Task Manager. On the File Menu select New Task (Run...).Type in:C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exeand click OK.This should start System Restore and allow you to go back to before things went wrong.

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iexplorer exists in my task manager process list, but fails to load completely and no window is visible. However, sometimes it does work (1 out avg 10 times). Thanks for any help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:37:23 AM, on 2008-04-08
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Binn\msftesql.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
c:\program files\microsoft enterprise instrumentation\bin\trace service\tracesessionmanager.exe
C:\Program Files\VERITAS\Backup Exec\RANT\beremote.exe
C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TSVNCache.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG... Read more

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I just used the windows xp cleaning procedure to rid my computer of the fake winsecurity centre and spyware guard 2008 (thank you majorgeeks) but now windows explorer fails to automatically load when i turn on my computer or restart and log in using my (upon recommendation) new windows user account password and i have to do it by windows task manager. any ideas?

Answer:Windows explorer fails to load at restart

Welcome to Major Geeks!

whatsausername said:

I just used the windows xp cleaning procedureClick to expand...

As stated in the instructions, we need the 4 requested logs to help you. Attach the logs from
Also are you saying this is a new user account? Or are you saying it is the same user account that you cleaned but you just added a password to it?

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Win 8 fails to load 2 apps on initial start up. Razr Game Booster and Acronis Scheduler.If I do an immediate Re Start both apps will load correctly.
SFC tells me no problems.
Event log says Acronis failed to start, nothing listed for Razr app.
Any body run into anything like this ?
Any suggestions ?


Answer:Win 8 fails to load 2 apps on initial start up

iIf these programs need to run as administrator they will be blocked from opening with Windows as a security measure. Please check the shortcuts and see if they are so marked.

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Hello I have XP pro on my computer. My computer reset itself. And now it wont restart.

Everytime I try to restart I get this message that windows did not start properly and I should select from 4 options
- safe mode
- safe mode with networking
- safe mode with command
- last known setting
- start normally

I tried all the options but nothing seems to work. It just goes back to this same screen again. Please help. I have tons of very valuable information on my computer.

Everything was fine. Next time pc was started it did the boot process and then a DOS screen appeared telling me that Windows did not start successfully and on lower part of screen it gives you 4 choices to start in safe mode and one choice to start at the last known configuration that worked. None of these choices come up. The computer just keeps restarting and then the screen comes up about Windows not starting successfully.

Thank you.

What was i doing when it crashed:
Loading battlefield 2 for first time had turned all my video settings up to high and it was supposedly optimizing it then bang it reset and now im at this stage.

My computer
Dual Core 2 E6850 3.0 ghz 1333fsb
4 gb 800 ram
Asus p5b-plus motherboard
350W psu
EN8600GT 256MB video card

What ive done :
Run the memory diagnosis thing -(
Press T to run the extended tests.)
This freezes on one of the test - and does not complete

My thoughts are more likely that it is the hard drive . The computer is only 7 ... Read more

Answer:Windows did not start successfully -Win Xp pro fails to load from

I wouldn't necessarily suspect the hard drive just yet. A repair/reinstall might be your best bet; since it crashed on an application installation, you may have some necessary files in limbo. Check this link for a comprehensive guide:

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Yesterday I cleaned up some old folders I no longer use. Now Explorer no longer fully loads, as this 70 second video shows

Windows Explorer not fully loading anymore - YouTube

Explorer gets stuck here:
The left-side menus can NOT be expanded

Thank you for any help!


OS: Windows 7 32 bit
*I deleted music, photo albums, and some old downloads. I may have accidentally deleted something else though.

Answer:Did a file cleanup; now Explorer fails to load correctly

How or what did you use to clean things with?

Did you create a restore point before you started?

Have you tried a system restore to a point in time before you cleaned your folders?

Chances are you've messed up Windows 7's junction points.

You could try restoring your user folders, as explained in this tutorial.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

If ever you do want extra drive space it's best just to delete the contents of your user folders rather than the folders themselves.

Your library structure is, if you will, a junction point for any folders in the library, regardless of where they are on your computer.

Once you break the links you experience problems such as yours.

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Hey guys.

I'm new here, and hopefully I can get my question answered.

This is the first time this problem has ever occured, and I'm not a computer-sage so please bear with me and try to understand my dumbed-down post.

Ok, let's begin.

Since yesterday, when ever I try to open up another window of Internet Explorer a problem comes along... (whip it good eh? lol).

Here's the problem:

-Internet homepages, in seperate tabs (I have 3, and always have had 3) -1st tab fail to loads to load but continues to do so
-2nd tab goes to "Cannot display this page" (yadda yadda yadda, type deal)
-3rd has the same ordeal as the 2nd tab

Now... what's weird is. I am using the internet right now. How? Because I didn't close the browser that was being used before this problem came along. So, I am clearly connected to the internet. The problem must lie with the initialization of Internet Explorer... right?

But, there is one thing I noticed, which may have or may not have been there before this incident... but it just not got noticed by myself:

-A black clock (Black circle with white hands reading roughyl 4:00 or 12:20 [If that is necessary]) appears in the bottom left hand corner of the browser (the hands do not move).

So, can someone please help me out here?

Thankyou so much in advance.

Answer:Black Clock - Internet Explorer fails to load


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Good morning everyone,

I came across this forum while searching for help with a computer issue. I'm hoping you can help me!

Our sales director has a Dell Latitude E4300 laptop with Win XP Pro (I did all the updates before this problem occurred). It's brand new and he decided to use the program PC Locator to move everything from his old laptop to his new laptop. He says he did that, it said it did it successfully, but when he restarted the program right after using the program, the computer won't finish loading Windows Explorer.

It will get to the Welcome screen and you can choose your user, but after that, it will show the desktop background, but no icons or taskbar and gives the error that Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close.

Error messages:

Can anyone help me figure out what is going on? Could he have transferred a virus or anything from his old laptop? He was prone to downloading everything under the sun, although he did have Vipre anti-virus on there and I installed Kapersky Anti-Virus on his new laptop BEFORE he copied everything over but it was FULL of junk.

I ran a standard diagnostic test as well and it came up with the following errors:

Error Code 5300D23
Msg: VIDEO - No BIOS support for SMI interface function.

I have no idea where to go from here. Anyone have suggestions? (I'm a interm... Read more

Answer:Windows Explorer fails to load - no icons/taskbar

Came across the same problem. It is a virus problem and I had to reformat to fix it. Usually it is a virus associated with a crack .exe file.

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During boot up I've got Windows Error Reporting with the following messages: "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
The report contained the following data:
Error signature_______
AppName. explorer.exe AppVer:6.0.2900.3156 ModName: ntdll.dll
ModVer: 5.1.2600.2180 Offset: 000181ea

After I click either "Send report error" or "Dont send", the computer Freezes and I have toshutdown the computer using ON/OFF sw.

Same result when starting the computer in Safe mode. I've never got a chance to go past the bootup stage so cuold not access Event viewer.

Appreciate any help

Toshiba P25-S508 WinXP SP2 Zone Alarm Pro, Adaware, Spybot SD

Problem started when i turn the computer from hibernation mode.

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Hello SevenForums, long time lurker here.
I've had a issue with my windows 7 explorer's toolbar not displaying icons of all applications (.exe files).
I've tried to depict the issue in the images (a,b) below


The only instance wherein I see icons are when I click a file associated with the software,
For example, a .mp4 video associated with VLC media player shows the VLC icon in the toolbar properly

I've googled to fix this for a few months now, but I haven't managed to yet.
So now I turn to your expertise, please help

Answer:Windows Explorer's Toolbar Fails to load application Icons

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
FWIW I get the same thing for .exe files I don't believe it's a real issue because .exe files execute and do their own thing meaning if the developer didn't make an icon for the operation it might show that icon instead of the actual icon it shows other places like in your image cpuz,
Rufus does this too for it's .exe that I just noticed.

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Hello, Please help me!
2 days ago, my system started to be a little slower in start up. also my dial up ISP will not work, it says "failed connecting to server" or error 720 when logging in after dialing. now if you turn on the modem speaker, you dont hear the dialing tone.
anyway, i tried fixing that problem, and soon noticed that my IE was acting strange. It wont load yahoo. at the time i used firefox, and it can load yahoo,but some buttons like in email, reply, move, does not work on it.
IE now cant load yahoo at all, it use to load half way and then display "cannot display page" message.

i tried fixing the dial up problem (through ethernet, which was slow and inconsistant in its connection for whatever reason) and was told by tech service that i might have to reset the DUN and after that i can connect... but it was short lived for when i tried to fix IE with winsockfix, it revereted back to its problem, not to mention IE wasnt fixed at all.

i rebooted many times
i scanned for virus with norton, came up nothing, no new updates either
i checked for spyware with SBS&D, no results, no new updates.
i also ran into some fatal errors, and sometimes after startup, if some programs dont work right.. and some doesnt anymore.. ex. defrag no longer works right.. and scan disk take many trieds to get it to start on restart, and if you go to start >>> programs during after freeze or so, it shows "program" as empty.

