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Won't start completely

When starting my PC the Dell logo shows up followed by the Windows XP Professional logo with the blue progress status bar showing. Eventually the screen goes black and only the cursor can be seen (& the mouse moves the cursor). The desktop and its icons never appear on the screen. That's it. I don't know what to try short of reinstalling Windows.

This has been a slowly progressing problem. For a time, whenever this happened, just restarting the PC would solve the problem, but now it just won't start at all.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Press F8 during startup (just tap it every few seconds if your not sure when to pres it) and select safe mode from the list that appears and press enter.

Wait for the pc to boot into safe mode and see if the problem still happens (when booting into safemode the screen will fill with white text, this is normal)

Come back and post weather or not it still happens in safe mode

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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You have a virus I hope you have your data backed up. Reformat your hard drive(I assume you have a boot disk)

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bro just one good thing you should do... if you got no important files in the hard disk just clean format the drive and reinstall a good tested OS probably windows xp pro... make sure you low level format your drive before installing the OS... also you may try updating your BIOS.

rank me if this help ok...

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