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Solved: computer locked in repair cycle

Q: Solved: computer locked in repair cycle

Hey all... a friend of mine has an Hp All in one desktop running windows 8. Or 8. something. I'm not sure when she last did system updates. (full computer specs here) From what she was able to tell me, her computer was running slow so she did a system restore. (not sure if that's what she actually did or not). The system restore was taking too long for her liking so she turned the computer off before it was complete. (I assume she just turned the power off). When she turned the computer on again later, it cycled between diagnosing computer and computer repair messages at the bottom of a logo screen. As far as I know there are no recovery/system discs. The various "F" keys... escape key... delete... etc got me no where. Is there a way to fix this computer or should I tell her she needs to go back to a manual typewriter and call it a day?

Thanks for your time,
Bonnie

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Preferred Solution: Solved: computer locked in repair cycle

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A: Solved: computer locked in repair cycle

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Hi everyone,

This morning I turned on my computer and after a few mins it shut itself down and began a constant cycle of booting/rebooting. I suspected a virus so I tried to scan using Malware Bytes...as soon as I did this it shut down. Trying the same thing with Avast led to the same problem. I can't access it long enough to post a log here. Is there anything I can do besides taking it to a repair centre?

Any help/advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Computer locked in a shutting down/booting up cycle

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Open notepad

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad

Or...

Start > Run > type notepad > Press Enter

Or Press the Windows key + R, then in the Run box which opens...type notepad > Press Enter

and then copy/paste the text in the quotebox below into it:


Code:

@shutdown -a
Save this as fix.bat Choose to "Save type as - All Files"
It should look like this:


Each time your machine threatens to shutdown, double click on fix.bat & it shall abort the shutdown procedure. That should ease some of your current difficulties.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Then, try to run the tools in our pre-posting process outlined here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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My problem is almost identical to this thread http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic121358.html
I am putting a new video card (HD 4650) into the system in my sig.
Uninstalled drivers, put new card in, plugged in power supply and the CPU and GPU fans started for 2 to 3 second, than stoped, started again and stopped, they continued to cycle on and off without me ever pressing my cases power button.
I had to put the power cord the get the fans to stop cycling.
Then I removed the video card and the booted the computer using the integrated graphics and everything worked fine.
Is the start up power draw from the video card is to much for my Dell 305w PSU? Maybe the PSU can't supply enough power, which would explain why removing the card fixes the problem.
I tried removing two of my computer's four RAM stick and reinserting the video card, but the fans would still endlessly cycle until I pulled the power cord.

What should I do?
Should I get a new power supply?
I measured the current PSU and it is a weird size:
~3 7/8" tall (9.8 cm)
~5 1/2" long (13.8 cm)
~6" deep / width (14.7 cm)
Voltage and such... 305W
+5V = 22A
+12VA = 18A
+12VB = 18A
-12V = 1A
+3.3V = 17A
+5VSB = 2A
combined max 12VA and 12VB = 22A

I saw this PSU... at newegg
Any help, comments suggestions? Do you think it really is the psu or am I barking up the wrong tree?

P.S. I just noticed that the HD 4650 box and newegg page recommend a 400w power supply, so I guess the power supp... Read more

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Despite advice to the contrary my youngest son has taken to shutting his PC off by turning off the power on the back of the computer. Now it wont boot. It starts loading windows (shows the splashscreen) but then reboots, goes into the set up option page, ie safe mode/safemode with networking/last known good configuration and so on. Only I cant get it into safe mode or last known good configuation...just reboots and goes through the whole thing again. Tried repairing windows with the install disk but get to Recovery Console and then I don't know what to do-I just get a command prompt for C drive , like its awaiting a command but I dont know what command to give it. I cant see any other option to repair the installation. I dont want to format the drive and reinstall Windows unless i can help it....too much software to reinstall and lost game data!

