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Win XP boots to black screen, only mouse cursor active. (Need help with registry?)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Skurten, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. Skurten

    Skurten Thread Starter

    Aug 28, 2009
    I'm running a
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    1500 RAM
    Win XP SP 3

    So yesterday my computer suddenly started getting slow, so I rebooted. When the machine boots, it's all fine, but just after the Windows loading screen, the screen goes black, and the only thing that's active is the mouse cursos which I can move. But I can't right click or anything etc.
    I can't bring up the Task Manager. I try loading in safe mode but it's still all black, with the expection that the text "Safe mode" is written around the black screen.

    So what I did was I got a Ultimate Boot CD and loaded from it. I managed to roll back my windows registry to 2003 (manufactor fresh), and now windows actually loaded and I didn't get the black screen anymore, however obviously it was all a complete mess having a registry from so long ago, so I backup rolled it back to the current again, and the black screen returned.

    With that logic, shouldn't it be possible to do some tweaks to the registry to solve this issue?

    I'm a complete beginner and I barely even know the function of the registry. Everything i've tried so far i've just managed to google and follow step by step instructions, so bare with me. But judging from the tools in the Ultimate Boot CD, I can access the windows registry.

    So basically, where do I take it from here?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. vicks


    Jan 31, 2005
    Go ahead and boot it with the ultimate cd disk. Then remove the disk and reboot, tapping the F8 key while booting to open the safe mode. If that opens correctly,
    use the arrow keys to move up to last known good configuration. click enter then let the computer do its thing.
  3. Bizman62


    May 17, 2006
    I use UltimateBoot4Windows quite a lot, and especially I like it's registry rollback tool.

    Was the 2003_manufacturer_fresh the only available rollback date? If not, If I were you, I'd undo the rollback and try with the newest known good date available. After that, in a functionable Windows, a System Restore to the same date would be recommendable.
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