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Vista update Did the vista update tonight now cant boot computer into safe or normal mode. Dell pc. any ideas what to try?

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Insert your windows vista disk and during setup youll see system restore it will fix your boot problem once after you run it

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I have a dell inspiron 531 that had the hard drive formatted by a virus and my disks will not restore vista home


Reboot the computer As the computer is booting repeatadly press the F8 key as the computer is booting If done properly the user should get to a screen similar to the below screen. Select the option for Safe mode command prompt only Windows Advanced Options Menu
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Return to OS Choices Menu Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice select the safe mode option then run your antivirus if still cant get rid of the virus restart again Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice. select safe mode with networking download

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Dec 29, 2012 | Dell Inspiron PC Desktops

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Computer starts then goes to black screen and system recovery wont work error code 257'


Hi,
The display drivers maybe corrupt.

Boot the machine into safe mode. Right click on My Computer (XP) Computer (Vista) and select manage from the sub menu.
When the window pops up select Device Manager.
A device list will populate. When it has look down the list for Display Adapters. Click on the + icon next to Display Adapters to it expands. Right click on the display adapter and select uninstall.

Restart the computer and let it boot in normal mode.
If it boots in normal mode let it detect the Display and install the drivers for it.
I would be a good idea to update the display drivers via the Dell Support website


Regards.

Sep 30, 2009 | Dell PC Desktops

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Cant get my cumpter out of safe mode.


Dear Sir,

According to your problem it seems to be your PC set to safe boot mode in System configuration.
so follow these steps.
Click on Start>>then click on Run>type msconfig>System configuration Utility opens with several tab like general,system ini,win ini,boot ini>click on boot.ini>there is boot options safe boot,bootlog etc,& notice that safe boot box had check mark,if it is yes remove the check mark click apply then ok. then restart the system.
(These steps for both vista and XP)



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After restart Your system in normal mode.

i think it solves your problem,
if you have any query regarding this issue leave a feedback,we will glad to assist you

Have a Nice Day!
good luck

Sep 12, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Help My Sandisk U3 Locks up vista SP1 useing intel 920i


Very well could be due to the fact your running 64bit Vista. I would try shutting the computer off,connect the U3,then turn on the computer. Sometimes the drives come with software that could be causing the problem also due to the try to install themselves when connected. You could also try booting up in safe mode. Press F5 repeatedly when the computer is booting up and this will take you to a menu that you can choose the safe mode option and try to connect the drive in this mode. You can then load/disable files or software on the drive that may be the cause of the problem. Also try the drive in another computer if possible and if it works try getting the firmware update from the sandisk website. It is possible the drive itself could be bad.

Sep 04, 2009 | Dell Studio XPS 435 PC Desktop

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My desktop keeps restarting and shows windows update 3 of 3. it does it over and over.


If you have a Windows Vista operating system, try this:
Try a system restore from safe mode or from the repair option VistaDVD. Other then that only solution I have is a workaround. See if youcan access safe mode F8 at the boot screen, select "safe mode withcommand prompt" at the prompt type:- Code: C:windowswinsxspending.xml C:windowswinsxspending.old.xml
C:windowswinsxscleanup.xml -> C:windowswinsxscleanup.old.xmlPress enter after each command, reboot you will still see the config updates however it will quickly dissapear and Windowswill boot normally. I would contact MS about this, for a permanent fix.If no safe mode boot with your vista dvd go past the language setup andselect the repair option Now select command prompt (BTW at the "xsources prompt type C: press enter brings you to C:/>) now run thetwo above commands.

If you find this works you may be able to permanently remove the"Update" go to C:windows software distribution and right click select"delete" windows will recreate a fresh folder at boot.

Jul 19, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop Computer

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Blank screen, can only start programms by task manager


Try to boot Vista into Safe Mode. Tap the F8 Key right after you turn on the computer until you get the Advanced Boot Up Menu
and use the keyboard arrow keys to select Safe Mode. The next screen may ask you to select your operating systm. Select Vista, not the Recovery Console.

Does your task bar and icons appear in safe mode? If so, it might be one of your start up programs that is failing and causing explorer.exe to fail during normal boot-up into Windows and not allowing your taskbar and icons to appear. Click Start and type in msconfig and hit enter then click the Start Up tab and look at all the programs that start up when Vista is starting up. Do Not uncheck anything in the list that you do not recognize as you may uncheck drivers or Vista starting programs that you computer needs to start up Vista properly. Google anything you don't recognize and uncheck any Start Up programs you do not need to start when Vista boots up, like Quicktime player or Adobe Reader for example. (This would also help your boot up time into Vista)

Sounds like explorer.exe crashed. Try opening up the Task Manager again, and Click File > New Task and type in explorer.exe. See if the task bar and your desktop icons appear.

If they appear for a brief moment then disappear again, the Windows explorer.exe is corrupted. Explorer.exe will try to start and then fail again. You may need to use System Restore to bring your computer back to a date and time when the computer was working properly, before the Vista update.

Jan 31, 2009 | PC Desktops

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When I switch on Acer Aspire 5315 get message "Configuring updates 3 of 3 0% complete" for a few second then pc shuts down restarts and goes back to the same configuring updates message just...


try starting the computer in safe mode. As the computer boots keep pressing F8 until you hear a beep. The computer will or should start in safe mode, once it has everything will look big, don't worry about that for now, click on start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore and choose a date for when you know the computer was working without any problems. Once the computer has restored it will shut down and reboot. When/if asked what mode you want to boot/start your computer choose start windows normally. I hope this helps.

Oct 22, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I have Windows Vista installed on my laptop. I install all the automatic updates. Recently Vista downloaded Service Pack 1 and I installed it. After the installation my laptop stopped working. I can...


Your problem: "I have Windows Vista installed on my laptop."

Unfortunately, as with a lot of MS service packs, they can crash some computers. You need your windows vista disk and, booting from it, you can select repair your vista installation. This should take care of the problem. Then don't update to sp1 for a few months.

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Dell Dimension E520 ,,No Desktop!!


ya u would have to reinstall it all formatt it iuse your xp or vista i love vista better then xp just update it boot into your cd u could try bootuing into safe mode f8 see whats starting up in msconfig maby a bug stopping it

Jan 30, 2008 | Dell Dimension E520 PC Desktop

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