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Answer:Internet Explorer does not Load pages, and dial up fails, and more problems

Well, sorry about this, but i did the procedure after this topic was moved.
here is the HJT file.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:10:24 PM, on 9/8/2005
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\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Tvs\TvsTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Accessibility\FnKeyHook.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
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A few weeks ago internet explorer started to act funny, sometime when I opened a new browser window it would freeze in the new window, but allowed me to continue using the previously opened windows. I had to open several new windows until suddenly one of them worked. Then, the whole browser started freezing at random times, specially when clickin on links or opening new windows or tabs. I was not able to close it and reopen, I had to kill the processes using task manager, and even then, many times it would freeze on the first window.I tried several antivirus (Trendmicro, AVG, FProt, Eset, Panda) some would report some infected files, others none. After disinfecting with Panda, the browser seemingly started working fine again, but it only lasted for less than a week. After that the problems became more annoying every day.The last straw was that sometimes when turning on the PC it would freeze right before loading the windows explorer, so I could only see the background of my screen. Usually I rebooted and it will work, but today I had to reboot about 5 times before it worked again.Any help will be greatly appreciated.Thanks. Gabriel.DDS.txt log:DDS (Ver_10-10-10.03) - NTFSx86 Run by Admin at 11:18:25.48 on Mon 10/11/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3070.1831 [GMT -6:00]AV: Panda Global Protection 2011 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {8BF935E7-731F-4115-B7A5-789FF5087595}FW: ... Read more

Answer:Slow/freezing browser, fails to load windows explorer often. Have to reboot several times.

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I have a dell inspiron 530. It started to run slowly so I used performance tool kit utility software on the system. Now when I go to start the computer, it loads the desktop picture & the curser only. No desktop icons appear. When I do a ctrl/alt/del... task manager appears & I click shutdown. Then an "end Program" -explorer.exe message appears. After 3-5 minutes, the system will finally shut down. I have tried to do a system restore to a point I created before I installed the utility program. This didn't work and I still get the same outcome. If I select restart from Task Manager, for a split second the desktop icons appear right before the system starts the shut down sequence...Any ideas?

Answer:xp explorer.exe fails to start post a link to where you got "performance tool kit utility software" from.larry

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I was on my laptop the other night and all of a sudden its battery died, I had nothing but my documents open and everything closed much like computers do when their batteries are completely empty.
Just some information to start:
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525
Antivirus: I just use Malwarebytes
Anyway I plugged it in and powered it up but then all of a sudden it got stuck, whether I'm in the Vista safe-mode or not Windows reaches the point where I have entered my password and it brings up the "Welcome" menu screen, as if it is ready for my desktop to flash up soon, however instead it freezes, and after 2 minutes a black screen appears with nothing but my documents.
I have clicked "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" and from what I can see, the process "Windows Explorer" is not even running, I have attached an image of my current processes. Anyway it seems the computer is running perfectly other than the Explorer.
I can successfully open files such as Safari now, and access the internet but in general I have to work from my documents, I have also attached an image of my desktop which appears as a black screen, if I minimize a window such as this then it appears right at the bottom of the desktop as a short bar.

Anyway I have backed up all my files but I really want to avoid resetting my laptop to try cure this disease, I would like some advice please on what to do. Feel free to ask me anything else about the current... Read more

Answer:Windows Explorer Fails To Start :(

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Hello, recently i got Security Tool on my computer, at first i couldn't do so much as to click on anything, it would display crazy messages and all sorts of non-sense, then after rebooting the background, desktop icons, taskbar and basically anything associated with explorer.exe was gone, windows says that explorer.exe fails to start on every log on.Running Vista Ultimate 64bitThank you for your help.edit: ohh excuse me, i forgot to add ark.txt, i'm running it now.edit2: all good.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSX64 Run by Arnhem at 22:46:10.53 on Thu 16/09/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000Microsoft? Windows Vista??? Ultimate 6.0.6001.1.1252.61.1033.18.6138.4742 [GMT 2:00]SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *disabled* (Outdated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository&... Read more

Answer:Security Tool - Explorer.exe fails to start

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Topic title explains it all, for some reason, explorer.exe fails to start even when I try to do it through task manager. An error just pops up saying, "explorer.exe - Unable To Locate Component 'This application has failed to start because (square symbol).dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.'"

This is all after I used windows update (this is a fairly old/backup computer, other good one is in for repairs). I was on the "Windows SP2" update, it kinda failed to do anything towards the end, and it canceled. Related?

Answer:Explorer.exe fails to start even through task manager

I've never known SP2 to cancel error message?


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Every time i try opening up Firefox (latest version, 3.6), nothing happens. The only signs that something has changed is that task manager shows crashreporter.exe and drwtsn32.exe. After a couple seconds, those processes will then both disappear from task manager.

Internet Explorer shows a similar problem, but the actual browser will appear for about half a second before closing itself.

Checking for some possible solutions, other people have recommended reinstalls, renaming the firefox.exe application, and installing older versions, none of which have worked for me. I've also scanned using Ad-aware and Housecall, cleared temp folders, and tried system restore just in case it was something I installed/downloaded recently but to no avail.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I?ve been fighting this issue for 2 weeks. Can not say anything in particular caused it, had not installed anything major or new, just one day when I re-started the machine the entire desktop was gone. No icons, taskbar, start menu, etc. Also, rt. click on the desktop does nothing. Windows File Explorer does not work either

Machine ? Dell Inspiron E1705, 4GB Ram, 25GB free HDD space, Win XP Pro SP3

What Works? Task Mgr, File Explorer alternative (Free Commander). Am able to execute pgms. and apps using these. Essentially it seems that all else works except for explorer.exe and assoc. features.

Other symptoms, things I?ve tried, etc:

1. Tried executing explorer.exe but fails, doesn?t start.
2. In safe mode, everything works! Desktop, Start Menu, File Explorer, etc.
3. Desktop folders for all users exist with shortcuts
4. Replaced explorer.exe from a another XP SP3 machine, did not fix the problem.
5. Ran sfc.exe (full file check and auto-repair) in safe mode shortly after it first occurred, rebooted and fixed the problem for a while, but then after a couple restarts it failed again. Ran sfc.exe again but this time no joy.
6. Ran several malware scans (MBAM, MSE, SAS) nothing major found.
7. Also uninstalled MSE and installed a trial Bit Defender. Ran full scan, said it found and deleted 5 files but for the life of me couldn?t get a log or anything to come up so I could see WHAT the 5 files were. Also gave me a false positive for PaleMoon.exe and auto dele... Read more

Answer:Explorer.exe fails, Desktop/taskbar/start menu gone

ran dds.scr, but after it finished the 2 logs did NOT popup. any suggestions?

will now try to run gmer scanner.

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Not cause by virus .. this just started today. I tried a restore point of yesterday .. nothing. I have tried several suggestions from the web but nothing seems to do it? I know it would be better if i could name them but can't remember the exact commands .. will look for the page again. One dealt with sfc /newscan (or such).

Really need to get this working again .. any ideas or pointers?

Answer:Windows 10 start button fails, search fails restart fails

Yes, left click on start button and right click on task bar icons does nothing?
Tried flhthemi's suggestion "Open powershell with admin privileges Copy and paste this line at the PS prompt:
Get‐AppXPackage ‐AllUsers | Foreach {Add‐AppxPackage ‐DisableDevelopmentMode ‐Register


Worked once but problem came back and wouldn't work the second time?

Tried the .bat file from AveYo's suggestion, lost my wifi connection and couldn't restart it, had to revert to a previous restore point.

Anyone know a fix for this?


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Here is the list of the problems in order of which I noticed things going awry:

1. My Firefox browser will re-direct my google searches to a new Firefox window pop-up with "google-analytics" in its address bar, but would never finish loading the new popped-up window. Firefox would also re-direct and never finish loading my google searches by opening a new tab with a "" in its address bar.

2. Microsoft Office 2010 applications don't open, instead a "DW20.exe" and a "DWWin.exe" replicates itself an infinite number of times in my processes, maxing out my CPU.

3. My anti-virus applications (Spyware Doctor, Microsoft Security Essentials, avast!, malwarebytes) won't update, and therefore won't run or scan. Firefox also won't load various anti-virus sites, such as this message board.

4. Other applications crash directly upon opening them (VLC Media Player)

Solutions that I've tried:

1. Resetting my router. I'd read somewhere online that doing this would solve the problem. It did not.

2. Trying to restore from a restore point. I opened System Restore, but the restore points were all very recent and within the timeframe of infection.

