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Loading Personal Settings Takes Forever

Q: Loading Personal Settings Takes Forever


I've recently developed this problem with a slow startup time. Everything else loads at a decent speed, but when it gets to 'Loading Your Personal Settings' it hangs for 2 - 3 minutes.

Can anyone help?

I'm willing to post more details if necessary.


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My desktop was infected with a strange virus which made the C drive full.I was not able to either install new programs or uninstall any program.When I restarted my desktop it goes till "Applying personal settings" and then does not move beyond that.
I started my system in safe mode and installed CA antivirus and ran an antivirus scan.Yet after that my system does not start.

When I try to install fresh Windows in another partition,it errors out saying there is no disk space.

Please help

A:Applying personal settings takes forever

Depending on your experience, or the experience of a friend, I would suggest using a live CD. Maybe have a friend download Ubuntu.

This will allow you to access your drive, copy what important info you want to keep to DVD/CDR or whatever.

Using the Live CD you can probably delete the obvious rubbish the virus bloated your drive with.

The Live CD won't be affected by any virus that is on your drive.

If you aren't happy with this, then you can buy yourself a new hard disk and replace your current one, but you will have to be incredibly careful that you don't allow the virus to transfer when you choose what means you prefer to obtain data from the corrupted drive.

More information can be provided pending the route you want to follow.

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Trying to load admin or any other user while at the xp welcome screen. Using an Vaio laptop

Any selected user starts loading personal settings and jumps immediately to save personal settings and returns to the welcome screen.

Had an attack by Antivirus 2009 and am trying to runMalwarebytes mbam-setup.exe from a flash drive.

I can get into safe mode by pressing F8 when booting up but not sure how to proceed from there.

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I have windows 98 with ie6 and firefox 2 installed. My problem is that oftentimes it takes 2-3 minutes to switch from one open window to another or to open a new web page. My computer whirs and clicks forever and while it is doing this I can't do anything else ecept press alt-ctl-del to end the process and even that takes a long time to accomplish.
At first I thought it was a problem with ie6 so I installed firefox. Firefox worked fine the first few days but then it began behaving like ie6 taking forever to navigate between open windows. I tried disconnecting from the internet by turning off my dsl modem but the 'puter just kept whirring and clicking.
I ran a reg scan with cc and it reported no issues.
Any ideas?

A:Page loading takes forever

try defraging
also check the disk for errors
and clean and delete stuff you don't need intill you have a good amount of free space

also try this
click on start>RUN>type MSCONFIG>go to the Startup tab>unselect all the useless stuff their > click on OK>press ok to restart>tell us if that worked

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About a week and a half or so ago loading media files takes forever. Whenever I click on a MP3 or AVI file it takes about 30 secs before it loads. In the meantime I get a Windows Explorer has stopped responding dialog and I can either shut it down or wait for it to load.

I've run Spybot, Adaware, and installed ZoneAlarm. I keep getting a message that my computer is trying to access another comp on my network.

I've also tried restoring to an older restore point with no luck. I have no idea what may be causing this. Any help would be massively appreciated.

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Can anyone help with this?

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So i got this Dell Laptop to fix...weird thing is

it will be stuck on the load-up screen for 15-20 minutes or more, then logging in will take another 10-15 minutes...

I tried looking into the system configuration through msconfig

disabled most of the startup programs down to the two most important ones
also played around with the "system services", but no luck...both will still startup the laptop really slow...

it has a 1gb ram and all updates/drivers are installed...

i also tried swapping the hdd with another laptop, still the same thing. I do not suspect it to be a bad hdd

but even after swapping the hdd, it will still take a very long time to load up and login....

occasionally the explorer.exe will shoot up to 50% CPU usage without me doing anything...

i believe these two are related in some way...

any ideas...thanks in advance

A:Loading screen takes forever to load!

For clues run the free programs Autoruns and Process Explorer to see what's starting up / going on. Is Windows updating anything in the background.
Is the HD from the other computer running on the exact same kind of computer?

