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Why do my screen saver settings keep restoring to the original 1-minute when I reboot the machine?

Question: Why do my screen saver settings keep restoring to the original 1-minute when I reboot the machine?

Every time I shut down and restart my machine, the screen saver settings resort to the original 1-minute one and goes back to it every time after I've set it to 5-minutes, apply, hit OK and then get out. What gives?

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Preferred Solution: Why do my screen saver settings keep restoring to the original 1-minute when I reboot the machine?

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I set my screen saver to 5 minutes. Hit apply, and OK. The settings take hold, but then when I reboot or shut down the machine and turn it back on, it resets to the original 1-minute mode. What gives?

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The screen saver 5 minute setting reverts back to the original 1-minute setting every time the computer is shut down and restarted. What gives?

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why do my screen saver settings change after a reboot?

Answer:why do my screen saver settings change after a reboot

After changing your screensaver are you going into themes and saving theme?

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my computer has gotten a little slower, id like to restore it to original specs,,,in other words get rid of windows xp and everything else,,so i can reinstall everything...i just dont know how to go about it...please help

Answer:need help restoring pc to original settings

Format Hard Driver: How to Format a Hard Drive, Reinstall Windows, Wipe ALL Data

Sorry for not posting microsoft one's but automatically shows results in Greek.

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I recently upgraded two PCs from 2000 to XP Pro. One machine had the Administrator account renamed to User1 originally and the upgrade to XP completed with success. The other PC kept the Administrator named the same but when XP asked for other user names, it left out the name Administrator [account] and now I am stuck with a second account with NONE of my originial settings like Outlook Express accounts, IE favorites.. etc.

What can I do to restore them or use the original Administator account? It isn't even a choice on the screen! ??!

Answer:Restoring Original Settings--HELP!

If you can access the folders of the account in question, here is a link to MS Knowledge Base that may help you. Whatever you end up doing you will have to have admin rights.

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I am trying to restore my computer to the original settings to overcome a Tojan Horse that has hijacked my Internet browser. When I use the restore option, it only allows me to go back 3 months, and then tells me the settings then are the same as today. How do I restore the system to the original system checkpoint--to when I purchased the computer in March 2003? Many thanks for the help.

Answer:Restoring system to original settings


if your restore options doesn't offer more restore points, then there is not chance to work with this function.

So if you want to get back the original settings, you have to recover your System with the delivered Recovery CD.


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I have a Dell Inspiron laptop, I'm going to give it to my brother but I wanted to put everything in his name. I wanted to restore the original factory settings for him as well. I read on one of the posts that I could just hit F10 and it should restore it back to the original settings, I don't have the recovery disk for it and I really don't want to buy one if its not necessary. Can I just use the F10 step without the recovery disk? If so can someone please guide me down the right path to work it correctly. My other problem is the CD/DVD drive only runs when I turn the laptop on its side, I've tried to clean the drive, but it still doesn't work unless I put it on its side. Do I need to buy another drive for it? Thanks for the help.

Answer:Restoring laptop to original factory settings

Remember, Factory Reset will erase the entire drive and put Windows back on in first-start conditions.What model is the computer?Laptop or Desktop?

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please can someone help!! i brought a second hand gateway w340ua laptop on windows vista home basic, i think it has a virus as it runs really slow and keep freezers, i would like to restore it back to like new i haven't got a disk as was second hand , and have been trying for days, with no success please can somebody help, if you can can i have a step by step guide. thank you

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600C running XP Pro. I recently had to reinstall the OS. Since the reinstall I can't get my screen saver (any screen saver) to launch with a delay of anything in excess of one minute. I have tried the traditional methods (control panel-display-screen saver etc.) and remembered to hit "apply". I have also used Run-gpedit.msc etc. etc. and it still won't go. I have checked the registry and the correct codes are there. Dell support is useless and there isn't enough time in the day to wait. I turn to you folks for help.

Answer:Screen Saver One Minute Drill

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Curious problem....

Brand-new computer, Sony VAIO P4 3.0 Ghz, 512 mb RAM, Win XP Home, NVIDIA GeForce FX5600 video...

I have been trying this last week now to get the screen saver function to work properly. I can set it up with the saver I want which is My Pictures Slide Show, and it previews fine. It even starts and runs properly, so long as I select one minute as the time interval before screen saver activation. Any other time setting results in no screen saver activation.

I have experimented rather extensively. This system came with Norton (Symantec) antivirus which unfortunately does not seem to be the root problem as I have turned it off (both the Norton Internet Security and the Anti-Virus Auto protect functions) with no apparent difference noted.

I am fairly well acquainted with the mechanics of enabling or disabling screen savers and APM settings. When I have tried disabling the screen saver and instead enabling the "turn off monitor" and/or "turn off hard drive" functions the computer waits the appropriate time and the monitor turns off for a brief second and then turns right back on. Nothing else is running to my knowledge when this occurs.

For what it's worth, my monitor is a ViewSonic 18" LCD unit so I might not even should be worrying about screen-saving, although it is rather nice to scroll through some 3500 digital photos (that we never really take the time to look at as much as we should) when nothing else is being done with ... Read more

Answer:XP screen saver only works @ 1 minute...

Did you check the time value settings in the registry to make sure they change accordently.

For more info see:

You can also use msconfig and disable all the program in the startup group items and 3rd parties services just to see if you able to resolve the issue.

I'll also try to uninstall the antivirus instead of disabling it just to test.

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Hi everyone, The original hard drive from my ThinkCentre A52 failed a while ago, and so I had it replaced with another hard drive which had Windows XP Pro installed on it, like the original one did. The new hard drive did not come from Lenovo, so I had to download a number of drivers and programs from the Lenovo website to get it working. Recently, my computer has been having a few difficult problems, which I was hoping to eliminate by restoring my system to factory settings. However, If I am to restore my system to factory settings, would my new hard drive be completely erased, leaving me with nothing? Or will it at least leave the Windows XP Pro operating system so that I can just download all the necessary drivers again? I'm asking this because I don't have a recovery CD with Windows XP Pro, and Lenovo told me that they have stoppped making them for my particular system. I want to make sure that I don't lose everything if I restore my system. Thank you

Answer:Restoring to factory settings after replacing original hard drive?

When you say restoring, do you mean restoring from a recovery partition? If your hdd is not from a Lenovo ThinkCentre A52 then what you suggest won't work.

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When I bought my laptop I did not recieve any backup disks along with it. Before installing Windows 7, however, I made backup disks from the instructions under "Create Full Backup" as stated in the instruction booklet provided. I created those files from the original Windows Vista. I inserted the disk but it did not read the files. I want to restore my IdeaPad Y650 to its original factory settings with Windows Vista. I got my laptop I upgraded to Windows 7 but now I want to go back to Windows Vista. How do I achieve that?  Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Answer:Restoring IdeaPad Y650 to factory settings and original Windows Vista

HiDoes the onekey rescue work in your system anymore? if yes , then do a full system recovery to initial backup.If does not work (it wont work if you have resized your partition) then you would have to have your HDD to be restored by lenovo to default.RegardsIshaanSay thanks by clicking the "Star" which is on the left.Make it easier for other people to find solutions, by marking my answer "Accept as Solution" if it solves your issue

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OK so I see a few different screen saver issues around the forum and I couldn't say if they are connected in any way but here's my issue and what seems to be a work around of sorts that got my screen saver up and running again.

Clean install of Windows 10 Home 64bit on 2 computers here on a large desk that my wife and I share. Both custom builds but fairly different. Each computer has a regular mouse, keyboard (nothing fancy) and a Creative Live! Cam for video chats. The issue presented itself before the cams were connected.
After the install of Windows 10 the screen saver was set to come on at 10 minutes. The settings stick on a restart but do not if they are turned off for the night. The next startup the screen savers would be set back to 1 min and would not come on, until settings where changed and Applied again.
The fix for both computers was to turn OFF Fast Startup in the Power Options control panel. After that the screen saver time set would stick through shut downs.
At first I didn't think this actually fixed the issue because though the time set would stick, if I simply started up the computer and walked away the screen saver would not be on when I came back. The action to get the screen saver time to actually countdown is a simple right click of the mouse that brings up the contextual menu. That's all, don't have to go back into the screen saver settings. So by simply turning on your computer and using it, you would or should have inadv... Read more

Answer:Screen Saver Resets to 1 Minute - Here's What Fixed it for Me

I'd like to suggest another option that seems to work for me and I'd like some feedback as to whether it work for others. Here's what I did:

Start/Search and type gpedit.msc, Right click the gpedit results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Group Policy Editor, on the Left Panel, go to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization/Enable Screen Saver and enable the Policy. Once you have enabled that policy, go down and also enable Screen Saver Timeout. Note that in the Screen Saver Timeout policy there's an option to set the number of second for the timeout with the default being 900 seconds or 15 minutes.
Once you've enabled both policies and set the timeout if different from the default, exit the group policy editor. If you now go the screen saver settings in Control Panel you will notice that the wait period will match the minutes you entered in the group policy editor but it will be grayed out preventing you from changing the value unless you go back into the group policy editor and change it there.
Many were complaining that the wait value reverts to 1 and that is why they turned off fast booting but I have fast booting turned on and with the group policy changes I made my wait time is no longer reverting to 1 minute and remains at 15 minutes.