3. Un-installing Microsoft Office 2010 and re-installing. System won't let me un-install.

Here are my scan reports:

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by dildon at 14:31:20.50 on Fri 06/04/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20
Microso... Read more

Answer:Browser Re-directs; Microsoft Office Fails to Load; Anti-Virus Fails to Update:upset:


Please do the following:

Download Combofix from either of the links below, and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link here

Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.When finished, it will produce a report for you.
Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt for further review.

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Not long ago (a week and a half or so) I was playing Payday 2 and my computer froze, I turned off my computer to restart it and could not load my computer past a pre-loading windows black screen where the mouse was not showing. I then tried booting my computer in various ways (safe, with and without networking etc) and they worked, however I believe one of my drivers failing to load was the reason for my "Windows Normal" startup to fail. I eventually decided through, I then looked at using the system restore point function in order to hope for some success. The system restore function when I restored to; a week ago, two weeks ago, did not seem too alleviate my issue much, it did however allow me to load windows but almost immediately after using the machine for 2-5 minutes I would have a frozen screen again. I then eventually decided to just factory reset the machine out of desperation, the factory reset eventually happened successfully and I was able to load windows and login into my new user successfully, as I learnt that I had to reinstall my graphical drivers I then attempted to put in various CD's in in order to install these drivers, eventually when I figured out the order of CD's that I needed to install for my games to load properly, I then resumed my activities on my pc (such as gaming, browsing etc). 
Flash forward to the second factory reset, this one happened due to a very similar freezing problem yet again, and again I decided to turn off my computer ... Read more

Answer:PC fails to load 9/10 times and fails to update, random crashes

Have you tried Safe Mode?
EDIT: Reading failure. Try the below suggestion.

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I have vista. i can log in and everything, but when i log in, windows explorer doesn't run automatically. i have to ctrl alt delete and start it manually. anyone know how to make it start automatically again?

Answer:explorer doesn't load at start up

also heres a HJT log if it helpsLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:32:47 AM, on 12/23/2008Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Windows\explorer.exeC:\Program Files\SetPoint\LBTWiz.exeC:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy\Volume Panel\VolPanlu.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_TrayIcon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\logishrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\Video\LogiTray.exeC:\Program Files\WildTangent\Apps\GameChannel.exeC:\Windows\wt\updater\wcmdmgr.exeC:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Windows\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Online\DataSafeOnline.exeC:\Program Files\Maxtor\OneTouch Status\MaxMenuMgr.exeC:\Program Files\DellSupport\DSAgnt.exeC:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Program Files\AIM6\aim6.ex... Read more

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ok im a way newbie at all this so be patient with me please.
when i boot my computer up and log into my profile the only thing that shows up besides my wallpaper is the cursor arrow, explorer.exe will not load on its own i have to do the ctrl+alt+del go to task manager then run new task and get explorer.exe to load. After that everything runs fine until we log off then we go thru the same thing again.
i have a lot of disk space left (my pc only using 5%) but its running slow at the begin, after load explorer run fast again. If anyone can offer me any help on how i may fix this problem i would appreciate it.

My os is windows xp pro SP3 updated, as a matter it all began after the updated (30 updates from microsoft).
i use norton corporate edition 10, microsoft antispyware, spysweeper daily (and the PC is really clean). if i need to give u anymore info please let me know what info and maybe how to find that info as well please.
Other thing I open regedit and in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

At the value is shell=explorer.exe.

Answer:Explorer.exe wont load at start up

Try doing this, Open windows explorer > click tools > Folder options > view tab > uncheck the box next to launch folder windows in a seperate process and then restart. If it is already unchecked then check it first, restart, and then uncheck it and restart. I've encountered this problem before and this was how it got fixed.

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hi all....
whenever i start windows 7 7260....the explorer.exe service doesn't load..
i get a my documents folder opened when i start windows 7
then i need to start the task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+delete and then need to run explorer.exe as a new task !!
please help so that it starts loading explorer.exe by default on start up !!

Answer:explorer.exe doesn't load on start up !!

I did a quick Google search for your problem and one of the top links was this. Check through there, because I noticed a solution or two.

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Slow booting.  Really slow booting.  Seems that using an SD card for ReadyBoot/ReadyBoost is causing the issue.  But why?
On investigation, this only started happening back in November, which coincides with the install of KB2685813 UMDF 1.11 (
Could be a bit buggy....

I'll uninstall the update and see if this solves the issue.
So, first event:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-DriverFrameworks-UserMode
Date:          04/01/2013 10:47:30
Event ID:      10114
Task Category: Startup of the UMDF reflector
Level:         Information
Keywords:      (2)
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      LAPTOPW7A
The UMDF reflector was unable to complete startup because the WUDFPf service was not found.  This service may be started later during boot, at which point Windows will attempt to start the device again.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-DriverFrameworks-UserMode" Guid="{2E35AAEB-857F-4BEB-A418-2E6C0E54D988}" />
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Answer:UMDF Reflector fails to start (event 10114, Driverframeworks-Usermode) resulting in WUDFRd failed to load... (event 219, Kernel-PnP)

Hmm.  Now that is interesting.
In my System event log I was getting an NTFS error (57: Failed to flush tlog).  I didn't think it was from my HDD, so using diskpart, I ran a 'CLEAN ALL' on my SD card, then recreated the FS as exFAT (previously it was NTFS).
Seems to be working now, although I'm getting VDS Basic Provider errors (Unexpected failure.  Error code:
[email protected]) "which can be safely ignored" (re: KB979391).
This begs the question: if it can be safely ignored, why is it raised in the first place?
Boot time is also restored to an acceptable timescale.

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I recently just merged Window's Audio into my reg. using that Kelsey site to fix my sound. But when I rebooted, my Start Menu won't load up with explorer.exe!I also get this annoying thing that won't let me run things called: Data Execution Prevention.It didn't let me renew my ip, or open explorer.exe, etc. I had to boot into safe mode for it to stop. Could anyone help me?I greatfully managed to get on FireFox by using an IJJI shortcut for SF; but here's a log.HJT Log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 5:53:27 PM, on 3/4/2009Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)Boot mode: Safe mode with network supportRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\explorer.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\mozilla firefox\firefox.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft&... Read more

Answer:Help. Hijack this log. Start Menu won't load with explorer.exe. Also can't run most programs.

Hi,I have bad news for you From your log, I can see it is a lost case - game over situation already.It's clearly here that you are dealing with a File infector, and I'm pretty sure it's Virut, this on top of the other nasty malware you are dealing with. A format and reinstall is the fastest and especially the safest solution.You may want to read this why:Virut and other File infectors - Throwing in the Towel? So, I suggest you to start backup all of your valuable data/documents/pictures/movies/songs/etc.. Do NOT backup any applications/installers and Do NOT backup any .exe/.scr/.htm/.html/.xml/.zip/.rar files...This because these files may be infected as well. If you back them up and replace them afterwards, it will infect your computer again.Read here for instructions how to format and reinstall Windows:

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Computer Specs: Windows 7 professional - SP1 - 64 bitAMD FX 8350 @ 4.0 GHZ Processor16 GB RamAMD HD 7900 cardIE11 Issue: About two days ago, IE stopped working.  When I hit the icon, I would see the hour glass telling me the CPU was processing then nothing (never opened). What I did in an attempt to resolve: - Ran from the defualt directory thinking the shortcut was corrupted - Ran (updated) virus scans with SuperAntiSpyware and with Malwarebytes.  There was no viruses detected. - I "reset" or "reloaded" IE by going to control panel-->program-->Turn windows feature on/off - I turned IE off then on again Additional Info: - It should be noted that Iam now using firefox and I seem to have a lot of adds popping up - all from "Dealexpress"   - I did update windows yesterday but only after I encountered the issue - I do concider myself more knowladgeable about computers then most so dont be afraid to ask me to do something. Please help - TY in advance BQ

Answer:Issue with Internet Explorer - wont start, load, or run - Please help

Reset IE to its defaults. To do this perform the following:
Go to Control Panel
Go to Internet Options
Click Advanced Tab
Select Reset button at bottom
Make sure everything is checked and hit ok
After if completes Try opening IE
You may also want to run a full system virus scan. I recommend Malwarebytes

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I have the following problem: When I click on the Internet Explorer icon on my desktop, the application doesn't start at all. I have tried from its directory with the same result. I have tried the 64bit version and the no add-ons version as well, same result. On the other hand, Chrome works perfectly.... Any ideas?

Answer:Internet Explorer wont open, load, work or start

Check if shortcut is defective. Delete it, recreate a new one and try. You say it wont open even when you click on its .exe file in its Program Directory? That's strange!
Try the following:
1] Try to open Internet Explorer in No Addons mode and see if it works. If it does, maybe some add-on is interfering. Try to identify it and then disable or remove it.
2] Re-register ExplorerFrame.dll file. How do do it? Here: Unregister or Register DLL or OCX files in Windows 8 | 7
3] Run System File Checker: System File Checker: Run sfc /scannow in Windows 7 | 8
4] Open Run Internet Explorer Performance troubleshooter. Open Run box, type the following and hit Enter: %systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id IEBrowseWebDiagnostic
5] Re-register ALL the concerned dll and ocx files and see if it helps. You may use Fix IE.
Additional links if you need: How To Repair Internet Explorer Hope something helps.