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Okay , here is what I got..
basicly , I can't access to my folders (Only through programs and shorcuts that I saved , I can access to those folders like "downloads" ,"My personal files").
This started after my laptop became very slow , I downloaded "CCleaner" and "Avast Free anti-virus" , and deleted few unnecesary programs from the system.
It seems to helped me out with the lags , but windows now loading and loading my folders like..Forever !
When I restart my laptop it works fine for few times , and after few times of opening folders , it starting to load again forever..
Im not a pro with win7 . Could someone pls tell what could be the problem ?

Here is what I see all the time , those magnifying glasses spinning around and around and nothing else.

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Hello and welcome Baubza mate run these and see what thye come up with - in safe mode if necessary


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < use the /f option in Option 2 ifnecessary
Then you might like to have a read of this Optimize Windows 7 > point 8 is a good place to start at.

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My problem is windows 7 takes a long time to go past the welcome loading screen when it's loading the OS. (FYI- Win7 came preloaded when I purchased my laptop)It takes about 5-10 mins to finally load onto desktop.Never took so long before up until last night.Once at the desktop...I can't open my programs like normal each time it freezes/lags/slow as molasses if you will .Then I'm able to open up a program and it continues...Sometimes the screen blacks out and never returns so I reboot.Whatever trojan/virus is present manages to disable McAfee protection each time I start up.I would have to go in and enable it each time I'm logged on.Steps I've taken:***I've tried booting up via safe mode (same thing happens).***I've ran the startup repair (could not detect a problem).***I've Cleared out my temp files.***I've Defrag my laptop.***I've ran spybot search & destroy(found the following Doubleclick,Win32.Agent.ws,Zedo)***I've done a system restore to a point where my laptop worked like charm.***I've ran full MBAM (safe mode) scan results...(no malicious viruses detected).***I've ran full McAfee (safe mode) scan results( no viruses found).I wanted to see what could be done first, before I attempt a system recovery which is at the bottom of my totem pole,don't want to lose my data. Please Advise & Your Assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.Orange Blossom

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I am trying to solve this problem for a client. They have a Windows 2003 server,
and 4 windows XP workstations, and 2 Windows 2000 Professional workstations which
are part of a domain. The 2 windows 2k workstations take about 15 - 20 minutes
to load. When they get to the step where they load the personal settings and computer
settings, it takes forever. We have had no problems with the windows XP workstations,
and the problem just started recently with the Win2k machines. Im wondering if this is some kind of new Win2k problem with loading the settings from the server or what the cause is. Once the machine loads it runs perfectly.

any help would be greatly appreciated


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Hi. I'm having a problem at the moment with my personal settings not loading on XP. Whenever I load up the computerand click to login, it thinks about it for a few minutes before letting me into windows, but with literally all the default settings in place. The desktop is entirely reset, all my bookmarks are gone, programs where they shouldn't be, and so forth. though no error messages to speal of. At first it was happening scarcely, then more frequently, then every other day, and now it's every time I start up the machine. Now it's nothing a system restore isn't solving, so that's not a problem, but it is extremely irritating and wasting about twenty minutes of my time each day. Any idea what's causing the problem?

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Your personal folder or the register for your personal in XP may be corrupte ( may also due to Virus)... first thing make sure your original folder information is still there..

Open My Computer > Choose "C: Drive" > "C:\Documents and Settings" >
you will see all people's profile folder in there .

you can goto you Username and see your stuff like photo.. music ... document .. is still there.

If still in there you may want to back these things up and do a New installation..

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I am trying to fix a laptop for one of my users. The laptop is a Dell Latitude D610 2.13 Ghz, 512Mb. If you sign on with the network cable attached and try to log into the domain the laptop will sit at loading your personal settings and nothing. It has sit at least 30 minutes and nothing. If you reboot and log in with the network cable disconnected it will log in fine. I can't figure this one out.

I have renamed the users profile on the laptop to username.old and windows went through and recreated the profile. the only thing that might be a issue is the laptop was added to the domain on a different domain controller. the user is out of alabama and working here temporarily. According to him this laptop has never logged in before so I'm not sure if that is a problem or not.

Thanks in advance.

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After logging on the pc just hangs and looks like its loading but doesn't.
I can access the account in Safe Mode and back up work without a problem.

Previous to this problem starting I removed Mac Afee and installed Norton Anti Virus and then ran a scan. This found 2 viruses and then removed them. I then also installed a Orange 3G card and pc was working fine.