Will someone please give this a try to see of this solves the problem of the wait time reverting to 1 if you have fast booting turned on? If it doesn't work all you need to go is go back... Read more

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In Dec 2003 another person had the exact same problem as me with a screen saver that only worked in the 1 minute mode. The reply involved messing with the time value settings in the registry but the link did not apply to Win XP. Even if it did, registry tampering is beyond my ability. Also suggested was to disable all the programs in the startup menu. I don't know what that would show unless they are done one at a time and then what? Delete a program? I'm hoping someone has found a solution by now that is something I can do. Thanks.

Answer:Screen saver only works @ 1 minute interval

Do you have the Windows XP CD?

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Would like to reset and reboot my computer to original settings. It is old (6 years at least) and is running slow but would like to keep it for a while longer without the expense of buying a new computer. We have had various people look at it and the most recent a week ago and the person was to have done something but it is worse now than before. Thank you.

Answer:need to reset and reboot computer to original settings

We can't help you if we don't know the make and model, as there is no universal method for performing factory recovery.

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Hi everyone. new to the forum. Trying to find a solution to my problem.
I have vista ultimate on a DELL XPS laptop.
I have 2 user accounts, both admin.
The second account i setup today by default had the windows classic
theme, so i clicked personalize the change it. but to my surprise, when
i clicked on the "Theme" link in the personalize menu, nothing happened
- no popup or error message, literally nothing.
i then tried clicking on display settings, same thing. Same thing for
Window Color and Appearance and Screensaver. The only links which work
from my personalize menu are "Desktop Background, Sounds and Mouse
Pointers". Same problem happens in the first user account too i checked.
Im running latest version of norton antivirus, and have run a scan with
nothing detected.
Any help or fixes would be greatly appreciated. google wasnt my friend
trying to find a solution for this.

Answer:Cannot open Theme Settings, Display Settings, Screen Saver Settings, etc

anybody else got any ideas?
have had the same problem since i got my toshiba laptop about a year ago!
gonna reformat/install on the weekend anyway, as the discs are at my parents house and i keep forgetting to pick them up.
A few of the control panel options work, but i can't open themes
Also i can't open control panel from the button on the start menu either
It says it can't find explorer.exe or something
any help would be great

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Hi I'm having trouble trying to restore my machine back to factory defaults. I have done this successfully on this machine twice before however this time its not working. I did everything as normal, f8, repair computer, chose the mesh recovery option to reset to factory settings. After about 15 minutes of it cleaning the hhard drive the system trestarted and gave me the swt up system for first time use screens. After going through all these my desktop loaded. However all my previius programs and folders were still there as was the problem with my network adapter driver (one of my reasons for restore)It has also caused my second hdd which was used as a storrage drive to disappear. Now when using f8 I get the usual menu however when I select repair computre it just boots straight to windows and if I select directory services resstore mode it takes me to safe mode. Please can someone help?

Answer:problems restoring machine back to factory settings

Please post screenshot of disk management.

You did see "system configuring services" and "first time bootup" or similar texts?

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I got this machine recently.  It was discarded because of virus and malware infections.  I managed to clean all of that but the machine still feels slugish.  I like to do a clean install of windows 7 home premium. There is no recovery partition.  There are no original installations dics. Any suggestions of how I can get them?  or can I use a retail disk of windows 7 i have and just use the original lenovo product id and or the product key which came with the machine? Also, I can't find any support for this machine in the lenovo website.  


Go to Solution.

Answer:Lenovo H215 - problem restoring machine to factory settings

You can either purchase one through Lenovo support (it's usually $69), or use an ISO file from the internet. I would suggest getting it through Lenovo since it will include all of Lenovo's optimizatons. 

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after installing a lot of dekstop themes,my windows log on/offf/shut down/boot screen"welcome screen".....all changed to another...the problem now is ..i need to set up a new win xp package ...this boot screens conflicts with setting up the new one as there is a problem in the doesn't identify it as a microsoft my problem??!!!...please help me to restore my win xp default boot screen..log off...extra so i can set up my new windows normally..

i was facing the problem of not being able to connect to the internet for trojan removals reasons...after sick of not having a solution..i decided to reformatt or set up a new i can'tdo this either....

Answer:hELP ME in restoring my original win xp boot its critica!!!!

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I downloaded this program called XP Visual Tools, I changed our Logon screen with this program, but then I uninstalled it because... I wanted too. Now anyway we all have to log on and off the old-fashioned way, by typing in our usernames and pw's, and we don't get the nice little Windows GUI anymore. How can I fix this? I know I can use a restore point, but then XP Visual Tools Would still be on my PC, and I want to get rid of it.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about here it is:

Answer:Solved: Restoring Original Windows Welcome Screen After Using XP Visual Tools

Give this a try:

Control Panel>User Accounts>Change the way users log on or off> and put a check in "Use the Welcome screen".

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I have made several attempts to password protect my machine with the screen saver. I have set the screen saver to come on after 5 mins and  checked the checkbo to password protect on resume, but it never does. I am concerned that I someone can gain access to my machine if left unattended. Is there a problem with my machine? This function works on all other machines I have used. Is this an IBM issues or am I missing something. Please help!

Answer:How do I password protect my machine with the screen saver....

Welcome to the forum! There's not a problem with your machine, but you're missing a step somewhere along the way when it comes to password issue... Do you have a password set-up for login into XP? Good luck and let us know. 

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I want my computer play slideshow instead of turning off screen. So i head into the change pc settings, selected a slideshow folder and clicked "When my pc is inactive, show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen". But the problem is,
this feature works only if i select screen turn off time 1 minute. After 1 minute my computer starts to playing slideshow instead of turning off screen. But if i select any other time option, my screen turn off after the time reach.

I made quick search about this but didnt find anything useful except machine inactivity limit setting. Then head to the administrative tools > local security policy > local policies > security options > "Interactive logon: Machine inactivity
limit". Then changed this to 600 seconds. But after this, my computer locks after 1 minute. I tried different values but all same, whatever i write in there (except 0), my computer locks everytime after 1 minute.

What can i do to fix them? Thank you very much

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Does anyone know if it is possible to reduce the time an image is displayed with xp's screen saver. I would like to make a screen saver form a series of shots I took of a thunder storm on Monday night but the minimum 6 seconds setting just doesn't look right.

Answer:Screen saver settings

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Up until a few days ago, everything was fine; my screensaver would display when required and stayed on until I moved the mouse. Now, it won't start up automatically when required unless I go through the routine of setting it up to start. It will start at the required time; and then after awhile, it reverts back to my desktop and will not go into screensaver mode again until I set it up again. I've done virus scans, etc, and it does not appear that I've been hi-jacked. Any solutions or known causes?


Answer:Screen Saver Settings

What operating system are you running? Also what type of mouse are you using?

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Win 7/32

I must reset my screen saver settings daily. That is a new phenomenon since installing Wise.

Anyone seeing similar problem? :-o

Answer:Something keeps deleting my screen saver settings

Don, at this point it seems like a problem not isolated to Windows 10.
Therefor I've re-opened this thread.

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I installed a third-party screen saver on my Windows 7 Pro x64.
I set the custom 10% size, but after a reboot it reverts back to 50%.
On all my other PCs running Windows 7 Ult x64 it runs fine.
Could this be a Windows Permissions issue?
I have never had a Pro version of Windows before (always Ultimate), is this a common problem?

Anyone got any ideas?

P.S.: The screen saver is: fliqlo (clock)

Answer:Screen Saver settings not saving

Update: A facebook contact figured it out, so I'll post it here for others.

