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Windows vista won't go past login screen

Question: Windows vista won't go past login screen

My computer won't let me go past the login screen. It lets me type in the password and makes it seem like its thinking but then says "the user profile service service failed the login. User profile cannot be loaded. "
I am running Windows vista home premium on a Toshiba satellite L305D-S5895
AMD turion x2 64

Please help! I need to at least get the stuff off of it.thank you

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Answer: Windows vista won't go past login screen

There are several ways to do it, outlined in this Microsoft knowledgebase article, but it all depends on how comfortable you are with going that route. In your instance, you'd be looking at Method 1, and I've used this before when fixing others' PCs who've encountered the same problem. As long as you go slowly and follow each step slavishly, you should be fine. However, I do understand if you feel nervous about this and, if so, perhaps we can look at the alternatives.

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Hey there Vista forums,

Hoping you can help me out.

This week, i've been having a lot of issues with Windows Vista. It's been freezing, blue screening, refusing to boot properly, and a list of other issues. I've tried fix after fix, and i feel as though now i've just compounded the problem.

From the start I'd like to say that I am an OEM system builder, and i have my own coppy of a full windows vista 64 bit installation CD.

I run two hard drives, 500gb and 750gb, with windows vista installed on the 500, and nothing but games on the 750.

The issue i have right now is that i cant log in past the welcome screen.

It started with the computer telling me upon startup that it cant load vista, because winload.exe was either missing or corrupt. Some research showed me that it was a common problem, and gave me some things to try as fixes.

So far, i have:

Run Chkdsk
Run Sfc /scannow (it didnt work)
Ran the startup repair from the Vista CD
Tried booting in safe mode
Run more Chkdsks
Run MORE chkdsks
Run more startup repairs (each one yielding different results)

And somehow, i've gotten the computer to turn on, and bring me to the login screen. However, once i log in, It just goes to a black screen with nothing.

I have researched this, too, and tried bringing up Task Manager, and then manually rebooting Explorer.exe

However, explorer.exe, windows explorer, explorer, Explorer, Explorer.exe, and any other term I can think of, is not working, because... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista won't load past login screen, after many problems.

Hello, well, interesting situation here, Hardware or software, If able post this log : Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
If unable , can you check your hardware please : Memory Diagnostics
and this one : HD Diagnostic

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Hi, I have windows vista on another laptop - a samsung r60 and it keeps freezing at start up. Can't get past the user log in screen. At first, last known good configuration would start the laptop but now even that doesn't work. It's been running slowly for months before and a mcaffee scan revealed no viruses. Can't do a system restore because there are no restore points - would restore system state work and how do I do this please? Or can you offer any other advice? Have also tried directory service repair. Many thanks, Terri

Answer:Vista freezing - can't get past login screen

Try booting with the Vista DVD and choose Startup Repair.

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Hi, and HELP...with Vista (Dell XPS430 desktop)

Initially the system would not boot, tried various things, managed to get into safemode and do a backup since the weekend (Phew!) Now the system still won't load, it's done 'fixes' chkdsk's and restored to the last restore point, but all to no avail... so now I get the normal login screen, and either I click on my user picture, and I get the pic's dissappear, just leaving the background screen, and it hangs there... and sometimes it does the same, but it allow me to put my password in before it hangs...

Any ideas of how to get out of this without a factory restore would be most welcomed...
Thanks - G

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I am running Vista SP2. When I boot, I can get to the log-in screen, but once I enter my password it just hangs. I've tried running system restore from both safe mode and safe mode with command prompt, but when it shuts down after system restore again it just hangs. Not sure what to do from here. Any suggestions?

Answer:Vista Won't Boot Past Login Screen - Won't Restore Either!

So I was able to system restore, but still the same log-in problem. Sometimes, When I click I user account, it will hang and not even allow me to type in my password. Maybe somehow the log-in screen in screwed up. I don't know.

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Hi, being new here. I just discovered having this problem today. First thing this morning I went to my computer. When the login screen came up, I entered in my user and password. Then I saw the "Welcome". Which stayed there for about five minutes before I restarted the computer, which didn't fix my problem. I tried Safe Mode, which didn't make a difference. It didn't take as long, but then I saw the blue screen. It said something like "---- unexpectedly close." Then at the bottom there were memory dumps. I couldn't see what was there because the blue screen was there for five seconds, before the PC restarted itself.

It was working fine last night. Before my six year old sister was playing with the computer despite my attempts to make a password account and full parental controls.

I believe I did manage to log in to another account that's not the administrator, but when I when to modify the user accounts the whole motherboard crashed. Every program, even the desktop. I couldn't do Alt + Tab and the Ctrl +Alt + Delete.

Please help me fix this thing. I need it to do my classwork.

Answer:Windows Vista- I cannot get past the "welcome" login screen

Try waiting longer (30/60 minuits)... If it starts up after that your software messed up, backup ur school work and stuff like that and re-install windows.

If it doesn't I can't help you..

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Hello everyone I have an Asus Laptop that I'm trying to fix for my nephew. After installing a game of Minecraft he claims that around that time, the computer has not been able to boot. So he brought it over to me, and I'm not to familiar with Windows 8. So I try turning on the laptop and it freezes at the login screen. It has his username, and the little loading screen like its trying to load the account, then it freezes and it stops there. So what I'm trying to do is a system restore to an earlier time. Maybe even to boot into safe mode. I have been in google looking for solutions and found a couple in this forums. Except all the tutorials on how to access System Restore is to hold shift while restarting the computer. Except I can't access the computer. It doesn't go past the login screen. I can go into the BIOS, but nothing else. Anyone know of a method were I can do something to access system recovery another way? Any ideas on what I can do besides a system restore? If you need more information I can explain futher but simply put.. Turn on, goes past the Asus loading screen, gets to login screen, username is displayed. Computer freezes. Sometimes it just goes to a black screen and stops there.

Answer:Windows 8 can't go past Login Screen

I recorded this video so that you all can see what is happening.

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When I normally boot up my computer, it goes to the welcome screen and the monitor starts flickering and freezes up, then the monitor goes to standby but the computer is still working. When I boot it up in standby everything works properly. I ran Dell diagnostics and everything was fine. Kind of lost on what I can do now... Thank you for any help.

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When booting, I get to the logon screen and use Ctrl-Alt-Del. There is no response. Have tried two different keyboards and several USB ports on the PC. Have also tried Safe Mode and Last Known Good Configuration. Will try to run a system restore and chkdsk. Short of doing an in-place upgrade, does anyone have any other ideas for troubleshooting? Thanks

Answer:Can't get past Windows login screen

Might try a barts cd and use event viewer logs or see if you can do a Microsoft system restore instead of the OEM system restore. (dunno why they both are called the same)Basically you don't seem to be able to access it from the hard drive. Choices are limited. If you can do a restore point to a time when it worked it would be best. Second might be to try event logs for ideas if a single file is needed. Third might be a "repair: using the xp disk. Last would be to recover files using live cd and then use OEM restore disk.Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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Yesterday, all of a sudden my computer started to run extremely slowly. I rebooted and found that after I logged in, it was stuck on the screen with my user profile name and under it "Applying your settings..." or whatever it is that is shown. Finally, I got through once yesterday to find that (through ctrl+alt+delete) my processor was running at 100%. This is right after I have logged in, starting up nothing. Now I can no longer get in so I am posting this under Safe Mode with spybot, adaware, and trend have found nothing, so here is my HJT log WITH THE ANALYZER under Safe Mode.

Log was analyzed using KRC HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 4/1/05
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***Security Programs Detected***

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [pccguide.exe] "C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\pccguide.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCClient.exe] "C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\PCClient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TM Outbreak Agent] "C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\TMOAgent.exe" /run
O23 - Service: Trend Micro Personal Firewall (PccPfw) - Trend Micro Incorporated. - C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\PccPfw.exe
O23 - Service: Trend NT Realtime Service (Tmntsrv) - Trend Micro Incorporated. - C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\Tmntsrv.exe
O23 - Service: Trend Micro... Read more

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My daughter lent me her HP laptop which uses Windows XP - I used her login name and password all was well. But some months ago I got a message saying password is out of date need to renew. I did I remember thinking I wouldn't forget the password, but I have. I have tried every name I can think of but none seem to fit now. I have tried logging into administrator and entering no password but still it says it can't log me in and to check the login/domain are spelled correctly. I have run out of ideas - she says she gave me the XP disc as well but I can't find that.I have tried F9 & F10 & F8 but nothing helps. I have a set of recovery discs which I made when I got the laptop some time ago. I made a set of recovery discs when I got the laptop from her because she hadn't. If I use these will it wipe everything off or will it still want me to use the password. If it is the old password then that is fine - I can remember that one but not the new one.Please can you help me. I am not a computer expert. I am 68 years old but have used pc's at work before I retired, so please don't go too technical or you will lose me.Thank youchristine/uk

Answer:can't get past windows xp login screen on lap

Do a google search for "password reset" it is a bootabe cd .