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I've tried scanning my friends computer with CCleaner and Spybot as well as anti-virus and nothing was solved.The computer prompts "Application Failed to Load" errors upon log in. Then a program called PhotoGallery tries to install automatically but fails repeatedly. There is no internet connection either. The wireless signal shows it is connected but it can not load any websites. Here is the HiJackThis log please be aware that I probably will not be able to get to the computer until at least Friday at the latest. So please list every step to follow in order so I can take proper and prompts action so I don't hold up anyones time.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:43:16 PM, on 8/4/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\WINDOW... Read more

Answer:Application Fails To Load Error/websites Don't Load

::Edit::Replied to the following topic about issue.

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So, earlier today, everything was fine. My computer was working normally nothing was acting up. While unplugging my laptop from the wall I dropped it, but nothing appeared to be wrong. A little while later I restarted my computer and it worked fine for about a minute and then everything froze in windows explorer, nothing would work, folders wont open task manager never appears start menu wont come up, nothing.
I booted into safe mode and everything works fine through there, so I looked around online and one suggestion was to update my BIOS so I tried to update from Dells Inspiron 1420 A08 to the newer A10 BIOS version, trying that in safe mode failed so I tried to boot normally and quickly do whatever it told me, when I tried it wouldnt restart (and still refuses too, I have to shut it down manually outside of safe mode) it said it couldnt update the BIOS version because it couldnt locate the image, but I downloaded it directly from Dells own website.
So then I tried to do a system restore, and I got the message:

The disk Vista (c:) has errors
Windows detected file system corruption on Vista (c:)
You must check the disk for errors before it can be restored.

So I clicked scan and fix, and nothing happens. (this is back in safe mode by the way) so I opened a command promp and typed sfc /scannow
and it scanned and found some errors but were unable to fix them. Details are located in the CBS.log
So I opened the log and I found the following:

POQ 62 ends.
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Answer:Vista - Explorer Freezes on reboot, system restore fails, BIOS update fails. Help.

Hi, the first rule if you ever drop a laptop (and it appears OK) is to take the battery out, boot from the mains if all is OK turn off add battery and reboot. Now you may have damaged the MB and or the RAM seating or HDD cable connection as well as the monitor connect cable.. etc ...etc. You can see where this is heading to the shop would be my advice.

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SO for about a month now i have been having trouble with my computer. None of the Antirus or AD remover programs can find the problem.

While using the internet, a new window pops up displaying sometimes nothing, somethimes a search engine, sometimes something called And when it loads it causes Internet Explorer to crash.

Also, a strange dll. file shows up in MSCONFIG startup programs, if i click for it not to show up on next load up, then a new dll file replaces it... Also, Rundll shows up in task manager. Sometimes twice... with no programs or windows open....

My hijack this log is as follows.. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!! im hurting here.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:58:10 PM, on 3/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
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Answer:Internet Explorer Pops up in new window and fails Explorer to work. Also....

I was able to fix the problem using HiJack this and AVG Spyware remover in safemode... Actually i had to do a long list of things i found in another thread. So my problem is solved... It is linked to the WinLogin malware... A browser pops up with reditty window... If anyone else is having this problem feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] I will give you the information i recieved, and any additional help you may need.

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Hi Guys and Girls,

My old Sony Vaio notebook (model PCG-52G1) running XP Pro has suddenly refused to boot up. I get the windows opening page but then after that i get this message:-

STOP: C00000139 (Entry Point Not Found)
The procedure entry point FlSSEtvalue could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll.

I am not techy and have no idea why this has happened but i would like to get back access even if its to transfer important information into a new notebook!

All the best and here's hoping!

Answer:XP Pro fails to load - H ELP!

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I am using Intel i3-530 on Intel DH55TC Motherboard. The motherboard supports RAM with highest frequency of 1333MHz. However, I was told that using a higher speed RAM wouldn't hurt the system. So, today I bought a Corsair Vengeance 4GB 1600MHz RAM. The RAM is detected in BIOS, but OSes fail to boot after that. Even Ubuntu throws Kernel panic error while booting. Could anyone help me with the BIOS settings required to run this memory stick?

Answer:OS fails to load when using new RAM

Hello Mycroft mate as a general rule running a higher frequency RAM stick in a machine that runs that only supports the lower one the frequency will revert to the frequency of the new stick will be maxed to what frequency your machine will support. So I think whoever told you could run a higher frequency RAM stick in the machine should have known better and to get you to check out the supported RAM speed before you went out and got the new RAM.
If possible I would get the supplier to change it for 1333 (there really isn't much to be gained from 1600) and the extra RAM will still make a difference to your machine simply because the system has more to use and therefore less bottle knecking - in other words the CPU can load more faster if it has more empty RAM available.

ie Tip a bucket of water through a 1 inch outlet funnel into another bucket and it fills quite nicely in say 5 minutes - now take a funnel with a 10 inch outlet and the second bucket fills in no time at all - the first bucket is the CPU and the second bucket the RAM the difference being there is more channels for the data to flow through even though it might be the slower speed RAM

You can see from this Intel? Desktop Board DH55TC the board only supports 1333 max - you can install a faster RAM stick but why bother?

So for example the 1600 you have put in should only run at 1333 if the machine specs say max 1333. The other problem could be that the new RAM stick is bad.

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Question: XP fails to load

PC will not boot
get to start up screen but will not go further
did get it to boot in Safe mode (but can't remember how to do it again)

Look at some of the help files etc...

Tried Recovery Console... Chkdsk /r and fixboot
NB fixmbr - generated a warning about the boot arrangements so chicken out

Would welcome a little hand holding as at the limit of my knowledge!

Thank you for your time.


Answer:XP fails to load

System manufacturer and model?

Any onscreen error messages leading up to inability to boot?

How to start Windows in Safe Mode -


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Yesterday my computer was fine i restarted once and it said there was a file currupt i cant remember the file name but now i start my computer up this morning it brings up the start in safe mode, safe mode with command prompt and last known good config!!! i chose safe mode and it begins to load and then just stops halfway thrugh my hdd light still going but nothing happens. I try last known good configuration and it begins to load windows xp boot screen starts doin its moving bar thing fine and it just keepss moving and never loads can any one help me?

Do you think i should reinstall WinXp?

Thx In Advance!

Answer:Xp Fails To Load?!?!

boot from the xp cd and choose install,when the repair option comes up ignore it and continue with install
when windows finds the previous instalation and offers to repair,then repair
you will have to load any ms updates again,but it will leave your files intact

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Im having this issue when I go to my Music folder/library in windows there is either no album art (in this case no icons in place of the album art either to suggest if its an mp3 or what not), or it takes a really long time for the album art to load on every peace of music. I have also tried to search on google about this problem. No luck probably because I'm rubbish at searching

ill really appreciate it if someone can help me out.

Here is a screen shot about what I'm on about ---->

Text in image: Files that have no album art still have the file type icon on them.

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Answer:Album art takes long to load or doesn't load at all in explorer.exe

Welcome aboard, ksbansal

If you dont have adequate RAM/free RAM to generate the arts, it happens. Let us know the size of your ram, and you need to run this test, too.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

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Error code 80070490 continues to stop me from updating a T61 which was NEW the last day of MARCH 2008. Microsoft asks me for an original Vista disc. My unit did not come with a Vista disc / Lenovo advised that 'it is in there'.Microsoft asked me to try several things: check files for currency, look for corrupt files. Do a clean boot. None of these helped to complete installation of SP1.Any ideas ??