I will remove the Orange software and try again? Any suggestions please?

Thanks Sallie

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Hi Sallie, welcome to TSF..

could you please provide the specs of your machine?

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Hi Guys! My Laptop takes FOREVER when loading personal settings! I disabled a lot of startup programs and left only the essential ones, so I know thats not it. Is there a program that can tell me whats going on while it hangs for so long? Thanks!

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Hi check Event Viewer it may show you what's lagging at startup.
Click Start>Control Panel.
Click Performance and Maintenance.
Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
In the console tree>click Event Viewer.


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hi, for the past few days my xp sp3 notebook has been slow on the "loading personal settings" page - taking say about 20 seconds to load instead of going straight through to the desktop. This happens on the account I use on a daily basis. I have another account that I use for downloading programs or updates, and there is no such lag with that. I have run a malwarebytes scan and nothing was found. Event viewer did show that yesterday my AV program did not start properly first time but that was only yesterday, nothing showed up for the previous days or today. I tried creating a new account thinking that maybe my normal account is becoming corrupted, and then logged in to it - that also was slow as above, but maybe that is because it was a brand new account? Would you have any idea what if anything could be going wrong with the original account? Any ideas much appreciated.

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Do you have a mapped network drive that is no longer accessible?

Or maybe you used to have a printer installed but it is no longer connected to the computer? Or some other hardware that is no longer connected?

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Hello all, one of my XP computers was infected with the FBI Moneypack virus. I booted into safe mode and ran a few scans with Malwarebytes and Bitdefender 2012 and both found nothing. I deleted the main profile and created a new user account. When I try to boot normally it takes a good 5-6 minutes at the "Widnows is loading" screen. Then I finally see the user account and when I click on the account and enter the password it just stays stuck at loading your personal settings. I can boot into safe mode with networking and load up the account just fine, however every time I do I noticed in Documents and Settings it creates a new profile folder which looks something like Username.Computername.000, and keeps adding a number every time I login. Not sure where I can go from here. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Stuck at Loading your personal settings

You are still infected. Due to Forum Rules, we cannot comment or assist on Virus Removal. Please click on the link in my signature for Virus/Malware Help and do those things and post in that section of the forum.

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I am running Windows 2000 Pro and it was working just fine yesterday. This morning I go to turn it on and it's stuck on the loading your personal settings screen. It acts like it's about to load and than it restarts and does the same thing over and over. I did read somewhere that it probably has to do with a corrupted file in my settings...but since I'm the only one who uses the computer I don't have it set up to have more than one account setting. I can't even go into safe mode..the same thing happens. I did try to go to last known good configuration and that didn't do anything. It there a way I can log on without loading my personal settings? I can't think of anything I did yesterday that would cause this problem except that I ran a spyware scan with SpyBot and it deleted a few bad things. I also don't have a Windows boot CD since my computer was built by someone and he didn't give me the CD.

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Can someone help me?
When I boot Windows XP, and I enter my password the sytem hangs.
Unfortunately I have only one user account. How can I solve the problem?

A:XP hangs at loading your personal settings

Hi PetrosP and welcome to TSF !

Repeatedly press F8 during startup to bring up a menu before Windows starts then choose to load the last known good config. Tell us if you have any luck with that.

If not, try to start the computer in safe mode (same menu as before) and see if you can log successfully into your account there.

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Running Windows XP Home Edition, it was working fine last night, I turn it on today and it gets to the Log On screen fine. I type in my password and it starts to load the settings, i get the confimation sound then my compuer shuts down and restarts, I tried going with the "start windows in last known good configuration setting" and that didnt work, i also tried safemode to the system restore, restored to a month ago and it did the same thing. Any clue how i can fix this? No error messages, shuts down and restarts as i click any name on the Log on Screen. thanks

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I'm not sure why but a few months ago my computer at work has been VERY slow when starting up. It always seems to get stuck when XP says "Loading personal settings" or "Loading custom settings".

Dell Dimension 5150
XP Professional Ver. 2002 SP 3
Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz
2.99 GHz, 1.49 GB of RAM

certain other processes are very slow (ie. opening my computer properties, opening MSOutlook) this may be unrelated. If so, let me know so I can post in the appropriate place.

