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"preparing automatic repairs" Then bsod

Q: "preparing automatic repairs" Then bsod

Hi there,
I purchased a hp pavilion laptop a few months ago with Windows 10 pre-installed.
I haven't used it for a few days, turned it on this evening and I got a message on boot up saying
"preparing automatic repairs" and then my screen goes blank 3-5 seconds later.
I do not have a cursor and have tried various keys and different ways of trying to bring up some kind of option. I also tried plugging my laptop into my TV to see if it were perhaps the screen that was going wrong. To no avail, I have spent hours on Google trying to work this out and I have absolutely no idea what to do next as I seem to have no other option!

I really really hope someone can help me!!

Thank you in advance.


Preferred Solution: "preparing automatic repairs" Then bsod

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: "preparing automatic repairs" Then bsod

Hi Gibsonuk.

We need at least some information about the BSOD in order to know what is going on there. Can you take a camera snap of it and let us see it?

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Hi, my Lenovo laptop has had a virus in it for quite a while and I recently did a factory reset, (I wasn't trying to get rid of the virus, I was just trying to clean out my old files) and it shut off. I turned it back on after I thought the reset had finished and all that came up was a black screen with the words Lenovo and it said "preparing automatic repair", and would go to another screen and say "diagnosing your pc". It would stay in a constant loop. I haven't been able to fix it on my own, any ideas?

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Earlier today, I noticed that my laptop wasn't automatically adjusting its screen brightness. I often fixed this recurring problem by putting the laptop in a state where the screen would turn off. I decided to quick press the power button to quickly put my laptop into sleep mode. However, the computer's internals were still operating, so I forced the computer to shut down. When I logged back in after I re-booted the computer, I was greeted by a window that said that the hardware settings had been changed and that the computer required a restart, so I obliged. When I rebooted the computer again, I was met with a boot screen that said "Preparing Automatic Repair." My computer loaded to the "Your PC did not start correctly. This can usually be repaired with a restart." I have not been able to load the OS proper. Please help!

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I have a Satellite U50D-A and when I turned it on thismorning it starts on the "Toshiba leading inovation screen" with Preparing Automatic Repair written on the bottom. I've googled it but everyone else has the same problem but stuck in a loop...mines just frozen on that first screen. Now been 9 hours and am starting to doubt it will automatically repair

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I have a Satellite U50D-A and when I turned it on thismorning it starts on the "Toshiba leading inovation screen" with Preparing Automatic Repair written on the bottom. I've googled it but everyone else has the same problem but stuck in a loop...mines just frozen on that first screen. Now been 9 hours and am starting to doubt it will automatically repair

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Hello My xps 8930 i7 (new) is stuck on "preparing automatic repair" and stays there even after several reboots and several goes via the recover os assist option. We turned the desktop on today and this problem occurred, it was working ok yesterday. The only thing that was different was I added some firewall rules to the sky router which I have since removed and the same problem persists. I have also tried going to windows recovery from os assist and that hangs with "Please wait".I have already run Running the ePSA diagnostics - no issues and I have already run recoveryassist OS - this found and fixed a problem with the partition, but the same issue occurs.I did not receive a windows install CD with this. Is my only option to reset to factory settings ? I hope not.

A:"preparing automatic repair" XPS 8930 desktop

You could use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool to repair your Windows 10 OS.

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Hi, after sifting through many threads about this problem I'm still not getting anywhere. I can run recovery from the boot menu but it goes nowhere. I have a recovery CD and a USB but when I choose them in the boot menu nothing happens. I also disable secure boot. I don't care about the data at this point, just want it to boot up. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Toshiba P75 "preparing automatic repair" loop

You appear to have a Toshiba Satellite P75 series laptop.

What is its complete model number?
(A dash and additional characters after P75 comprises the complete model number)

What "recovery CD and USB" are you referring to?
Did they come with or were they created in that laptop?


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My laptop (Predator Helios 300, i7-7700HQ, 16Gb DDR4, GTX 1060, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) doesn't start up for some reason. So I wanted to start it in safemode so I can backup my crucial data before formatting my pc. When it started "Preparing Automatic Repair" it went to a black screen with only the mouse cursor. It doesn't get further than that. If I repair or reinstall Windows 10 using a flash drive, will I loose my original license key?

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Dell Inspiron 3541 laptop, 15.6" screen, Win 8 OS. (April, 2014)
Service Tag: F12R412
CPU: AMD A4 - 6210, APU with AMD Radeon R3 graphics.
CPU Speed: 1800 MGz
CPU ID:730f01
HD: 500 GB

It starts, shows Dell logo, then says: Preparing automatic repair. Dotted progress circle begins, then shows a rectangular box for a split second. Then it moves back to a black screen and doesn't progress. Maybe I'm not waiting long enough. How long should it take?

