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desktop fails to load on start up

Question: desktop fails to load on start up

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?

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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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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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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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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 =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explo... Read more

Answer:XP Pro Desktop 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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Hi all

I am having a persistent problem with Windows 10 that I need help with

Just about every computer start takes two attempts to complete, the first start fails to load any desktop icons and just sits there with a spinning progress icon and nothing can be started. I have to do a Control/Alt/delete and select restart, which it does and then that time it all starts ok with no other issues all day long.

Anyone know how to fix this.

Thanks for any help


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Hi all

I am having a persistent problem with Windows 10 that I need help with

Just about every computer start takes two attempts to complete, the first start fails to load any desktop icons and just sits there with a spinning progress icon and nothing can be started. I have to do a Control/Alt/delete and select restart, which it does and then that time it all starts ok with no other issues all day long.

Anyone know how to fix this.

Thanks for any help


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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?


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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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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Hi Guys,

I have have this horror issue with my PC. I have even changed the hardware configuration and the problem still persists. My PC fails to display the desktop correctly after using highly RAM intensive applications, especially Chrome, but even after getting the chance to close it, or waiting for it to crash by itself, the PC is still not able to display correctly the GUI, even on other browser/applications as shown in the screenshots.

1st Hardware Config:
Intel Core2Quad Q9450
4x2GB DDR2
MSI P43 motherboard
Ati Radeon x550 video card

Software used, that seemed important for me to mention:
NOD32 v4.2
Comodo Firewall 5.12
Screenshot Captor

Other mentions:
Aero is disabled, because I've considered that it's one of the causes.

So, I've considered that it's a RAM issue or a videocard issue, and I've upgraded to:
Intel Core i7 3770k
4x8GB DDR3
Asus P8Z77V-LX motherboard
Intel GPU integrated in the 3770k CPU

The problem just happened 2 times on this rig also, and the RAM was not even coming close to it's maximum capacity of 31.7GB. It was at ~20GB's.
Also, this is another videocard(Intel's integrated GPU), so we can exclude the videocard from the suspects.

My suspects:

1) some desktop manager bugs, or other similar issue
2) video memory allocation - I'm still suspecting that it can be caused by the amount of RAM dedicated to the videocard, currently, I think that it is at 256MB.
3) some poorly designed components of Chrome/Scre... Read more

Answer:Windows 7, desktop GUI fails to display correctly, after high load

Not a single ideea in 4 months?

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I am working on a desktop running Windows XP Home ed. sp3. It powers on, runs through the boot sequence but as soon as the Windows desktop loads, the machine powers down. I have opened the case blown out every nook and cranny, pulled the heatsink off, cleaned the bottom of the heat sink and the top of the cpu and applied a new thin layer of heat tranfer compound. All of the fans work and I just do not know what to try next.

Answer:XP fails to start, boots up, but shuts down at desktop

Does it boot to safe mode?

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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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Ok. I'm a complete computer idiot and now my computer won't load. All I get is the desktop background screen. I can get into somethings like firefox through through task manager but others like explore won't opening becuase of a missing wininet.dll. Please help me, I need to get my computer running again

Answer:HELP! my desktop and start menu won't load

You might have to try a sfc /scannow. You'll need your XP CD.

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400
I have Windows XP
my computer is less than a year old and the other day it just started and the start menu and desktop icons wont come up any longer.
I dont wanna reformat it because i have a ton of music and other files on here that i'd like to keep like pictures and whatnot
is there anyway to get my computer to come back?
the only way to get to any program right now is to alt+Ctrl+ delete and then file new task and running programs
it sucks

can anyone here help me out?

Answer:My computer won't load the desktop or start

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I get the start button, a black desktop with no icons and a shadow of the task-bar. As soon as I change something in display properties, like refresh rate or theme I am ok, and it will stay ok until I reboot. I have the drivers that were installed automatically by WU when I installed Win 7. I have an XFX GeForce 8800gt. Is anyone else experiencing this. Should I try installing beta drivers?

Answer:Desktop doesn't load on start-up

Quote: Originally Posted by oneerc

I get the start button, a black desktop with no icons and a shadow of the task-bar. As soon as I change something in display properties, like refresh rate or theme I am ok, and it will stay ok until I reboot. I have the drivers that were installed automatically by WU when I installed Win 7. I have an XFX GeForce 8800gt. Is anyone else experiencing this. Should I try installing beta drivers?