Thank you.

A:Slow loading personal & custom settings

Shouldn't you be seeing the it dept or your administrator about this since it is a work computer

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Hi Everyone,

We have about 1500 PC's which we are migrating from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. We are running a piolt for a month to iron out any problems with Windows XP and Office 2007, so curently only have about 20 PC's on our new Windows 2003 domain.

Last week all the PC's on the new domain started to take ages logging in, you login with local or domain creds and then it just shows a blue screen for about 20 seconds and then starts to load up the "applying personal settings". First I thought it was profile related but it happens on every account domain or local and the wait is before the profile has started to load. Evan happens if I unjoin domain. It don't happen when logging directly into the DC's or any member servers.

I have checked for viruses and spyware and nothing is found. No updates have been applied to the PC's in the period before or since the problem started. Also there is nothing in the event logs to suggest any problems.

Any ideas??

Thanks Rich

A:Slow Login Before Loading Personal Settings

Check out this KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221833
Then this: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windo...99a5-40fd-b68a-6c1979e565a21033.mspx?mfr=true
Will help dig into the logon process and uncover where the delay(s) occur.

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I originally posted in the wrong forum - sorry about that.

Problem: My windowsXP laptop hangs just after "loading personal settings" on my login. The hard drive light goes off and my wallpaper shows w/o the start button toolbar or desktop icons appearing. After about 3 minutes, my desktop finally appears. My laptop has become extrememly slow - especially opening up Windows Explorer, or when clicking on START->MyDocuments (sometimes this window will hang my entire computer).

I've also had my laptop reboot automatically several times over the past few days.

Here is my HJT log. Hopefully someone can help.

Thanks a lot!!


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:30, on 11/07/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Altiris\AClient\AClient.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Management Agents\cpqalert.exe
c:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN client\cvpnd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32... Read more

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when i try to log in to windows on my personal setting - i get an error message stating that i have 30 seconds and then i will be logged on to a temp user. i have tryed several things and can not get logged on to my personal setting, and therefore have no access to personal files, such as music files

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this is the message:
After I log in and it says "loading your personal settings"

a "user environment" box appears stating: "windows cannot load the locally stored profile. possible causes of this error include insufficient security rights or a corrupt local profile. If this problem persistes contact your network administrator"

then a second "user environment" box appears: "windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary profile. changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off"

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Hello, I have recently experienced a 1-2 minute delay on startup while my computer is loading personal settings. It does it on every user. The problem seemed to have started when I downloaded the latest LIVEUPDATES from Norton. Once the computer is booted, I don't seem to have any problems with slowness. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:58:06 PM, on 11/14/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Charlie\Desktop\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

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A:Slow Loading Personal Settings on Startup

Unfortunately due to the limited troubleshooting materials Symantec posts regarding their products, we recommend that users having an issue with Norton or other Symantec products contact them directly.


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ok. so basically for about 1 year now and counting ive had this problem. its very frustrating! ive tried everything except for buying a new gay computer that will only eff up after about 3 months of owning it again but anyways.

heres the problem.

i have windows XP.
i power up and it loads up to the login screen where i click which user i want.
i click the user and it tries to load.
i freezes at (loading your personal settings.)
i have to turn it off and on and let it load each time for about and hour before it finally will load past (loading your personal setting).
after about an hour of doing this repeatedly it works just fine for about a day.
any expertise or though would be greatly appreciated.
thank you.

A:Help! My computer freezes while loading my personal settings

I noticed your way with words (! ) could be a bit better
Try to be clear and concise, and don't call your computer, names. Unless you meant happy.

Try these two options


Please run Memtest for at least 7 passes (~4Hrs) for a thorough test of your Ram


Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer

Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
Click Properties, and then click Tools.
Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
Use one of the following procedures:

? To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
? To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (tick)
? To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:

The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?Click to expand...

Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

Wait until Chkdsk finishes Chec... Read more

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I can't get my computer to go past loading personal settings. It's not freezing because the mouse icon still moves. I've tried safe mode but i also does the same thing. If anyone can help it would be highly appreciated.