The cursor arrow stays visible and moveable when I touch the pad.

Just found this one tonight. It's a nice machine. Can it be repaired?

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I have had my Dell Inspiron 17 5758 Laptop since around Feb 10, 2015 so almost 2 years now.  The lap top was working fine up until mid day yesterday now it is stuck in the "preparing sutomatic repair" loop and ends with either a black screen, saying my laptop didnt start correctly or that it couldnt repair my laptop and when i try to run a diagnostic on it it says that my hard drive is not installed. Also now the hard drove is simply not running. Is this because the hard drive as failed? Its in transit a lot and occasionnaly hits a bumps on the seat of my car when driving.
Also if i have to buy a new hard drive how would i install windows 10 on my laptop again? Will i have to pay for it again?

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When I start computer I get an HP graphic and this mmessage, "preparing automatic repairs", then the screen goes black.

A:Preparing Automatic Repairs

Hi, Shutdown the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  Select the Diagnostic Menu option ( f2 ) and run the tests on the Hard Drive. Post back with the results, including any error codes that may be generated. Regards, DP-K

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I recently upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10. Everything was working and now I am stuck in a bootloop. Every time I start my computer it goes to start repairs/recovery options. I have tried taking out hdd and memory sticks and reinserting them. I have using chkdsk (I encountered an error). I have tried system restores, reset this pc, and go to previous build. (all three failed) Any and all help is appreciated.

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Hello Guys and Girls,

My wireless internet connections are currently set to a manually configured status, but this means I am having problems connecting to other wireless connections with free (ie unsecured) connections. I have tried going to properties and ticking the "Let Windows configure my wireless network settings", but I get a dialogue box coming up telling me that not all of my changes have been made.

Any ideas? Thank you in advance.


A:Solved: Changing wireless connection status from "Manually Configured" back to "Automatic"

Why don't we start with the make/model of the wireless router in use, as well as the wireless adapter or laptop brand. Also, what version and patch level of Windows do you use?

If you have XP-SP2, you can set the machine back to installation defaults using the following procedure.

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

For these commands, Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

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This PC is an HP Desktop model Pavilion 6520f with an AMD Athlon II x4 635 2.90 Ghz processor and 12 MB of memory. The PC is from about 2010 but the 1 T hardrive, memory ,added video card (NVIDIA) and power supply were upgraded about a year and a half ago before the installation of Windows 10. I performed a clean install of Windows 7 on the newer harddrive last summer and then upgraded to Windows 10 Home edition.

A few days ago I started experiencing random BSOD errors. This was a few days after the most recent Windows 10 system update.

I initially suspected that there was a simple system volume mismatch after the update so I scheduled a CHKDSK scan on the C: drive. It froze at 10% then crashed. I tried again with the same result. At this point the computer was booting normally and could be used for a while before any freezing or crashing.

I decided to run SFC. It froze at 50% then the computer crashed. I tried this a few times as well. Always stopped at 50% and then another Blue Screen crash.

Following some online advice, I tried to run DISM command (DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /Restore

It got to 29.2%, froze , then crashed. Now when I try to boot I only get the "preparing automatic repair" and then the keyboard select screen and I am stuck.

The keyboard and mouse inputs do not work, so there is no where to go. I tried switching to a wired keyboard and mouse but no luck.

Please help. I am at a loss as to where to go from here.

Also, I have many questions. I... Read more

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The "Idle-time Full System Scan" in Norton 360 v4 is bogging down my computer constantly, and there is no option to turn it off in "Automatic Tasks".

I contacted Norton and (after several attempts to find someone at Norton who could understand what I just said above and getting "hung-up" on over Norton chat. Inexcusable!!!) I was able to get a hold of a technician who told me that Norton intentionally removed this option "for security reasons, because they didn't want people turning it off".

The problem is, people will then be forced to turn it off by turning off ALL scheduled tasks (under "Settings/Scheduling/Schedule:Manual Schedule") and that is an even worse security problem than the relatively small one that would be created by turning off idle-time full system scanning.

Once the system has completed a full system scan, all files are on-access scanned anyway, so running a full system scan every 3-4 days is rather silly and extremely annoying--especially, because it will continue to try to run every time the system is idle if you cancel it.