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I first posted this in the HJT thread, and after going through a series of several programs, we think I'm clean, so I've now moved to this thread for help with my problem.

Two days ago, all of a sudden my computer started to run extremely slowly. I rebooted and found that after I logged in, it was stuck on the screen with my user profile name and under it "Applying your settings..." or whatever it is that is shown. Finally, I got through once to find that (through ctrl+alt+delete) my processor was running at 100%. This is right after I have logged in, starting up nothing. Now I can no longer get in so I am posting this under Safe Mode with Networking...

Any help would be greatly appreciated. As I said before, I'm clean in terms of spyware/viruses/trojans and I have tried restoring to an old point, which did not work.

Answer:Cannot get past Windows login screen

ok nvm, i read other posts, and found out it was b/c of trend micro. i manually updated it in safe mode and it's fixed. ty to all who helped me out. it's fixed yay :-D

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Installed windows 10 free!!! app yesterday. Was all day completing now can not get past login. Screen says window 10 Hello with my name then box at bottom right of screen says next and to the left has arrow symbols. Help! I am using a Toshiba lap top.

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Hi-thank you for allowing me to post.

I got a virus that redirected me to phony websites, and would not allow me to go to any real malaware or spyware removal website. My computer was then unable to run Super anti-spyware, which had been on my computer. I had a friend give me a usb drive with super Anti spyware and Malaware Bytes, I renamed it as I have seen you recommend. I had to reinstall super anti spyware and open in alternate start mode. That worked so I restarted my computer and tried to run Malaware in safe mode. That didn't work and I got a strange error message. All I had to do though, was uninstall and reinstall and then it worked (in regular start up mode) So I ran Super anti spyware and malaware at the same time. After they were both done malaware said it had removed certain problems, but that it was unable to remove other objects, but that I needed to restart my computer and it would remove them. Ever since I've been having this issue:
Trying to start in safe mode, safe mode with networking, or last known good configuration, I get to the screen where I should be able to click on a user name, but the screen just comes up with windows logo and won't go to the option where you click on the user name-it just stays stuck.

And at one point the computer just turned off by itself. I would like to send you the Malaware report but I cannot even log in to my computer. I do remember seeing various trojans on there.

Answer:Computer won't even allow me to get past Windows XP Login screen

Right now this appears to be a hardware issue. I am moving this to XP (correct me if this is not XP). I think you need to run SFC..When needed we can come here to Am I Infected and look at the logs.

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Hi nice to meet you all, but I'll cut to the chase as I've not got long left for lunch.

Windows 7 machine working fine from 20 april 2011 - 5 October 2012

I found an old cd and stuck it in the machine to see what was on it. Turns out a few scanned hi-res images and a fujiimage viewer.exe file. I thought i'd open the image viewer and see what it was. Double clicked and away we went. I moved the mouse to navigate to the start of the image viewer and the computer froze (blue circle thinking icon) I waited 5 mins and then ctrl + alt + del to get to task manager. Pulled that up - image viewer not responding - so attempted to close the program from task manager. Poof windows lost all my desktop icons and went to the loading screen background not my desk top background. I waited another 5 mins and then hit th re-start button.

So comp goes back to loadup - gets to the bit where windows is loading and the flag comes up all nice and shiny. Freezes. Reset. your computer falied to load. Options to check and repair or star windows normally. Start win normally, get to flag screen. freezes. back to your comp failed to load. go to repair. wait 1+ hours. windows cant repair. reboot. your comp failed to load (im getting sick of typing it let alone looking at the bloody thing). Start win safe mode. starts gets to log on. loads desktop. looks ok. restart. gets to logon. slowly ( i mean over 5 mins to get to desktop). gets to desktop. hit Ie falis to load. firefox fails to load. desk... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 wont get past login screen

Hello disgruntled and welcome to Seven Forums. Couple of things you can try and hopefully get your machine back to where it was before that pesky CD messed things up.

See if you can get into Safe Mode and then see if you can use a system restore point to roll back everything to a date/time prior to running the CD.

Safe Mode

System Restore

If that doesn't work you could see if you have any damaged or corrupt system files. Also in Safe Mode run a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found run the scan 3 times and reboot un between each scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If still no joy, one of the Forum experts prepared a couple of troubleshooting tutorials. They're time consuming but have helped many.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Please post back if anything helped or not.

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i would like some info or pointers on what i can do to get this laptop working, i have rebooted it in safe mode and it attempts to start up, it get to the point where the windows 7 blue log on screen shows up but does not have the login or user account part but the theme shows up,

any help i could really use

it is a hp laptop g6i


Answer:can get past windows screen just prior to the login

welcome to the forum.

do you have a windows 7 installation disk or back up disk that came with the laptop. if so restart the computer and hold R. this should initiate the windows recovery program. from there just follow the steps, and it should repair any start up issue that are amis.

I cant think of a reason why it wouldnt boot in safe mode.

Does the computer crash, or do you still have mouse movement? and new software change before hand?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite C850 - 1GL laptop with windows 8.1 and every time i try to load windows i get to the login screen and the laptop crashes. I cannot enter a password to access my account, restart or anything. I have to turn the laptop off with the power button.
I managed to access the bios and used a windows 8 disk, but i can't use any of the options for example automatic repair, refresh and system restore. I get a message saying the drive where windows is installed is locked. unlock the drive and try again.
I try to use the reset pc option but I get a message saying unable to reset your pc, a required drive partition is missing.
Has anyone got any ideas?

Answer:Windows 8 wont load past login screen

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Yesterday all seemed to be working fine. I was using my custom built PC to study. One of my subject was to learn about Adobe Flash so i needed to download flash professional.
I downloaded this and the Adobe Creative Cloud, used it for a while whilst studying, then turned off my PC.

Today i loaded PC and found it will not load past windows login screen. I enter my username and password, t says welcome, thinks about it for about 30 seconds, then i just get a black screen. My mouse pointer is on the screen and i can move it around the screen, but there is nothing to click on - its simply not displaying anything at all.
To try fix i have done this:
I CAN load in safe mode. Everything seems normal when in safe mode.
In safe mode i have deleted the adobe products that i downloaded.
I have tried windows repair, it did somethings, but then it booted W7 again and same thing happened.
In safe mode I have tried to re-install drivers from motherboard (ASUS Z97-pro)... seemed like some worked and some didnt... suppose because its in safe mode drivers are limited - same with graphics card drivers (Radeon R9280)...

I cant work out WTF is going on! and its driving me nuts!

Can anyone recommend my next steps?

Answer:Windows 7 64bit will not load past login screen... HELP!

Have you tried pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL on blank screen with mouse pointer to open task manager and start explorer.exe process?

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Lately I've had a few issues with my computer, it got slower, and some games didnt install properly due to directX errors. So after looking at some forums for battlefield 3 directX errors I read that uninstalling Origin would be a good idea to fix the problem. While that was going on, first the mouse stopped working (keeping in mind it does that sometimes without there being a problem with the computer), then the screen froze entirely. It came back for a few seconds afterwards, then it froze again and i got the BSOD.

It was set to automatical reboot, so I couldnt read what the error was.

Now the problem I'm having is that, when I start the computer I get these options: Start computer in safe mode , Safe mode with internet, Safe mode with leadtext or whatever and Start windows Normal. Which ever I choose will fail.

Choosing the Normal startup will cause the computer to get stuck on the windows login screen with the wobbly win logo.

Choosing the Safe mode (with and without internet) causes it to stuck, it seems to not be able to load some files.

I've tried running the repair windows option, but the screen went black and nothing else happend.

Answer:BSOD Uninstalling Origin, Can't get past windows login screen

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

All these steps will eventually lead to a complete clean install of your system.

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Today I was playing a game and my system did a hard lock (no sound, no mouse, frozen image on screen), this has been a problem lately as I seem to be losing system stability for a while. I chalked it up to my system overheating before as I was typically able to shut the system down for a while, then 20-30mins later it would be fine.
However, today after my PC crashed for the second time, it started having trouble booting. Sometimes I can hit the power button and nothing happens, the power light comes on, the fans work, but no startup beep and the HDD light doesnt work. Other times I can start it, and it work like normal until it gets to the Windows 10 login screen (though most of the time it doesnt get that far before freezing), then I get a hang, and the HDD light turns off. The fans on everything continue to work, but the entire PC just freezes.
This PC about 2 years old and wasnt having any trouble until the last two months. This is the first time I have had this particular problem, but it has been crashing quite a lot over the last two months.
I had looked up this issue elsewhere, and it seems that no one can come to a consensus whether its the processor, ram, GPU or otherwise.
PC Specs:
ASUS Motherboard
8 GB RAM (Ram taken from an older PC)
4.7 GHZ 8 core processor
GTX 970
750 Watt Power Supply
Any help you can provide would be appreciated!

