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Major problem after using bootvis tool.

by heetenism / September 15, 2007 1:22 PM PDT

Hey everyone.

I've got a Toshiba R10 Satellite tablet pc, 512mb ram, WinXP SP2

Lately my computer has been taking a long time to boot up (two to two and a half minutes). Defragging, cleaning registry had no effect. I checked out some support forums, and heard tell of the Bootvis tool cutting people's boot times by 40%-60%. I downloaded, told it to track my next boot, rebooted, it opened with a bunch of graphs, I went to the trace menu, choose optimize, and it started working, then rebooted my computer. Here's where the problems started.

First, the XP logo hung on my screen for around five minutes, then the pre-login screen ('windows is starting up' or something to that effect), then after entering my password, another five minutes while it loads my settings, AND THEN it shows my desktop while it takes another five minutes show my icons, start menu, etc. It has also taken off many things I consider essential (Tablet drivers, Laptop power management, wireless and ethernet drivers), and a few things I like but arent quite essential (my theme and things like that). So I said fine, I'll just system restore and things will be fine. Sadly, things were not that simple. I apparently don't have the system resources to open ANYTHING (notepad, solitaire... system restore...). Ctrl-alt-del showed my CPU running at 100%

I rebooted, and pressing F8, choose safe mode. In safe mode, my pen drivers worked and I was able to open system restore. I restored to two days ago, but alas, it still took that hellishly long boot time, and when I finally logged in, nothing had changed. I rebooted again in safe mode, and when I logged in through safe mode, and it told me there had been no changes between yesterday and today (obviously untrue). I restored (in safe mode) to the very first day I had the computer, and same story: regular login was hellish, safe mode said no changes were to be made.

I then rebooted and chose 'restart windows at last known good configuration'. THAT worked. Everything was back as it should be. Obviously it didn't take, or I wouldn't be typing this right now. I turned off my computer and went and did some chores around the house. Turning it back on, I was dismayed to find that same LOOOONG boot, my tablet pen drivers are gone, my theme is gone, and I can't open anything again as my CPU is running at 100%.

I tried 'last known good configuration' again, and this time, it DIDN'T work. Just went back to my own personal PC hell.

Any help on this would be appreciated, thank you all.

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What you're looking for is
by PudgyOne / September 15, 2007 6:33 PM PDT

stopping unnecessary programs from starting at boot time.

Please read this

You may have to repair the system if you cannot get things back.

First try

start run


chkdsk /f (space between the k and /)

answer y

restart your computer.

See how things are. If that fails, then

insert the factory disk and restart your computer

boot from disk

choose install

do the agreement

now choose repair. you will NOT lose anything except the Windows updates. All your programs and files will still be there.

Remember to get your Windows updates. Now try to stop unnessary programs from starting at startup.


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thanks, but didnt work
by heetenism / September 16, 2007 2:13 AM PDT

chkdsk didnt work

booting from factory disc told me that I would lose the contents of my hard drive.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2007 5:13 AM PDT

This is the one thing I don't like about restore CDs. They force the owner to backup their stuff. Oh wait! That's a good thing.

Sorry, no this is not an error but designed that way. Newer restore CDs may offer to reinstall the OS and not touch your files but even those have to wipe out installed softwares and recreate the administrator account and the files in that profile.


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Ha, but if he had a drive image of his operating system.
by YankeesNYwins / September 16, 2007 10:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Bummer.

In a half hour he could restore ALL and have everything perfect the way it was when he saved his drive image...

Drive image or a saved copy of a drive..either one is perfect.

This has to be done by accessing either a partition on your hard drive or an external hard drive..

Learn how, it is really easy to do.

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