Step 1: Place screen saver .scr file on Desktop
Step 2: Take ownership of the .scr (There is the hard way, and the easy way)
I installed: which added Take Ownership to the context menu.
Step 3: Right-click .scr and install.

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Hi All,
Running XP Home on a Sony Viao laptop, when ever I reboot the machine the screen saver I was using before the reboot changes to either the XP saver or switches to none, it even sometimes does both, first it uses xp and after that none. Any ideas? It's not a real big deal, just strange and a pain in the butt.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Answer:Screen saver settings change

I solved the problem, the problem is that the settings in the registry aren't being saved prior to a reboot. I followed the advice of an other problem where the screen saver didn't work at all and ran a script from Kelly's Korner and the problem hasn't returned.

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Hi, I have the Mac Flurry screen saver on my pc. But everytime I save my screen saver to "none" then restart, the screen saver setting goes back to Flurry screen saver. It just won't save to no screen saver. Thanks.

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New to this forum...I don't know what happened to my screen saver settings..I now get " this computer can't play themes "....this is a new thing, I had no problems before being able to change how my screensaver pictures used to be displayed.
Any help would be appreciated, I have win 7 home premium

Answer:Question Re: Screen saver settings


Check your graphics card and driver.

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How do I tailor the screendaver?

The instructions I've found say things like: "type screen saver in the taskbar search and click on the Change screen saver result which appears." but on my Windows 10 there seems to be no "Change Screen Saver".
Having typed "screen saver" into the taskbar, my only choice is to fiddle with the slideshow...

My system is reasonably up to date, bar the recent big update which won't install.

Answer:Screen Saver Settings - Mythical on my system?

Not sure about your system but on mine, just got 1709 (Fall Creators Update) today, Screensaver settings are located under the Lock Screen settings tab. I believe prior to 1709, they were part of the themes subsystem.

See attached.

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I am having a problem with the settings in the Screen Saver, and Power Settings not "Taking" in Win XP Home. I work on computers all the time and NEVER came across this situation before.The computer in question is an 'E' Machine, w/1024 meg. memory, Windows XP Home edition, w/SP-2 installed, and all the latest Critical Updates from Microsoft.When I try to set up a Screen Saver, I can select any image I want, but when I click on "Preview", the whoe DeskTop will just blink. I can select any time I want for activation, when the allotted time rolls around, nothing happens.The same with the "Power" settings, Ie. setting the monitor to shut down after 5 minutes does nothing. The monitor stays on.One thing I did notice is the usual selections for Power Options, Ie., Home/Office Desk, Portable/LapTop, were missing. Presentation, Always On, Minimal Power Management, and Max Battery were the only selection available.The computer is not on the 'net as yet, so I don't think some worm or Trojan has infected it, I t also has Norton AntiVirus installed, and yes, I did do a complete scan of the system.ANY Ideas???

Answer:Screen Saver and Power settings don't work

Make sure nothing is moving the mouse, and no keys are stuck. If something is stuck or moving, the computer will not go into screensaver.Flame

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Screen Saver is Disabled in Display settings, If I try enabling in control Panel-> Display. Even Iam not able to do. Can some one Suggest the Solution.

Answer:Screen Saver is Disabled in Display settings

It sounds like the screen saver is blocked by Group Policy. Is this computer connected to a domain, or a workgroup/standalone PC?

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How do I tailor the screendaver?

The instructions I've found say things like: "type screen saver in the taskbar search and click on the Change screen saver result which appears." but on my Windows 10 there seems to be no "Change Screen Saver".
Having typed "screen saver" into the taskbar, my only choice is to fiddle with the slideshow...

My system is reasonably up to date, bar the recent big update which won't install.

Answer:Screen Saver Settings - Mythical on my system?

Not sure about your system but on mine, just got 1709 (Fall Creators Update) today, Screensaver settings are located under the Lock Screen settings tab. I believe prior to 1709, they were part of the themes subsystem.

See attached.

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No matter what I do to try to access it, nothing happens. It will not open no matter what. This box refuses to appear (taken from Screen Saver - Change Tutorial):

Tried here.

Also tried in these places.

Lastly, I've tried here. Nothing happens...

Anyone else ever have this problem or know how to fix it?

Answer:Cannot Open Screen Saver Settings Dialog

I have performed a Repair Install and the problem persists. Any help or do I have to do a Clean Install?

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Have win10 home installed since its release and it has run fine except for a screen saver issue I am having.

Heres what happens.I do a fresh boot in the morning and the SS never will come on until I goto personalize and glick on a new screen saver and select one then I can can go back and select my original.I only need to do this so I can hit the "apply" button.I also have to reset the amount of time before the SS will come on.
I normally haveit set to 3 minutes but every reboot it sets itself to 1 minute.

I have to do this after every reboot and cant figure out why.
Everything else is working great with no other issues.
Any ideas or thoughts on this issue?

Answer:Screen Saver settings acting weird

I have Win 10 Pro x64. No matter what I do, after a couple minutes, the console locks up and requires a cntl-alt-del to unlock it with my user ID/Password. I have checked local policies, screen saver (set to NONE) timeout setting, power options settings. I have tried the Win 8 workaround to reset power plan to the defaults. I don't have time to stand, stretch, and scratch my behind before the console locks up.

An exception is if I have one (of four) screens full screen running Hauppauge WinTV v8, or a browser watching streamed video at full screen.

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intermittent failure of screen saver and power off to activate?

My Win 7 Desktop computer, unlike my laptop and other Win 7 computers, has a power and screen saver setup that, at times, never activates? I have checked background processes and can't understand why at times it kicks in and other times I must reboot to get it to kick in. It always works after a reboot as long as I do not use the computer. Sometimes when I use it, the screen saver and power setup will go on, sometimes not?

My screen saver is not a 3rd party one and the same for the power settings. They are the ones that part of the Win 7 pro Os.

Has anyone ever heard of this? What do you suggest? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much for any possible solutions.


P.S. I have done a SFC /scannow and no problems were found. I also checked my Lan Driver Properties to make sure the box was unchecked for waking up the computer.

P.S.S. My Computer is a Win 7 Pro with an i5 3rd generation Intel 3.20 GHZ CPU with 16 GB of DDR3 Ram and a 1TB SSD HD.

P.S.S.S. All Drivers Have Been Updated.

Answer:intermittent failure of screen saver and power settings.

Would someone please read my above post, and if possible, offer me some advice regarding my screensaver, etc.?

Thank you very much.



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Just curious if anyone knows of a quick way to change the power settings and/or screen saver without having to right click on desktop and choose properties. It's not that it's that hard to do it this way, but I was curious if there was some utility or batch file that could be created to quickly switch between settings.

Answer:Quickly Change Power Settings & Screen Saver

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

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All of my "Idle" settings take effect despite not being idle. I have set my power managment settings to turn off my screen after being idle for 20 minutes. Rather than turning the screen off after being idle for 20 minutes, the screen turns off every 20 minutes regardless of whether or not I've been idle. The screen immediately comes back on as it typically turns off in the middle of my typing an email or a forum post. I have tried this on various time settings, as low as a minute and as high as 20 minutes. It seems that my system activity is not recognized (i.e. my typing and mouse usage) unless the system is specifically looking for activity, such as when the power management system has taken affect and the screen saver has come on, or the display shuts down, etc. This isn't a huge deal except that, when my settings included going to my lock screen I had to put my credentials in every time that the system shut off the display. I've read the solutions that suggest setting all of my power managmeent options to "never". This is simply not an acceptable solution. If I am using my computer in a public place and I get up to get a cup of coffee, I want my computer to lock itself after 5 minutes of inactivity. Additionally, if I'm in the middle of taking notes at a lecture, I want my display to shut down and conserve power after I have been idle for a time. Simply telling the machine to never use its security and power saving functions does not fix the problem, it si... Read more

Answer:Idle settings (Screen Saver, turn off display, etc.) take ef...