A:I can't get my computer to get past loading personal settings

Hi, felony0513
We will try to help but were going to need alot more info. I would first reboot and hit F8 key and try to go into Last Known Cofiguration That Worked and see if it will boot. Many things can cause a PC to hang (Dirty PC, PSU, HEAT, CPU, RAM, Viruses, Spyware, HD) are just a few. We will need the specs on your PC. How long this has been going on etc.,etc., before we can even attempt to help you. If you do get it booted up the first thing I would do is SAVE YOU DATA. Depending on the issue you may loose it.
Please post back with what ever you can.

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I am running win xp. when i start up sometimes it takes along time to get to the account log in page sometime its quick. then when i chose to log in to one of the 2 accounts on the comp. it just says loading personal settings. the mouse can still be moved but nothing else can be done. here is where i get confused. when one freezes i can restart and open the other account. then log off of it and open the account that froze. just can not open it from startup. and it doesn't happen to the same account all the time. it changes. i am lost please help.

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I am moving your thread to the XP forum.

If it needs to come back here, someone will let us know!

Good luck!

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I am having a major problem logging into windows. When I get to the log on screen, and click my user name (the only one available) it gets stuck on "loading personal settings".

My first reaction was to boot from CD, at which point I could not get my USB keyboard to work during the boot which made it impossible to "hit any key to boot from CD", so I fixed that by plugging the keyboard into the default keyboard port with an adaptor.

When I managed to boot from CD, I tried to do a repair install and got the message "Setup cannot find Hard disks bla bla cannot continue, windows will restart".

I have 2 hard drives in raid 0.


A:Stuck;Loading personal settings,Win Cd boot HD not found

Does the BIOS recognize the HD's?
Did you load the drivers for the Raid during installation?

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When i turn on my computer i get floppy diskette see failure strike f1 key to continue or f2 to run setup utility (i do not have a floppy drive on my computer but i have a portable plug in one but it is not plugged in )so i press f1 then i login in and when it is loading my personal settings it freezes.I tried safe mode but it freezes. So then i went to task manager new task and did a restore it brought my desk top icons up but when i click on them they act like their going to load but quit. I have XP. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I have a Gateway computer, Windows XP.
My computer's been having a problem, every time I try to go through Safe Mode, it would always restart.
So therefore, no SAFEMODE for me.
When I try to start up normally, my computer would hang on Loading your personal settings. This one time, however, did go through that and I can't do anything, my mouse over the taskbar would display a hour glass. There are no desktop icons either, but I don't even get that anymore, it hangs on the Loading your personal settings now.
Please help me, and I also do not have any WIndows CD and I do wish to save some money.. Thank you for your time and effort.

A:Help, safe mode restarts, loading your personal settings

hello and welcome. let's try it this way.Run VIPRE Rescue ProgramHopefully this has allowed us to now run MBAM.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and clic... Read more

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Hi, recently, I downloaded a game software and it didn't work on my PC. So I tried a variety of things suggested to me by people, downloading avast! Virus Cleaner and many other things. Eventually I ended up on my Task Manager's 'Process' tab and this is around when my problem started.

I started shutting off processes I didn't need, to see if maybe unneeded or infected processes were what was causing my problem with the game. Then, right after I shut off a process (I'm not sure which process precisely) I got an error message saying that I should save all my documents and shut down the computer. The message had a countdown (to shutting off the computer I presume) and otherwise, I didn't read though it thoroughly.

So I restarted my computer, and everything was fine and pretty much the same until I got to the log-on screen. There, I typed in my password, got in, and the screen just started hanging at 'Loading Your Personal Settings'.

I tried googling this many times, to no avail, I tried restarting in Safe Mode, shutting off again, Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+Alt+Delete, so many I can't even think of them all. Nothing worked. I have the same problem in Safe Mode as well.

I think it's likely that either
1) I got a pop up after installing avast! Virus Protection asking me to restart the computer. At the time, I didn't restart. avast! might be killing my computer in some way...? I've heard about AVG doing this to a computer once...
2) The process I deleted offa the process menu wa... Read more

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Good afternoon, my computer (an old dinosaur of an E-Machine) has been hanging up after i've selected a user and inserted the password and it begins loading personal settings.

I have gotten a few "low on virtual memory" warnings that helped to explain this but I have expanded the memory, and cleared out as much space as I can for the RAM by deleting temporary internet files, and disabling certain startup programs and processes. This includes disabling my Spyware Doctor which was sucking up most of the space.