Answer:VISTA SP1 fails to Load

have you tried googling the error code ? Edited by Calabrache on 06-21-2008 10:07 AM

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I just recently gave my computer I had to my 15 year old sister. Iv'e had this system for four years and this has never happened to me before. The day after I gave it to her, she told me that it would not load. It gets all the way to the windows XP loading screen with the small green dots moving at the bottom then the dots just stop moving. The hard drive light is still lit up like its doing something but after an hour or so of leaving it on like that it was still frozen. I was able to load it up in safe mode and remove any adware/spyware on it and get a hijack this log. I'm not sure what it is she does on it but in all the time iv'e had the machine its never done this before.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 5:48:58 PM, on 7/27/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = about:blank
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet E... Read more

Answer:windows fails to load

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I'm trying to fix a Lenovo 3000 N200 Model 0769 with a pentium dual core processor, a WD 160Gb #WD1600BEVS-08RS hard drive, and 2Gb RAM running Windows XP sp3 Home.  Could not find the restore CD, but have a copy of the OS on CD.A few months ago, the system crashed while I was using the computer and would begin this endless loop of trying to restart windows and then failing.  I suspected a failing HD, so I tried to put the drive into an external enclosure and plug it into my desktop PC.  It was not seeing the drive, so I bought a tested one (same model) from the internet.  Later, I was successful in bringing the OS back up again and immediately began copying files to a backup drive.  Every so often, while copying image and video files, the OS would crash again and I'd restart successfully. I suspected corrupt files or bad HD sectors.  Eventually, it quit loading Windows altogether.  I received the purchased replacement drive, however, when I plugged it into the laptop, it didn't seem to find it and I guessed that it had not been formatted yet.I took it into work where we publish a software database and plugged it into the Windows 7's mother board SATA plug and successfully detected and formatted the new drive.  I also plugged in the "failing" drive, which it detected  and ran a scan on it, automatically detecting and fixing any bad sectors.  It seemed to complete successfully and when I plugged th... Read more

Answer:Laptop OS fails to load

Sometimes the Win error messages loop a few times.Put the new HDD in and do a few cold boots...then change the boot order to CD 1st...put the Win OS CD in and re-boot.

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Let me begin by stating that I will donate $100 to Tech Support Guy if someone is able to *successfully* solve my problem.

First, some general info on my computer:
* Dell Latitude D510 Notebook (purcahsed in January of 2006)
* Windows XP Home - SP2
* 80GB 5400RPM HDD
* Pentium M Dothan, 1.86GHZ, 2 MEGB

Second, a little background on the events leading to the problem:
* I'm a heavy Internet user (about 16 hours per day of blogging, social media stuff, web based email, downloading music, files, video, etc.). Typically, I leave my computer continually running for several days at a time. Last week (Jan 08), I rebooted my system after about 3 days of continual use and this is what happened, and is still happening (step by step guide)

1) I turn on my computer and the computer begins to boot normally, from the Dell logo to the Windows XP logo
2) Once the Blue Welcome Screen appears, I see the following error message:
WLKeeper.exe - Application Error The Instruction at "0x00401490" referenced memory at "0x9a3412be". The memory could not be "written".
3) If I click cancel, the OS continues to load, even producing Microsoft's trademark startup sound and displaying the default background screen of the fields and mountains against a blue sky.
4) However, as the programs are loading and the explorer bar at the bottom of the screen loads, I receive a second error message stating:
Explorer.EXE - Application Error The instruction a... Read more

Answer:XP Fails to fully load

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so I got another new harddrive.. installed it.. everything is fine... I then tried to access the files on the old harddrive.. and copy my old important data on it.. like college papers.. docs... and old pictures... and so on... it kept saying the folder is access denied... and when I tried to copy the document and setting folder... it kept saying.. it is in use.. or protected... how do I get around to this?? .. I really need the files....
thanks in advance for the help!

Answer:os won't load and fails I guess..

You'll have to turn off simple file sharing and take ownership of the drive.

Thank God someone wrote a how to, because I wasn't about to type it out for you. lol

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Hey,am trying to format my pc (desk top,mother board mecury) which was infected by viruses.Now its failing to load some fails load from CAB DRIV.
its only accepting windows help please

Answer:Windows xp fails to load


Okay first, what is the exact spelling of the file it is failing to load, and what is the exact text of the error message? At what point in the installation process does this happen.

One reason installs fail is because the CD is scratched, dirty, etc... Sometimes making a copy of a damaged disk will work. The copying process "fixes" the bad data before it gets burned to the new disk.

Also, a bad optical drive will mis-read and corrupt data during an install. Changing out the optical drive might fix the problem.

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I get this message every time I try to open youtube: -"The server at is taking too long to respond". It happens with IE, Firefox, Opera and Chrome. It happens with my security, BullGuard, turned on or off. I've tried links and direct entry without success. Please! Can anyone advise?

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Yesterday I used my computer for a brief moment, quickly checked my email, checked an internet game through, and then turned off the computer, an NEC laptop. This morning I turned and was given the Windows Boot Manager screen detailing that
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem....
File: \boot\bcd
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
Any help?
I have a windows 7 disc, but that installation was on a different computer. This is a different installation. Do I have to have the exact same disc?

Answer:windows fails to load

Have a read here

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Hello. I have Red Hat Linux and Windows XP on different partitions on my Dell. I went to login to Windows the other day, and after I selected Windows it gave me a black screen saying windows failed to load. It had options of starting in safe mode, starting from last known configuration or starting normally. Regardless of what you press, the Windows XP screen comes up like its loading, then after a few second it goes to a blue screen saying unmountable_boot_volume. It says to remove any hardware that I recently added, but I haven't added anything. My sister had been using the computer while I was gone, and I don't know what to do now. Any ideas? Thanks.

Answer:Windows XP Fails To Load

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The game was working fine before i did a format.. I had to format because of a OS problem and after the reinstall i reinstalled BF 2. After i installed BF2 i checked it and it ran fine so then i installed BF2 SF and it ran fine but after i installed the 1.5 patch the game fails to load i click on the icon and the screen goes black and goes right back to desktop and again before i did the format the game ran fine......

windows XP SP3
P4 lga775 2.8ghz HT
EVGA 6800GS CO edition
ECS 848P-A7 LGA 775 Intel 848P ATX Intel Motherboard
1gig pc 3200
200gig hdd.

Answer:Battlefield 2 fails to load...


All drivers installed including chipset etc and fully latest versions especially GFX driver?

Any yellow ! marks in Device Manager, if so by what?

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My windows vista home premium 64 bit sp2 4gb ram Medion system has stopped my device driver for my dvd-rom (HL-DT-ST DVD Ram GH22NS40) from working properly (having previously working well for 2years). This all happended after I connected a new iHBS212 bluray drive (which is havng the same issue & I have also disconnected this and still my old drive wont work).I now get an error code 39 message and a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark. I have updated the motherboard bios and windows vista OS and have tried unistalling and reinstallinmg the driver as well as searching for a solution online (I cannot access the drivers or firmware for either device from the liteon website as it gives the following error message "Database error: cannot connect to Database Can't connect to MySQL server on '' (4)MySQL Error Session halted."
If you are able to obtain the drivers and firmware for these drives and eith post a link or send me the files to try and resolve this that would be great or if you can offer any other advice - please get in touch. **NB** I have seen a simmilar issue for toshiba drives and see that the solutions suggested involve updating the drivers - hence the request.- Kind Regards - Dave

Answer:DVD driver fails to load - Help!!!

I managed to get the Lg firmware but the programme cant find the drive to install it GRRR!!!!

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Hi, just now i tried to boot up my pc, and when i log in, the wallpaper comes up but the GUI doesnt i.e. no taskbar, no icons etc. i am loading the programs now through task manager. help all. thanks in i have already rebooted like 3 times to no avail and also logged in as different user.

Answer:desktop fails to load?

hm.. i also cant log into i.e. email, amazon using secure server. it says server not found or something.

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the pc worked fine for about a month. i loaded all my programs and was sorting/ filing/ editing digital data (lots and lots of digital photo files) , left the pc, it went to hibernate, now it keeps looping trying to load xp.
i've tryed

1- at the dos prompt chose load in safe mode; failed to load and went back to dos screen saying there was a problem chose what to do next

2- chose to use last known good setting; failed to load and went back to dos screen

3- chose to use safe with prompt; failed to load and went back to dos screen

4- chose to use safe with networking; failed to load and went back to dos screen

5- inserted the recovery disc; failed to load and went back to dos screen

6- warm boot; failed to load and went to dos screen

7- cold boot; failed to load and went to dos screen

8- tried warm and cold boot without the recovery disc; failed to load

now it is setting there looping all through the same routine trying to load windows in normal mode.

the only way i can stop it is to cut the power to the pc by turning it off.

F9 will take me to the blue boot setup screen but none of the boot options work (goes through the same loop)

help! the only guy i know of to work on it within a 100 miles is the guy that built it. he knew what kind of power user i was and the pc has only been working long enough to get my programs on it. i don't know if i trust him to work on his own creation.

I have a current print out of the hardware, software... Read more

Answer:new build, xp pro sp3 fails to load xp

Can you be more specific? What exactly does the error say when it fails to load?