NWS106 I understand the problem, as my PCs seem to disregard the Power Options some times, too. Instead of turning off the PC, why not just Lock the screen: That's what I do, and it only takes a couple of clicks. Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------Please click "Accept As Solution" on the post that solves your issue to help others find the solution.Please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on the left of the Reply button to say thanks fopr my help.========================================================================

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Ashish Mhabadi###################################Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type regedt32, and then click OK. In the Registry Editor window, locate the following registry key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop In the right pane, double-click ScreenSaveTimeOut. In the Edit String dialog box that appears, type the number of seconds after which you want the screen saver to start in the Value data box, and then click OK. For example, if you want the screen saver to start after 5 minutes, type 300. Click Exit on the File menu to quit Registry Editor.###################################

Answer:Tutor for editing Windows XP Screen Saver Timeout Settings

Why not use the inbuilt Windows XP feature rather than messing in the registry?:Right click desktop > Properties > Screen Saver tab. Set the wait time there.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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So my company laptop keeps resetting my screen saver settings in the registry to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop:

ScreenSaveIsSecure: 1 (requires a password to exit ssaver)
ScreenSaveTimeout: 1800

I keep changing these to 0,120, respectively, but whenever I restart something is setting them back to their original value. Is there a way to stop whatever that program is?

I'm running:

XP Pro Version 2002

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Editing company-locked screen saver settings in registry - help!

Hi there,

More likely then not your company has a GPO placed on the OU level in Active Directory. OU policies will always trump local ones and this is the reason the settings are being reverted back.


Local, Site, Domain, Organizational Unit... Local Policies (and settings) are on the bottom of the food chain. If theres is a more secure or specific policy set on a level above local, the local one will always be overwritten.

Hope this makes sense.. 9hrs into my shift and the coffee maker died

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This stoopid user had her computer crawling with viruses, opened the file common in MSN messenger and an angelina jolie video.exe

ANyway... removd the viruses and all that but it also installed a desktop background about the computer being infected and that it needs an antivirus and anti spyware to be installed.

ALso the screensaver is set to some kind of blue screen of death, logon screen windows startup screens that fooled me for a bit thinking the computer had crashed.

I want to change the SS and desktop background but those options are disabled in the display settings.

Any way to re-activate them so I can change SS and background?


Answer:Screen saver and background settings disabled in display properties

Try system restore, or the forum usually suggest's this

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Some kind of Malware disguised as a Flash plugin update has made it so I cannot change my desktop Background or change my screen saver. I managed to stop the Malware before it could do any more damage other than that, but this alone is really annoying.
It changed the background to an alert message picture saying there are viruses that have been found on this computer (I figured out how to change the background back, but I still can't access it from the control panel in "Appearance and Personalization.")
It also changed my Screen saving into a short loop of a blue screen saying a problem has been detected on this computer and needs to restart... Then it shows the Windows vista start up screen and loops back again.

Anytime I try to edit either the desktop background or the screen saver from the control panel I get this alert:

I am the system Administrator so I'm at a loss for what to do... I'm guessing I'm supposed to go into safe mode and do something, but I wouldn't know what.

I'd like to also note that I have Windows Vista and I did a Full Virus scan and found nothing.
Here is My Hijack this log, hope you can be of help...
Hijack this log
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:20:23 PM, on 8/18/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16711)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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Answer:Solved: Some kind of Malware has Disable my Background and screen saver settings, nee

Never mind I fixed the problem myself so I'm marking as solved, way to be on the ball you guys.

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I restored my computer yesterday and since then I can't seem to get my resolution to work right.

My video card is a NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT, I downloaded the latest driver from the NVIDIA website, it's up to date. I also ran windows update and microsoft fixit, nothing changed.
ClearType doesn't work, it's not just the text that's blurry, it's the whole screen... I tried changing the resolution to every possible option but none of them work. I'm using 1600x1024 right now, it fits the screen (doesn't stretch) but it's blurry, every
other option stretches the screen.
It worked perfectly before restoring the computer, so I'm hoping it can be fixed. I don't know what's wrong this time around :/
I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bits.

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How to set Fixed drive letter in Photo Screen Saver Settings using GPO server 2012,
i want to map as a "A:\" Drive letter as a fixed drive letter using GPO 2012 Server

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I would like to know how to go back to the previous settings for my lock screen, display, slideshow, colors, and sizes. I Keep trying different things and its not working and I don't want to lose some of the apps and do a recovery to default. Can you explain
it to me Please? Thank you I have windows 8.1

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I got the occasional blue screen of death before, so I reset to factory settings. It didn't help, and may have made the issue even worse, though I haven't used the computer much since I just got a laptop. I have windows 7 64 bit. I had gotten the haplii virus (which redirects my google searches to a different site, it later changed to link to a different site instead) and failed to remove that completely, so I am not sure if that could be causing it or no.

I have tested the hard drive and RAM (using the built-in windows 7 memory utility, not memtest, as I have no blank CDs), and it isn't that.

Answer:Blue Screen of Death errors continue after restoring factory settings

Start by updating the "NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller" and the "NVIDIA nForce 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet" driver.

Also Install SP1 and replace McAfee with Microsoft Security Essentials.

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After restoring (with F11) to the factory-settings I have suddenly four Drives and NO! working restore points, not one. Even after installing a few of the usual Windows Updates there is no restoring point. Primarily Windows 7 makes restore points after every system change or file change. Why Windows 7 has all drives disabled to make restore points after I have restored to the factory-set? Typically, Windows 7 is adjusted to create restore points.Also very strange is the circumstance that now I have four different Drives.The settings for the available restore drives after restoring to the factory-settings are (Control Panel/System/System protection, then the section Protection Setting/Available Drives, then the Button Configure restore settings?/Configure):Restore Settings:System protection for SYSTEM_DRVRestore system settings and previous versions of files ---> not selectableOnly restore previous versions of files ---> selectableTurn off system protection ---> selectedWindows7_OS ( C: ) (System)Restore system settings and previous versions of files ---> selectableOnly restore previous versions of files ---> selectableTurn off system protection ---> selectedLenovo_Recovery ( Q: )Restore system settings and previous versions of files ---> not selectableOnly restore previous versions of files ---> selectableTurn off system protection ---> selectedWindows7_OS ( C: ) (non-existend)Restore system settings and previous versions of files ---> selected... Read more

Answer:After restoring factory-settings Windows creates no restoring points

I don't know why you would have four drives.  Three would make sense, but the fourth is pretty nonsense. What I would do is make recovery discs, then remove the last two and expand my primary partition (what windows call C:\) into that space.  Something like Linux Parted Magic would make it super easy. But I cannot say whether this would fix the restore points.  I am a linux user, and if I want snapshots I just make my filesystem btrfs.  All this propritary restore point mumbo jumbo is particularly foreign to me (and way too overly complex).   Just to make you jealous, I will tell you that with btrfs, you can make snapshots whenever you please (or set it up to take snapshots at regular intervals or whatever).  If you want to roll back (restore to a point), you simply indicate that you would like to mount a snapshot instead of the main, and like magic system is restored.  This also allows you to simply choose to go back to the original if you please.  It is instant, and it is reliable.

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Hello.My ThinkPad x120e had pre-installed Windows 7 Pro OA CIS and GE (x15-75026). One day I changed OS and mystakenly deleted HDD recovery partition.What can I do to restore the original OS? I still have a certificate of autencity in the battery comapartment.Thank you.

Answer:Original OS restoring

The best option is to order recovery media from lenovo try giving them a call or check their recovery media site for any recovery media you can order for your X120e if there is any at this solves your problem

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I just installed Vista Ultimate 32-bit on a computer used by a few guests in my house.

In Windows XP, when the screen saver would activate from idle and someone would move the mouse it would show the list of users.

In Windows Vista, after I move the mouse it goes back to the last logged in user's desktop.

In screen saver, I clicked the "go to logon after resume" check for every user's screen saver but it doesn't work.

How can I fix this?

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So about a week ago i partitioned my HD and put on windows vista, so i had vista on one and xp on the other. So when i pput on my computer it comes to the black screen and asks if to proceed with the windows vista or a previous version of windows ie xp
So after trying out vista for a while i wanted to remove i did, and i partitioned the space back onto my drive...making it one again. So i turn on my computer...but the screen still comes up...and i have to press up to "previous version of window" to access xp.
How do i get back my orignal bootup process so it goes directly to xp without me having to press up and select it.
Anyone understand my problem?...any suggestions?

Answer:restoring original bootup help

Hi swami85, welcome to TSF..

there's a couple of ways to do this, but i'll explain the easiest way first:

- Click Start -> Run -> type:
- Click OK
- Select the BOOT.INI tab and then click the 'Check all boot paths' button
- If it detects the error in the boot.ini, a popup will appear asking if you want to remove it, click 'Yes'
- Click Appy then OK and restart your system and all should be ok now.

If you have any problems doing that, let me know and i'll instruct you how to edit the boot.ini file manually.