Hi oneerc,

I had this same kind of thing. But I have the ATI win 7 preview driver. I disabled the ATI external event viewer in services and unchecked the CCC from startup programs and it stopped. I don't know what the equivelant would be for those would with nvidia. If they have a nvidia beta driver for your card for 7, I might try it.

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Please bear with me, this is my first post and I'm not very computer literate. I have a Packard Bell laptop running Windows 7. All seemed fine until I turned it on the other day and after the login screen I noticed that the windows blue opening screen had a message saying, Preparing your desktop........ this stayed for a few minutes and then it went to my desktop, but the screen was black and none of my usual icons were present. There were none of my usual icons in the taskbar either. My usual browser of choice is Chrome, but now there is only IE in the taskbar. I did a scan with Malwarebytes and it came up with JS/Redir, I removed this and restarted the laptop, but had the same problem. I am able to access the internet, but a strange thing is that the default fonts for things like emails have changed. Please help me get my usual desktop and familiar surroundings back!!!!!

Answer:Laptop won't load desktop on start up

Try system restore to a date when it worked OK

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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). 
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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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Hi, I've been at this for about 2 weeks now and still haven't gotten any closer to finding a solution, it seems that alot of people have experienced this problem by reading thru this forum and others and also results from google.

Here is my problem, I start my windows xp and it loads fine at first and then gets into loading the desktop and then nothing happens, but just before that a RUNDLL message pops up and says: rvbc1.dll: access is denied, you can click ok or the x on the top right corner, after that the menu dissapears and nothing happens. No desktop icons or start menu loads. Actually the start menu you can kinda see flash for about 1/2 a second.

I've tried many solutions, I'm in fact working with another guy from and haven't gotten anywhere with it. I've run hijackthis and combofix to no avail. I think a virus has locked out the system. I don't know what else to do or try. please help! I would like to get my Outlook files out of there so if things fail, i can at least keep my business running. thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Desktop does not load, no icons, no start menu

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My Desktop, Taskbar and Start Menu do not load.. The computer on startup
gets to the username password screen fine and then fails to load Desktop,
Taskbar and Start Menu.

Using Ctrl-Alt-Del I can get Task Manager to load, and get online by getting Chrome to start. I?ve tried to start Explorer.exe from task manager and it doesn't start. Then I've downloaded it
and run it, and lo and behold, the Desktop, Taskbar and Start Menu all appear, but when I reboot they fail to load.

I've tried to boot using last good configuration to no avail. I've run
chkdsk and scannow to no avail. I use Avast free virus software and
Malwarebytes and have run full scans today.

I have a Windows XP disk for a Dell Latitude, but this computer is not a Dell Latitude, rather it is a desktop built by a guy in town. It does have an authentic version of Windows on it, and I could get a disk from him if need be.

I haev just fun the three things you recommend.
Below follows the dds log. And attached find the other two, compressed with winzip as requested.
Thank you in advance for any assitance you can offer.

DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_23
Run by Usuario at 2114 on 2011-07-26
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.34.3082.18.1015.173 [GMT 2:00]
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
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Since about a couple of days ago, every time I start windows, it does not load the desktop gadgets automatically. To temporarily solve this, I have to type "desktop gadgets" in "Search the web and Windows", then click on "Desktop gadgets", the desktop gadgets windows pop-sup and then my two gadgets show up. They are the Slide Show and the Chameleon Weather. These used to load automatically at windows start-up, but now they don't. I have Windows 10 Home. Please help.

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The computer is an HP Pavilion 724C with Windows xp Home edition, and McAfee Security (from Comcast).
When I start the PC, Windows starts as usual and gets to the choose User screen okay, but after the welcome screen (loading your Personal settings), the desktop background appears but no Icons or Start button or taskbar.

I'm unsure of what I did to cause this problem and I'm not very savvy on computers but you folks helped me out a while ago with a spyware problem, so I thought I'd try again before I give up and call HP or Microsoft.

Any and all help will be much appreciated

Answer:windows desktop doesnt load at start up

It's posssible that you could have a corrupt user profile.
Try this:
Boot into safe mode OR if you have more than one user account, try another desktop.
Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories.
System Tools/System Restore.
Choose a restore point just prior to when the issue began.

