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Vista 64 boot/bcd error, no installation disk, no cd-rom drive

I am having a boot/bcd error with my install of Vista 64 bit. The Computer is like 6 years old, and I don't have the installation disk, and my cd-rom drive is broken and does not read cds. If I were ...
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Windows7: how to put an item in startup directory without Admin rights

I share my work computer with 3 other employees. It would be very helpful to run a script at startup for all of us. It is a big company, and there is a lot of red tape for everything!!! So, we ...
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avoid System Repair

A coworker had an electrical hit and lost usage of usb and ps2 on her computer. I added in a pci to usb card to get it back to "usable"...The usb ports seem to be inactive until windows boots, have no ...
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My Computer Doesn't Start Up

I'm using an Acer Aspire L320(Windows Vista) and have no idea what happened to it! It doesn't start up (no visual on my monitor at all) and although the power button LED light still comes on, the ...
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New PSU New Issue, Fan, Hard drive, Disc Drive Start, Nothing Else

I've been in the chat for the past while and found nothing so I figured I'd come to the front page. For about 6-8 months I've had issues with my computer not starting when it was cold and even then ...
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Windows Vista stuck beforestart up

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows vista, and ever since about a year ago it has been nothing but trouble. The computer has had multiple viruses, which we have gotten fixed, even though we have had ...
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Vista Startup - Cannot Find the File Specified

Yesterday I restarted my laptop because my Wi-Fi catcher wasn't working correctly, and when the computer reached the login screen, instead of showing my user account it said "Cannot find the file ...
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How can I disable checking the NTFS file system when booting the system?

Windows Vista SP2 and Win7: After the BIOS gets done posting, CHKNTFS checks the NTFS file system before proceeding to login. I would like to disable CHKNTFS, as this makes the boot process very ...
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How can I prevent Microsoft Security Essentials from performing its automatic scan after booting system?

I have a Vista SP2 system with MSE installed. Right after booting, MSE automatically does a quick scan which significantly slows down my system until it has finished scanning. I would like for MSE to ...
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Fans run, but nothing else on power up

Just now I came home, and went downstairs to work on my development box. I noticed that the power LED had gone yellow, like it was in standby, but when I jiggled the mouse nothing happened. I ...
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Why does Startup Repair run regularly and finds no problems?

My Windows Vista computer regularly runs Startup Repair on bootup. It does not let me cancel. My computer will not turn off using the power button (I haven't tried unplugging it during this process). ...
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Vista - give me a sign when all start up processes are done

OK. I am a frustrated VISTA user (like so many others). I am wondering if there is a way to have some sort of program/function show me when EVERYTHING is loaded after reboot/log-on. I am asking this ...
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Vista Not Booting Properly

My notebook has not been able to boot into Vista recently. This happened after I restarted my computer today, due to a Windows Update prompt. Additionally, before the problems arose, I also updated ...
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Windows has blocked some startup programs

I put a shortcut to MSI Afterburner, my graphics card monitoring program, into my startup folder. Every time I start up my computer, Windows pops up a message saying "Windows has blocked some startup ...
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Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause [closed]

I recently bought new parts to build a computer. According to the manufacturers, all parts are compatible, and I have 2 HDs - 1 new (currently empty), and 1 old (with data, including Vista 32-bit). I ...
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Windows Vista hangs on startup for a reeeaal long time

I have an Acer Aspire 5735Z laptop with Windows Vista (legal.) After the login screen, when the sidebar is loading, the OS hangs for like 10 minutes or so. When hovering over the icons on the ...
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windows vista: is there a way to see the startup messages instead of the loading bar

My Windows Vista installation is hanging on the loading bar and never leaves it. Is there a way to see what it's actually doing? Such as by getting the text print-out of what it's loading as an ...
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Vista takes a long time to startup on a weird place: after the loading screen but before the WIMP

I'm having an unusual problem with Windows Vista on startup. It progresses past the POST and the loading screen with the green progress bar at normal speed, but then the blank screen between that ...
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Why does Windows Media Player no longer start up?

In Windows Vista, Windows Media Player was working but now suddenly it is not. If I start it from the task bar or from a desktop shortcut to a specific MP4 video, nothing happens. In Windows Task ...
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What is dwmstsk.dll? Not found on starting windows

When I start Windows I get a message from RunDLL about not able to load this dll because it is not found. It is supposed to be in <user>\AppData\Local\dwmstsk.dll. This is a location where ...
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Windows Vista Startup Logo Looping

My cousin gave me her laptop to "fix a virus" she had on it. I got home, turned it on and found that when starting up the computer gets stuck at the Windows Vista load bar cycling forever. It doesn't ...
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Automatically do a “Scan for hardware changes” on startup?