Answer:Repeated System Crashing, Wont Load Windows 10 Past Login Screen

I don't know if I can help you with this, but I'll give it a try.You may also want to post over in the Internal Hardware forums to have one of the experts there take a look at this:  Start with these free, bootable diagnostics: you get into Windows, Let's try looking at these 2 sets of reports:1)  Please run this report collecting tool (even though you may not be reporting BSOD's) so we can provide a complete analysis: done a Notepad document will open with the name of the file and it's location.By default it'll be a .zip file located on your DesktopSimply upload the .zip file with your next post and we'll move on from there.If it doesn't work for you, then please try this:  Please do the following:- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")- right click on the "Administrative Events" heading- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."- save the file as Admin.evtx- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and ... Read more

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HiCan anyone help- I cannot get past login page, had a problem so did a restore but on login screen when i enter password it logs on, saves settings and logs off again, same problem in safe mode

Answer:cant get past login screen

you should not post questions in this groupHad a chance to read up on this issue and I suspect I know why this is happening, but fixing it is a bit of a problem because we need to know what the bad file it.The most common cause of this right now, is running a malware detection progam that deletes a file, but the registry still points at it. This, wsaupdater.exe, seems to be the most widely seen culprit, but it could potentially be other things, too.Let's test it out.Boot using your winxp cd.Enter recovery the command prompt go toC:/windows/system32next type:Dir *.exeIf you find, it, typecopy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exeExit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon.Run regeditNavigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\In the right pane, you should seeC:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe,Change it so that it reads:C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exeThat should solve the problem

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So A friend from work gave me a laptop to fix. It's a thinkpad Lenovo t60 running windows xp. She told me that it was her nephews and he used it for school but now he forgot the password. I thought it would be easy to get through by just going through safe mode and reset the password that way but it doesn't work. Every time I go into safe mode it just go to the login screen. I even tried command prompt and it didn't even let me go to cp. I then tried going to the bios and nothing either. Since it a laptop from a school it must be locked real good. Is there anything I can do to unlock it and get through. Thanks

Answer:Get past login screen

Due to Forum rules, We cannot assist you with passwords here.
Boot into Safe Mode and boot in as Administrator and leave the password blank. If that fails, contact the school that the computer came from and have them assist you.

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Good evening.I am helping a friend with an older emachine that has xp sp 2 installed.When you start the computer it boots all the way to the login screen with all the users then you hear a clang from inside the computer then it restarts.It'll go into safe mode.I ran spybot and adaware from my thumb drive but they both couldn't fix all of the listed problems.Tried to do a disk check but it would stop due too "unspecified error".The hard drive is only a little over 6gigs with 15% free space(after cleanup from safe mode)Got it defraging now(gonna take all nite)

Like I said this is an older machine as my g/f had one just like it and hers had windows 98 on it original.Not sure if my friend upgraded to xp or it she bought it like this.Says it was working fine up until a couple weeks ago.If anyone has any ideas I sure would appreciate all of your time and help.....thanks a lots!!!!!

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I am running Windows XP (upgraded) but, all of a sudden, I can't log on. The "log on to Windows" box appears wanting a password but since I have never entered a password to be used, I usually just click on OK and I am logged on with no trouble. But now all I get is another box which says "The system could not log you on. Make sure your user name and domain are correct, then type your password again. Letters in passwords must be typed using the correct case." Anyone know why this has happened and how I can fix it please?

Answer:Can't get past login screen

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So, yesterday I found my computer wouldn't let me log in. I left it thinking that the computer would work after a few hours. anyway, next day came and i turned on my computer. After waiting for it to start, it went to the log in page. I couldn't type my password into the login page. But the blinking thing, (where you can type) id blinkying...however I can't even move my mouse cursor. Like its literally frozen. I restarted the computer, then pressed F8 continually. There came a series of options so that I could possibly get my compute to start working again. Can someone please help me from what I can pick from?

- repair your computer
Then a 'system recovery option' window opens up. There's 'system repair' <I did this, and it said that there was no problems> 'System restore', 'windows complete PC restore', 'windows memory diagnostic tool', 'command prompt', and TOSHIBA recovery wizard'. Yes it's a Toshiba laptop.
- safe mode
- safe mode with networking
- safe mode with command prompt
- enable boot logging
- enable low resolution video
- last known good configuration
- directory services restore mode
- debugging mode
- disable automatic restart on system failure
- disable driver signature enforcement
- start windows normally

I've done safe mode, last known good configuration and start windows normally. I haven't tried anything else because I'm not too familiar with all these technical things. Please someone help me here

Answer:Help! Can't go past login screen!!

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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when i start up my computer it works fine until i get to the user screen and i choose a user to log on as. it goes through the process of loading the settings but as soon as it opens to the desktop it immediately closes and logs the user off. it does that for both my users on my computer.

i tried hitting F8 while in the startup but all the things listed involve me being able to log a user on. which i can't do.

so i'm thinking of reformatting and was curious as to how i get to the command prompt straight from a reboot in xp.

Answer:xp won't go past login screen.

It sounds like you either didn't activate windows within the
30 day grace period or you ran the spyware and it corrupted
a registry key or file.

You should try a Repair install if you forgot to activate Windows
within the 30 day grace period.

This will reinstall Windows XP to your computer and your programs
and most of your settings will be just like you left them.

In some cases the spyware has corrupted a registry value on
clean up.

Now you will need to boot with the Windows XP CD to the recovery console, and copy userinit.exe to wsaupdater.exe. And the we may be able to boot back normally and repair the registry entry.

So boot from your WinXP CD and when you reach the setup screen, press R to start the Recovery Console.

Choose the installation to log on to (if there's just one, hit enter). When prompted for password, just hit enter unless you have set a password for the user "Administrator" (it's blank by default in XP)

When you get logged onto the Recovery Console, go to c:\windows\system32 (or wherever Windows is installed).

Use the following commands.
cd \windows\system32
copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

Take the CD out of the drive, and type exit to quit the recovery console and restart Windows normally

Next if your booted up normally go to Start, Run, type regedit and navigate
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im running out of ideas.. my 7yr old sons XP pro SP3 keeps asking for a password which was never set, even in safe mode the admin asks for a password - any PS I try I get a message something like:
"unable to login to the domain Dylan-PC"
He has a dual.. actually a triple boot, XP and ubuntu on first HD and Win7 on second HD... only problems with XP.
I tried running scans on the first HD from Win 7(cleanup/defreg/error checking and virus/spyware scans) and after reboot XP loaded fine without user screen even showing up... so once in XP, I ran few more scan, everything showed ok BUT after reboot back to square one, the user screen with locked PW.
I tried replacing sam/system/software from windows/repair folder and still the same.
any other ideas.. suggestions ..?

Answer:cant get past the login screen

So running AV scans fixed the problem, but on the next reboot the demand for PW returned?

Means the infection has come back. I've not heard of an infection that makes you enter a password, but maybe.

Can you boot into Safe Mode on the XP machine?

If so, navigate Start>Run(type)"msconfig" and turn off all Startups and all non-MS Services, schedule a chkdsk to run on reboot and report results here.

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I found the system hung up at user log in screen after my son had been using it for the afternoon.

Mouse works but when I click on user - nothing.

Rebooted in safe mode - Same thing. Mouse works but when I click on user - nothing

I rebooted a few more times and some how got a user to activate. Then I ran system restore to back to a few days ago.

Did not fix problem. User Log in screen comes up. Mouse works. But clicking on user does not do anything.

I going through my stack-o-CDs looking for an XP disk in case thats needed.

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Can't get past Login Screen

If you can log on, Start>Run... type cmd and ENTER.

In the new window that pops up, write "chkdsk /f" - without the brackets (and there is a space before /f) and press ENTER. It will say it can't - would you like to shedule it, select "y" for yes. Restart and let it run.

It can be done by booting to a windows cd too - so if you can't log on, find the cd

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Computer has been working on win 10 for several months. Lately had problems with login screen. We have never used a password before.

Now I cant do anything because it demands a password which I do not know.

Incidentally I now see two users with same name. One user demands password. Other gives options such as using usoft account.

Help. I miss my computer.

Answer:Cant get past login screen

I had to go to usoft account and change password. I didnt even know I had a password. Then I tried pc again. Then I tried the user with options. I entered email address and then password. This worked.

Since I couldnt log into pc how did this new password get known by pc. I did find 3 buttons one of which was to connect to internet. Is this connection limited to only microsoft; is this pc got info.

There was a delay between modifying usoft acct and successfully logging into pc of several hours.

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Is there any way to bypass the windows login screen without knowing any passwords?

Answer:Can't get past the login screen

Welcome to TSG....

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.

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Have a friends computer which had many spyware and trojans. Cleaned with adaware, spybot, cwshredder, trojan hunter, cleaned out cookies and temp internet folder. Lastly I ran defrag. It was after defrag that I encountered my problem. When I re-started the computer, it would take me to the login screen and ask me if I wanted to log in as the user or administrator, I chose user. The screen would say "loading your settings" then the desktop background would flash then it would go back to the login screen saying "saving your settings." Tried to start in "safe mode" and in "last known config", however, this problem would occur in all modes.
Please help.
Your help is much appreciated.