Any suggestions please? PC is running XP Pro
 

A:PC locked into constant reboot cycle

Oh I forgot to mention when trying to go into into safe mode it hangs at 'btkrnl'-any significance?
 

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i had to rollback windows 10 due to frequent hangups mostly after the updates,went to windows 7 professionaland now im having the same problem,im now suspecting a boot sector problem,the windows repair tools dontwork the startup disk dont work,they only get me so far. narrow to 3 problems hardwaresoftwareor --hp thanks i need help

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Hi
Windows 7 RC
Quad core desktop
nvidia card
Cant get into the stats atm.

Win 7 RC has been running really well. Lately startup repair (twice) is being engaged at boot. The first time it happened the desktop was restored to an earlier time and I thought the problem was fixed. Last night when I shut the system down it took a long time. This morning it is repairing, going through the third reboot now and each time it repairs it takes an hour. Ah it just started repairing again. The HD is only a month old.

I read about starting from the install dvd but my cmos bios wont allow me to enable that function. I read you can start the instalation and then hit the repair option. I am unable to do this.

Any advice appreciated.

Cheerio Chris

A:Startup repair cycle.

Ok finally I got the desktop to boot from the dvd via the f11 key.

After selecting repair from the install options and then restore computer to an earlier time I am getting that startup repair again! My system was restored to an earlier time,... earlier! Here we go again with that 1 hour repair cycle, auto reboot and again and again!

This also happened with repeatedly pressing the f8 key and trying to restore to an earlier time from that menu.

Ye gads, looks like a reinstall,.... rats.

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Dear TSG

I'm using a Lenovo Ideacentre B340 running windows 8.1 with the following spec:

Intel Pentium CPU G645 @ 2.90GHz
DDR3 SDRAM
Lenovo Mahobay motherboard
440GB Hard Drive

My system crashed yesterday during a windows update. I can't boot to safe mode or use system restore.

I tried a "refresh" but it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. I do not have a back up disk.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards

Pyxidium
 

A:Solved: Can't repair Windows 8.1, hard drive locked.

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Whenever I turn off my computer or let it sleep for a decent period of time, pressing the power button on my case causes the fans to spin for a second then they stop. Pressing the button again does nothing. I then reach to the back of my PC and cycle the switch on and off. I am then able to press the power button and my computer then turns on.

The specs of my PC are as follows:
Intel i5 4690k
Asus Z97-E
MSI twin frozrIII hd 7850
Some low voltage 8gb Samsung memory
430W Corsair CX430
1 TB Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SSD
NZXT h440
Windows 8.1 pro 64bit

I did do a mod in which I changed the voltage of my case fans so that they were not as loud.
 

A:Solved: Have to power cycle psu after computer is left alone

Well you are using the wrong power supply for you system so I'd start there. 430 watt power supply is pretty low for high-end system and it's a basic power supply for basic systems even according to the manufacturer: http://www.corsair.com/en-ca/cx430-80-plus-bronze-certified-power-supply
Realistically you should have a 600 watt or higher unit and from a series designed for high stress such as the Corsair TX, HX, or AX lines or a higher end Seasonic power supply.
 

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This is a very robust computer I bought 3 years ago and has worked like a charm since then having virtually no hardware problems. I periodically open up the case to blow away dust but this time after cleaning it and reconnecting it, it just won't start. I realise alot of you are professionals at this so I will try and be as specific as I can about my problem. In chronological order.

1. Computer working fine for 3 years, regulary open case to clean dust (tissue and blowing or hairdryer)
2. This time I opened up the case, used hairdryer and a tissue.
3. The only time in which there was contact between me and the MB was when I detached the cable to the fan that is on casis, so as to remove the case and get more working space.
4. Reconnected everything, done this several times, no undue force etc was used.