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hey i have a friends laptop here that ive been trying to fix for is an Acer Aspire one series model # KAV60 CPU type: intel atom CPU N270 CPU speed 1.60 GHz and it came with windows 7 starter on it. It has the blue screen of death (i think thats what its called) when you start it up u get Windows error Recovery with two options to launch startup repair or to start windows normally. when u launch startup repair it loads the files then goes to the startup screen and then it just goes to a black screen. When you try to start windows normally it goes to the windows startup screen then it switches to a blue screen then restarts automatically and goes throu the whole start up process again. I have created a bootable usb with windows 7 on it as this pc has nothing on it that the owner requires i have decided to do a fresh install of windows 7 starter .heres my problem now !! i set the pc to boot from the usb. i get to the part where i select language, time and currency, and keyboard and input method i push next then i get the screen that says to install now so i select that then i get setup is starting and it takes about 15 -20 minutes before it gets to the next page where i have to select windows 7 starter x86 push next then accept the license terms push next then i select the custom(advanced) option. now it asks where i want to install windows i see 3 partitions
disk 0 Partition 1 : PQSERVICE 12.0 GB(total size) 4.6 GB(free space) OEM(reserved)(Type)
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My copy of Flight Sim loaded OK under Win XP but under Win 7 in same machine doesn't. Other software loads as it should but the Flight Sim DVD just spins, with the read light and the HD light flickering away indefinitely. I have tried manually via two set-up files I can see in Explorer but to no avail. The DVD looks OK physically. Anyone suggest what else I can try.

Answer:Flight Sim X fails to load

Not sure if this is your problem, but it could well be. FSX can only be used on one machine, it checks its self with Microsoft. A new OS may be giving the wrong info. In which case you might need to contact Microsoft by phone.You may find more info at the following forums:- click here click hereI used to use FS9 but found my machine would not cope with FSX, so gave up on it. When I buy another PC then I might try again.FSXs programming was too far ahead of hardware capabilities at the time.

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I have had a pc for the last 3.5 years and not had many problems but for the last week my pc will not load first time it takes 3-4 times of restarting to get it to run ok.The message that sometimes comes up is p2 networking not responding other times it freezes with 2 or 3 items to install , also i cannot run scan disk or disk fragmenter.I have ran norton anti virus and checked for any funny items that may have being downloaded .any ideas anyonethanks in advance pb

Answer:windows 98 se fails to load

If you can boot into safemode (Ctrl on mine) and run scandisk and defrag. May be worth running system file checker too, RUN/ type sfc and replace any corrupt files from os disc.

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Hey There, i had a brilliant result last time i came onto here for help so here i am again. :D

Last week my computer was working fine until one day i had to turn my computer off by the mains (Not shut down)

i turned it on then i had the normal boot screen and everything coming up but no windows xp loading screen
i then waited for something to happen but there was no result. it just stayed at a black screen. i then restarted it and when into safe mode and that also failed to load because it stopped loading at a certain file.

i then put in the windows xp disk and tried to re-install windows xp back onto my system but the windows setup failed to load also.

one time i had a message showing that i had some boot file corrupt :S


Can someone help me get around this error and get my windows xp back up and running please.

i will be very greatfull

Answer:Windows Xp Fails To Load.

I have this issue every once and a while as well and can't seem to figure the problem out.
My issue is a little different though, my PC will lock up, and when I restart it'll load Windows, and then just go to a black screen like you described.
If I let it sit for 10-15 minutes it'll BSOD and restart and work fine though.
Have you tried letting it sit?

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For the last 2 days I cannot get my Youtube channel to load properly. It seems to stick on something called "". Is anyone else having this trouble at the moment?

As 67 people have looked at this but not one has replied, even to tell me that I'm an idiot, I feel rather ignored on what is my first outing on this forum. Perhaps my question is too banal.

Anyway, in the hope of receiving some sort of response here's a more detailed description of the problem:

I use Firefox with Noscript and Ad Block Plus.

I have a 3 mobile broadband connection (which has worked well enough since I got it) and before Friday I had no problems with Youtube.

When I try to load my channel on Youtube everything zips along nicely until it comes to "transferring data from". Then it just hangs. And Hangs. I have left it for 40 minutes or so and nothing has moved.

If I selectively disable "" in Noscript everything loads but there is no video to play.

Evidently is a perennial nuisance because it is mentioned in many other forums. Solutions suggested include putting extra lines in the hosts file (tried it. No good). Removing lines from the host file (couldn't because the line was not there) and changing DNS server.

Does anyone here have any new wheeze to suggest?

Apologies if this is in the wrong section, I am new here.

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I'm not sure this is a well-known problem or not but it does happen to me and it's bugging me all the time. I need help! Everytime I try to restart my computer from a perfect shut-down, the log-on screen won't appear and I'll be sticking my eyes to the loading screen. But after sometime maybe in 2 or 3 hours, the log-on screen will appear when u restart the computer again. The safe mode can be accessed and it's working just fine. Please help me..

Answer:Log-on Screen Fails To Load

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I have a very odd problem at the moment. As of recently my desktop fails to load anything except the wallpaper on any user.

I've recently acquired a Trojan.Vundo.H and have been attempting to get rid of it. I found it with Malwarebytes anti Mal-ware. I've attempted numerous times at deleting the files in both safe mode and regular mode, but the virus still comes back.

I then attempted to locate the files manually. There was a single .dll file and then three registry entries (I would post then but I'm in the middle of a full scan on my computer that is infect so I shall do so when that is finished). In either mode and using cmd all were unable to be deleted. I then ran a virus scan using Avira and it found the .dll file but was unable to delete it. After a system restart I went to check to see if the file was still there and it was. However to my surprise, Avira detected the infected .dll file and was able to remove it. I then rebooted my machine and noticed the .dll was gone but that still left the three registry entries. I began to scan with Malwarebytes anti Mal-ware and it said the .dll was still there, although after manually looking for the file I could not locate it.

So then I began to attempt to delete the three registry entries. I tried going in safe mode, editing the permissions, anything I could find online to do, but nothing worked. I then backed up the registry and set a system restore and then ran ccleaner.

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My formerly cool computer continues to tick me off! I've been having a hardware problem, which I've traced to the video card slot, and am currently troubleshooting. The problem will cause my computer to completely fail to start - BIOS codes and all that. Working on it though, this isn't my question.

An unrelated problem has cropped up, though, perhaps related to problems I posted earlier...

Usually (but not always) after reboot, I'll get an error that msgina.dll failed to load. It suggests copying over a new one. I've done that, and it still fails to load on the first cold boot, but loads on reboot.

Anybody here seen this before, and can offer suggestions?

(on a side note, what do you use - besides an eraser - to clean the contacts on your AGP or PCI boards?)

Answer:msgina.dll fails to load

The file has something to do with Winlogon. Look HERE for some info on this. Also, a search of MSGINA on GOOGLE provided a wealth of info on why you are having your problem.

To clean contacts, I use Ethanol obtainable from a electronics shop, maybe Radio Shack It's the oils from your hands etc etc that can cause contacts to erode.

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msn home page fails to load. i get a notice that internet explorer can not find the page or that it's out of date

Answer:msn homepage fails to load

Try deleting all temporary internet files and cookies in IE. The quickest & most thorough way to achieve that is by using Ccleaner:

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I have a VB.Net application written in Visual Studio 2005 using .Net Framework 2

The application is compiles and built on a Vista machine and packaged using InstallAnywhere 8.

I have successfully loaded in on 6 Vista machines and 14 XP machines.

Part of my installation process checks if .Net Framework 2

There are 3 XP machines that it Fails.

The installation in successful. The application fails to load.

I then built the application on an XP machine and was able to install and run the application on both Vista and other XP machines.

It still fails on the original 3 XP machines.

Any suggestions how I troubleshoot this problem


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Windows98 SE is failing to load on my Pentium 3 pc. The bootup process only goes as far as to the Windows opening screen, then the machine restarts all over again, and again........forever!I then tried to start the machine using a startup floppy. At the A:\ prompt I changed to C:\ and attempted starting Windows in its directory by typing WINDOWS\WIN at the C:\ prompt and hitting ENTER. The screen then went blue and displayed the following message:" VFAT Devise Initialisation failed. A devise or resource required by VFAT is not present or is unavailable. VFAT cannot continue loading. System halted. "May I know what problem this message points to and what to do to fix it? Thanks in advance.


click here

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On starting my laptop it keeps running a scan disc but finds no errors. Then windows tries to load but a blue error screen appears for less than a second mentions an error but I am unable to read this page due to the time t is visable? Any ideas please. Thank you

Answer:Windows fails to load

What operating system are you using? Sounds like 98?

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WIN 7 X 64 fails when trying to load MS updates. I see lots of users have the same problem and have tried many of the suggestions that I found on the forum. I have Malwarebytes and MS essentials installed.

Security updates for MS.NET are successful as are Definitions for MSE, the Bing Bar updates and even updates for Office 2010 (even though it is not loaded on my computer) but none of the Security Updates for Win7 x64 based systems will load. Every bootup for weeks it says ? you have 37-40 updates? If I tell it not to update, sometimes, somehow, it does it any way and in the middle of my word processing a box pops up that is counting down to a reboot. If I don?t walk away it just shuts down in the middle of my typing.