I've got an IDE to SATA adapter that I use for my optical drive. I need to use one because I've still got a couple of IDE-based hard drives that I use, and those obviously connect through and utilise ...
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790 views

Don't want IIS to autostart

I am using Windows Vista Ultimate, and in my current setup the IIS (webserver) starts up every time I start my computer. How can I turn it off so IIS don't start on start up?
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Vista startup performance

After 2 years my Vista (32-bit) machine now boots quite slowly. The event viewer tells me two programs comming up slow: explorer.exe and svchost.exe. Fine. But what can i do that these programs ...
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Vista won't boot. BSOD: Page fault in nonpaged area

Here's the story: I let Windows Update do the updates it wanted to do, then rebooted the computer. The updating process was taking time so I went away. When I came back, my computer was rebooting. It ...
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Stop Windows Automatic Update in boot menu or start up-sequence

My girlfriend has a corrupted hard drive running Windows Vista. She is getting a new hard drive and has also purchased an external hard drive to back up her data. However windows downloaded an ...
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Skype does not start on Vista 64

I have a computer with Vista 64 and I have a problem with Skype on it. It does not start automatically. I have checked the corresponding option in the Skype settings (Start Skype when I start Windows) ...
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Vista Startup Repair cannot repair my Toshiba Laptop (L300D)

I installed some updates, and now the computer doesn't boot up, it just keep's telling me to go to repair, which doesn't fix the problem. I see the BSOD on startup, but it flashes by too quick. (I ...
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How to disable startup apps on Windows Vista?

Whenever I start my Windows box, it automatically opens "Welcome Center" and "On-Screen Keyboard". I never asked it to do this. I don't know why it does this. How do I turn it off? In the old ...
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Getting a STOP error on Vista boot (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA)

I'm trying to boot into a Vista 64 bit machine and during startup, right after the progress bar starts scrolling back and forth, it BSOD's with a STOP error 0x00000050 (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA). ...
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Vista hangs on load: black screen with mouse only

So here is the info that I have so far: The computer was on all night because it failed to go to sleep properly. It was also very hot in the morning. This is not irregular for the machine (it's a ...
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Safemode Startup Issues on Vista 64 Bit

Before i ask the question, let me point out that this is not a hardware issue. I have a clean install of vista on another hd that runs on same hardware, i am pretty sure its a corruption of a drive or ...
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107 views

Enable Vista startup programs

I want to be able to add some of my programs onto my laptop, so that they automatically start when I turn my computer on. How do I do this?
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Vista freezing randomly at startup

About 1 in 3 startups, Vista will boot, run for a few minutes, then just stop. It doesn't BSOD, it just freezes up (mouse cursor, sound and everything). I have to hard reset the computer using the ...
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How do I get a list of startup programs from the Vista command prompt?

On a badly malware infested computer without AV and other protection, the bad guys often have to be removed by hand. The first step to removing them is to identify them. So, how does one get a list of ...
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Windows start-up application order

Does anyone know how can I choose the order in which my Windows Vista start-up application are started? For example, I wish for my antivirus to start before Outlook or any instant messaging programs.
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Is there a way to know what program slow down startup?

Is there a program that can be installed to be able to know what program take time to load at startup of Windows?
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Corrupt Boot Sector

My girlfriend recently tried to install some printer drivers, and I guess her computer BSOD'ed. When the computer powers up it says the computer was turned off yada yada, with the options start the ...
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Autostart apps on different screens in Windows Vista

Is there a way to autostart apps and have them appear on a specific screen? I have a startupscript that looks like this: Set shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") progList = Array("C:\Program ...
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Autostart Apps in order - Windows Vista

Is there some way to autostart apps in Vista so you can control which one is started first, second, third etc. For example if I want to start Outlook, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, IE, Firefox in that ...
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How to tune Windows Vista startup speed?

My one year old Vista installation at work takes some 10 minutes to start up. However, my freshly installed Vista at home takes only 1 minute to get fully running. What could cause this slowdown, and ...
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What is the ehome folder in C:\Windows for?

On my Windows Vista partition, startup has been slow lately, so I went and did my usual spring clean. One item I noticed in msconfig was called Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Operating System. Which ...
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Safari 4 starting up slowly on a Vista machine

I have two PCs (different specs) with the latest Windows Vista and Safari 4 updates installed. In one machine, Safari 4 works great but in the other, it starts up slowly (less than a minute though) ...
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Dial PPPoE connection on Windows startup

Is there a way to automatically dial a PPPoE connection on startup? In Mac OS X, this is done automatically after login. It was also possible in Windows XP: when creating a new connection, it also ...
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How can I make programs start at startup in Windows Vista?

I have some programs I use a lot and would like them to start when I login to Vista. How can I make a program start when I login to Windows Vista?
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How do I allow programs that require admin rights to run at startup in Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista I have several monitor/profile apps set to run at startup (Logitech Hardware stuff) that require elevated ...
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Windows vista stuck at the logon “please wait” screen

So, I got hit by a virus and it seems while I was trying to clean it, I removed something essential from the list of startup programs. So, when windows starts, it gets stuck at the "please wait" ...
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...