A warning urging the user to not turn off idle-time full system scans without fully understanding the risks, and after explaining the risks, would be VERY preferable. Or at least the option to run the full system scans when the system is idle on a certain day of the month/week! The schedule for idle-time full system scans really needs to be separate from other tasks. In fact, t... Read more

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I got my dell few days ago. Installed it with Samsung EVO 850 SSD 500 Gb and Kingston 8GB PC3L - 12800 SODIMM.The Windows 10 Home OEM home is installed on HDD 1TB so I decided to use Samsung Data Migration software to clone the data to SSD. However, the OS crashed and decided to install a fresh Windows 10 Enterprise to SSD and deleted the previous OS on HDD using diskpart.Now after Installing Windows 10 Ent OS files. Every after BIOS run, I got BSOD errors "MEMORY MANAGEMENT" + "Page Fault it non paged area" + "IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL" 

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Hi there,

This is my first Dekstop PC I have built myself. Here is some information:

OS - Windows 8.1 x64 (Only OS - Purchased from retailer)
System Age/OS Age - 2 Months
CPU - i7 4790k (I haven't OC'd it)
GPU - GTX 980
Motherboard - MSI z97 Gaming 7
Power supply - Corsair CP-9020054-UK RM Series RM650 80 Plus Gold 650W
RAM - Crucial Vengeance low profile DDR3 1600mhz 16GB

I also have 4 hardrives (1 3TB, 3 1 TB) and 1 SSD (Crucial 256GB) (my OS is installed on the SSD)

System Manufacturer - MSI?

The problem:

Working fine for 2 months (no issues). Today I started the pc and I went away to do something else. Came back to a black screen (which had some backlighting). I moved the mouse and typed something and the screen didn't change and I assumed something had crashed so I restarted (held down power button)

I attempt to restart only for the PC to get into a loop of restarting exactly when the blue windows logo appears and then I get the windows 8 BSOD (sad white face) but I can't read the error as it restarts too fast.

It then attempts to repair and gets to the "Preparing automatic repair" before the whole "Windows has encountered a problem and needs to restart" BSOD.

Tried removing all cables (Everything except PSU cable) - No effect. Computer still restarted continuously.

I have made no recent hardware modifications.


~ Brya

A:Computer worked fine for 2 months. Now gets BSOD on "Prepairing automatic Repair"

Looks like one of my memory sticks seems to be at fault. Tried a single stick and it worked fine. Tried the other "bad" stick and the problem occurred again (computer just froze).

Tried using both sticks with good stick always in slot 1 and the bad stick in 2,3,4 and problem occurs as normal.

Why and how did this occur? It was working fine 3 hours ago with both sticks until I put the computer to sleep. After that, the problem started...

Another problem now is that using the single "good stick" causes the pc to load fine except it doesn't display the login information and just displays a bright blue screen. I have to press the power button (which I have set to sleep) and then press it again to resume in order for windows to display the login information (i.e. resuming the pc caused it to show my account name and ask for my password etc)

Why do I have to do this? should I run automatic repair? I'll probably try running repair anyway.

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Hey everyone,
        I am trying to get the REST queries to work with the sharepoint end points instead of graph end points. I first created an app with relevant permissions and have given it the admin consent. Then I am hitting the https://login.microsoftonline.com/<tenant>.onmicrosoft.com/oauth2/token?Content-Type=application/x-www-form-urlencoded end
point with https://<tenant>.sharepoint.com as resource. I am then using the access token retrieved to give the rest call to https://<tenant>.sharepoint.com/_api/v2.0/drives/b!3indYSbqZ0-hVSPnCgIZy-2xDMh7jH9AuQnEzJMc6TEfQoSJvJT-R6tT0lFBQiPr/root/delta
but it is failing with "error":{"code":"generalException","message":"General exception while processing"}}. The REST response code is 401 Unauthorized. I have filed a Microsoft support ticket but they
have asked me to post on these forms. Can someone please help me with this? I am not able to move forward because the error is pretty generic and doesn't give any additional details.
Sai Kiran Katuri.

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I'm trying to repair a crashed Win 7 computer. I booted off the installation disc and ask it to do a repair. Currently it's "Attempting repairs... Repairing disk errors..." It says this may take over an hour and it's been doing this for just over 2 days (blue bars running across the screen). How long should I keep on waiting? Is there any alternate solution?
Please help...

A:How long to complete: "Attempting repairs... Repairing disk errors"?

It takes a while to run that, but not nearly that long. It can take a couple of hours depending on the size of the hard drive and the errors it finds but not nearly 2 days. I would try to run check disk from this tutorial, if you can't boot you would need to use option 2. I would try running chkdsk C: /F /R

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Good evening,

For weeks I have been not shutting down my Vista Laptop ( XPS M1530 DELL ) just putting it to sleep. Therefore, no official shutdown was taking place. As i got home from work today, wireless was not responding, so therefore i restarted it to save resetting my modem. Big mistake. I assume weeks of updates have flooded my laptop.. and therefore it cannot boot. I see this problem posted all over the internet but for the life of me cannot find a solution. It is the most frustrating computer issue i have come across. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

NOTE: I get the option to resume Windows normally or select Launch Startup repair... neither boot into windows. The latter "repairs" into eternity and the other just eventually goes to a blackscreen, an dthe laptop restarts. Thankyou.