I have uninstalled an old Norton Antivirus that had gotten lost in the background, since I thought perhaps it had been corrupted and this resulted in the problem. That does not seem to have fixed the problem. I have also run Malwarebytes several times but it has detected nothing.

I have run TweakNow Registry cleaner several times to see if I could fix the problem but it was all to no avail. I can enter the computer via safemode or by entering into a low memory usage mode (alt + tab) and everything seems to be working smoothly once I am inside.

The mouse and keyboard are both responsive when it hangs up, the Windows XP just seems unwilling to load the users. It also continues to insist that it is low on virtual memory despite my having cleaned it out. Either something unseen is using up all the virtual memory, or for some reason it is just not registering that it has the space.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all very much.

A:Microsoft XP Home hangs up at "loading personal settings"

It is possible that the ntuser file has been corrupted. Boot into safe mode, create a new user, then boot normally using the new user you just created.

Hope this helps.

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Last weekend I upgraded a small office from a File Server (WOrkGroup peer-to-perr) to a MS-SBS2003 domainServer environment.

The installation went smooth. All clients are running WINXP and able to join the new domain just fine.

The problem is when each PC starts, it shows "Loading Personal Settings" and that takes much longer comparing when they were networked to the previous File Server. After a long say couple of minutes (or more to some PCs) then every appears as usual and the speed is just fine as before, just the initial load.

This is happening to ALL Pcs right after joining the new Domain server.

Also there are 2 PCs previously sharing a printer which attached to a PC close-by, I mapped the printer for the 2 users to share, and with no reason the 2 clients will lose connection (during teh day) to that printer. I attempt to remap the printer but failed to find the shared printer, after I reboot the client then I can find and remap again.

Can someone shed some light on my problem above please please?

A:Personal settings loading very slow after SBS2003 Server installed

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I have a Gateway computer, Windows XP.
My computer's been having a problem, every time I try to go through Safe Mode, it would always restart.
So therefore, no SAFEMODE for me.
When I try to start up normally, my computer would hang on Loading your personal settings. This one time, however, did go through that and I can't do anything, my mouse over the taskbar would display a hour glass. There are no desktop icons either, but I don't even get that anymore, it hangs on the Loading your personal settings now.
Please help me, and I also do not have any WIndows CD and I do wish to save some money.. Thank you for your time and effort.

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I am trying to run IT support for a school, including teachers laptops, and a set of laptops for pupils to use.

OK we have a number of laptops, all decent spec (tho' varied), all running XP sp2 (I plan to upgradde that ASAP).

Users all have roaming profiles, and home folders on server, which synchronise to offline folders.

From time to time, a user will experience this EXTREME delay, while logging on.
The only solution I can find to this is to delete the NTUSER.DAT file in the profile, all is then fine for a few days/weeks, then I get a delay again.

Why is it happening, is there a solution.

I'm thinking of automating a routine to delete all ntuser.dat files overnight each day, but there must be something better.

A:xp workstations on 2003 server, loading settings takes 50 mins !!

nobody ???


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Im getting a really annoying problem where my computer will get as far as "loading your personal settings" screen and basically hang up.

I had a virus infection just recently which i cleaned up. A few days later my computer started doing this. It boots up normally until it gets to the "loading your personal settings" screen then it will not go any further.

The mouse responds and there is hard disk activity but nothing happens. I also don't get the windows start-up sound. It will do this probably 9 times out of ten. When it does boot up all the way it works fine and runs perfectly. I had it running for 3 days without any problems.

Some more info:I have tried unplugging the computer from my router, this had no apparent effect.
The computer will boot up fine every time in safe mode & safe mode with networking
I have disabled everything in the start-up apart from AVG FREE edition. This has not had any apparent effect
I ran a check-disk last night and it found no errors.
when it hangs up, ctrl+alt+del does not work, alt+tab also does not do anything
I have downloaded the latest AVG setup file and ran a repair install, this had no apparent effect
I haven't ran system file checker since as the system works fine in safe mode i assume that the system files are probably fine.
i had avast on the system but it got really screwed up so in the end i used the avast uninstall tool to remove it.