The problem itself:

1. When using the POWER switch in front of the computer it powers up for maybe half a second, then instantly reboots.
2. After the reboot the power stays on for 4-5 seconds, long enough for it to make the "checking if there is CD inside the drive" noise and the HD mount noise.
3. At no time during these 2 steps do I get any kind of visual, I have 2 screens connected to the 9800gtx and they won't even turn themselves on, they are all black.
4. It will repeat step 2 a few times then finally after a reboot just be powered on, but relaying no information to me, still black screen and the souds the computer makes are identical to those it m... Read more

A:Solved: Computer reboot cycle at boot

would try

remove all but 1 ram re boot
remove hard drive re boot ( should get a post message saying no system)
remove cables to graphics and use vga to mobo if you have a socket
reset bios remove battery for a minute

very unlikely static i know its talked about but i have never experienced it
 

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Yesterday, My computer crashed so I tried using my XP disk to do a repair but it got stuck at the last 9 mins during the "Registering Components" phase and then would restart. I tried different suggestions to fix it including doing a Chkdsk /r which took all night.

Now, the Repair is could in an endless loop of trying to continue the interrupted process but then just restarts....

I ended up installing a secondary OS on the same drive so I have access but now this 2nd OS is useless to me. I need a way to repair my OS.

I'm at a loss as what to do...
 

A:Corrupted OS, caught in Repair cycle

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Hi,

i have just spend 3 hours of reading on many forums and pages concerning my problem.
I had windows 7 Ultimate and bought windows 8 pro (download). I burned the iso on a dvd and installed it as upgrade.
PC was running smooth untill this morning. It refused to print something and after a while i decided to turn it off.
when turned on it tell me it cannot start up. i can select any option i want but nothing works.
Every option that requires the dvd, which is duly inserted, tells me the dvd is invalid and cannot be read.

so i tried to change time in BIOS but no luck there.
Also i suddenly have an extra user called ETB User (seems to be Easeus TODO Backup user but i don't know the password and i wonder if it would help if i had the password).

Safe mode doesnot work. all i can get working is msdosbox but commands don't seem to work there.

So who can help me out here?

A:windows 8 stuck in repair cycle, no way out?!?!

Hello there!

Well then, this is a problem. The DVD isn't read AT ALL? Even when you try to boot off of it?

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Haven't used this laptop Dell Inspiron M5010 in a couple years . Will not start up normally and continuously goes thru repair start up cycle .

Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.26385
Problem signature 02: 6.1.7600.26385
Problem signature 03: unknown
Problem signature 04: 21200809
Problem signature 05: Auto Failover
Problem signature 06: 5
Problem signature 07: FailureDuringSetup
os. version: 6.1.76002.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
Thank you for any help that can be provided !!

A:Stuck in start up repair cycle

You can work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start but it may be faster to run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore or do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 so you have the best install instead of an old mess.

You have within your power the ability to do a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which will beat any new PC you'd buy. If you instead decide to run Factory Recovery then you can improve performance afterward following Clean Up Factory Bloatware

Since Dell has built-in Diagnostics, start by running Dell Hardware Diagnostics from F12 Menu to know it's hardware condition. If these will run then during any reinstall be sure to save the Dell Utility partition which houses these.

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My computer has been crashing on and off for some time now (with the blue screen -yes my fault I didn't fix it - I didn't know what the problem was!), ). It did it once more yesterday, and now only the start up repair comes on, can't fix the problem, restarts, and does the same thing again. I can't get into my computer AT ALL. Here are the details of the problem that it gives me:

Problem Event name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 1: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 2: 6.0.6.001.18000.6.0.6001.18000
Problem Signature 3: 6
Problem Signature 4: 917516
Problem Signature 5: CorruptFile
Problem Signature 6: CorruptFile
Problem Signature 7: 3221226021
Problem Signature 8: 3
Problem Signature 9: WrpRepair
Problem Signature 10: 1168
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

Computer: Toshiba Satellite M300 , Vista 32bit

PLEASE HELP. If you understand what the above means please let me know, because I have no idea if my harddrive died, or it's some other repairable problem. If you have a solution please don't hesitate to reply!! I also want to know whether I should restore everything, or if i'll need to replace my harddrive (in case there is no other solution)(

A:Start up Repair cycle - can't open Laptop!