If I ignore the ?updates available? it changes my log off box from ?shut down? to ?load updates and shut down?. If I don?t pay close attention and change the default back to ?shut down? each time I get stuck loading all the same updates that didn?t load the day before. Dirty pool.

Of course if I tell it to load updates it will finish and then wants to shut down. During shut down it spends a very long time loading ?definitions?? Then when I reboot it spends even longer trying to load updates. I must walk away. This ties my computer up for a very long time and then always has to run ?start up repair? to get the PC to boot after loading updates. I walk away again. Every once in a while start up repair fails and the only way to use my co... Read more

Answer:WIN 7 X 64 fails when trying to load MS updates

Try installing the larger files one at a time.
The smaller one can be all at once.

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Hi, Everyone,
How are you? I have been running Windows XP, Service Pack 2 on my computer for several years now. Last night, my computer froze for the first time in over half a year, so I restarted it and nothing seemed to be wrong. After about 15 minutes of using it, it froze once again. After restarting it the second time, however, it showed me the screen that says I could choose to restart in the "Last Known Good Configuration," in "Safe Mode, or to "Start Windows Normally."

If I chose the non-Safe Mode options, it would start to load Windows (with the Windows XP screen and the blue bar running under it), and then restart itself when the blue bar runs for the third time. For the Safe Mode options, it would load partway and then restart again.

Can I do something to fix this? Is this a hard drive problem? I tried unplugging everything except for my monitor and hard drive, but the problem was still there. Please help! I am using a library computer to type this and will wait until I can find a resolution, then go home and try it.

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Windows XP Fails to Load

Welcome to TSF

Open your side panel and check the Heatsink and fan is probably clogged.

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Ill try to make a long story short. Bought a Dell Precision 470 that was two years old from my ex boss. I ran the computer the whole time and it never once gave me a single problem. Upon receiving the computer i found that he ran a few registry deleting programs and because i know he doesn't know how to do anything i feared he did something wrong.

I in turn decided to format the computer. I am running a RAID 1 set-up (mirror) on two 250GB drives. I format the raid array first and rebuild the array then install OS which involves obviously formatting the hard drive and then install drivers reboot then what software pleases me.

The software i run is pretty basic, office 2003, illustrator, photoshop, itunes, mozilla, norton and a software and driver for my business which happens to be sign making. Now the only software thats different on there is the signmaking stuff. We use to run a Prog called signlab and now i use something else. apart from that the general use of the computer is about the same as it was the two years previous.

Every 4-6 weeks the computer decides to stop loading. Always after being shut down normal and properly. It will get to the Windows preloader screen where the three boxes just sit there and slide back and forth over and over essentially until i turn the box off. I can't for the life of me figure this out. the hard drive and information is completely in tact, what seems to be missing is the os software. for the longest time i was not able to g... Read more

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I had this window pop up whenever I shut down my computer.

dwwin.exe fails to load because Windows is shuttng down.

Something like that, heh. Now what can I do with this?

Answer:dwwin.exe fails to load??

As an initial step,go into msconfig/Start up and uncheck everything except the Firewall/AV.

If the error stops,then one of those start up programs is the cause.

If that doesn`t work -

See Norms posts here - HERE

"Had this problem, here is what I did:

Open regedit, go to:

If you have a logitech input device, or a Gravis gamepad input device, you need to
modify the value of the registry key so that the application starts up in *belownormal*
processor priority.

start /belownormal c:\windows\system32\Grxp4exe.exe /init

"start /belownormal" is the addition you will make to the beginning of the line..."

You`ll have to read the thread to find the exact keys you need.

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I have problem with a PC running winXP SP3. On start up I get the message that DrvCheck.dll failed to load. I have no idead what this is for, or what it does, but I am currently unable to connect to my wireless router and wonder if this has anything to do with that.

Answer:DrvCheck.dll fails to load

Hey check out this link. It has information no DrvCheck.dll

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Mysterious problem: IE7 will suddenly no longer load, nor will "Internet Options" in Control Panel open. Outlook Express similarly will not send nor receive, despite checking that the details are correct.Anyone any ideas please? Could this be a virus?Regards,JimW.

Answer:IE fails to load: no internet

Try Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer (no add-ons)Does that work?Also try Start > Run and typesfc /scannownote the space between c and /this will check and replace any system files, you will need your XP cd - it will ask you to put it in if it needs it.takes about 30 mins to check files when it's finished reboot the pc.

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After installing 8.1, when I try to access the webcam on my lenovo laptop it says that it is currently in use by another application, therefore won't open. Any idea what is stopping it?

Answer:Camera fails to load

Exact model of laptop and the webcam if it separated is?

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Hello again - this place worked last time so I thought I would try again... here is my problem:I use a computer designed for a visually impaired person. The PC (running XP Professional) automatically loads JAWS For Windows (a program (JFW) which 'reads' what is going on (web pages, Word documents, keystrokes) so she can tell what is happening) which appears to run normally. HOWEVER when OPENBOOK (a Text scanning/'reading' program) is loaded, I get errors regarding SSILEXE.EXE not being able to load, which is a speech synthesizer designed to coordinate bothw JFW and OPENBOOK so they can 'talk' without both talking at once. I followed Freedom Scientific's directions (they are the makers of both these programs) to re-expand the AUTOEXEC.NT, CONFIG.NT and COMMAND.COM files from the Windos master disk to the C:\windows\system32\ directory, but the problem keeps coming back. (The only other error message I remember is something about not being able to "load a 16-bit program" or something like that.)Things I have noticed: a Sheild (looks like a MS Update shield) which says 'Downloading Updates 0%' (but I don't think it's really doing that) that pops up when I start Windows, JAWS runs fine, but trying to open OPEN BOOK takes a LONG time to load (and I get the error message about the speech synthesizer not being able to load) - if I try to load OPENBOOK while Norton Protection Center is checking the system this REALLY bogs down. I am wondering if runnning Nort... Read more

Answer:Ssilexe.exe Fails To Load?

Hi kbrauck,
I will be handling your log to help you get cleaned up. Please give me some time to look it over and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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While attempting to put xp pro onto my computer after 1st reboot message reads-unexpected error(708) occured in d;\xpclient\base\boot\setup\setup.cPress any key to continueAfter pressing any key xp starts to load then saysA problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.PROCCESS1_INITIALISATION FAILEDDoes anyone have any ideas.I solved all problems listed by the compatability scan. I wondered if my Promise TX2 100 PCI ATA controller card may be causing the problem.It has my extra cd-rw drive connected to it.All help received with eternal grattitude.


Start the computer. The computer begins processing a set of instructions known as the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). What is displayed depends on the BIOS manufacturer. Some computers display a progress bar that refers to the word BIOS, while others may not display any indication that this process is happening. As soon as the BIOS has finished loading, begin tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. Continue to do so until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears. NOTE: If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers will generate a "keyboard error" message. Please restart and try again. Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, scroll to and select create boot log.Then Start Normally...after the boot fails follow the advice above and choose Safe Mode Have a look at th bootlog.txt file on the C drive the final entries are nomally the fail. If so try going into Services and disable whatever is causing the problem...and/or any services you dont need. click here

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Hi, Everyone,
How are you? I have been running Windows XP, Service Pack 2 on my computer for several years now. Last night, my computer froze for the first time in over half a year, so I restarted it and nothing seemed to be wrong. After about 15 minutes of using it, it froze once again. After restarting it the second time, however, it showed me the screen that says I could choose to restart in the "Last Known Good Configuration," in "Safe Mode, or to "Start Windows Normally."

If I chose the non-Safe Mode options, it would start to load Windows (with the Windows XP screen and the blue bar running under it), and then restart itself when the blue bar runs for the third time. For the Safe Mode options, it would load partway and then restart again.

Can I do something to fix this? Is this a hard drive problem? I tried unplugging everything except for my monitor and hard drive, but the problem was still there. Please help! I am using a library computer to type this and will wait until I can find a resolution, then go home and try it.

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Windows XP Fails to Load

boot to a xp cd and enter the recovery console (on the first screen)

run chkdsk /R

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I've got a problem and wonder if someone could help me out...

Windows XP Pro SP2 was working fine until I rebooted and now the desktop won't load. All the programs are accesable from the task manager>new task and I have run a AVG scan with no results. The screen picture loads, but nothing else. No start bar, no office toolbar, no icons, no anything.

I've scanned the forum for an answer and there was one result for desktop failing to load, but this did not seem applicable.

I am getting no error messages.

The HiJack this report is as follows;

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 21:04:06, on 15/02/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\ASF Agent\ASFAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\OpenManage\Client\Iap.exe
C:\Program Files\Opera75\Opera.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
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Answer:XP Pro Desktop fails to load

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I just came home for christmas and my parents showed me that their computer is failing to boot.