Your system will reboot, only after rebooting and getting on a desktop will you find out if the restore is successful.

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I have been having multiple problems with my computer hanging on shut down and start up. I recently ran malware bytes and it came back with 1 item which I removed. About 10 minutes later my computer froze and I had to hard restart. Upon start up the screen was completely blank. The cursor moves but the desktop icons, task bar, and start up are all gone. control alt delete does not bring up the task manager. I loaded in safe mode to pull of the task manager and tried explorer.exe but nothing happened. 
I have run diagnostics and nothing comes up. I have tried last good known configuration and still it just loads a background and cursor with nothing else. 
I think there is some malware involved but I am pretty new to this so I thought I would try this. I went through the preparation guide and I am crossing my fingers that someone has a solution. Thank you!
Here is the DDS text
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7601.17514  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.7.2
Run by Michelle at 0:45:48 on 2013-03-18
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.8046.6796 [GMT 
AV: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {9FF26384-70D4-


AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}
AV: Norton Internet Security *Disabled/Outdated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-


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Answer:Computer will only start with desktop background, nothing will load

Hello Chelle2006 and welcome to Bleeping Computer.
My name is Satchfan and I would be glad to help you with your computer problem.Please read the following guidelines which will help to make cleaning your machine easier:
please follow all instructions in the order posted
please continue to review my answers until I tell you your machine appears to be clear. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear
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if you don't understand something, please don't hesitate to ask for clarification before proceeding
the fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for this issue on this machine.
please reply within 3 days. If you do not reply within this period I will post a reminder but topics with no reply in 4 days will be closed!
Please DO NOT install/uninstall any programs unless asked to.
Please DO NOT run any scans other than those requested
I am looking at your log now and will reply with instructions shortly.

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This PC has been upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and now Desktop icons load slowly at start-up. It will only load desktop icons properly once when it first makes a new set of iconcache.db files.
This was at the first time on Win10 and now after the icon cache rebuilder from this website has been used.
The rebuilder works properly every time and makes the desktop load quickly at the next boot - once - but on all the following boots the PC returns to the slow one-by-one find the icon process (which also happened on Win7).
I think I have made sure that all iconcache*.* files are deleted from users/tony/appdata/local/iconcache.db and users/tony/appdata/local/microsoft/windows/explorer/iconcache_nnn.db where nnn is different for several files.
I have also removed the thumbnail caches.
Instinct suggests that not everything is being deleted and there is something left over from Win7.
I want to avoid a doing a reformat and a clean Win10 install if I can.
Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Desktop icons load slowly at start-up in Windows 10

The causes could be many.
Maybe your User profile has been corrupted. Log in as some other user and see.
Icon Cache file may be corrupted. You have already run our Thumbnail & icon cache rebuilder for Windows 10. It works the first time and then on subsequent restarts, your problem re-appears. Try to Rebuild Icon Cache, Clear Thumbnail cache manually and see if that helps.
If these Hidden files exists, delete them too:
Check your Startup programs. See if disabling them helps. Best to boot in clean boot state and see if problem continues. If it disappears, try to identify the offending 3rd-party startup.
You need to identify what could be causing this. Clean Boot State is the best way to go.
Create a system restore point first, before doing anything.
Hope something helps.

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So I turn on my pc, and in this profile when I start up the desktop doesn't load. I press CTRL ALT DELETE and i notice that explorer.exe is at a 100% usage. I can only hit new task in order to open any windows. I've looked online to find something...but nothing works...maybe you guys can figure it out.

its mem use is 11,377K

HJT log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:19:22 PM, on 7/6/2005
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\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
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Answer:Desktop wont load HELP!, explore.exe at 100% usage @ start up

bump up for you;
I can't advise on fixes, but a few are there that need doing.
We'll assume you've used spybot/adaware and done an online scan?

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when i start my computer desktop icons and start button do not load immediately(as they used to before). instead just desktop background is shown. after 1-2 min the icons and start button is loaded. what can i do to solve the problem???

Answer:delay load of desktop icons and start button

Hi and welcome to TSF please try following the instructions in both these links How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state
How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP
when you begin to restart things do it one at a time and see if you can narrow down which program is holding things back

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I have an HP Pavilion 783 desktop computer. It has been in storage for a while but I decided to set it up as an additional computer to use at home. When I turn it on I get the following error message:
Winlogon.exe Application error
The instruction at "0x75978dc1" referenced memory at "0x0000000". The memory could not be read.