A:Major Vista Start up Issues. "Attempting repairs...."

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I have an HP P2-1317CB here running Windows 8 that is stuck in "attempting repairs" for over ten hours so far. I have tried restarting the computer many time and pressing F11 does nothing.

A:Solved: HP Pavilion P2-1317CB "Attempting Repairs" forever

Well, just a few minutes after I posted this, it finally went to the next screen. I chose to reset the PC back to factory settings. I suspect the hard disk is bad and I hope the reset to factory settings is successful enough to create a set of recovery DVDs, then replace the hard disk.

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Hello guys, the last week I've been strugling with these nasty BSODs. At first I thought it was my HDDs as ntoskrn.exe somewhat hinted towards that from googling it. My HDDs have been causing a lot of trouble earlier as well due to their somewhat long years of service. However, I've recently reformated my computer and installed W7 on a brand new Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD hoping the BSODs would go away, they didn't.

I googled BSOD and I stumbled upon this forum and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm somewhat desperate, as I need my computer working for both work, school and amusement.

I've been trying to run Memtest in order to test my memory but without any results. I'm also currently running on only on 4GB chip instead of two, to see if the problem still exists. Also, without any results.

This is the second time I'm writing this thread btw, I was just about to post it and my PC crashed.

Here is my two logs + dxdiag (last crash didn't generate a log oddly enough).

Here is additional hardware/gear that I use:

Razer Megalodon 7.1 Headset
Razer Naga
Logitech G19
Logitech C920 (Webcam)
Corsair 750W PSU

My temperatures are also good. Both CPU and MB idles at around ~25. GPU's all good too. I'm also using a Corsair 650D chassi with dustfilters at both air-income so dust is minimal. On top off this, I use airpressure to clean away dust somewhat regularly and I also did exactly this 2 days ago when I reinstalled the pc.
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A:BSOD - "Memory management", "Bad pool header", "ntoskrnl.exe"

Are you over-clocking? Is the bios set to its defaults? Is the SSD set on a SATA 3 port in AHCI mode?

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Hi everyone!

Yesterday my HP laptop (Windows 7) started getting BSOD with various types of errors (mostly "STOP: 0x00000F4", "STOP: 0x0000007A", "c00021a" and one "missing %hs, c0000135"). Most of the time it restarts without any issues and works fine right after the BSOD and then an hour or two later I get a BSOD again.

I have tried restoring to Last Known Good Configuration, startup repair, hard disk check, virus scans and I also uninstalled any recently added programs I could think of and cleared up more than 50% of my hard disk space. None of these seem to have helped and I still get BSOD regularly.

I have attached the folder from the SF Diagnostic Tool and would appreciate any advice!
Thank you!

A:BSOD every few hours: mostly "STOP: 0x00000F4", "c00021a" & "c0000135"

Welcome to the forum.

Please go to Start and type in "msinfo32.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Save the report as an .nfo file, then zip up the .nfo file and upload/attach the .zip file with your next post.
Also, save a copy as a .txt file and include it also (it's much more difficult to read, but we have greater success in getting the info from it).
Upload a screenshot using: CrystalDiskInfo For how to upload a screenshot or file, read here
Test your Hard Drive(s) by running: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Pay close attention to Part 3 of the tutorial "If you have errors"
Test the RAM with Memtest86+ for at least 7-10 passes. It may take up to 22 passes to find problems. Make sure to run it once after the system has been on for a few hours and is warm, and then also run it again when the system has been off for a few hours and is cold.

Monitor hardware temperature with system monitoring software like Speccy or HWMonitor. Upload a screen shot of the Summary tab as well:Piriform - Speccy
CPUID - HWMonitor
For how to upload a screenshot or file, read here

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* Bugche... Read more

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Running the system file checker I get lines like this in the cbs.log file:
2016-02-25 10:39:25, Info                  CSI    00000200 [SR] Repairing corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:74{37}]"\??\C:\Windows\system32\drivers\en-US"\[l:28{14}]"usbhub.sys.mui"
from store

The same line appears two or three times, with different time stamps, each time I run sfc.  So apparently the file is either not really corrupt or it is not being repaired properly.  However, I think it might be the cause of my system becoming
unresponsive - which it always eventually does.  My hard drive was reimaged (by Dell) in September, which is the date shown for the file.
How can I repair it?