Hope that helps :)

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Hello everyone, I have a problem and I hope you guys can help. Here's my situation:

First, my computer showed a black screen after attempting to load Windows. I called Dell support and they said to use the restore ability on the cd. Everything was good until about 2 days ago. I got a BSoD. The error code was Stop: 0x0000007E (0xc0000005, 0xF795B02A, 0xF7AB58F8, 0xF7AB55F4). Panicking, I rushed out and got an external harddrive and proceeded to back up my info as per Dell's recommendation. Then, I used what they said I should, the Ctrl+F11 combo at the blue bar screen during boot up. I ran the restore partition to get the computer back to original manufacture's settings, but it said it didn't work. The computer rebooted and began the "You got a new computer" setup. I thought, ok, I'll do it and call Dell back later. Well, my brother got on and he said the screen went all crazy static-like while going online. I went online to see if I could call Dell back and my warranty has expired.... While searching for help online on that computer I got the same static screen my brother did. Now, here's what I'm asking.

1. Should I try to fix the computer with new drivers and such? or should I do an entire reformat and reinstall
2. When I do a reformat, should I just go ahead and get rid of all the other partitions like Dell restore and Media Direct since I don't use it?
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Answer:Restoring Windows to original

Please, someone, help me out here. 1 day without my XPS is like a lifetime of boredom! I'll add more info for the heck of it.

Comp specs:
2.0 GHz dual core Intel (forgot the exact type, maybe Centrino?)
Dell XPS M1210
1GB of RAM
Nvidia GeForce Go graphics card (forgot the number)

Yeah, I'm not at my laptop right now so I can't get everything.

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how do I restore my computer to its original condition

Answer:restoring to original condition

Welcome to TSF....

Do a full recovery, and what is the make and model number of the computer you have?

Do you have the recovery software for this computer?

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Have had my Dell laptop five months now. During that time, I have downloaded various toolbars. How can I restore the original toolbar (i.e., icon to print, etc.)?

Answer:Restoring original toolbar

Hi have you tried clicking on tools then toolbars and unchecking all these extra ones.or simlpy removing them via programs and features

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hi therei am new to any technical stuff but i hope i can get help.i have an ideapa u330 that came wit an xp preinstalled with vista upgradeable. but i never did manage to install it. eveyrthing as fine but someone messed it up and revealed the hidden partition and onkey rescue does not work anymore.i looked up in the frum and managed to hide the partion uing pt32edit. now how can i go about restoring to original state with onekey working and is there anyway to know if the fles and folders in thehidden partition has been messed up.hope someone can help me. thankyou.

Answer:restoring to original state

Hello Niraj,
If the recovery partition is healthy and it is not damage then you can restore the Operating System by using OneKey Rescue System button.
The button is available after Power button. Instead of pressing the power button to switch on the notebook you need to press OneKey Rescue System button If the recovery partition is proper then it will take you to reinstall the Operating System and restore the system to factory settings.
Remember it will remove all the data from the hard drive so kindly do the backup of your data before you perform recovery.
Best Regards,

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Screen saver works fine until computer is rebooted. When it comes back up, the screen saver has been set to "None". XP is up to date. The computer is a laptop.

Answer:Screen Saver set to "None" on Reboot

Mike Blood

It may be a group policy that's preventing you from setting a screensaver. Ensure that you're logged on as an administrator and type "gpedit.msc" (without the quotation marks) into the RUN box to open the Group Policy editor.

In the left pane, expand the User Configuration node, then Administrative Templates, then Control Panel.
Click Display.
In the right pane, double click Screensaver.
If "Disabled" is selected, this is your problem.
Select "Enabled" instead, click OK, then click the X in the right top corner to close the Group Policy Editor.

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I created a photoshop file, whith its layers, saved it on the desktop. Came back to my computer 2 hours later and found that my comp had recovered from a bluescreen crash. when i opened up the photoshop file i losts all the layers?

How can i restore the original file i was working on?

Many Thanks

Answer:Restoring amended file to its original

its ok, once i restarted vista my layers were restored! delete this useless thread mod.

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My grandson wanted to install a game on my computer and after the install, it wouldn't play. Got the error message that the operating system failed to provide the window to render the game graphics in. From what I could readm I needed to update my graphics. To make a long story short, I downloaded and installed an update for my Intel(R)82915G Express Chipset Family. Now everything on my computer comes up small. Every word, every window, every message box, every web page, everything. It is driving me crazy. Any the stupid game still doesn't work anyway. Can anyone help me restore the original settings?
BTW, I am running Windows XP

Answer:Help restoring things to original size

Have you tried setting to a different resolution? Right click on an empty space on the Desktop. Click Properties on the drop down menu. Go to the Settings tap on the DisplayProperties box that pops up. Move the slider bar to the left a notch or two until it says 600X800. Click Apply and OK. That should put you back where you can see it.

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The harddrive on my TimelineX 4830 laptop stopped working, so i bought a new hard drive. I tried to make a bootable key for win7 with the product key on the back of my pc, but when doing so it said that i have to contact the manufacturer to get the info needed to restore my win7.
Do i need another product key or what do i do?
Thanks on beforehand
[edited for privacy-please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, email addresses, phone numbers, full serial numbers, etc.]

Answer:Restoring the original windows 7 product key

if it's just system cann't boot up and hard drive isn't physical damaded, press f8 when power on your machine to enter recovery environment to restore system back from recovery partition with erecovery management. Or, press "alt+f10" when power on computer to enter boot menu and then choose system recovery. if system recovery fails, you can at least save critical data. create a bootable media to boot your computer up and move your import data out from the damaged hard drive.

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Hey everyone,

I received a used desktop (Dell XPS 410) with Vista, and it has a bunch of software remnants I'm trying to get rid of and reorganize. I feel it would just be better to restore it to the factory setup and start fresh. The only problem is that I don't have any of the install disks.

What would be my options on how to restore Vista back to its original install?

Thank you!

Answer:Restoring Vista to original install?

If the recovery partition is still on the HD then press Ctrl + F11 at the same time when the blue Dell bar appears at the bottom of the screen when you first turn on the machine.

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I have a lenovo z500 laptopi want to partion the harddisk and i didnt create a back upwhat to do can i partion with out creating back up

Answer:RESTORING TO ORIGINAL STATUS?????????????? in Z500

HiIf i understood you correctly, do you want return to factory state or do you want repartition your hard disk to your own needs? And which os are you using?If you want to factory state, then use one key recovery. Just press the novo button which is a small button near the power button to power on laptop.Regards

Ishaan Ideapad Y560(i3 330m), Hp Elitebook 8460p!(i5-2520M) Hp Pavilion n208tx(i5-4200u)If you think a post helped you, then you can give Kudos to the post by pressing the Star on the left of the post. If you think a post solved your problem, then mark it as a solution so that others having the same problem can refer to it.

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Hey guys, I downloaded an alienware theme but didn't like the way it looked on my PC after I installed it so I removed it and now all my Icons are like jacked up and ugly lol.. For a text document it shows a printer ect ect. All messed up and I have no idea how to fix it! I have tried changing themes back and forth and rebooting my computer and I can't fix them! I have no idea what to do can someone please help me?! I hate my icons!

Answer:Restoring Original Vista Icons?

Sorry to bump this, I have tried searching Google and Yahoo and found nothing relevant..
Does anyone know cause it's driving me nuts..

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I'm new to windows 7 - which I don't like. Also don't like new laptop but I'm stuck with it till I can save for something else. I wanted to change the default font on the desktop. And after looking around found that you can change the font type by going to personalize, colors, advance. You can't change the desktop font but you can change it for different areas such as the start menu and desktop icons. So I changed the font style to Arial Black for both. But I don't like it. It's too large. But now I cannot seem to restore it back to it's original settings.Can someone tell me how to restore the settings back to default? There's no default setting listed. Thank you,Ziva

Answer:Messed around and need help restoring change to original

What happens when you try to set the font back to Segoe UI?

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My computer does not play the media player for music. I just wanted to restore the original computer defaults so the systems will work. Can someone tell me how to do this?

Answer:Restoring original computer defaults

If you go to start>music>right click any song and choose "open with".

Then choose "choose default program", if WMP is in that list, select it..

If it's not in the list select "browse"

Then find WMP, select it...

Make sure to put a check in the box "always use the selected program to open this kind of file".....

good luck!