When I click on either option - OK or Cancel it tries to re start but I just get the same message, going through same loop each time until I force it to shut down by pressing and holding the on/off button.

I have tried running it in safe mode - still the same
I have tried turning everything off, unplugging it all and tried again - still the same.

any ideas?

many thanks in advance

Answer:[SOLVED] Unable to start/load HP Pavilion 783 desktop

Okay, after a few more attempts this now seems to have sorted itself out!?

BUT now I have all connected up again but cannot get on the internet? I am using ethernet cable and it says I'm connected but when I click on IE to open a page on the internet it states cannot find server.
I've done everything it has asked to me to on the settings etc but nothing seems to be working.

Any help - please?!!!

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My parents alerted me to an issue their having with their computer yesterday and after doing a virus scan and basic troubling shooting (short of a system restore which might be my next option) I haven't been able to figure out the problem.

It's a five year old HP Pavillion running Windows XP, 1GB of ram with a intergrated graphics card so the system ram is actually listed as 900 something MB (will edit with correct specs), and an ADM processor (I believe, will edit when I can check the machine later today).

Anway, the issue is, on start up the taskbar and icons do not load right away, this has never happened before but now whenever the computer loads it loads to the desktop but only displays the wallpaper. The icon does not show that its busy or working, the pointer is displayed, I can access the task manager and run programs from there and then after a few minutes the taskbar and icons will load.

Answer:Delayed load of start menu and desktop icons

do you have the same issue in safe mode?

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Not sure if this is the correct forum or not, but here goes.

If I turn on or restart my computer, the desktop icons and startup menu will not load for about 15-30 minutes. I used "Codestuff Starter" and only have 3 programs running at start up, so I doubt it is that. I am really not sure what the problem is, but would like to clear it up as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Start Menu and Desktop Icons Take Forever to Load

go to start>run>msconfig click the last tab in msconfig and tell me how much programs are on the start up.

also do this too

list how much ram you have
how many processes on task manager you have
and how old you computer is

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Whenever I start up my PC, either from shutting it down or restarting it, upon going to my desktop, it takes a moment for my desktop icons to load. Is that normal? It's for a few seconds, close to a minute, never a prolonged amount of time.

Answer:Desktop Icons Take a minute to load upon start up: is this normal?

Greetings, Randomtastic

Unfortunately, that is not normal.
Now, apart from the desktop icons delaying to appear, how is the overall performance of your operating system? Is it running smoothly or is it slow?

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Laptop worked when folded and put away. Upon trying to log in, it was loading desktop, I clicked to get online and then it crashed and turned off.

When tried to restart, it never would load desktop again. Would get error messages after Welcome screen saying taskbar won't work, Dell support... not working, etc.

Tried starting in safe mode. Starts loading the drivers, etc. then freezes soon into the process.

When you try to start up normally, you get to login screen, welcome screen and then it goes to a plain screen with an error message: "Windows must be reinstalled to activate...insert begin reinstall.."

Tried Start up repair

No system restore points

No backup on computer to use.

Any ideas?


Answer:freezes at start in safe mode,won't load desktop either

I'm taking it is a Dell laptop? Not sure what caused your problem, but do you have the Dell installation cds that came with the system?

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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've been trying to fix my Windows 7 Desktop computer for a few weeks now with no luck. I tried Googling the problem and it seems hard to find people having the same issue. THe closest I could find anywhere on the Internet was the thread here that looks similar :

Windows 7.. no text.. no menus.. nothing

However reading the thread I couldn't see a clear resolution that applied to me. So a few weeks ago my startup crashed I think from having too many interrupted startups. I ran the Windows diagnostic tool so my computer could boot up again.

It boots up again. However now there the follow problems

- Start Menu won't launch. Basically you click it and it won't respond along with any items on taskbar
- No fonts show up below the icons on the desktop
- Can't use Windows explorer as the icons and fonts are ridiculously small. So I can't navaigate even through the file directory at all.
- And the system seems to take forever to load and seems like its always "working" and then eventually crashes and get blue screen.