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My msi pc is stuck on "attempting repairs". I have searched on how to fix it, but nothing seems to work. By that, I mean that I can't open up anything. I have tried pressing f8, but that doesn't work. I have tried pressing everything. What button do I need to press to open up any options so I can boot/whatever I need to do to end the automatic repair loop? I am using Windows 8.1

A:I am stuck on "attempting repairs" and can't figure out

See here: How to Fix the Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 8.1

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Hey guys,

My laptop (Sony Vaio, 3 yr old) is stuck on attempting repairs in the startup repair section.

I dropped it, it was still working, 20 min later a blue screen came on and it said (amongst many other things) something about a failed memory dump.

Then it restarted, went to a different boot screen that said windows file loading. Then an older windows loading bar (used little green bits to show progress) came up, then a blue background with a cursor but no icons. A few min after a start up repair box popped up. For about 30 min it said searching for errors. Now for about 2 hours it's saying attempting repairs. I can't cancel out either.

What can I do? I'm fairly computer illiterate, sorry if this a basic question.

Thank you!!

A:Stuck on "attempting repairs"

Have you tried dismantling and re-seating the hard drive ram and other components etc?

You could also follow steps in this tutorial: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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I have a Dell XPS M1530 laptop, completely stock with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed.
Windows has recently installed some updates and when it rebooted it showed the "Preparing to configure Windows - Do not turn off your computer" Same as this but after about 10-20 seconds it automatically reboots.
I left it alone and watched it complete this cycle 5 times before I decided it's not going to fix itself!
I have tried booting with everything attached (keyboard, extHDD, mouse) and also with nothing attached.
I have tried using a recovery disc to "repair" but it found no problems, ideally I would just do a repair-install of windows but as it seems that requires me to actually be in windows it's of no use! I have also tried to boot into safe mode but it still tries to configure windows then reboots.
It's my university work laptop so I'm hesitant to do a "replace" install of windows as I am currently unable to back up everything and for obvious reasons I don't want to lose it!

Another thing is I have ESET NOD32 installed, always up to date. I have never had any troubles before though.

Any help is very welcome! Thanks for looking!

A:Reboot loop during "Preparing to configure Windows" - Can't safe mode

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums, Socktopus.

Please check this tutorial, which may be of help to you.

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

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I installed CoD 4 on steam on my Vista Ultimate 64 bit version and when I click to start the game, it says ""Preparing to launch Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare..." and it stays there FOREVER until I click "cancel."

Can anyone help!!!

A:CoD 4 is "Preparing to launch Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare..." FOREVER!

BTW I can run any other games like CS: DoD Source, Unreal Tornaument III, Wargraft 3, etc.


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I'm a newbie here - after finding techsupportguy by googling for support forums for my particular problem. I hope someone in this community might have some ideas for me...

So after having a stable and successful dual-boot with XP and Vista Ultimate 32Bit for several months now, I got over-confident.

After a long night getting the kids to sleep, etc etc, I had the bright wee hours of the morning idea that I could quickly increase my Vista partition size as it was getting a little light (it shares an internal HDD with another drive letter) and promptly stuffed my Vista boot.

Setup = C:\ XP Boot (original OPSYS). V:\ Vista Partition (shared on same drive as D:\)

What I did...

* Booted into XP, loaded Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.
* Resized D:\ (shrunk by 25GB) and Resized v:\ (increased by 25GB).
* Applied actions.
* Had a PC lock-up in XP some time later, reset PC.
* Boot error - no Windows Vista found (load original disc).
* Loaded Vista disc and used "r" option. Located vista partition, repaired.
* Vista Booted (had rundll.exe error or something similar) and died.
* Re-booted, hit F8 and selected "last known good config." Vista ran lengthy disc check. (Noticed Vista volume was now H:\ not V:\ ???)
* Re-Booted- Vista loaded to login. Keyed password, and "preparing desktop" appeared.
* My desktop and startup programs fail to boot and I get stuck in a plain blue empty screen with cursor only. CTR-ALT-DEL accesses Task Manager or lo... Read more

A:Vista load error "preparing desktop" after repartition.

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So this is the second time this has happened to me in the past few weeks. And the time before was when I was shutting down and exiting programs (I used my power button on my laptop)

Last time I reported this I didn't get the information from the SF Diag tool properly, and being that I have the program up to date, hopefully this will shed some light. I'm HOPING SF Diag got the right information and that I used it correctly.

A:"Preparing security options" screen after attempted shutdown

ok hopefully this should be the updated folder that the program finished doing processes on. apologies for the double post

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I'm not sure if this belongs to here or "Windows update" section but I'll post it anyway.

Basically after disabling/unchecking internet explorer 10 and media features from "turn Windows features on or off", it prompted me to restart the system and ultimately I was stuck on that "preparing to configure..." page for three hours or so.
I got fed up with the waiting which I tried CTRL+ALT+delete to bring up login menu however it somehow froze the spinning wheel and I wasn't able to do anything.
As a result, I pressed the reset button (not holding down power button) and it booted normally with the usual safe mode options showing up due to force shut down. Before the welcome page showing up, there was a quick "reconfiguring Windows..." page which it only took couple of seconds until my desktop showed up.