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A:Irritating boot problem (hanging at "loading your personal settings")

Hi cloudflint, only a question, have you try to create another user profile to verify if the problem persists on another account?
It seems to be a profile problem..

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I'm running Windows XP Home Edition (SP1 I believe). When i go to log on to either of the screennames on the computer, both admin, one password protected, it hangs for several minutes on "Loading your personal settings..."
It loads eventually, but when it does the hard drive makes an audible grunting sound and the desktop loads up normal except for the taskbar. Most programs work properly (at least through the desktop shortcuts that I have), however Windows Media Player refuses to even load at all, and the only way I can get to my documents is through My Computer, however I am unable to open anything in any folders that aren't .exe files. Pictures, videos, pretty much any media is unresponsive and it seems that only .txt files will open.
I have tried to open windows in safe mode, but the taskbar still doesn't open and it is EXTREMELY slow, with the same side effects as stated before.
Now, i most situations, I would simply borrow a reformat disc from a friend, but I'd rather not lose all of my music and videos.
If possible, I need to get this issue sorted out extremely quickly, as I'm lacking on some fairly important files on that computer. Any other details I can give, just ask and I'll see what I can do. Open to suggestions, pretty much anything logical.

A:Login hangs on "Loading your personal settings..." loads after a few minutes, but...

You should give us your computer specs in case the problem involves one specific hardware. You did mention you're hearing grunting sounds on load up which sounds as if your hard drive maybe on the brink. Have a look at the following link it may help solve your problem http://pcsupport.about.com/od/nonwor.../hdnoisetb.htm.

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From what I can find on this subject, it seems to be an old problem, but I can't find an answer I can use. I have a Dell desktop, running Windows XP Home, and just two days ago I got the problem where it will let me sign into my account (I only have one set up) but it hangs at "loading personal settings". I tried to do load up in Safe Mode but the same thing happens - and I left it on (both times) overnight and nothing happened. I don't know what else to do short of reformatting and reinstalling Windows.

Anyone have any suggestions?

A:Windows hangs at "loading personal settings"

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Most of the time my XP Pro Sp2 system freezes upon booting and will not get past the "Loading Your Personal Settings" screen. I can do a hard restart two or three times and encounter the same thing. However, I can boot into the desktop in Safe Mode, and when I restart after that everything is normal.

I'm booting into an administrator account, using the welcome screen with no password, and loading very little upon startup, basically Norton AV and Firewall, that's it.

No virii, no spyware, no trojans, etc. All hardware diagnostics perfect.

I've searched the internet for hours and found nothing.


A:Boot Freezes at "Loading Your Personal Settings"

start with a clean boot
refer the article 310353 from www.support.microsoft.com

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Howdy! I'm happy to have found this outstanding community. I have a very superficial question, but I would love it if I could find a solution.

I'm trying to customize my netbook's startup; it uses XP sp3. I've already changed to boot screen (with the progress bar). I also changed the background displayed at the login/welcome screen.

I was all happy, thinking that I had completely changed everything, but when I restarted, there is still an ugly blue "loading your personal settings" screen that comes up after the welcome screen.

Does anyone know how to change the appearance of this screen or the registry values associated with it? I deeply appreciate your time.


A:Customizing the "loading your personal settings" screen

" was to click on the Change the way users log on or off link and uncheck the Use the Welcome Screen option."

per-> http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/For...-5ea549ef5dd1/

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I recently downloaded a program from downloads.com (http://download.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=wav+to+mp3&tg=dl-2001) one of those... to convert wav to mp3.

When I downloaded it, the stuff came with LOADS of spyware and ads, such as SaveNow and RedSwoosh and crap like that. I quickly uninstalled all that crap using "Install/Uninstall Programs" in Control Panel.

But I noticed after uninstalling it all, that everytime I start up my computer and click on my account, the computer hangs on "Loading Personal Settings..." for about a minute. I'm not sure if the download is related, but maybe is messed with one of my settings or drivers... ?

Here's a hijack this file:


Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 5:27:16 PM, on 1/26/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
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A:WinXP Hangs on "Loading Personal Settings..."

