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I got a new laptop today, a Toshiba with Windows 7 installed on it. Once all the Toshiba setup stuff had run I did the usual windows updates and played with it a little etc. Every time I boot it though, I get the same message, that Windows is preparing for it

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Sounds like an installer crashed and didn't toggle the flag for first boot...can't find it at the moment but it's a dropped file or a regkey i think – RobotHumans Dec 11 '10 at 14:18
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It turns out the installation didn't actually complete properly. Probably because I was (stupidly) installing and uninstalling stuff (norton) while the rest of the installation was actually happening. Turning off my PC and holding 0 while turning on the power launched the recovery mode and I simply ran the setup again without touching anything.

The installation completed properly and the machine now runs great.

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Holding 0 ? thats a new one on me. – Moab Dec 11 '10 at 18:26
I have a new Toshiba Satellite. Their phone support FAQ told me about it. – Sam152 Dec 12 '10 at 0:39

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