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Vista Critical Error

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by ilovehotwome, Apr 18, 2008.

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  1. ilovehotwome

    ilovehotwome Thread Starter

    Apr 4, 2006
    My Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop has not been able to start Vista properly. I try to start up normally but the system crashes after 1 minute. A notification window states that a critical error has occured and that Windows will shut down in one minute. This is usually followed by another window stating that some type of .dll file is missing and that the system failed to initialize properly. I have read previous threads concerning this issue to no avail. I have run online virus and malware scans that find nothing wrong. I also tried to system restore from Safe Mode but the problem persists. My last failed startup attempt resulted in a fatal error Blue Screen of Death for the first time since this problem started.

    I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TK-53 1.70 GHz 894 MB RAM 32-bit running Windows Vista Home Premium.

    I greatly appreciate your assistance.
  2. tacoman359


    Jul 26, 2007
    Reinstall Windows.
  3. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
  4. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    If you can find the error in the system event logs (run: eventvwr.msc) you might get some help by actually identifying the dll.

    You can also upload any BSOD "minidumps" here:

    1 > create a new folder on the desktop and call it "dumpcheck" or whatever you like
    2 > navigate to %systemroot%\minidump and copy the last few minidump files to that folder.%systemroot% is normally c:\windows. They are numbered by date. You can paste that address in address bar to get there.
    3 > close the folder and right click on it and select Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder.
    4 > use the "manage attachments" in the "advanced" reply window to upload that zip file here as an attachment.

    This might point us to a non-system driver causing the error, if one exists for it.
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