I checked the "turn Windows features on or off" again and the boxes for those two settings were empty and thus got rid of IE, Windows media player and such from the start menu etc successfully.
So I guess everything went okay except for being stuck on the loading page and force shut down... I'm a bit worried about this new problem as I haven't experienced it before. Doing a quick search indicates that most of the time it happens during Windows update, which I haven't encountered yet as well.

I want to ask if this is something I need to worry about? Should I revert back to before making those changes via system restore? How do... Read more

A:Stuck on "preparing to configure Windows...", rebooted and all good?

I'd only revert if the problem becomes chronic.

You may notice you need IE for certain web functions the OS uses. I always leave it as a backup browser. It's not that bad.

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On my laptop the "Preparing Security Options" message is displayed if I press crtl alt del after I logon to Win7, before the desktop is displayed. Please can somebody give a definitive answer if this is a genuine Windows message or the action of a virus. Even MS won't give a definitive answer. There are many posts about this, people have said what they have done to remove the message but without any confirmation of whether it is or isn't becasue of a virus.
I think it is related to slow post bootup on my machine. Tghus far I checked the C: drive for errrors (none) scanned with malware bytes, run CC cleaner, avast anti virus, used system file checker and made sure the most up to date drivers are in use, reduced start up services and programs to the minimum. I still get this message after all that. So again please can somebody tell me definitively if "Preparing Security Options" is a genuine Windows message or the action of a virus.

A:"Preparing Security Options" message - is it genuine or a virus?

Usually it is an indication the you OS validity is under question and being scanned, whilst not always meaning it isn't valid. Thyis happens quite frequently after say installing a dodgy image file that may have corruption or system file dates are inaccurate.

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I an constantly get this message (delays anything opening) whenever I go to open anything (programs, web sites, internet, links, etc.). I need help in simple, user friendly steps. Hope someone can help!! Thank you!

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name CAROLYN
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 061

System Model EX265AA-ABA a1510n
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 47 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2405 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.11, 9/19/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 238.55 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.26 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

A:"Windows Installer - Preparing to install" Error Message

Wow. This is one of the problems that i had when using anything involving windows office. I use a beta copy of MS Photdraw from '99 i believe. when you installed an office prog or another prog that used the windows installer there was an option to 'install on first use' I believe that is where the problem is. I reinstalled the program in question, with full install and Ive yet to see the problem again. I could be wrong on your situation, thought id throw in my $.02

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I've never experienced this message before. I have not had a virus or malware be detected in a year. This came up when I tried to close KVIRC, an IRC client program and turn off my laptop via the power button.

Was this a glitch or something? I'm really hoping it isn't a virus. I haven't experienced any performance issues so..

I should add the laptop appeared to freeze. I powered down, rebooted, and everything seemed to run normally.

UPDATE: Microsoft security essentials picked something up with a full system scan. Not sure if the 3 viruses were related.

This happened a little after 2:00 am, if that helps in sifting through the data.

A:"Preparing security options" message after attempted shutdown

Scan system with Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62 - FileHippo.com

Update your graphics card drivers: Sun Jul 11 03:00:59 2010 AMD Graphics Drivers & Software

If you get another BSOD make sure you post all the info from the SF Tool, some files were missing.


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Hello everyone,

Problem: Win 7 64bit - "Preparing your desktop..." on boot everytime after successful chkdsk.

My laptop is Acer V3-571G (Amazon.com: Acer Aspire V3-571G-6407 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black): Computers & Accessories). HDD, no SSDs. No HW malfunctions or anything since bought ~1 year ago.

Can't access any .msc ("dependency or service started to fail...") (so I can't create/access an admin account or use system restore) or .exe files , the sound is gone (I didn't install any outdated sound drivers).

At first, "preparing your desktop" caused all my start button contents gone. Then I logged off, logged back in - they were there, only "recent files" missing. Rebooting 2nd time resulted in "prep..." but start button contents intact. Some progress lol?

I also cannot download any files from the internet. This later throws some "tdDB ..." error.

Frequent "system_path... refers to a location that is unavailable. It maybe somewhere on your HDD... blahblah.".

Tried 5 subsequent reboots. None of them corrected the desktop. Made it even worse (black + Windows classic default style), so I had to log off/on again.

I don't have a Win7 64bit repair CD close by and can't access system restore. What are the options then?
Any reliable solutions/software for a rebootable CD?

P.S. I looked in the inet how to launch cmd in admin mode and such. But even run as admin doesn't work.