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I did something - a long time ago, I don't remember what it was, unfortunately.

I haven't been able to use the alt keys for all that time. They exhibit erratic behavior - I think the left one functions like alt-f4 and the right one... sometimes opens the right-click mouse menu then a sub-menu?

It's hard to pin down, especially when it tends to fool with (or shut down) the file you're in when you're trying to test it.

What I'd really appreciate would be instructions on how to firmly establish what the keys are currently set to and how to compel them to do what they ordinarily do.

My thanks in advance!

Answer:Help restoring alt keys to original functions

You could give this a try. Reset Keyboard settings to default in Windows 8 / 7

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When I bought my HP PC 3-4 years ago it came with Windows 7 for sure, Home Premium version I believe. Because my wife was using it as her work PC they 'upgraded' it with their version of Ultimate Windows as well as other modifications as well to allow her to connect to their cloud and operate on their network. Since she has a new computer for work, I would now like to restore mine to its original state. I have the label with the Windows license keys. What is the best way for me to wipe it clean and get back to its original state? I never made a recovery CD, I never had Windows cds

Thank you

Answer:Restoring to original Factory state

You can do a clean install which would not include all the factory bloatware that came pre-installed.
This tutorial by gregrocker has everything needed including where to get the Win 7 installation ISO.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Read through it and see what you think.

If you want the original factory install including all the HP bloatware, you may need to tap F11 at bootup to see if the recovery partition still works.
You can also search this HP site for additional recovery help:
Search | HP? Support
I think you need to give more product info than "HP Pavilion DV6" to do a search...

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The harddrive on my TimelineX 4830 laptop stopped working, so i bought a new hard drive. I tried to make a bootable key for win7 with the product key on the back of my pc, but when doing so it said that i have to contact the manufacturer to get the info needed to restore my win7.
Do i need another product key or what do i do?
Thanks on beforehand
[edited for privacy-please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, email addresses, phone numbers, full serial numbers, etc.]

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How do you restore the original custom favicons for sites such as TSG, Yahoo and Google???

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Lost my MBR and system disk partition. Had my data backed up before but could not restore automatically.

Reinstalled a new WINNT system, a few utilities and manually copied the programs and documents that were backed up. I'd like to restore the system to its original state, if it is possible. What files should I copy from the old (WINNT) operating system so that I can recreate the old system without having to reintalled te original programs.
Should I, or can I -
Merge or import the old Registry.
Simply replace the system file in \WINNT\config\
What about the software, SAM and SECURITY files in there ?
How do I treat the *.DAT files in there too?

And what about the sub-folders & files in the Documents and Settings folder?


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It's kinda hard to explain but now there's two 'C:\Users\Derick W\Documents', one that is the original and on that contains a copy of everything that is in 'C:\Users\Derick W'. I want to delete the extra Documents folder, but it wont let me. I get a message asking for permission, and then it fails to delete it. Also, the Documents link in my start menu is linked into this folder. Is there any way I can restore the way my 'C:\Users\Derick W' folder is supposed to be or at least delete this extra Documents folder?

If you need more info, just ask, I can post screen shots or w/e if needed. Thanks in advance.

I have also looked at the shell commands, but since I don't need to restore any of the folders I can't make use of them. If it were possible to delete the whole user folder and then restore it, I am willing to do that.

I also just noticed that the folder isnt 'C:\Users\Derick W', it's 'C:\Users\Documents'. I recall it being Derick W before and even when I try to create a Derick W folder it says that a folder named Documents already exists.

Sorry I'm a vista noob, lol I just got it yesterday.

Answer:Restoring original user folders

Hi Derick and welcome,

Maybe these tutorials will be of some help. Also, there are many more excellent tutorials by Brink that are very helpful in finding out how to do things.

Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder

User Profile Folders - Prevent or Allow Location Change

Take Ownership of file

Tutorials - Vista Forums

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Is there any way to load the "Screen Saver Settings" dialog/ control panel at boot-up/ login in a similar fashion to applications?

If not, then would I need to write a software program of some type via OS-specific commands (I presume) for opening this dialog to be executed at boot-up/ login e.g., VB, C, or C++?

Thanks for your replies! :-)

Answer:Load "Screen Saver Settings" Dialog at Boot-up/ Login?

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I have lost the original partitions and recovery files on my Medion 8080 so the recovery disk will not work. I can use a program such as Partition Magic to reinstate the partitions I suppose, but I need the recovery files. Could anyone please help? Many thanks.

Answer:Restoring original partitions on Medion 8080

With the Medion, you should have received 2 Master CDs. Product Recovery CD and a Support CD.If you are receiving any German error messages, (Festplatte ist für HDcopy schriebgeschützt, Bitte erst friegeben) Run Fdisk /MBR, or if you have something saying that a file is missing, recover the PC using the Recovery CD then install the Support cd once into Windows.If you wipe all partitions, just run the Recovery CD which is basically a Windows XP CD.

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I need assistance reinstalling the software which came with my insperion 20 all in one. I have not had internet service for over 9 months and when I finally was able to get back service, all the updates must have caused chaos in my computer as I'm having issues...including: not able to open a window (it will try to open a million and create a short cut on my desktop but the window never opens), I can not download dell detect, functions like recovery are not working (times out) and so forth. Irealize being off line for 9 months is an issue but I was unemployed and had to make some unfortunate inconvient decisions. My all in one didn't come with a disc. At one point I was running windows 10 but that isn't an option anymore either. Any help you have for me is so appreciated and needed.
Model Inspirion 20-3043   Windows 8 though it sometimes shows 8.1?
Thank you in advance,
Maria Potts

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I have an ASUS laptop that has started running slow even tho I have run cleaners and virus scans etc. I don't have anything on there that I am concerned about losing. (Pictures, downloads etc.) I have decided I want to wipe the computer clean except for the Windows 7 operating system. I have burned a Windows 7 repair disk,. but have no other disks that came with it. I do have the product key for the OS.
How do I wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall Windows 7?

I do have a good link to a torrent of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit addition. Which I assume I need to download and burn to disk???
From there,. what do I do to format my laptop to it's original factory state or with just the Windows 7 OS?
Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Answer:Restoring my laptop to original factory state.

Hello StarvingArtist , Welcome to the Forums , on page 12 of the manual for your computer are directions for restoring your computer. ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download K40IJ scroll down to manual Version E4564 use Global link.. unzip it.. by extracting all. open with adobe. and on page 12 is how to restore computer.
Let us know if you have any issues doing this.. but.. do not use a Utorrent ISO ..

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Specs: P4 2.6 Invidia FX 5200Ultra 512 Mbs PC 3200 on XP Home SP2
AV-Avast Home (uninstalled upgraded to latest version)
Firewall-Sygate Pro (uninstalled upgraded to latest version)
Inernet Connection-External USB ADSL modem (PPoE) @3Mbps

Problem 1: XP Home reboots in the 3+ minute range. Once it gets to the 'Starting Windows XP' screen, it loads fine. Some damnthing is hanging.

Problem 2: MY comp is running slow. Expeciially on the net. Task manager is reporting no excess network use. IE 6 acts like it's on a 56k modem. I use Mozilla FireFox, which runs fine, but my wife is a IE 6 fanatic. Shareaza and WinMX load slowly and take a minute or more to change tabs. BitTornado (latest versions all) loads and runs fine, but seems to hang after an hour or so. It stops updating speeds, seeds, peers, etc. It also closes slowly. Once I get online, the comp slams on the brakes. Mozilla is the only app that seems unaffected. Sygate is also logging a lot of portscans. 7 in the in the last hour or so. All from the same IP address. I've tried a reboot to get a new IP adress, but the port scans start up agan after about an hour, last about an hour then stop. So far I've resisted the urge to backrace since it'll only egg the @$$hole on.....though if anyone has an ICBM I could use..........

NOTE I read the rules and I'm not asking for help with my P2P apps. Just mentioning them since they are affected. I installed the other ones since BT was acting flakey... Read more

Answer:XP 3+ minute reboot.

