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Feb 2, 2010
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit
Intel Quad Core Processor (Q66 something)
6G Ram
LanParty DK X48 Series Motherboard
ATI 4870 Graphics Card

Problem Scenario -

I come home today and find out that the power shut off today due to a small aircraft crashing into some telephone poles near my house...... I go to restart my computer (which was plugged into a surge protector) Starts normally and begins loading windows. I click on my Account and everything starts up but everything is taking forever to load. I thought that was odd so I opened up Task manager to see what was utilizing so much of my processor. I then receive an error message that regretably I didn't write down.... something like Unable to locate EXPLORER.EXE. After that everything pretty much ground to a halt so I restarted the computer hoping it would go away. The computer restarts and I get the loading Windows screen and then the little Vista round symbol pops up a second before I should be able to click on my account to log in. After the nice little glowing vista symbol shows itself though, I get a black screen with only my movable mouse on it. (I cannot bring up task manager, I already tried) Every time I restart it now I get the same issue, windows loads all the way up to the moment my user accounts should show up then it goes to black.....

Things I have already done:

1. Someone said press Alt Ctrl Del and try to force it to run Explore.exe.... this did not work as Alt Ctrl Del did nothing while on that black screen.

2. Use the Windows Install disc to run a repair. I did and selected the startup repair. I let it go through it's thing and restarted but to no avail.

3. Took out my CMOS battery and put it back in and restarted to no Avail. (Some one suggested it???)

I can do a fresh install but there are things that I would really like to take off the computer..... I suppose I could always put my hard drive in my hot swappable bay and burn the data to discs?? Although the bay is at someone's house at the moment.

So pretty much is there anything I can do to fix this issue where Explorer is not initiating (at least I think that's the problem) ?????

Thanks for any and all assistance!
Dec 9, 2000
The drive may be corrupted and if you haven't tried running chkdsk /r on it, that might be a good idea.

But before you opt for the clean install you might want to give this a shot >>

How to perform a Manual System Restore in Vista

1. Boot to the Windows Recovery Environment and select the Command Prompt

2. At the prompt enter the following commands:

cd windows\system32\config

3. At the prompt cd windows\system32\config> enter the following:

ren default default.old
ren sam sam.old
ren system system.old
ren security security.old
ren software software.old

cd regback

4. At the prompt C:\windows\system32\config\regback> enter the following:

copy default c:\windows\system32\config
copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
copy system c:\windows\system32\config
copy security c:\windows\system32\config
copy software c:\windows\system32\config

5. Close the command prompt window and reboot the computer


You can also try the normal System Restore procedure from the Recovery Environment and that may give you different dates to choose from -- but sometimes the "manual" one works when the other fails.
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