A:"Preparing your desktop..." on boot everytime after successful chkdsk

ADDITIONAL NOTE: chkdsk has replaced 5-6 bad sectors on laptop's HDD. Maybe there was files in those sectors related to the "thorn apart" user profile on Win7? (It's not corrupted I think, as it does not tell me I was logged onto a temp. profile (before welcome screen).)

Please help!! This is extremely annoying.

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I am on a Dell Studio laptop running Vista Service Pack 2.

I got an update pack from windows last night, but since rebooting my login seems to be corrupted. It shows a "Preparing your desktop..." instead of logging in, takes about 5 min, then shows me a default blank desktop with none of my files.

I tried restoring to before the update (rstrui) but have the same problem.

I tried creating a new user with admin priveledges, logging into that admin, copying the files from Users/Matt (my main/corrupted admin account) to Users/Matt2, logging into Matt2...same problem.

I rebooted, hit F8, went into safe mode with cmd prompt. By typing SET, I saw that despite logging in to username Matt, I got this:

So it's creating Temp usernames, hence my blank desktop and lack of settings.

I tried SFC /SCANFILE=c:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WINLOGON.EXE and everything checked out fine.

I tried sfc /SCANNOW and things got interesting: Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log

What do I do now?

Please: just because I walked through the steps above does not mean I know what I'm doing. All of those steps are processes I've read in the forums, but now I'm at a wall. Please help!


A:Windows Vista "Preparing your desktop..." continuous loop

Also, this is a work computer, so I'm trying to preserve things like my e-mail folders and correspondence organization in Windows Mail...I can see that the files exist under Users/Matt, but I'd be pretty upset to lose them to an update. Please consider this in replies. Thanks in advance!

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I'm pretty sure my laptop had something going on (Windows XP 32-bit). It says 70GB of data is used, but I've deleted every file off the computer, except the Programs. It would freeze before I could even open the Programs list...

I somehow managed to run DDS and have attached the logs, but as I was running gmer, maybe 2 minutes in, the screen went blue then the computer restarted. However, this is the text that I'm getting upon start up:
Yukon PXE v4.17.8.1 (alpha) (20060116)
(C)Copyright 2003-2006 Marvell(R). All rights reserved.
Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) v2.1
(C)Copyright 1997-2000 Intel Corporation.
PXE-E61: MEdia test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

....I don't know what to do now... Any help would be great, thanks :\ I figured it was a dead laptop anyway, but thought maybe I could revive it... I think it's even more dead now *lol*

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000
Run by Juhua Zhou at 0:20:25 on 2011-09-20
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.957.277 [GMT -4:00]
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
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A:My laptop got killed during the "Preparing for the Malware Removal" process :\

Ooh, I just started it and it worked. But can you still help me? A couple weeks ago my little sister downloaded a lot of stuff that I'm not sure of. I thought I got rid of it all, but the laptop is VERY slow now.

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I just installed Windows 7 on my desktop and whenever the login screen appears and I login, I see "Welcome" for about two seconds then "Preparing your desktop..". The icon beside "Preparing your desktop..." spins for about a second then it freezes, and remains frozen. I've left it for 10 minutes and nothing, the icon hasn't started spinning again and I see no desktop.

I've already booted into safe mode and made sure all services were disabled except Microsoft's.

My video card is a GT320.

What can I do?

A:New install, stuck on "Preparing your desktop...", disabled services

Which user account did you use in safe mode? As this is a new installation, try going into safemode again, creating a new user account. If the new account works just delete the old one.

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Everytime when I want to search for an e-mail in my Outlook 2010, it will load the "Preparing to Install" box and go ahead to install. Any idea how I can fix this, besides uninstalling and installing back Office?

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Hi all.

Every time I boot up my computer (Win7 home premium 64-bit), I get the message that says "Preparing to configure windows", right after this, I get the "Configuring windows updates" message where it shows the progress from 0-100% before it loads windows 7. This has been happening all day today. I have never seen it happen more than once. Nothing is wrong with my computer that I can tell, this is just a nuisance because it pretty much doubles my startup time! I am familiar with the windows update process and I understand that from time to time windows will automatically install updates when you boot up after downloading updates. Why is it now showing this every time I start up, and what can I do to fix it? I really appreciate any suggestions and help!

Ps. When I try to search for updates thru windows 7, it takes a log time and then I get an error code 0x80040154 I do not know if this is related to what I'm experiencing, but I assume so.



A:"Preparing to configure windows" Message EVERY time I boot up

I believe you can beat this by deleting the pending.xml file located @ C:\Windows\winsxs\pending.xml

I've only done that on vista not win 7 so you may want to back up the file to another location before removing it. Just in case.