However I can seem to run some of the programs on my desktop. I want to save against doing a fresh install since I have years of programs installed with a bunch of configurations that take me forever to remember the settings.

I tried a bunch of things. Trying to download stinger.exe and the command line (Via bootup to command line) and running that. Can't seem to do that as the program doesn't work. System Restore also doesn't work either. Just... Read more

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Please help!!! Everything was fine on my pc. Next day after installing coupon printer which my system tried to block, getting to desktop with icons takes 20 minutes! I unistalled the coupon printer but Im only guessing this download caused the problem, not sure.) THEN the start menu is frozen for 5 minutes and every other click I make (eg on a program) takes another 5 min. Then some programs dont open. Can get online however and everything is fine online, but if I try to use start button while online its the same problem. Everything wokrs fine in Safe Mode but I can get online in safe mode. Defragged machine. Did disk error check. No errors. Checked for spyware, etc in several programs including Spybot and pc is clean! What could it be?!!! When I go into Safe mode all these System32 Drivers appear on screen. Could that be the problem? Just guessing.

Also received an alert on desktop saying Active Desktop Recovery. When I clicked on "restore my active desktop" a window appeared: "Internet Explorer Script Error"
Line:65 Char:1 Error: Object doesnt support this action Code: 0
and then a URL. Dont know if this is part of the problem or not.

Dell Pentium II WinXP Home Service Pack2

Please help!!!

Answer:Desktop/Start menu practically forzen after very long load time

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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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I started up my computer today and I have no desktop icons, start menu and toolbar. It only shows my desktop picture. I also cant start my computer up in Safe Mode either. It starts to load and then reverts back to black start menu screen. I also tried to start in the other 2 safe mode options and my last know good configuration and that did not work either. I ran Malware Bytes and here is my log below....PLEASE HELP!!!

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 3053
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

10/29/2009 8:10:26 AM
mbam-log-2009-10-29 (08-10-26).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 101809
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 57 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 32
Registry Values Infected: 3
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\shoppingreport.hbax (Adware.ShopperReports) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\shoppingreport.hbax.1 (Adware.ShopperReports) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\shoppingreport.hbinfoband (Adware.ShopperReports) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\shoppingreport.hbinfoband.1 (Adware.ShopperReports) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
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Answer:No desktop icons, start button, toolbar only desktop pic. Cant start in Safe Mode Either

Welcome to BC!Let's run another scan and then retry safe mode. Please perform a scan with Eset Onlinescan (NOD32).(Requires Internet Explorer to work. If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)Vista Users be sure to run Internet Explorer as Administrator. To do this, right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select "Run as Administrator" from the context menu.)You will see the Terms of Use. Tick the check-box in front of YES, I accept the Terms of UseNow click Start.You may receive an alert on the address bar that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Insall ActiveX component.A new window will appear asking "Do you want to install this software?" (".Answer Yes to install and download the ActiveX controls that allows the scan to run.Click Start. (the Onlinescanner will now prepare itself for running on your pc)To do a full-scan, check: "Remove found threats" and "Scan potentially unwanted applications"Press Scan to start the online scan. (this could take some time to complete)[/color]When the scan has finished, it will show a screen with two tabs "overview" and "details" and the option to get information or buy software. Just close the window.Now click Start > Run... > type: C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScan... Read more

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I have a dell 810 laptop. I know I can reload the OS but it would have to be a clean install. I dont have all the software for some of the programs on my laptop.

My desktop wont load,but I can use task mngr to access programs.Once I do that the desktop loads as normal. Any suggestions?

Answer:in 2000 my desktop wont load. Must use task mngr to open programs then icons load.

Have a look here:;en-us;256194

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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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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.

To see about RAM this might gi... Read more

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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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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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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'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 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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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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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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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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Answer:windows 7 fails to load

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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
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Answer:windows fails to load

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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I have a Asus laptop with the operating system of Windows Vista, and shortly after the battery died for it, I plugged it back up and turned it back on only to come to a problem of it restarting it's self over and over again. With me being aware of the F9 key and the recovery partition, I pressed it but after pressing [ems enable] thing, it goes to loading files with a white bar showing that it's loading and then a bluish and greenish abstract screen pops up but there's no menu or nothing. The only thing on the screen is the mouse icon and that's it. No wizard, no next, nothing. When I tried doing other options, it repeats the F9 proces s over and ends up leaving me at the bluish and greenish abstract screen again. If someone could PLEASE tell me how to resolve this problem I would gladly appreciate it. Thank you.