Answer:Can't get past login screen Please help

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I can not past log in screen, due to not having a password on log in screen. He Can not remember the password to his gmail either.  The security question asked he vaguely remembered so we tried not success. Then it asked to give an email address where it can be recovered. I (Stephanie) entered my email. Thinking it would send it to my account google recognized that it wasn't his account. Well true, its mine. He knew nothing.. Err! So I think I locked him out! Please help with a way to fix?  

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit installed, and this morning it just failed the login even though I am putting the correct password in every time.

The exact message is as follows:

'the user profile service service failed the login, user profile cannot be loaded'.

Is there a way I can get past this, maybe through bios?

If someone could help I would be so appreciative as all my family photos and videos are on there, yes I am one of those idiots that forgot to back up

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can someone help me get past my login screen

Maybe this will help ?

How to fix a corrupt user profile in Windows - How-To - PC Advisor

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When I boot the computer it goes to the login screen, where there are 4 user profiles/icons listed. When I move my cursor to my icon, the computer hesitates/ freezes the screen blinks black and then moves a copy of an icon from the right side of the screen to the left side. This happens every time I try to login and it never takes my password. I can never get past the windows login screen. I tried running chkdsk but it failed and it kept restarting my computer.

The only way I'm able to try and do anything is in safe mode with networking, but I'm also unable to print. My printer doesn't show up in the printer file and I haven't been able to download the drivers to re-install the printer.

I have been working with someone in the malware forum and there is no sign of malware or virus.

The system is a dell Dimension 8200, has a western digital 7200 drive, however I can't get the drive diagnostics to download to run on the system, tried copying onto a disk but am unable to open the disk. Went to Dell's Diagnostic web site and couldn't get their online diagnostic to run on my system.

Would greatly appreciate some help, have been working on this issue for almost a month, I'm not sure if this means that my hard drive is failing-


Answer:Can't Get Past Login In Screen

Are the other 3 user accounts all working correctly?

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I'm trying to fix my friend's Acer laptop, but it won't boot past the loading screen. I've tried all options in the Advanced Boot Menu, to no avail. It won't boot past the screen at all.
Any ideas what I could try?

Answer:Windows Vista not getting past loading screen.


What OS is the laptop running?

Does your friend have any of the installation/ recovery disks?

Does the computer freeze at the loading screen or does it reboot?



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My computer tower was knocked of the desk and now it will not go past windows recovery screen. The keyboard is unresponsive but does work if I press the function buttons while it is turning on but then the keyboard will not work for making any selections. It does the countdown for automatic countdown and the screen flickers but goes back to the recovery screen. I have tried to use the vista restore disk, the drive runs but still does not go beyond the recovery screen.

Answer:Can't get past windows recovery screen in Vista

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I am working on a PC that has XP home on it. It boots up to the login screen. Once you click on a name it says loading settings then flickers for a second and then says saving settings and goes back to the spot to click on a name. Same thing happens in safe mode.

Not really sure what she did to get it to this point. Her brother told her to do something and this happen. So I am not sure if she got into the registry.

Can I do a system restore if I boot from the CD and go into repair mode?

Anyone see anything like this. Thanks for any help.

Answer:XP Home can not get past login screen

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I just signed up so I could ask this question because I'm absolutely stumped. I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and recently I've installed VMware to run a virtual machine.

However, since doing so, whenever my computer starts or reboots, it no longer goes to the desktop. Instead, it stays at the login screen. I don't know how to make it not do that. Help me!

Answer:Getting past the login screen upon startup.

What accounts are shown at the logon screen? Did VMware install a 2nd account for some reason? I use Oracle VirtualBox so am not familiar with VMware.

Boot to Safe Mode and uninstall VMware, see if that helps?
Do a System Restore from Safe Mode to before VMware was installed.

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Hi! Can anyone help me? I had a documents window open and I think I accidentally pressed enter. I had a game emulator program highlighted at the time so it opened up. The problem is that it KEPT opening up. At the time I assumed my enter button was stuck or something (the laptop has gone through quite a bit of abuse), so when it started to freeze I decided to force shut it down. Right before that I got a message about the memory being too full or something, but I didn't get a chance to read it properly. When I tried to reload the computer, I can get past the user login screen, but then nothing else happens. Safe mode works of course. Is there anything I can do?

I'm using Windows 7 x32, and that's pretty much the extent of my knowledge.

Thank you for reading!

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i am running windows 2000 had no problem for the longest time the other day i turn on the computer the login in screen comes up i type in my password than i pres enter it says loading personal setting and the useual my background picture shows up but nothing else all my icons start menu button are not there i press ctrl-alt-del all the normal programs are running i dont userstand can someone help?

Answer:will not load past login screen

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and start the Taskmanager.In the Taskmanager, start a new tast and type in explorer.exe.This should bring up your desktop.When desktop is started, check the event log for errors, to figure out, why explorer.exe gets not started automatically.

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Hello, I am an IT technician and I have been working on this customers computer for a while now. Their issue is intermittent. It seems to happen every morning after their computer has been asleep all night. But when they try to login, they can input their password but they cannot hit the arrow to enter the password and hitting the enter key does nothing. It shows the password being typed in, but it just will not let you hit the arrow or enter key.

Also when this happens they attempt to restart through the GUI but this freezes everytime and they have to do a hard reset. It doesn't happen if I restart or put the computer to sleep throughout the day, only when the computer has been left overnight.

I have never seen anything like this. I have updated every single driver, I have done sfc /scannow which found corruption it could not fix. I ran chkdsk /r and it found nothing. I ran startup repair and it finds nothing. I ran bootec /fixboot and bootrec /fixmbr. I took the cover off and reseated absolutely everything in the case.

I checked power options, all looks good. Changed NIC settings to not go to sleep. Ran ESET online scanner, found nothing, ran malware bytes found nothing, ran Sec. Essentials, found nothing.

Ran Dell's onboard ePAS assessment which tested hard drive, tested memory, did CPU stress test. Everything looked good.

I am out of things to do besides completely reinstalling, which I really do not want to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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dude, i need a way to get past my login screen. my lap top is royally screwd so i will have more

Answer:how do i get past my login screen without my password

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Puchased HP Elitebook 6930p notebook at an auction for my 5 yearr old granddaughter. I thought I had a good deal but I can't get past the network login screen.

Answer:Can't get past network login screen

you saying the login phase has a password?

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first off iv been around computers long enough to realize this isnt some simple problem. It starts out fine and just as fast as normal but once it hits the xp logo screen it turns straight to a blue screen and get this it has a perfectly marked number 8 in the middle of the blank blue screen. This started to happen to me when i got home from school today, last night i downloaded windows sidebar and 2-3 gadgets, im saying this cause ive never had a problem like this until i installed that crap. Ive tryed so many things to make this go away, ive tested just about every piece of hardware in the laptop. Its multi oem/sp3 which i regret now cause its been an annoying ride. Since ive had sp3 ive been having alot of registry errors to could that and a virus be causing all this? i know i can most like reformat and re-install xp at any time i just need all the files on there. Any input as small as you may think it is will be greatly appriciated, if you need more info to help me feel free to e-mail me, im ganna be checking this phew times a day, thanks.


Answer:Can't Get Past The Login Screen, not matter what i do.

Have you tried to enter Safe Mode (tapping the F8 key while booting)?
See if you can get into safe mode and do a system restore to a date prior to installing the items you posted above. Or simply uninstall what you installed.


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I apologize in advance for my illiteracy with computers. I don't know what happened in my situation. I'm running Windows Vista on an Acer Laptop w/ 1GB ram. My computer was running a bit slower than usual so I decided to attempt to restart it. After the computer tried to start up again, all I got was the start up black screen with the small grey blinking line in the top left. It stays at this screen and goes nowhere. It doesn't show any sign of progress and don't hear the computer running or attempting to anything at all. The fans work and the computer is on but it won't go anywhere past this screen. Any help at all would be great. Thank you for your time.

Answer:Windows Vista won't load past start up screen

Shut down, power on laptop, tab a key printed on screen for SETUP/BIOS, load defaults, save & exit, tab F8 for safe mode, if all goes well, log in as admin, start, control..., dev mgr, make sure there's no examination mark, restart pc as normal. If that blanks the screen again, go back to safe mode, start, run, msconfig, clear box for startup items, restart pc.

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There is this black screen(mouse does not appear either) right before the login menu that happens sometimes for about 1 minute then the vista logo pops up and then I can log in, any ideas as to what the problem is or how to fix it? T400 with the ati video card, but i'm on the intel integrated one most of the time but problem happens with both.

Answer:T400 black screen between windows vista loading screen and login screen

I think problem is with the drivers. I use to have the same problem too but after I upgraded to the latest drivers + BIOS, problem seem to be fixed.