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My laptop is stuck in a cycle of restarting itself after displaying a screen that says "Preparing to Repair". It turns on, shows the hp symbol and the message, then after a few seconds it loads a black screen covered in blue dots (which I've never seen before), then it turns itself off and restarts the cycle. I've tried using the fkeys, which load every option except the f12 system repair option. I can get into my bios menus and everything. I made a repair usb, as my laptop doesn't have a disc tray, I changed the bios to run from the usb in hopes that I could repair it that way. Still not working. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I don't care if I have to completely wipe it clean. I just don't know how at this point.

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I have a machine with Vista Ultimate x64 on it (more specs at the end). It is joined to a Windows SBS 2003 domain.

When I log in to either my domain account or the local administrator account, I get "Welcome," then "Preparing your desktop," then a blank blue screen with just mouse cursor.

Ctrl-Shift-Esc does not invoke task manager. Win-R does not bring up the Run dialog. Ctrl-Alt-Delete provides security screen, but Task Manager can't be invoked there.

I can boot into safe-mode or safe-mode with networking and successfully log into both accounts. (WTF?)

Things I've tried:
* Done Vista startup repair. It claims there is no problem (and it's sorta right - I *can* startup a normal windows startup, I just can't properly log in)
* Logged in with safe mode and done chkdsk /f on all relevant volumes
* Done sfc /scannow - nothing interesting
* Changing HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell to "Explorer.exe" (it used to b cmd.exe /k start cmd.exe)
* Deleted the HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices key and allowed it to be regenerated. No effect.
* Removing the machine from the domain, and adding it back
* Using net user Administrator /active:yes to activate the machine\Administrator account. I can log in (to a normal windows startup) on that account and get a desktop. But...then what.

No ghosting, drive letter shenanigans, etc. have been carried out.

Running out of ideas. Thanks in advance for any advice.


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A:Vista Ult x64: on domain login "Preparing desktop," blank blue screen

***** UPDATE *****
I booted to safe-mode with networking and logged in with my domain account. I ran msconfig and disabled UAC there. Then restarted.
After that I was able to log in to my domain account from a normal windows startup.


Things are very askew.

* If I try to do Properties on Computer, no properties appear
* Start > Control Panels is empty
* The Event Log service is not running, and when I try to start it, I get Access Denied.
* Same with the ISA Firewall Client. (not running, access denied trying to start)
* Windows defender wants to get new definitions but gets 0x8024402c trying.
* Internet access doesn't seem to work (dns errors), even though ipconfig looks ok and DNS service is running
* My Antivirus software is running (Computer Associates eTrust) and does not seem to be upset
* Mamutu anti-Malware is running and doesn't seem to be upset about anything

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Hey guys, my computer is messed up beyond belief. I'm going to explain the whole story to you, so bare with me.

How this all started:
Well, long story short, my motherboard shorted out and caused all sorts of problems. After taking the whole system out and putting it on a test bed (self built system) I was able to start up the system. However, it would not let me start windows no matter what I did. So i resorted to formatting the SSD it was installed on. I then tried to reinstall windows; this did not work. I had many people tell me it was my motherboard that shorted out (it touched the case while I was trying to power on) and I needed to replace it. So i warrantied it to ASUS and I got it back in the mail several weeks later. I put the system back together, tried to install windows, same problem persisted. It would freeze before I could install. I then did research and decided to boot the disk in Safe Mode. This worked! I proceeded through the first steps of installation and then it required my computer to boot. Upon rebooting, I was brought to the "setup is starting services screen". I waited for a good hour or so and nothing happened. I did some more research and decided to Boot into safe mode again only for it to tell me "install cannot proceed in safe mode". I then opened command prompt, while still in safe mode, and opened device manager. I closed all the drivers that had the yellow triangle next to them. I rebooted and successfully made it past... Read more

A:Windows 7 clean install problem Freeze at "setup is preparing comp..."

come on guys its been a week and still no response

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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When I startup my laptop before going to log in screen "Preparing Network Connection" stays for about 3-5 minutes. which is frustrating. Any suggestions?

A:Slow startup - "Preparing Network Connections" stays for a long period of time

are you connecting to a domain?

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Hi all,

my Win 10 Pro AU is very new and clean, and installed with the latest update (two days ago).

Today, I leave alone my pc for a long time.

When I back I found "WINDOWS MODULES INSTALLER" to 20% of CPU and the system fan very loud.

I found that is "TiWorker.exe" the cause.

I also found that the "System maintenance" was ON (I see it in the event viewer).

So I reboot my PC and appeared "PREPARING WINDOWS. DO NOT SHUTDOWN".

I waited for minutes, ten, twelve, etc, so I bore and I turn off from button.

What's happened??? I am almost sure it's related to system maintenance... can be?

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