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Computer takes FOREVER to boot up and then hangs after logging in

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by crocks, Jan 11, 2005.

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  1. crocks

    crocks Thread Starter

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    Hello All-

    My Laptop (running XP) will boot up to the login screen (which now takes about 5 minutes when it used to be less than 1 minute). Once I enter my login information and hit enter -- it stalls for about 5 minutes and then returns to the "ctrl-alt-del login screen".

    I have 2 "profiles" and can successfully log in to one under the administrator login -- but I don't get a start button and the windows look "different". For example, the expand/minimize/close buttons when I run the task manager look more like how I remember windows screens looking years ago -- if that makes any sense.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. bobol

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    Bump;

    For openers, let's run spybot and adaware [gotten from links below-and perhaps cw shredder too]. After that see whats happening... then maybe run Hijack This[link below] then follow the below instructions fully, and post the log in this thread, whereupon it'll be analysed by those-in-the-know here and then appropriate fixes will be suggested..

    follow the next instructions on posting the Hijack This log here;

    It’s very important that you save the log to its own permanent folder on your hard drive, such as Program Files/Hijack This, or My Documents/Hijack This, (NOT a temporary files folder) or you may loose the ability to undo any changes you make, so that it can create proper back-ups and be able to restore them if necessary.

    Close all open windows/and any open web browers and open Hijack This. Click “Scan”. When the scan is finished (it only takes a second), the scan button will change to “Save Log”. Click on “Save Log” and then save it to NotePad. Click on “Edit” – “Select all” – “copy” and then “paste” into the thread.

    DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET;- Await further analysis here.
     
  3. Roshith

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    have u run an antivirus scan with all ur definitions updated???
     
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  5. crocks

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    I'd be happy to follow the steps suggested, however, I cannot login to my main profile-- the one account I can login to as an administrator doesn't seem to have internet access setup properly (wireless card).....

    Yes, I have run Antivirus (with updated definitions) recently.

    The last change I can think of making before shutting down the last time the computer worked properly was removing Google's Desktop Search tool. I can't imagine that caused the problem but thought I would mention it.

    I run adware/spybot on a regular basis and haven't recently downloaded/executed anything out of the ordinary.

    Suggestions on how I can boot up to the point where I can run hijackthis? I don't currently have it on my system so I need a way to connect to the internet and download it.

    Your help is greatly appreciated!
     
  6. Roshith

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    have u tried to use system restore??
     
  7. crocks

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    No, I have not tried the system restore -- to be honest -- I have no clue as to how to!

    Your help is appreciated!
     
  8. Roshith

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    go to start>all programs>accesories>system tools>system restore...

    a calendar comes up with many restore points...choose a date when u r sure ur computer worked fine n then restore to that date...

    try that n then post here....


    :)
     
  9. Roshith

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    have u tried it??did it work?
     
  10. crocks

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    tried that -- no matter what I try to select (system restore, IE, Outlook, etc), the hourglass runs for a couple of seconds then nothing. I can't seem to start ANY program. This is when I'm logged in as administrator.

    ??
     
  11. Roshith

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    did u try system restore in safe mode???
     
  12. Roshith

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    do the other things work in safe mode??
     
  13. crocks

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    It worked. I let the computer sit -- and the system restore finally loaded after about 20 minutes -- I set it back a couple of days -- rebooted -- and now everything is working fine!

    Thank you so much for your help!
     
  14. Roshith

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    ur welcome crocks..........glad to have helped u solve ur problem....lol...first problem i have solved on this site...
    btw...now why dont u download hijackthis n post the log in the sercurity forums.....

    u mite get some help wid that to help clean up ur system...
     
  15. Roshith

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    one more thing........click on thread tools at the top of this page n mark this thread as "solved"

    :)
     
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