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I have a slight problem with my computer booting up. I`m on XP PRO, and when I get to Loading Personal Settings the pc hangs for about 15-20 seconds. This never used to happen and I was hoping someone could shed some light on it.

I have:
AMD SEMPRON 2800+ @1.83Ghz
2x160GB HD, 1x250GB SATA HD

A:Problems with "Loading Personal Settings"`

Disabled Simple File Sharing and edited usage rights on WLNOTIFY.dll after editing the registry in order to attain verbose messages during Load personal Settings. This told me WGALOGON.dll and WLNOTIFY.dll were taking a longtime to run so I renamed WGALOGON.dll to .OLD. Still no luck.

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This is almost identical situation as the previous post with this name, only with these differences:

- if I hit ENTER, then the destop appears immediately and I am able to start working.

- There are 3 users on this computer, all administrators, and this happens with 2. I can only logon normally with one user.

I have already tried the following, with no success:

- created another user. Same thing happened.
- removed AutoLogon through Control userpasswords2 feature. No changes in behavior.
- turned off all non essencial programs affecting the booting process. No changes in behavior.

Windows is activated. No problems here.
Also no wsaupdater.exe issue here.

Don't know what to do next...

Appreciate any help.


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Please help me. I have Windows XP SP3, and when I start my PC up it gets stuck at "Loading your personal settings..." I've left it for over 2 hours, it still hasn't loaded. I've tried Safe Mode and Last known good configuration, but to no luck.

A:Stuck at "Loading your personal settings.."

Sounds like your profile has become corrupt. Do you have any other accounts you can sign in with that have admin credentials?

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Well, I was trying to add the Japanese language pack to my Windows XP Professional and all seemed fine until I rebooted. Once I get to the "welcome" screen, when I attempt to enter a user account Windows briefly displays "Loading your personal settings..." and then the message disappears as though I hadn't tried to log onto a user account at all. The same problem persists in safe mode and when trying to boot from the last working setting. Additionally, this happens on both password protected and non-password protected accounts.

Is there anything I can do to boot besides a clean install?

A:"Loading your personal settings..." no boot

So, you have tried to log in as a different user and it still hangs?
Boot off of the Windows Disc and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.

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Hey guys! So umm, there's something wrong with the computer I can start the computer, click on my user icon, type in my password, and that's it. It says "loading personal settings" and it just stops there. My mouse doesn't freeze or anything but that's where it stops. It doesnt move for hours.. well after a few hours I just gave up and and turned it off. I could go into safe mode but it's really slow. I tried running defrag in DOS mode and umm.. it's still stuck at 24% I also tried restoring configurations back to a certain date when it was working fine but that didnt help. Should my last resort be FORMATTING O_O? Anyone out there who might know a solution? If you do please and thank you

A:stuck at "Loading Personal Settings"

Hello and Welcome to TSF

It sounds like you either didn't activate windows within the
30 day grace period or you ran into some spyware and it corrupted
a registry key or file.
Try a repair installation if you forgot to activate Windows within the 30 day grace period. This will reinstall Windows XP to your computer and your programs
and most of your settings will be just like you left them.

In some cases the spyware has corrupted a registry value on
clean up.

Now you will need to boot with the Windows XP CD to the recovery console, and copy userinit.exe to wsaupdater.exe. And then you may be able to boot back normally and repair the registry entry.

So boot from your WinXP CD and when you reach the setup screen, press R to start the Recovery Console.

Choose the installation to log on to (if there's just one, hit enter). When prompted for password, just hit enter unless you have set a password for the user "Administrator" (it's blank by default in XP)

When you get logged onto the Recovery Console, go to c:\windows\system32 (or wherever Windows is installed).

Use the following commands.
cd \windows\system32
copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

Take the CD out of the drive, and type exit to quit the recovery console and restart Windows normally

Next if your booted up normally go to Start, Run, type regedit and navigate
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I have Windows XP and when I try to start my computer I can get pass the Login screen but my computer stays on the "Loading your personal settings..." screen. The same thing happens in Safe Mode. I thought the computer might just be slow but I have waited hours and it still stays on that screen. Please help!!!!

A:Hangs on "Loading your personal settings..."

i have the same problem: it's only couple of weeks old Dell XPS.
Dunno if all the MS patches that i have installed have something to do with it..

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