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The title says it all. This has been an ongoing problem that I've kind of been putting off to the side, and it should probably be addressed. Whenever my computer informs me that I have an update, I click the little icon and it brings up the windows update page... and I wait. Then it gives me the message "This page failed to load". any solutions?

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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
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Answer:Solved: Explorer fails to load

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This is going to be long and drawn out, but this is killing me and maybe you can help me.

I work in a business environment. I have network and local machine administrator rights. Meaning, I have full control of everything. I ran into a problem a number of months ago where my Devices and Printers screen would appear, but then it would never load the devices. here is a screenshot of what happens.

Now I searched the net for some answers and I found an article that says that people have this problem when the Bluetooth service is not running. Well I started mine and the same thing happens. I logged into a different user i created on the same machine, and initially the Window comes up fine, but later on it does the same thing.

This happens both on a Windows 7 32 bit setup and a Win 7 64 bit setup.

Well, I finally found the source of the problem, at least as far as I'm concerned. We use McAfee Encryption for PC and Encryption for Files and Folders. It's only when I install the latter of the two that the issue occurs. The latter of the two btw, is a policy that forces encryption on any USB storage device inserted to the PC. So you are thinking "Great, report it to McAfee." Problem is, I did, and they tried to replicate the situation and they cannot. We ran down the list of options that we both had running and they were and are identical.

So either at this point I'm thinking one of the two is occurring.

1. McAfee has not ran into this problem and my report... Read more

Answer:Devices and Printers fails to load.

no takers?

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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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Running Vista OS and have made no changes that I am aware of. When I click the AOL icon I get the spinning circle for about 10 seconds and then nothing happens. Doesn't matter which shortcut I try, same result. Have tried reinstalling the AOL software after deleting the old and removing it from the registry, After reinstall,the welcome page loads and I'm able to sign on to AOL but after about 10 seconds the website disappears and I get the message that AOL is trying to reconnect but after clicking OK, it disappears and thats all. If I try to click on the AOL icon again, it doesn't load just like before. Have tried the obvious stuff like restarting the PC to no avail. This happened about a year ago and after several weeks it seemed to correct itself.Any ideas?Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1917 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 334313 MB, Free - 119056 MB; D: Total - 9083 MB, Free - 1230 MB; F: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 372070 MB; X: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 260860 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Nettle2
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

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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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I have 1511 installed and hit the issue with a couple of updates not installing so I can't install the Anniversary and follow-on upgrades.
Has anyone used the Media creation tool, downloaded the Win 10 Home/Pro x64 v.1607 to a USB stick, and then performed an in-place upgrade/repair.
Was it successful?
To boot from the usb should I change the bios for usb first, or just load within win 10 , from the usb drive. When should I remove the stick?
Sorry for so many questions --- fairly new at this
Appreciate all help

Answer:Upgrade fails for win 10 1511 --- load from usb ?

Nope, neither update to AU, nor upgrade install from ISO worked for me - did a clean install of AU, installed apps and copied user files from mounted backup.

I did run WU thereafter sucessfully and drivers got installed, but since have only installed updates manually - all sucessfully. (with WU update blocked in firewall)

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I have Vista Premium installed as the upgrade from Hp since I bought this computer right before the Vista release. It is a Hp Pavilion a1637c, 3GB memory, 500 GB WD Hard Drive, AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 4200. I was having problems when burning ANYTHING to DVD's or CD's. The DVD/CD RW stops responding, locking up the computer. Only thing to do is push the power button to restart. Now when I try to restart, it appears to be fully loaded but won't open any folders or the internet. The circle just keeps going around and all I can do is hit the button again to restart. To get it to fully load, I have to go into Safe Mode and do a System Restore. What can be causing this?

Answer:Vista fails to load completely

What burning program do you use? Have you tried a different one?

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When I try to check for updates, the page fails to load. My PC has Win 7 Service Pack 1 64 bit OS. I don't know what to do and would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you for your assistance!

Answer:Windows Update Fails to Load

Hello there, 
Have you launched "Windows Update troubleshooter" and see if the issue still persists?

Keep us posted

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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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