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Windows hangs in start up process, occasionally. Music plays and then system fails to bring up screen with icons. Have to manually shut off computer by holding on/off button and then restart and bypass the disc checking routine. Then it comes up fine.

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  • wiserbear Jul 29, 2008

    I've tried both these ideas to no avail. Thx, anyway.

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I'd suggest giving registry mechanic a try or try run-msconfig startup and only start essential programs

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Windows media player won't work


Which operating system ? Which version of Media player ?
Though designed with Windows 7 in mind, Windows Media Player 11 (WMP 11) is fully compatible with Windows XP.

The trick is knowing which version of WMP 11 to download.
Different versions of the software exist not only for Windows 7, Vista, and XP, but also for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP.

Additionally, WMP 11 is only compatible with XP if it is using Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3. Before downloading the appropriate installation file, you will need to verify which version your system requires.

Open the "Start" menu.
Open "My Computer."

Click "Help", then select "About Windows."
This will display a window with system information.

Find the listing that specifies your Service Pack. If you are operating without Service Pack 2 or 3, you will need to install one (see Resources).


Open the "Start" menu and click "Run." Within the text field, type "winmsd.exe."

Click "OK." Select "System Summary."
Find the heading labeled "Item."

Under this heading should be the word "Processor."
The value associated with "Processor" will determine which version of Windows XP you are running.

If the value begins with "x86," you are running a 32-bit version.
If it begins with "ia64" or "AMD64," then you are running a 64-bit version.

Download the Windows Media Player installation file that matches your version of Windows (see Below).
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-media-player

Open the file once it has finished downloading.
This will launch the installation wizard.

Follow the onscreen instructions to install WMP 11.
The program should now run normally.
How to Fix Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is the home entertainment hub on a Windows computer.
With Media Center, you can play live television, songs, DVDs and slideshows.

It is preinstalled on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium/Ultimate Edition and Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

From time to time, users run into issues trying to play audio or video files, or with an extender connected to Media Center.

Extenders are devices that allow you to "extend" the Media Center onto a TV screen or larger display.

The Xbox 360 gaming console is an example of an extender.
Launch Windows Media Center from your computer's Start menu.

Scroll down to "Music" on the Media Center home screen.
Select "Music library."

If you find an empty folder under "Music Library," navigate to the folder on your hard drive that stores your music file and add it to Media Center's library.

If the problem isn't an empty folder, look at the file extension on the music file that won't play. Media Center can't play files with unknown or incompatible extensions.

If you find a questionable extension, skip that file. Click once on another file with a different extension, one you know is compatible with Media Center, and then click "Open" to test if you can play that one.

Media Center will play MP3, CDA, WAV and other music file formats.
Open Windows Media Player from the Start menu if you receive a codec error while trying to play either audio or video files.

If you open the file in Media Player, the codec will download automatically.
You should then be able to play the file in Media Center.

Troubleshoot your firewall settings if a Media Center extender doesn't work.
You'll have a problem using an extender if Windows Firewall blocks it.

Go to "Control Panel" from the Start menu and double-click on "Windows Firewall."
Click on "Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall."

Click to check "Media Center Extenders."
Click on "Apply."

Check external speaker cables to make sure they're connected if you can't hear any sound. Check the computer's volume settings by clicking on the "VOL+" icon at the bottom right corner of the main Media Center screen to make sure the volume is not turned off or down too low.

You may need to reconfigure your speakers if you're having volume or sound issues.
Scroll down to "Tasks" in the Media Center home screen and select "Settings."

Click on "General" and select "Windows Media Center Setup."
Click on "Set Up Your Speakers."

Follow the on-screen prompts to reconfigure your speakers.

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No start menu or destop icons on startup?


This is due to an error on your explorer.exe file. Follow the following steps to restore your desktop:

1) When you boot up into Windows you get something that looks like this:
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No icons or Start menu toolbar.

2) What you need to do is hold down CTRL + ALT + Delete on your keyboard to bring up the Task Manager, it looks like this:

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3) Then click on New Task... as circled in red in the above picture.
4) The Create New Task window should appear.
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5) All you have to do is type explorer.exe into the field next to Open and your dektop should be restored, icons and all.

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NOTE: If you get a blank desktop every time you start up Windows then it normally is a problem with some third-party driver or process - either something from the Registry or maybe even the Windows Startup group. To check this, restart your PC in Safe Mode (as your PC is booting up, press and hold the F8 key). If Safe Mode loads correctly with your desktop as it should be then you have diagnosed the problem to be a driver issue. If you have System Restore enabled, use it to roll back to a time when your PC booted up correctly. If not then you will have to manually uninstall any software or device drivers that you added recently until you get to the stage before the problem.

There is a program called Driver Scanner that scans and checks to see if your PC is using the most recent and official drivers.

If all else fails you may need to perform a clean re-install of Windows.

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Remove program


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  2. On the Apps screen, swipe or scroll to the right and find the Windows System category.
  3. Press or click on the Control Panel icon under Windows System.
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If you're still able to access your start menu:
Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore

Select "Restore my computer to an earlier time" and click next

Choose an available restore point, one of a time before the incident occurred. Then click next.

I'm not sure how long this will take but it will notify you of a successful restore.

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If you fail to boot the operating system, you can:
#1. Use Windows startup Disk to fix Windows 7 startup problem
If the failure of booting is result from the errors or the damaged files of starting system, a start up disk will help to solve this problem with ease.
#2. Use last know Good Configuration to fix Windows 7 startup problem
It is also a common method to enter the operating system. To use last know Good Configuration you can press F8 when you reboot the system. Then select "Last know Good Configuration" on the Advanced Boot Options screen to enter this mode.
#3. Use System Restore option in safe mode to fix Windows 7 startup problem
Enter the safe mode as the step in to last know Good Configuration in method #2. Choose System Restore option in System Tool in start menu.
If you find the startup process of Windows 7 very slow, we suggest that you should:
#1. Remove redundant programs in your booting items as many as possible. After finishing this action, the speed of startup can be improved by no less than 40%.
#2. Delete short cuts on desktop. The more icons on the desktop, the longer it takes to restart Windows 7. To fix Windows 7 startup problem, you should clear up the unnecessary short cuts on your computer desktop.
#3. Optimize registry regularly with proper registry maintenance tool. Registry error is the main reason that slows down the rebooting speed. You had better do registry cleanup timely to speed up Windows 7 start up process.

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My pc gets past the Windows XP black screen and they stops loading up. Though music starts to play. Never heard that before. Have hit F10 to the recovery system. Followed those directions and they the blue...


Hi there,

The first portion of your description of symptoms would usually lead to the conclusion that your hard drive is about shot, but the rows of dots at the Recovery attempt point sqarely to your video card about to fail completely.

It could actually be both problems if your hard drive is 3 or more years old or has been run heavily and continuously for gaming or other intensive apps.

That's about all I think most of us here could tell you from a distance.

Best Regards,

Marcus

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mcdevito75 here, You can try to simply use your mouse arrow anywhere on the screen to bring back the icons and start task bar. You can also try to press the Alt key and F4 key together to bring them back.

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I just bought a sony VIAIO today and dont knoiw hoiw to shut it down


1. Normal shutdown: select Start - Shut Down - Shut Down

2. System hangs: select Alt-Ctrl-Del and then Shutdown

3. If #2 doesn't work - hold the power button until the screen is dark

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