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Friend of family had a stroke, can't remember user password. It happens. I'm an old ex network admin, so pretty savy here yet Totally stumped, short of spending money to buy something. Here is what I've tried to do to get to the command prompt, so I can run net user to enable the administrator login, which is defaulted as disabled on 7. Of course she never made up any backup image disks or anything, duh.......who does?

1. On boot up, pressed F8 to get to command prompt with safe mode. That works, when selected option given here, still boots up to the user name login. So I can't get to the command prompt. Tried the other safe mode options, with same result. Toshiba also has a F12 boot option, same result.

2. Started windows, when it was loading, I shut it down with Power On button, restarted, repair mode to get to command prompt, cancelling the repair when it starts, but can't get to command prompt this way either.

3. Tried my Windows 7 disk, but still loads and comes up to user login, so I can't enable the administrator option.

4. I think she has this locked down pretty good, nothing in the BIOS to secure the user access.

I have a bootable Flash drive, but it will not work on this Toshiba Satelite laptop, will not boot as there is no option in BIOS to enable it. I tried with a bootable CD disk, and it boots up, but I still go to the user login like above.

Would like to help her out, I doubt she'll be working again, and is only in her late 50's. Doing t... Read more

Answer:windows 7 Login Cannot get to past User login

On the bottom lefts of the login screen click on a blue button with a spiral inside, it should open the cmd.
Run this command:

REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\sethc.exe" /v Debugger /t
REG_SZ /d "C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe"
Hit enter and wait then run this command:

net user [user_name] [new_password]
[user_name] is your Username and [new_password] is the password you will use to login

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I have XP Entertainment Home Edition
My system boots up to the user profile screen where I can choose between the two profiles
If I select either profile a blank desktop appears (no icons/no windows task bar) and freezes
Trying to boot into Safe Mode also hangs after choosing a profile

It's a Dell so I don't have the XP cds to try a repair. I do have other computers with different versions of XP installed that are working fine (no XP CDs though)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreaciated

Answer:Solved: XP won't load past login screen

Not sure what to tell you buddy other than find someone with an XP CD and try to repair it.

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A few weeks ago I tried to clone my C drive to bigger hard drive using some third party software and it didn't work so I just went back to using my original hard drive. Ever since then my computer has had difficulty getting past the login screen. I type in my password and hit "enter" but it just sits there saying "Welcome" forever with the little rotating icon. It was doing this somewhat rarely but suddenly today I cannot get past the login screen at all. Suggestions?

Answer:Computer will not load past the login screen

Will it boot into "safe mode with Networking"? Turn on the computer tap F8 key a few times, should bring a black screen with menu options.

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My son has an HP Paviliion 915 computor, when starting screen goes directly to password login, he has forgotten the password, it's his password not admins. as it gives him a hint we know the hint just not the answer. None of the F-keys during the black screen stage work. It just goes to login. We cannot get into safe-mode, or bios. We ordered the recovery disc set from HP, however we cannot get in to change the boot order. When we put the disc in and started up nothing just went to login. At this point we're willing to do a complete recovery even if it means loosing hundreds of purchased songs from iTunes. But would prefer to try to save them if possible. Can anyone help me?

Answer:forgotten password -can't get past login screen

Hello and welcome to TSF.
I, myself would actually slave the drive into another computer to salvage your paid for songs.


Originally Posted by friendshipme

None of the F-keys during the black screen stage work. It just goes to login. We cannot get into safe-mode, or bios.

When you try and go into the BIOS, do you wait for the HP splash screen to appear before pressing the F(?) or delete keys?

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Friday I thought I had gotten rid of a virus .. I downloaded and ran a Microsoft malware program .. it scanned, found the virus and supposedly removed it ... one of the problems that I had was the Task Manager was disabled but I was able to go in and enable it .. everything seemed to be working correctly and I could get onto websites that the virus said was a risk while it was still in my computer .. fast forward to Saturday morning ... computer opens says welcome shows the logon icon, I click on it says that it is loading settings, then logs off .. help!

Answer:can't get past login screen after eradicating virus

Hello.It appears your infected with one of the rogues that does this or perhaps it's a hijacked userinit file. We'll confirm that. Do you have some spare CDs? Follow the instructions below so we can see the state of that machine. From there we can fix the registry key related to that and see what's really causing that problem.Download OTLPE and Boot Off ItDownload OTLPE.iso and burn to a CD using ISO Burner.A free Image Burning CD download can be found over here if you do not have one.Instructions or tutorial on Burning ISO files can be found over here.Once you have burned the file to a CD take the CD out of your working computer's CD-Rom drive.Reboot your infected system using the boot CD you just created.

Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here
Your system should now display a REATOGO-X-PE desktop and OTLPE should be loaded successfully.Download DDS-BootCD and Save to Flash-DriveNow please download DDS-BootCd and save it to your working computer's desktop.Use a Flash/removable drive and copy that file into the removable drive.Insert the flash/removable drive into your infected computer which is currently booted into the OTLPE Environment.Double-click My Computer on the infected machine which is booted into the OTLPE Environment.Find your removable/flash drive and copy the DDS-bootCD file to the desktopDouble-click on the DDS-bootcd.exe file and run itOnce it's complete a og files will open:DDS.txtIt will be... Read more

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I was following the directions I found in another area of this board to get rid of the xlime offeroptimizer problem. I took the following steps:

Enabled hidden files and folders
Turned off system restore

I then went to reboot into safe mode, but instead of using the F8 method, I went to start>run>typed in msconfig> checked "/safeboot"

Now when I try to start my computer, I get the startup screen for safemode. I have always logged on with ctrl/alt/delete and my password. However, now the computer doesn't recognize my password, and I am effectively locked out of my computer all together as I can't get past this screen. Please help!


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It all started a couple days ago when I went to play Command & Conquer 3 online with a friend. The game wanted to install a patch before I could play, so I went for it.

The patch installed, the game restarted and a SecuROM error popped up. I uninstalled the game and tried it all again. Same thing. I couldn't load the game at ALL.
Command and Conquer 3 is currently my addiction, so I contacted SecuROM and EA Games tech support.

I was told by SecuROM the following:

"Thank you for your email. We are sorry you are having launch issues. We suspect you are receiving this error message as a result of the use of an emulation program that tampers registry keys.

To fix your registry entries please follow the instructions below:

Note: These tampered entries have NOT been caused by SecuROM?. Please also note, you should only delete duplicate entries and not any others. SecuROM? is not liable for any problems caused by using these instructions. We provide them only as a service and to assist with repairing the launch issue.

Please open the registry editor (Start->Run->regedit) and move to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\ area (by clicking on this folder, you will see all the entries on the right side). Look at the entries with an alpha designation (ie: \DosDevices\Letter_Here). You should see one of entries with letters with duplicate entries. If you delete the duplicate entry (right mouse click and choose 'Delete' from the choi... Read more

Answer:XP doesn't load past login screen

Hi sho0 and welcome to TSF !

Well if you can borrow a floppy drive from a friend, you may have to load the motherboard sata drivers at the beginning of XP install so that it can see your drive. Should be a message telling you to press F6 to load sata/raid floppy.

Check in the bios that your sata drive is seen correctly. Refer to your motherboard manual to determine which sata plug is the sata 1 and plug your hard drive there if it isn't already.

If you ever manage to boot back in windows, uninstall your game, uninstall all CD/DVD emulation software you can have : clonecd, daemon tools, alcohol, ... following the complete removal instructions from their website (sometimes they leave some drivers behind). Then reboot and try reinstalling C&C. Recent games protections are very intrusive and can cause conflicts with those other programs. Even if daemon tools is not running at the moment, its emulated CD/DVD device is installed on your computer.

Next time you decide to delete a bunch of things in your registry without knowing what it is, make sure you have a backup solution first. Once you'll get this computer back to live be sure to check those links :
Any of these would have saved your butt today

And next time you install XP, make sure the system partition gets the c: volume letter. Unplug all other drives during the install if needed, leaving only ... Read more

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Hi- I know there must be a way to reinstall win without losing data contrary to my Dell support chat "gurus" - and i use that term lightly! even with safe mode -i cannot get past the win login screen - cant even get box for password - this is a dell E510 i do have reinstall dvd but dont want to do anything that will risk losing data - I read the sticky note "guide" but before i follow those steps I wanted to check one more time if there is anything i can do - i recently installed or tried to install trend micro internet security and had issues - my other issues are little people/junior hackers in my home LOL - help me please!!!


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Ive looked at all the other similar messages in the forums and none seem to help me. I turned off my computer yesterday then turned it on again and switched it off again using the power switch repeatedly yesterday in a span of a few mins. I then went out for a day and when i came back home and tried to boot my computer again vista wouldnt load the login screen. I changed my loading screen and it gets past that alright but when it gets to the logon screen everything just turns black?

Answer:Wont load past login screen?

systeam restore ?