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In trying to speed up my laptop, I accidently uninstalled my OS.  I am out of warrrantly, so when I consulted tech support, they advised that they could send the system restore disks.  I ran theses disks once - I received an error when I installed the Product Recovery CD #1 - the error stated: error copying file D:\RECOVERY\BKD021A.IM2.Error 23ata error (cyclic redundancy check).; It then asked for disk #2 and I finished out all 5 data recovery disks.  The directions stated that after disk 5 it should display a message telling me to restart the computer.  I was to remove the CD then click yes.  Then the 3rd step of the restore process would be automatic and when the Microsoft Windows screen displayed, it would lead me through the rest of the set up.  But it didn't happen that way.  After disk 5, nothing happened, so I removed the disk and manually restarted the computer.  I was able to start with Windows, but  a lot of the things on my computer wouldn't work.  I couldn't play a DVD, I had no sound, I had no wireless access.  So I attempted again to Restore my system to the original factory state.  I still get the error message in Data recovery disk #1, but it prompts me for disk 2 through 5.  At the end of disk 5, I remove the disk and shut down then restart manually.  Now all I get is the Lenovo Restor screen again.  It appears to be stuck in restore.  Can anyone please help me?&nb... Read more

Answer:Restoring to original factory configuration (Model 8992-2FU)

When you get the Lenovo restore screen again choose to restore to factory condition and restore it from the onoard restore, not the cd's.

______________________________________________________T60 2623-D7U, 3 GB Ram. Dual boot XP and Linux Mint.T400 2765-T7U Windows 7Registered Linux User #160145FYI: I am not employed by Lenovo

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Hi guys.

hope you can help at a loose end.

my laptop's motherboard packed in around month ago, was just cheap so not worth replacing, my mum had an old pc kicking about so have hooked that up to a monitor.

now its not been used since 2006 and its full of crap, so i thought maybe best to either re-install windows or flash the hard drive.

problem is im trying to go into to advanced boot at start up,but when i do my monitor isnt picking up any kind of signal to the point where after a few minutes it just starts windows anyway.

basically ive never done this before and need to know the best way around this problem or is there another way that i have missed?

thanks in advnace.

Answer:Problems restoring hard drive to original state.

The "advanced startup menu" is usually accessed by tapping F8 at boot time, but on some computer's F8 does nothing.
Instead, at the manufacturer's splash-screen, you need to trigger the "Switch Screen" option by pressing the Esc key, or whatever key it says to press for "Switch Screen" when the splash-screen appears.

The screen should then switch to the Windows Advanced Startup Options.

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It seems that file backup software resets the file created date to the date of the backup; in this case the critical files are .CAD (AutoCad) files, and I need to know when the project began. It was several years ago, and I do not recall the backup programs that were used, and old HDs were wiped; recovery attempts indicate - no .CAD files or fragments. Is there a way to find or restore the original file created date...?

Answer:restoring, or finding. the original 'file created' date

Try right clicking on the file, click on properties, and you should see the create date, as well as the last modify and access dates. This works for many types of files, although I don't know about .cad files. I use Ghost for backup, and it shows the last date modified by me, not the software (right click/properties is not available for the backup file).

If you don't have the file on your computer separate from the backup copy, depending on your backup software, you might be able to restore the file to a different location so as not to overwrite you current copy, then look at its properties.

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XP pro freezes in one to three minutes after I reboot with no applications running. Num Lock light will go off and on with toggle.  Hard drive light is active for a couple of minutes but then goes to a steady blink-the cursor will not activate anything and eventually I get an hourglass that never goes away until I reboot.Does not freeze in Safe ModeI have defragged and run memtest--OKWas able to nurse it through Norton update and a current scan--found no viruses. Once I got the virus scan going it did a complete scan-5-10 minutes and did not freeze??BOXX computer with  Dual XEON 3.06 with 4 GB ram (ram from BOXX) Nvidia Quadro FX 1000 128MB graphics card with 2 73GB 10000 rpm scsi drives XP Pro.The unit is under warranty, and the manufacturer is sending me 2 new drives (one with new OS installed).  However, I somehow do not believe the drives are the problem and I may lose all of my programs and data for nothing.Suggestions greatly appreciated. Roger

Answer:XP freezes about one minute after reboot

I would think it would of been a virus.Your computer should be very fast with those specs.Try another virus scan like the trend micro house call.Norton is no good it never finds anything that's why i got rid of it a year ago. R0SS

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Hi! Had good results with this forum; back again!Working on my nephew's computer, I noticed Google searches were being redirected. Microsoft didn't catch the initial problem so I ran Malwarebytes and Eset Online scanner which found and clean some problems. Rebooted. Microsoft Security Essentials found Sirefef trojan, cleaned and rebooted. Now every I boot the computer it says it will "restart automatically in one minute" (both safe and normal mode)OS is VistaAV is MSEAdvanced Boot options does NOT give me "Repair you computer" optionI do not have the Windows installation disk, although it might be possible to find with a lot of hunting.Please help!(As an aside, the reason I went to my nephew's computer was to check on the router... On my laptop my Symantec Endpoint Protection was giving me popups that it a "port scan attack is logged" coming from the router. Since it was being blocked I figured I would use the other computer to view router's admin page.)

Answer:Sirefef (one minute reboot)

I booted to safe mode and brought up the task manager with a CTRL-ALT-DEL at the first opportunity. I used the processes tab to locate the MSI process and ended it. This allowed me to run DDS and GMER to get the following logs.

Awaiting help,

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 MINIMAL
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_31
Run by COREY at 20:04:59 on 2012-08-12
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1652 [GMT -7:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {9765EA51-0D3C-7DFB-6091-10E4E1F341F6}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {2C040BB5-2B06-7275-5A21-2B969A740B4B}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
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Running XPSP3, 512/RAM/Compaq Presario:
Avast Antivirus/PCTools firewall/Spywareblaster/Spybot/Ad-Aware/HijackThis- system is clean
Upon booting, no sound-tried getting to device manager to no avail, so my friend decided to go back to the original factory configuration(saved all documents)-

After reboot, I deleted all previous remnants of Java, then reinstalled new Java, and some programs, however:

I cannot update Windows- when I go to, it tries to check my software and hangs/freezes, forcing me to reboot

I cannot update .NET framework( I receive different error messages)

If I try to search for a file/folder, it keeps searching, never stops- same thing happens when I try to scan for spyware

Does not remember any passwords for Outlook Express

Freezes constantly, forcing me to do task manager- and/or hit power off button

I've defragged, cleaned registry, cleared all temp files/cookies

Would appreciate any help you can offer-

Thanks in advance!

Answer:After restoring pc to original factory condition, Windows freezes-nothing works

If you went back to factory is it that MS.NET is on your system?

AFAIK, it does not come preinstalled on a system...since it's not necessarily a requirement for any system.

In any case, the best thing to do for uninstall all previous/current versions/updates relative to it...and then download the 3.5 SP1 version directly from the MS.NET website.

What model Presario?

How was this return to original factory configuration accomplished?


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I have been trying to find a good utility screen saver with things like: cpu usage, ram usage, cpu temp, etc etc.

I've found only one so far, Nafkak (spelling?), and it is terrible.

Does anyone know of another that I can try?

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I am aware of the Screen Saver setup and modify capabilities in the Personalization menu. I am also aware that there is a Preview button there also.
There is a program in the Windows system files that you can put on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. You can then click this Icon and manually start the Screen Saver.
I however (in my infinite stupidity) have forgotten the name of this program and where it is located. Can someone please tell me what its name is and where it is located?

Answer:Screen Saver, I want to start the Screen Saver Manually.

Welcome to the Seven Forums

This thread may help you Pin screensaver shortcut to taskbar?


