Vista Boot Errors
Posted 12 July 2009 - 02:40 PM
Been having problems booting to the login screen for the last day or two. I've stripped a lot of 'fluff' from my system (Windowblinds,Objectdock,etc) but still the problem persists.
I am trying to establish what might be causing the issue, so I can fix it.
I've noticed that if if I hold down the SHIFT key, whilst booting it seems to boot up fine.
I imagine Vista is booting into safe mode, or forcing some apps to not load up on start-up.
However, looking around I can't find exactly what the shift key is suppoused to do. Any ideas?
How can I troubleshoot my boot sequence?
What can I do to make my system boot properly, again?
Basically, the PC will boot, beep, and load the 'Vista Screen' but instead of loading the cursor and the login screen, it will stay black.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 03:20 PM
Try doing a full virus scan.
Also, try the Windows Error-Checking.
Start - Computer - right click on C Drive - Properties - Tools - Error Checking - Check Now.
Or click here to view them all.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:18 AM
Please post and tell me how it goes.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 11:31 PM
Startup programs are specified in a number of locations, and the Startup folder is only one of them, and the least frequent. If you have Vista you'll have Windows Defender, you can use it to easily explore all of your startup programs.
"STFU and show me your screenies!!"
Posted 14 July 2009 - 05:57 PM
Could also be a tag-along from some Rapidshare files or something.
A restore isn't a great idea, as my WindowBlinds,etc trial would have lapsed today. I imagine that a 'rollback' will still realize that my license has expired. There's a bunch of start-up crap that I was using (which I have since removed) that will re-surface if I roll back to five days ago.
I'll sort through my startup/boot programs and see if there's any new/nasties/unneccessary crap I don't need.
Thanks for the tips, I'll get back to you with an update when I've had the time to poke around.