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Hi guys, basically the problem im having is that my computer freezes right at the login screen and I cant login at all. Before this happened my computer all the sudden started getting a bunch of pop-ups, so I tried to run Superanti-spyware but it seemed like some program was bugging it out so it wouldnt load. I tried to re-download it but it wouldn't let me access the page. I tried to run spy-bot and malware-bytes and my computer wont boot either of those up (due to some sort of infection I assume?). So now my computer wont boot into regular Windows XP at all. It will boot into Windows safe mode and so I tried running ad-aware the only spyware program that my computer would let boot up. It ran came up with multiple infections but it didn't fix my problem. I tried going into MSConfig and unchecking all the boot up programs and rebooting but to no avail my computer keeps freezing at the login screen. Please help!! Thanks!

Answer:Computer wont get past login screen.

If mbam won't install or runSome types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.

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I downloaded an anti Malware program (ADWCleaner) last night and had to reboot after the scan and removal, which seemed normal enough. But after it shut down i cant open my laptop. I type in my password and it attempts to load but only reboots all over again as "windows ran into an error and needs to restart".
I have files i cant replace in them. Ive removed the battery. Didnt work. What can i do to get through???

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Every time I try to login to win 2000 i put in my name and password it goes to the next screen but then just hangs with the hourglass spinning. I can boot in safe mode with no problem but the issue occurs with all my logins including a new test one i've created. I've run av scan, adaware scan, win updates, i tried running spybot but it won't start up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:win 2000 wont go past login screen

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Hi guys,

I've just moved, and my pc, on the third time I've used it here has failed to boot past its gigabyte bios screen. After opening it up and making sure the motherboard/ other component cables were correctly plugged in, it successfully booted and worked normally, until I turned it off and on again, now, its back to square one :(
It's hardware specs are as follows:
1 Xigmatek NRP-MC 650W, 1 Sapphire HD4850 1G DDR3 1G 256Bit GDDR3 PCIE2, 1 Samsung 1TB SATA II 7200RPM 32M, 1 OCZ 3G(3x1G) DDR3 10666 Platinum CL-7-7-7-20,
1 LG H22NS30 SATA 22X+- Super Multi DVD Rewriter Black with Software,
1 Intel Core i7 920 Processor LGA1366 2.66GHz 8MB Cache CPU, 1 Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P MB - I'm also using a usb logitech keyboard, which only starts working once I get to the windows login screen....

Any help with diagnosing what's not working and how to fix it would be really appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Windows Vista PC fails to boot past the bios screen

I'm guessing your HDD is broken, or poorly connected!

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Hi, My computer gets as far as the windows vista loading screen but just stays there, ive tried system restore, system repair and even tried to use a back-up drive, none of these work. I am able to get to command prompt but i dont know enough about computers to use it. If anyone could help me it would be very much appreciated, thanks Kieran.

Acer Aspire 6530G
Windows Vista Home Premium
250 gig hard drive
4g ram- if you need anymore information i will let you know (obviously i cant get a hijack this)

Answer:Computer wont get past windows vista loading screen

So you have tried booting from the Vista disc and used Startup Repair.....and did it say it was successful?

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I think I deleted my registry key strings for keyboard/mouse and cannot logon to my computer. I get to the user login screen, but cannot do anything at this point. The tab key will not bounce me from item to item so I can't get past the login screen. Additionally, I'm not setup to boot up in safe mode (not sure that would help me).

If I could just get into windows Xp, I could then restore the registry items I deleted, but I don't know how to get past the login screen?

Any ideas/comments?


Answer:(XP) deleted registry entry - can't get past login screen

I can't shutdown (No start button). To power down I have to press the power button. This will shut down the machine.

On bootup, I can press f2 to get into the bios settings or f12 which will give me boot options (floppy, cd etc ...) there is no option for safe mode or last known good configuration.

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I'm just getting around to doing this now because I just returned from a long vacation. A few days prior to leaving, my computer started blue screening at the login screen before I could finish entering my password. In the past, I've had many instances of the screen freezing, the sound freezing completely for a few seconds and then going silent, and becoming completely unresponsive. It wasn't fixed without a restart, and it was only a matter of time before it would happen again, be it minutes or days. The problems I've had with this rig are always unpredictable. AMD everything... obviously a bad choice.

Something I think is important to mention is that I have SoftXpand 2011 installed on my computer, which makes it automatically boot into a multi-workstation mode the first time you turn it on. You can disable and make the computer a single workstation as usual by logging in, disabling it, and restarting. This could be the problem, I guess. I also cannot access my external drive while in dual workstation mode. It always says access denied or something.

I don't know what else I should include in this... hopefully I provided enough information for someone to help me out here! Thanks.

EDIT: the attachment was created in safe mode when I turned the computer on for the first time in 2 weeks, then restarted it into normal mode, and then got the blue screen again with "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

my specs are on my profile

Answer:BSOD at login screen, also had many BSODs randomly in the past

Hiya and welcome to SevenForums!
Please follow this guide, wait for the next BSOD and report back.
Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD

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I'm using Windows XP Professional with SP3. My video card is a NVIDIA 9800GT, and it's been having BSODs related to nv4_disp.dll since I got it. The most common solution is to reinstall the drivers, and I've done it multiple times. I tried doing it again today, and my problem got worse - in addition to nv4_disp.dll BSODs, i've started getting lock ups, hang ups, and random restarts ingame. There are two potential causes that I can see: Last night, I automatically fine tuned my computer with the nTune program (performance in Nvidia control panel). It overclocked my [PCI-E something clock speed] 17% to around 2900. I also used Driver Cleaner to clean off my nvidia drivers, then I reinstalled my video drivers again. I've since clocked my computer's clock speed to what it was originally. However, that did not solve my problem, as the lock ups, hang ups, and random restarts still occurred.I then tried following the Driver Cleaner's instructions more precisely. First, I uninstalled my Nvidia Drivers from Add / Remove Programs (as I did before). When my computer restarted, it claimed it detected both a video controller and an Other PCI Bridge Device, but I choose not to automatically update drivers for either. At this point, I think my computer may have started to get random restarts even outside of playing games. Driver Cleaner's instructions then prompted me to start the computer in Safe Mode. I did this through msconfig. However, here'... Read more

Answer:Computer restarts constantly, and I can't get past the login screen.

This is what I'd try...Turn off computer. Open the case, clean it well with compressed air.Reseat RAM, and video card. You may clean connectors with an eraser.

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Yesterday I finally got around to installing a Samsung Evo 840 I bought half a year ago.
I installed everything, formatted as new simple volume (GUID for both SSD and 2nd 1 TB HDD) and assigned a drive letter. I've yet to migrate my current installation over to the SSD.
Today when I got home, my PC would freeze about 4 minutes after I logged in.
At first, I thought it was a PSU problem. So I removed my new 1TB and left the SSD in place. Problem persists. I then booted the computer in safe mode which worked, and I uninstalled the HDD/SDD utilities I had installed yesterday.
I try to boot it again, and it still froze 4 minutes in. I finally unplug the SSD and now everything boots normally.
A slightly unrelated issue, my PC on its first normal reboot black screened restarted when I accidental knocked my chair into it. Atm, I am on the second try, and so far, nothing terrible has happened (mark 60 minutes so far).
Excluding what happened last, makes me believe the problem is with my MB and interfacing with the SSD. But the latter sudden black screen restart makes me suspect PSU (which the good safe mode reboots seem to discredit).

Some people have also advised it could be a MBR/GPT conflict, as my boot drive is still a MBR drive.

But the freezing has so far only happened with the SSD attached. The 2nd 1TB data drive still works and has (fingerscrossed) caused no problems get, despite being a GPT drive.

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Answer:New SSD freezes my computer past login screen (and misc.)

Hi Byron and welcome to the Forum. It would be great if you can give us a more detailed description of your system so the skilled techs here can guide you to a solution a lot better than me.
I have a EVO 840 250GB SSD drive on my system and it works fine as a boot drive. Here's what I did when I installed mine....
Booted up system with ssd installed as a slave then went to disk management and formatted the drive. Then I used the Samsung Data Migration to clone my operating system to the SSD. Then I unplugged all the drives except the SSD and booted into the BIOS and chan ged from IDE to ACHI and set SSD to boot first. All went well and then I shut down to plug in all the other drives and went into BIOS to be sure the ACHI and the SSD was still first boot. I have not had a problem with booting my OS with the EVO SSD.
I Sure hope your problem is small because those EVO SSD drives work well and are fast.


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Hi,     I uninstalled HP Protect Tools and all its parts in order to upgrade to Windows 10. It asked me to restart the computer and upon restarting, gray screen (appeared after HP logo) with "Login" label asked me for password for User ID = Administrator. I tried accessing BIOS etc. but it always requires password for User ID Administrator or BIOS admin. I do not have either of those.     This has never happened before and I cannot start my computer now.     I tried guessing the password, but after 3 times screen saying Authentication failed appears with "System locked. Press the power button to restart the system". Any help please? Thanks.