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Got another one for you... Can't stay logged into windows because of a critical error, and rebooting 1 minute later.Here is my frst.txt content...Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool Version: 25-07-2012 01Ran by SYSTEM at 27-07-2012 20:21:28Running from I:\Windows 7 Home Premium (X64) OS Language: English(US) The current controlset is ControlSet001========================== Registry (Whitelisted) =============HKLM\...\Run: [RtHDVCpl] C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVCpl64.exe [7981088 2009-07-20] (Realtek Semiconductor)HKLM\...\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup [16333856 2009-07-14] (NVIDIA Corporation)HKLM\...\Run: [Start WingMan Profiler] C:\Program Files\Logitech\Gaming Software\LWEMon.exe /noui [190472 2009-09-16] (Logitech Inc.)HKLM\...\Run: [EKAIO2StatusMonitor] C:\Windows\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\EKAiO2MUI.exe [3240448 2011-12-10] (Eastman Kodak Company)HKLM\...\Run: [MSC] "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey [1271168 2012-03-26] (Microsoft Corporation)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe" [35696 2009-02-27] (Adobe Systems Incorporated)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [ABNotify] C:\Program Fi... Read more

Answer:Another Sirefef Infection/1 minute reboot

Please do the following:Open notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below. (To do this highlight the contents of the box, right click on it and select copy. Right-click in the open notepad and select Paste). Save it on the flashdrive as fixlist.txt start
1 evrhwdch; \??\C:\Windows\system32\drivers\evrhwdch.sys [x]
2012-07-27 17:17 - 2012-07-27 17:17 - 00328704 ____A (Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\services.exe.2243DA0DB5B173E7
2012-07-27 17:17 - 2012-07-27 17:17 - 00050392 ____A (Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\wwogfass.sys
2012-07-27 15:35 - 2012-07-27 15:35 - 00328704 ____A (Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\services.exe.2BADF4F3E3ADF4FB
2012-07-27 15:20 - 2012-07-27 15:20 - 00328704 ____A (Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\services.exe.3BADF02DBC08DE8D
2012-07-23 11:00 - 2012-07-23 11:00 - 00311296 ____A C:\Users\Courtney_2\AppData\Local\plogolc.exe
replace: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-s..s-servicecontroller_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_2b54b20ee6fa07b1\services.exe C:\Windows\System32\services.exe
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I am having the same trouble as many others. Can't do anything cause computer restarts every minute. Here are my FRST logs. Thank you in advance for the help.

Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST written by Farbar) Version: 25-07-2012 01
Ran by SYSTEM at 25-07-2012 13:18:19
Running from F:\
Windows 7 Professional (X86) OS Language: English(US)
The current controlset is ControlSet001

========================== Registry (Whitelisted) =============

HKLM\...\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe [141848 2009-09-08] (Intel Corporation)
HKLM\...\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\Windows\system32\hkcmd.exe [174104 2009-09-08] (Intel Corporation)
HKLM\...\Run: [Persistence] C:\Windows\system32\igfxpers.exe [151064 2009-09-08] (Intel Corporation)
HKLM\...\Run: [RtHDVCpl] C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe -s [7739936 2009-09-16] (Realtek Semiconductor)
HKLM\...\Run: [Zune Launcher] "c:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe" [159456 2011-08-05] (Microsoft Corporation)
HKLM\...\Run: [APSDaemon] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\APSDaemon.exe" [59240 2012-02-20] (Apple Inc.)
HKLM\...\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime [421888 2011-10-24] (Apple Inc.)
HKLM\...&#... Read more

Answer:Sirefef Infection/1 minute reboot

Greetings And Welcome To The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems. I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At... Read more

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I have a several month old Dell Dimension 4600 running WinXP Home, with dual monitors, which runs great, I'm happy. If I have to reboot for some reason, everything shuts down fine, but system shows the F2/ F12 screen briefly, then goes to black screen with the underline cursor
for 5 minutes! After 5 minutes, the HD kicks in, XP loads normally and everything runs fine. Scanning through the various BIOS setup items, Fast Boot is on, system is set to boot from C: first, then CD; and there dont seem to be any "weird" or obviously wrong settings of any kind. Any suggestions?
I have also run msconfig and gone though turning off start up programs, etc. but once loading XP begins, everything runs fine, just takes 5 minutes to start...

Answer:5 minute reboot - BIOS issue?

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my l 50 works great on average for 25 to 30 minutes and cuts all alone, I turn it on again and it re works between 25 to 30 minutes all the time if I'm careful I can restart it before cutting the 25 minutes as many times that I want it and it works normally could you help me? thank you.

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I have a lenovo ideapady400 that is now almost 2 months old. Earlier today, I noticed that it did not properly go into hibernate when I shut it. The keyboard was still lit up, with no LCD display (including not if I hit Fn+F2) and with the fan at high rpms. I shut it down by holding the powerbutton, and upon rebooting it, it took over 4 minutes to get back to the desktop. It now requires the 4 minutes every time I restart, and it never goes into hibernate with the lid closed (it must be shut down by the power button).Fearing that the computer may be having a serious issue, I tried to make a backup with Onekey recovery, which failed to write a backup (repeatedly). It returned an error saying it couldn't access the partition. I then uninstalled onekey recovery, downloaded it again from the lenovo website. Now when I run onekey recovery it says my system is not able to write a backup.I am now stuck in a tough spot of not being able to backup my laptop and and not being able to do a recovery without losing everything. On the lenovo support site, when I select startup issues, the feedback it gives me is "Thank you for your question. This is a known problem and a solution is being developed. Please check back for updates."Anyone have any ideas what could be causing the main (shutdown/startup) issue?As the laptop is under warranty, should I just send it back to Lenovo?

Answer:ideapad y400 won't shutdown/4 minute reboot

hi hansweeks,
If you PC came with a HDD+SSD drive, try to boot into the BIOS (by repeatedly pressing F2 on startup) and check if both the HDD and SSD are detected (if you're missing one, that HDD might be faulty and needs to be replaced.
If both HDD's are detected (or if your PC came with only a SATA HDD) try to run an HDD diagnostic. Try HD Tune to run HDD error checking in WIndows or create a bottable HDD diagnostic (see steps below).
1. Download the the UBCD ISO
2. Burn the ISO using imgburn
3. Insert the CD that you just created into the defective computer and reboot
4. Upon reboot, continuously press F12 and boot from the ODD/CD-DVD
To burn the diagnostic software on a flashdrive, follow this guide
If you find any errors, you will need send the unit to Lenovo for service. Support phone list here.
For data backup, you can copy / paste your files on a USB flashdrive / hard drive or use this software to clone your hard drive. 
Hope this helps 

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I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit laptop which is infected with the Win32/sirefef.ah trojan. As soon as the Microsoft Security Essentials launces it causes the system to give this error: WINDOWS HAS ENCOUNTERED A CRITICAL PROBLEM AND WILL RESTART AUTOMATICALLY IN ONE MINUTE and then reboots. This happens a regular boot and in safe mode. MSE cannot be uninstalled either. I've read other threads and would like to know when program needs to be run first so i may supply the log files. Your help is apprecaited.

thank you,

Answer:win32/sirefef.ah trojan (causes one minute reboot)

please run the following:download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.[*]Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.[*]In the command window type e:\frst.exe (for x64 bit version type e:\frst64) ... Read more

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I have been beating my head against the wall with this one.
Just got a Gateway E-9520T for a customer. We spent the last week configuring it, installing updates, etc--but it's pretty much vanilla Windows Server 2003 R2 32-bit with exchange 2003. We haven't installed any of their customer applications yet.

During the setup and testing we did everything from leaving it on at night, to shutting down over night, rebooting, etc...

A few days ago it suddenly started taking around 30 minutes to boot and 30 minutes to shutdown.

During the startup/shutdown the RAID array is going crazy. Tons of file access.
When starting up it performs POST correctly, starts booting Windows (2003 Server Logo, with the little scroll thing at the bottom), and then the screen flashes like it's about to switch to graphical mode. But it hangs there with a blank screen for 30ish minutes.

The morning this started we hadn't installed any new drivers, updates, applications, or anything. Just fired the box up.

Gateway thought it might have been the MegaRAID card, so they sent a new one. No change. MegaRAID says their latest firmware fixes an issue that sounds like this problem. Updated the MegaRAID firmware, and it's still taking forever to boot.

What I've done:
Waited forever for the system to come up, rollback driver updates for the RAID card. (no effect)
Booted off Gateway's recovery CD (at their request) and used it to reinstall the factory default drivers. (no effec... Read more

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Just this afternoon, I went to use my PC and got the following error; Windows has experienced a critical error and will restart in 1 minute.

Running Windows 7 64 bit....With automatic updates so it should be the latest version of Windows...

My anti virus (Avira 2012 Internet Suite) pops up and states I have 2 viruses. But before the AV can do anything (delete the files) Windows shuts down....I finally got into Safe Mode and tried running my AV, while it was scanning I then got a BSOD. Had to start all over again; Running MalwareBytes now before trying to do the AV scan, just to see if MalwareBytes catches anything.

I have uninstalled the only application I've installed in 3 months, and problem still persists...

I have a Hijackthis log if it needs to be viewed...Just let me know and I'll upload it.

Answer:Windows has a critical error and will reboot in 1 minute

when you get the 1 minute warning, try typing from the start menu "shutdown -a" or "shutdown /a", and the countdown should go away, and you should be able to remove the viruses.

Be sure to disable your system restore backups (delete them), or the viruses may come back. Re-enable them as soon as you are sure you have gotten rid of the viruses.

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