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December 8, 2009
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Also, Locutus, where did you get that picture signature that analysis visitors? Pretty cool!

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December 8, 2009
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OK, so I changed to diagnostic startup in msconfig and rebooted, but no real change. It’s not a problem with startup. Remember it hangs and the logon screen right after I select my user account, and also right when it gets to the desktop picture with nothing else visible.

Does anyone have any more ideas?

Does anyone know of a really helpful forum where I can also post this question and probably get helpful answers?

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December 8, 2009
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what happens if you boot with network connectivity off (wireless disabled or lan cable unplugged)? I ask because this is one of the things that safe mode disables.

December 8, 2009
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1) Just try creating a new account and see if that takes the same time to logon.

2) I remember i had this problem of windows taking ages to logon when i stuffed up my windows registry when i used Belerac advisor to make my PC secure. Did you changed any of registry stuff????? I had to use the repair option of Windows XP.

3) Try restoring your PC to an earlier time when you didn’t had this problem.

Do you use any defragg software like IOBIT Smart Defrag for your hard drive??

Use this website:

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/714244-xp-logon-takes-ages-due.html

Thanks.

December 9, 2009
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Thanks

I clean my registry regularly with ccleaner.
I have also tried restoring. No dice.

As for rebooting without internet, I’ll try that as soon as this huge XP update is finished.

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December 9, 2009
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Not being any help, but I don't really remember where I got the picture.  If you right click on it, however, it is hotlinkable.

Oh, the site that was :(
December 9, 2009
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OK, I tried rebooting without the internet cable plugged in, and guess what? Instead of hanging in the two usual spots (you can check one of my earlier posts if you don’t know where that is) my computer decided to hang a bit later, when all the desktop icons and the start bar were loaded, but nothing was in the tray yet. Not much help. At least I found one thing that was a problem, though. I’ll try the XP repair once I can get my friend to loan me a disk.

Thanks for everyone’s help so far!

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December 10, 2009
8:24 AM
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@Locutus
Sorry, internet noob here. By “hotlinkable” you mean “copy image url”?

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December 10, 2009
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Locutus said:Not being any help, but I don't really remember where I got the picture.  If you right click on it, however, it is hotlinkable.


Danasoft.com – like it says on your sig =P.

@Refpeuk

He means the image is hosted on one website/server and it is being displayed on another website/server. Hotlinking is usually frowned upon, unless specifically stated you can hotlink, because it is – more or less – stealing from the pocket of others because you are using their bandwidth without them getting direct benefit.

December 18, 2009
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Ok, this just keeps getting better and better. I did a repair (using a friend’s xp pro sp3 disk because I didn’t have mine) after getting my windows key from a win keyfinder tool. While I was repairing it asked for the key, and I entered it, but it said the key was invalid. It gave me the option to enter it later and I did, because I thought it might accept it after it had connected to the internet and updated. Unfortunately, once I turned the computer on after the repair was done and tried to log in it asked for my key again, saying I could not log on without entering it. I click the button saying “enter key”, but instead of giving me a dialog box for me to enter the key my computer just hung again, only showing my desktop picture and my cursor. Any more ideas? I really don’t want to loose all my files and programs by having to reformat/reinstall windows.

Thanks.

Also, I DO have two partitions, one with windows and a couple programs and another with my data and the rest of my programs. I can only reformat on it I have to, but many programs need the registry. Is there a way I can back it up and restore it without needing to log on to windows? That way I CAN reformat if it comes down to that.

Thanks for all your help!

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December 18, 2009
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My only guess is that it was expecting your friend’s key since you used that recovery disk for the repair.

If you do go the reformat path, my advice would be to download and burn the ISO for a bootable linux (Knoppix, for instance). Then when you boot off of the CD, you should have access to all of your files on the drive without running Windows.

December 18, 2009
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@karen

Yes, that was my idea too, but I was wondering:

Is the registry a single file?

If so where does it reside?

And can I access it from a linux live cd and put it on a flash drive to restore once I reformat?

Thanks

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December 18, 2009
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If you backup your registry, and then restore it, isn't there a good chance you'll be back to the original problem?

December 19, 2009
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I don’t know where the registry resides. I was just referring to using Knoppix to get whatever other files you need off of the drive. I don’t think you want to restore the registry since you’ll probably just recreate the problem like amnesia said.

Did you try using your friend’s key to see if it accepted that?

December 29, 2009
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The registry is actually 5-6 files and they can be found in the %systemroot%/system32/config directory.

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January 12, 2010
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Hi there

Try to run chkdsk, I had a same problem on a computer, you find chkdsk here : highlight your hard drive where your windows/software are on,right click on your mouse, then select properties- choose the second tab- select “check this drive for errors”- check all the boxes- press ok to perform the check on the next reboot- press ok and then reboot the computer (restart). Let the program run and when it is finish you come to the log in screen.

Note for more errors you can run it more times !!.

IF the program is not running when you reboot the computer then you can use your windows setup cd, to run chkdsk. To do that put your windows setup cd in your cd/dvd drive reboot the computer and if you not have the cd/dvd drive in the firs boot priority, the you have to adjust that first in the bios. You normally see the bios/boot priority letter you shall press on just after you restart the computer:lol:Then you have (after the cd is loaded) to choose the letter R for repair, and wait again until it loads and here you choose which windows to repair (normally it is C:windows (1)), press return and then you have to type your password and enter/return– type then chkdsk /? to see the features/possibilities, normally here I type chkdsk and enter and if this will not run I type chkdsk /R.

These errors are happening once in a while specially on 32.bit hard rives (some files get nearly corrupted), so like defragmenting your drive is inportant this tool is inportant to for cleaning and repairing the drive:wink:

hope this will help

have a nice time over there

let me know

January 12, 2010
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Hi all,

Thanks for all your help. I ran the repair off the windows installation cd and it didn’t help, so I finally just decided to reformat. I guess I can do without all of my old files/programs. I backed up the ones I had to.

Thanks for all your help!

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