Answer:ProBook wont boot past the gray login screen

Dear Rekpet, Hi, My name is James. So to my understanding you are getting a grey screen upon starting up. Please could you attach a screenshot?  Many Thanks James 

I am a very busy person. PleasePlease click ?Accept as Solution" if I solve your Problem

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This machine will boot up in safe mode, but hangs at the login screen in normal mode. Running windows xp home. 1 year old computer. Any idea where to begin troubleshooting would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Win XP, Machine will boot in safe, but not past login screen in normal??

Well, it's either a driver or hardware problem.

Did you recently install anything harware or software related? You could try this...tap F8 on boot to get to the boot options, then boot using 'Last known good config'. Hopefully, it will fix the problem. If not, there are a few other things you can try, like removing the sound card, try to boot, remove the netowrk card, try to boot, etc etc...just to see if it's hardware. If it's a driver issue, then I'm afraid someone else will need to help you, as I'm not too sure of the best way to go about figuring that out.


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I downloaded an anti Malware program (ADWCleaner) last night and had to reboot after the scan and removal, which seemed normal enough. But after it shut down i cant open my laptop. I type in my password and it attempts to load but only reboots all over again as "windows ran into an error and needs to restart".
I have files i cant replace in them. Ive removed the battery. Didnt work. What can i do to get through???

Answer:Wont open past login screen. Help please. (moved from W10 forum)

i have moved to general security as its an adwareclean issue
Make and model of the PC
Did the PC also try to do any windows updates on the reboot ?
can you boot in safe mode
Depending on the model , this may be using F8, Shift+F8, F10 or F12 as the machine boots

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Help! my computer froze and the mouse wasnt moving so i shut it down and turned it on. the screen wouldnt project at all even though i heard the sound. i had to unplug the vgi core and plug it back on. the screen appears on and then it did some kinda 3 step c disk check. after that it froze on desktop again and i restarted. this time, it wouldnt load pass microsoft corp screen with screen bar. i waited forever. i tried starting it in safe modes but it gets stuck loading the .sys file idk wut to do at all i heard bout bios mode and that could be the problem but idk how to use it. plz help!!! thnx i have a gateway pc

64x bit built in nividia ge force 7100 but the one im currently using is a new series probaby 8600. 4g ram and 640gb 2.5gh dual core

Answer:Windows vista wont load past microsoft corp loading screen

See if you can boot to repair options
you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
Special Thanks Given to Seven Forums.

Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: frequently asked questions and What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista? If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the information that came with your computer or g... Read more

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

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

Originally Posted by staypuft

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

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

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

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

The specs of the PC are:

2gb Ram
2ghz Dual Core Processor
250gb Harddrive

Thanks in Advance

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

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

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I'm in need of some serious help. I don't even know where to post this, as it's a combination of virus problems and Windows 7 problems.

This afternoon I was browsing around on the Internet, using Google Chrome, as I had to sort out my previous Firefox sessions before I could use it again. I clicked a link on the Steam forums which opened up an image, straight after this a "Anti-virus" popped up, telling me I had infections. More popups began to open up, and before I could even take a glance to remember what programs were running, or even get the chance to save my browser sessions and kill the process, the computer completely locked up.

I restarted knowing this wasn't going to be good at all, and realized just how bad it was. Whenever I try to get past the login screen after entering my password, either in normal safemode or normal logon, I BSOD either a few seconds after logging on, or almost instantly. I just have enough time to browse to my Computer but don't have enough time to run any antivirus programs like Malware bytes or run a Hijackthis log.

I'm using Windows 7 and I think I know what the problem is, however since I cannot run any programs due to the BSODS, I don't know how I'm supposed to sort this out. I haven't had the chance to perform a latest backup, and I'm really worried that my data is at risk, especially the fresh data like the browser sessions, tabs, history and files in areas like my documents... Read more

Answer:In dire need of help. (Multiple viruses, can't access computer past login screen.) W7

Bumping this because I'm on page 5 without a single reply.

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The Issue is that Windows Freezes after the welcome screenI've had a consistent problem of being unable to login to my Administrator account, around 2 weeks ago the user seemed to work fine but now I can't even get past the login screen even in safe mode. It has that rotating circle beside welcome just like the problems people have been experiencing.I have three other administrator accounts and they all work perfectly fine, HoweverI copied the file "LogonUI" from a working computer to replace it in the windows folder but had no permission even if though I'm logged in on an Administrator account.I've also tried using the repair tools but it shows up as having no problems. When I try and run something that needs permission from an administrator It makes me type in the password and then it gives me the error "Logon Process has failed to create the security options dialog. Failure - Security Options"Please Help, Matt.

Answer:Windows Vista after login welcome screen

What AV ( anti virus ) are you using?

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For Windows Vista, is there a way so when I turn PC on it doesnt ask for the username and password?

Answer:Windows Vista Login Screen

Tomay60, actually I did this on both my desktop and laptop, it's click on control panel, click security, at security center click on "require a password when computer wakes". I did this because I don't have anyone else using my computers though.

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Hi all,

I'm running Windows Vista and recently ran a Windows Automatic Update. The next time I started up my PC, however, it began to load windows, the icon showed up, and the startup sound played, but rather than the usual login screen it was just a blank, black screen with no mouse cursor.

My first step was to reboot, which had no effect.

Then I rebooted again, and when the blank, black screen was encountered, tried typing in my Windows password. This caused the screen to display my Desktop Wallpaper, but nothing else (no menu bar, no icons, nothing). If I press Ctrl-Alt-Del while the wallpaper is displayed, it goes back to the blank, black screen.

I then booted in Safe Mode without a problem and did a System Restore to just before the last Windows Update. The Restore proceeded and automatically restarted the PC. However, the same problem was encountered. I tried another System Restore to an earlier restore point, but the same problem was encountered.

I then tried booting using the Last Known Good Configuration option, but again the same problem.

Any suggestions? Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Answer:Windows Vista Does Not Display Login Screen

Have you tried the Repair option via the Windows Installation DVD?

Boot up from DVD device

Press any key when prompt

Choose language in the wizard

Choose Partition

Choose Repair

Try Startup repair or the System restore

This has solved many things for me ! Good luck

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I was wondering what folder is the Vista logo in the bottom of the screen during logon, and/or how to change the image

Answer:Windows Vista logo in login screen

Maybe this will help.

Logon screen - Change

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Hey guys,
Well I am having a problem after logging into windows, it goes to a black screen, i can press shift 5 times to get a dialog open but it does not navigate away from there.
I have tried system restore no luck.
Checked my regedit - I cannot see any issue swithin winlog
I have retired to roll back my graphics card

But, I am able to login to my guest account and everything works fine, but when I try to run anything that needs admin permissions nothing happens.

Answer:Windows Vista Black screen after login

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I am working on a Windows XP box, and when you login, it says it's "Loading your personal settings", and then immediately says "closing your network connections" and goes back to the login screen. When it does that, it plays the Windows "shut down" tune. It doesn't matter what login I use, and Safe Mode doesn't help. Neither does "Last known good". I even tried a Windows repair via booting from the disk. I am honestly not sure if it is running SP 2 or 3.

Answer:WIndows XP won't get past login.

Not sure if this is your issue, but see post #3


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Hey TechSupportGuy Forums!

When I turned on the computer this morning (Windows Vista 64bit home premium) I got to the login screen (You know, with the picture you selected and a text box to put your password) and after about 1 second, it looks like it adjusts the resolution or something and everything dissapears. All thats on the screen is an enlarged mouse. I cannot get anywhere else. I emergency restarted my computer and the problem still happens. I am able to run on safe mode without this happening, only when I choose to boot it up normally does this happen. Please Help

Answer:Windows Vista Login Screen Restricted View

use system restore in safe mode only loads basic systems,so something you recently installed may be doing this.if that doesnt work,use your install discs to repair it.

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Hi, help.

I have a Seimens Esprimo with windows vista home premium installed.
When i power on it says windows closed unexpectedly and then goes to login screen. Once I login a message comes up to say my window tuneup is not working and when I press oOkay I just get a blank black screen wher I can move the cursor. When I press CTRL ALT DEL and select task manager I get "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator. Please help MTDtom

Answer:Black screen issue after login Windows Vista


Try pressing F8 repeatedly during bootup before the Windows logo to get Advanced boot options.

Try Last Know Good Configuration first. If that doesn't load go back and try Safe Mode. If Safe Mode works then go to Computer and right-click the C: drive and select Properties. Then the Tools tab and Error Checking. Tick both boxes and then Check Now button. It will schedule for next reboot. Reboot and let chkdsk run. See if it goes any further.

