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Help - I turned off too many start up process

by tmaone1 / July 28, 2011 5:26 AM PDT

I am using a Lenovo X60 laptop, running Windows XP. I used Start Up Manager to turn off annoying start-up processes, but turned off too many. My computer will boot, but I never get past the login screen. Is there a way I can turn some of the processes back on? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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(NT) Tried Doing From Safe Mode?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 9:20 AM PDT
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Safe mode isn't helping
by tmaone1 / July 29, 2011 1:53 AM PDT

I tried booting in safe mode and didn't get any further. I still can't get past a login screen. Someone else suggested using an Optimizer, which is a good idea, but I can't get in to do anything. Anyone have any other ideas? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Try Recovery Console
by mchainmchain / July 29, 2011 4:09 AM PDT

Boot into Recovery Console using your Windows Installation CD. There is a 'repair option'. To repair, see:

Print this entire document out and follow exactly. Get rid of 'Start Up Manager' if it is not a part of XP, but is an after-market program after completing repair process.

Next time, only stop programs not essential for Windows to start. These would be programs you have installed, and did not come with Windows before you installed these programs.


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Use msconfig to stop/start startup programs and services
by mchainmchain / July 29, 2011 6:41 AM PDT

Hello tmaone1,

Sorry to be short with 'Start Up Manager' problem.

One way to find out if a program is any good is to Google it first. See:,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=abb1f03500b21ec4&biw=1280&bih=861

Look for reviews about this program or any other program at CNET or other reputable vendor before downloading and installing it.

You can use msconfig to set what programs or services to start or not. Go here: Strongly suggest using the option to hide Microsoft services once the system is repaired. That way you cannot change a service or program you need for Windows to start.

You must be in an Administrative account to make these changes.

Hope this helps.


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I Would Now Try "Last Known Good"
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 1, 2011 9:19 AM PDT

Since you can't boot to anything, try restoring the computer to a time when things were good BEFORE the computer boots.. Start the computer and immediately start pressing the F8 key, once per second, till a selection screen loads. When the screen loads, use the up/down arrows to select "Last Known Good Configuration", then press the "Enter" key. Allow it to select a date BEFORE the problem occurred and follow the prompts to restart the computer.

Hope this helps.


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