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Windows XP Bootup Halts At Wallpaper

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Koosharem, Nov 14, 2011.

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  1. Koosharem

    Koosharem Thread Starter

    Mar 4, 2011
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 2045 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 305234 MB, Free - 253309 MB; D: Total - 4117 MB, Free - 3515 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0N6381
    Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

    I was preparing to install a new version of Ad-Aware and used the Uninstaller that came with the old version. At the end of the uninstaller, I was prompted to re-start the computer to "complete the uninstall". The bootup sequence stopped with just my "wallpaper" graphic displayed on the screen (no Desktop nor System Tray). I recovered by using Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up Task Mgr and closed Windows. Then, via Clean Boot, I ran System Restore to bring the system up (in an earlier configuration) successfully.

    This bootup "failure" has happened before on several occasions, and I need a "fix" for it! Any ideas??
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Jan 9, 2005
    If this has happen on more than one occasion - my 'fix' would be to remove Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus and use another Anti-Virus program.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Get rid of Lavasoft Ad-Aware (n) and replace it with Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0 (y) - which is lighter and user-friendly and not problematic and well-recommended here.

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