It posts normally, runs the windows splash screen, and then comes up to a black screen with a mouse cursor and hourglass, then 30 seconds later to just a mouse cursor - it can sit for an hour and never loads anything else. In safe mode, any type, it does the same thing but with the version number across the top and 'safe mode' in each corner.

In any mode there is no taskbar and no response from the start button, right clicking or ctrl+alt+del

I have tried, after making a backup of course, replacing explorer.exe and taskman.exe as well as the entire system and system32 folders(except config in system32 which is protected). I have loaded the hard drive in my own computer and it does the same thing. I ran scandisk on it while it was in my windows pc and it didn't tell me anything. The drive is divided into 3 partitions and I only scanned the C drive.

This is my parents computer and I do not have a hardware listing, it is relatively new but not high end, I can look for model numbers on anything that is relevant.

I have slaved the drive into another computer and backed up any data, I am just trying to avoid a full reformat and having to reinstall all the software.

any thoughts?

Answer:Windows XP SP2 Fails to load GUI

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I have been trying to pinpoint this problem for a little shy of a week now. I have a custom built desktop which was running windows 7 Ultimate when it started to have troubles shutting down and booting up. It would fail to shut down and the windows start up would either get stuck for awhile(on the screen that is showing the logo) or it would not start up at all. Hoping that it would solve the problem I reinstalled windows and am now running windows 7 Professional but the problem is still not fixed, It still gets stuck on the start up Just wondering if anyone could help me find the cause of this problem as it is very frustrating. My computer specs are: EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor, EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics card, Rosewill RX630-S-B 630W PFC.

Any help would be great. To add, it will also not start in safe mode and the cd/dvd drive does not always read discs, this leads me to believe it is a motherboard problem.

Answer:Windows Fails to start, Start up repair does not launch.

Start with these free diagnostics: Hardware Diagnostics
Let us know the results and we'll move on from there.

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Well it always happens late at night! my daughter went to switch her pc on and got the message "unable to mount drive c missing registry run scanreg", all well and good but you need to be in windows to do that. Started the pc up with a boot disc and run scandisc first, this found TONS of errors but managed to fix them, tried to run scanreg from dos but it froze the whole pc up, Me thinks the hd is failing so I need to get it up and running so that I can transfer all her gcse homework of it.Any ideas what I should next to at least get windows up and running if only for a short time??

Answer:Win Me fails to load, regisrty missing

Have you tried going into 'Safe Mode'?

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Just installed Win 10.

Now Eudora 7 fails immediately with error message
The directory specified in the command line
doesn't exist or is not writable.
I have no idea what this means or where to begin with this.

This despite Win 10 crowing upon completion of installation that "all your files are exactly where you left them."

Answer:Eudora 7 fails to load in Win10

I did a little research into this and found this possible fix:

"Thanks. You answer put me onto the correct answer:Copy all of the Eudora files from C:/Program Files/Qualcomm/Eudora to c:/users/sales/appdata/roaming/qualcomm\eudora. Then edit the registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Qualcomm > Eudora > CommandLine and replace C:\Program Files\Qualcomm\Eudora\Eudora.exe with c:\users\sales\appdata\roaming\qualcomm\eudora\Eudora.exeI may not have my slashing tilted the right way but you get the idea."

I have to question why you want to use software that hasn't been updated for 6 years though. Could potentially have security risks.

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I have Win XP home, Ad-aware SE installed core application 1.06r1 Personal.When I try to update via the program to build SE1R53 07.07.2005 I get this message:The download definition file could not be read, please update again.Has anyone else had this problem?Can anyone help? If so, many thanks.

Answer:ad-aware SE update fails to load?

Re-installation of software solved the problem.

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Last night I had to shut down my computer through the power button, as the computer had froze (due to me routinely overloading it, not restarting it for several hours, etc). This is very normal, but when I turned the computer on today, it took an abnormally long time to boot up.

When I entered my user password it spent a full two minutes loading my settings, then sent me to a blank desktop window. There are no errors that appear, I cannot use the little windows key on my keyboard to bring up programs, and the only way I can access anything is through ctrl+alt+delete.

What went wrong? What can I do?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:WinXP Fails to Load Settings

Boot into safe mode. Click start \ Run and type msconfig. Click the startup tab and see what is running at boot up.

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Hi I'm using OE 6.0 on XP - when i try and load the pgm it hangs at the blue intro screen. It will appear in the task manager at using 8364kb of mem usually. I have to 'end process' in manager several times before it will load properly. Everything else in it woks fine once its loaded. I have done windows update and have most recent version. Anyone any ideas?

Answer:outlook express 6 fails to load

Try repair and see if that fixes things:

318378 - Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP

You might also run your anti-virus to be sure your computer is clean.


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hello my computer currently running windows 7 has all of a sudden started giving me this error: WINDOWS ERROR RECOVERY - windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, startup repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. if power was interrupted during startup, choose Start windows normally. from here, i am presented with 2 choices: Launch Startup repair (recommended) and Start windows normally. choice 1 attempts to load windows files, and then returns me to current screen. choice 2 restarts computer and boots to the current screen. i have tried running my windows 7 installation disc, i get the "press any key, etc" prompt and follow it, but after it tries to load files, i am presented with the following: WINDOWS BOOT MANAGER - windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. to fix the problem: 1. insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer. 2. choose your language settings, and then click "next". 3. click "repair your computer". if you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. File: \windows\system32\config\system Status: 0xc0000098 Info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt. after hitting enter, i am offered to start "windows setup" which does nothing but return me to current screen. there... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 fails to load

Please provide us with the computer specs including model and make. Go ahead and turn off the computer and unplug it from the wall and remove any hardware or USB devices that you might have added to it and by that I mean USB thumbdrives, printer, etc. Let's have this PC only have the essential parts (mouse/kb/onboard graphics card) attached to it so we can quickly and effectively resolve the issue. Now, with the computer unplugged from the wall, press on the power button and release after 5 seconds. Now plug it in and turn on the computer. What happens now? Please do not try anything else at this point but simply report back to me and I will provide you with the next steps.

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Windows XP Media Center
Gateway GT5014 Media Center Computer Ė 5395
This description is fairly long. I went into as much detail as possible because this problem just came out of nowhere.

So I get on the computer one day and everything is cool. I rearrange some music, uninstall some software that I never use and surf the web. While I was adding several hundred music files to my iTunes I ran into an error that said I didnít have access to write to the C drive. iTunes stopped importing the music halfway through at this point. I selected all my music again and tried once more, this time it worked fine. This happened a few times before I was able to get all my music in. Iím thinking that this may have something to do with my boot problems since I had never experienced this error ever before. Itís probably the only peculiar thing that happened prior to my problem so I mentioned it.

Lastly I run disc clean up and Spybot: Search & Destroy. I updated my AVG AntiVirus and avast! and restart after it asks me to. I am then confronted with this crap.

Irregardless of the way I turn the computer off, it boots back up with the screen that informs me that Windows did not load properly. And naturally it gives me 30 some odd seconds to decide if I want to start the computer normally or in a variety of safe modes. Choosing to start the computer normally or letting the time run out results in the screen flickering for a brief second... Read more

Answer:Windows Fails to Load 90% of the Time

Have you tried a system restore in safe mode ?

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When I switch on my laptop fails, it loads the files up to the point of combining Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys to log in but then it restarts again and reaches to the same point of combining the above keys to log in.

Answer:my laptop fails to load and cant boot it

Hold F8 when booting -> Select Safe mode -> Uninstall the last thing you installed prior to this problem.

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Alright I have read so many threads and posts trying to figure this one out.
I have AoK and it runs fine.
I have AoC and I can rarely get it to load. The only time it loads is if sometimes I load AoK first then immediately load AoC.
I have played around with every possibility on the compatibility mode and resolution and I still get the same result. AoK does not need to use the compatibility mode at all.

When I go to load AoC I receive,
"Age of Empires II Expansion has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available."

It does not notify me. It works on my laptop which has windows 8.1
I have reinstalled both AoK and AoC many times clean.
I have tried both minimal and maximum on installing the game.

Please Help!

Thank you,


Attached is my Direct X Diagnostic Tool

Answer:Age Of Empires Conquerors fails to load

Give this thread a look, post #15 has some tips: Windows 8 with age of empires?

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I just upgraded to Windows Vista 64 over the weekend as a clean install. I ran Windows Update and got everything installed fine. However, shortly after Windows Update failed to open when I clicked the icon. I see a window start to open on the desktop and then disappear. No errors show up. If I go into the Control Panel->Security and click "Turn Automatic Updating On or Off" I receive the following error: Windows cannot find 'shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-BEB064C98683}\10\::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81...\pageSettings'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Just installed Win 10.

Now Eudora 7 fails immediately with error message
The directory specified in the command line
doesn't exist or is not writable.
I have no idea what this means or where to begin with this.

This despite Win 10 crowing upon completion of installation that "all your files are exactly where you left them."

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