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Hai2u!My name is bjorn, and i'm new here.I was hoping you guys could help me with a nasty issue. Feel free to move the post though, if i'm in the wrong category.  My problem:My Lenovo 3000 V200 with Vista Business SP1 has several times after Windows update ended up with a black mepty screen during boot, each time ending with me having to reinstall the OS to see light again. I'm getting a bit tired of this, and i was hoping you guys had a better solution, or even a fix.Technical decription of the problem:- Computer works normally.- Windows update installs an update.- WIndows asks for a reboot.- Bjorn does as windows demands, and reboots the computer.- Windows boots up, at least it seems so. You see that green bootup thingy for a while.- After the boot screen, the screen becomes black. You can see that the resolution is being set, and my mouse appears. Beyond that, NOTHING happens. Black screen with cursor stays there forever.- Bjorn is CLUELESS.- Bjorn formats the computer and reinstalls the OS, lacking better ideas. <- this is the step i was hoping to avoid this time  So far i've tried this: - Reboot -- No good.- Safe mode -- No good.- Last known working configuration -- no good- System recovery from vista disc -- no good- Startup repair from vista disc -- no..frickin'...good. I suspect this:- VGA driver (Intel GMA X3100) .. I think i saw something about an update to this driver just before the issue happened.- b0rked version of winl... Read more

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When I click to get rid of the screensaver to be able to login, the screen goes black and after about 20 seconds it goes back to the screensaver. Can anyone help me with this.

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Well the title was hopefully discriptive and brief enough to get some skilled help on this one so here is a bit more details.

I am working on a DELL XPS 410 with Vista Home Premium build 6000, its a couple years old. Its not mine and I am not entirely familiar with the machine. I do know this it can handle vista fine and works well until yeasterday. I am told the machine came from Dell and was bought just as Dell switched to not offering XP anymore. I do not know what updates have been applied.

Error Details :
Boots fine to login screen, then I get error message "Windows must be reinstalled to Activate" I hit close and get droped to Login screen. I click admin user (only user available) and get the message again.

As an additional error the bottom right of my screen reads This Copy of Windows is not Genuine. Windows Vista Build 6000

I do have Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leapord disks available if I need to use them but would rather not. I do not as yet know if Vista disks are available.

What I need:
I need to recover critical buisness files from the computer if at possible before doing a reinstall.

Attempting a safe mode boot to try and recover files now while I wait for "hopefully prompt" response.

Answer:Vista Home, Windows must reinstall to activate, stuck at Login screen

As an update, I am able to login via safe mode and in the process of backing up files.

I still do not know the cause of my errors above and would greatly appriciate some insight.

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Hi guys!

So i tried installing windows 7 Home Premium using an empty HDD. The old OS was Vista, and it was located in the same HDD. I managed to install Windows 7 successfully, but when booting after the install it crashed right after the "starting windows" screen. It then gives me the choise between starting the startup repair tool, or to start windows normally. When i run the startup repair tool it can not fix the problem. I've tried different HDD but the problem still persists. The fact that I haven't got a clue what to do really annoys me. In addition it isn't even my own pc. My dad's vista started failing on him. So I figured: Hey, why not install windows 7 using my old disk from a pc I don't use anymore. I appreciate all help.


CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.4 GHz)
GPU: XFX GeForce 9800 GTX
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint T166 250GB. (SATA 2)
RAM: Corsair Twin2X 6400 DDR2 (2048 Mb*2= 4096 Mb)
PSU: Corsair (550 W)

Answer:Unable to get past "Starting windows" screen after Vista to 7 upgrade


Originally Posted by pip22

Did you (as is recommended) delete the existing Vista partition first?

It was seperated in two parts. One with Vista in, and one for other files. I cleaned the whole thing, and deleted the part where Vista was located. I think it was seperated into one part with 208 Gigs and one with 25 gigs. The smallest with the OS in. The HDD works on my own computer.

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Windows Vista won't go past the welcome screen on my Compaq laptop. It keeps cycling back to a safe mode option. It runs in safe mode. I've tried to restore to a previous point and to last known good point, but no luck. Unfortunately I do not have restore disks. Any suggestions?

Answer:Vista won't go past welcome screen

Download the ISO image for the Vista Recovery CD and burn the image using IMGBurn in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and choose Fix Your Computer. Get to the Command Prompt and type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any errors.

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I have a VPN connection verified via duo log in but get a windows security login in box when trying to log in that I cannot get past it

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I restarted my laptop as it was going slow then it wouldn't log back onto my user.
I don't have the vista INSTALL disc as it didn't come with my laptop :S
I do have the repair disk for it though which i downloaded and have used before.

I've ran the 'start up repair' a few times and ran the memory thing.
cant system restore as had it turned off..
Not sure what to do.
Have tried running in safe mode also and i clicked on the spare user account and 'explorer.exe' would just crash and it would restart the computer.


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It will load in safe mode, however this is then extremely slow and sometimes unresponsive...

Tried loading from last good spot, also safe mode & system restore but nothings worked. Clean boot didn't work either.

Anything else I can try?

I have various restore disc but there from the PC manufacturer, doesn't appear to be a windows disc and the ones i tried wouldn't work.

Once safe mode stops having a fit i'm going to try uninstall pretty much everything and see if that helps...

Answer:Vista - Wont get past splash screen

do a clean boot and check if it works How to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows Vista or Windows 7

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My Vista Loads up till *loading microsoft and shuts down. Heres an example_ YouTube - Vista shuting down problem

Answer:Vista wont get past Loading screen

Did you change any hardware? If not then reload Vista. It will vbe the quickest way :)

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Vista will not load past the loading screen
Boot up screens look slightly garbled with patterns of vertical lines

WILL load in safe mode
WILL load in normal mode IF nvidia driver is DISABLED
Some things I have noticed is that in certain resolutions(mostly anything that isnt titled "TRUE COLOR" the screen also looks somewhat garbled(like the boot up). Otherwise it looks fine.
Any ideas?
Ive already updated to the latest nvidia driver.

...Ohh and its a DELL m1710 LAPTOP.
Nvidia Go 7900 GTX card

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My computer is an HP Pavilion
GX611AA-ABA m8300f
AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ ~3.0GHz
3006 MB RAM
Running Vista Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000)

When starting Vista it gets to the green loading bar then stops.
The only way I'm able to get into my computer is to press and hold f8 when booting to get it to load Safe Mode with Networking. My computer did not come with the Vista restore disk or the install disk at all. HP said they partitioned the restore disk to a section of my hard drive. But my computer is only recognizing my C: (has been for a while) even tho I have 2 internal hard drives.

I've tried restoring from a previous configuration and the issue persists. I've tried doing a startup repair and it says it repaired it and will now reboot, if it failed it will try again. But it does not try again it just freezes with the green bar again.

I'm usually better at diagnosing PC problems but this is escaping me. This happened a few months back and the only solution I was able to come up with was to erase the hard drive, install Windows XP with limited drivers, as my computer doesn't have XP drivers, I downloaded a Vista install disk (frowned upon I know but I have a Vista key on the side of my computer so it's not like I'm stealing it). Then I mounted the install disk as an ISO to a virtual drive and it installed Vista for me.

I want to avoid going through this process again and I even read afterwords installing XP on a computer that came with Vista... Read more

Answer:Vista Won't Load Past the Loading Screen


Originally Posted by Orangeish

This happened a few months back and the only solution I was able to come up with was to erase the hard drive, install Windows XP with limited drivers, as my computer doesn't have XP drivers, I downloaded a Vista install disk (frowned upon I know but I have a Vista key on the side of my computer so it's not like I'm stealing it). Then I mounted the install disk as an ISO to a virtual drive and it installed Vista for me.

I'm surprised that your key worked with the Vista install that you downloaded as I am guessing you downloaded the full version whereas your key is for an OEM version.


This hidden partition can be used to recover all of the original software in the event of a major problem by pressing the F10 key repeatedly when the computer is first started

tried this?

Also I see that your Vista build is 6000. That means that you don't have either SP1 or SP2 installed. When you do get it working make sure you install them immediately.


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Here's my System specs:

EVGA 8800 GTX KO ACS3 edition
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
X-FI Xtreme Gamer
Western Digital Raptor 150GB x2 in RAID-0
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB x2
Corsair Dominator 2 gig ram
EVGA Nforce 680I SLI Motherboard
Thermaltake VA8003BWS Black ATX Tower Case
Windows Vista x64.

Every time I try to load windows, it goes to the Windows Loading screen, and it won't load. SOMETIMES, it MIGHT load, but then freeze when the cursor circle of vista shows (with the vista background), sometimes it MIGHT go further, but trying to open anything it will like freeze, then unfreeze. Sometimes I get a blue screen that says Windows detected a problem and has shut down to keep it safe or something stupid like that, I have no Idea whats going on but I spend a lot on this computer and I REALLY need help.

Also... If I try to boot in safe mode, it does this:
[Loading Windows Files] (and then it shoots down this list of files and stops, heres some of them)

Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\nvrd64.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\fileinfo.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\mup.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\ecache.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\wd.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\ataport.sys
Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\nvstor64.sys
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Answer:Vista Won't load (past loading screen)

First thing to do is back up the files you don't want to lose.
You could try a system restore to a time before this happened or if that doesn't work
Set your boot order to CD first, put your install CD in and do a
repair install

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