Can you access safe mode?
Safe Mode

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Hello. This is similiar topic on our forum but now i will explain more brighter.
So last time after i change in my UEFI boot priority (but on past it working fine ) from :"UEFI USB KINGSTON" to "P1 SSD SAMSUNG EVO 250 GB" i am getting weird booting problem with Windows 10.

When starting Windows 10 boot loader starts by "preparing automatic repair" and diagnosing pc. Then after this i get screen with Your pc did not start correctly or Automatic Repair couldnt repair your pc . And when i click restart then Windows 10 boot fine. So i am needing 2 boots to boot properly to windows.

My disk is on MBR partirion. Is this related to my UEFI/Partitions?

Somebody said to me this:"UEFI booting requires a GPT disk. This is why Windows has to fix itself and only boots in 2nd cycle - as you keep trying to boot UEFI to an MBR disk."

Also i know that UEFI firmware can emulate BIOS functionality (CSM/Legacy) and work with MBR disks just fine. Or i am wrong? And cause is elsewhere?

I am a little confused. Thx for reply. My ssd Samsung Evo 250 GB , rams 2x8gb DDR3 Kingston Hyperx 1600mhz.
 

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So, I'm not exactly sure what I did. I was clearing up some space on my computer after using the Norton Removal Tool to get rid of this Norton trial popup that came up everytime I booted my computer. Now, after it told me to restart, it seems to be stuck in an endless boot cycle that resets itself after showing the Windows logo. I've since tried running startup repair, which freezes as it shows the progress bar for 'Windows is loading files'. Safe mode will not work, either. It just sends it back into the boot cycle. Not sure what to do at this point. My computer came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, so I don't have any startup discs. Help?

A:Windows 7 stuck in endless boot cycle, startup repair freezes

Run Startup Repair 3 times. If that doesn't work, then go into a Command Prompt and use these 3 commands (pressing Enter after each one):

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /rebuildbcd

If none of this works, try the bootable CD's listed here (hard drive, memory test, and antimalware): Hardware Diags

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I've been having this problem for the last few days where I attempt to boot the pc and goes into the system repair loop where I cannot repair and have attempted to re-image my machine but to no avail,
the problem signature i keep getting is :

Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: -1
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 18
Problem Signature 07: CorruptRegistry
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033


any help would be greatly valued.
if you need any other information feel free to ask

thanks again
MrPcWannabe

A:[SOLVED] Start Up Repair cannot repair this computer automatically

Tell us make and model of pc or hardware if custom build...we can't help you with no knowledge of what you are using.

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Hi all.

Tried to boot up my computer this morning and was given the message: 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.'

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200400
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 13
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

I'm running Windows 7 Professional, installed onto a Crucial M4 SSD.
It won't let me boot in safe mode, and gives the same message.
I have no system restore points.
chkdsk /r doesn't work in command prompt and comes up with: 'The type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive. Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.

Would anyone be able to help me resolve this? Thanks a lot.

A:[SOLVED] Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.

Hello,


Quote:





Originally Posted by Lethorio


...chkdsk /r doesn't work in command prompt and comes up with: 'The type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive. Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected...




Try chkdsk c: /r /x (/x forces dismount of the drive).

If the chkdsk scan runs but does not fix the issue, then please go back to the Command Prompt and enter sfc /scannow. Reboot once finished to see if it has fixed your issue.

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Today, while restarting from hibernation, my laptop (Dell N7010  running Windows 7 (64-bit)) was showing a blue screen (as in "of death") with several words shown in a large white font. I only saw it briefly then password screen appeared. The words I saw on the blue screen said "Your Computer is(?) Locked". Since I successfully used it (still am), I put the message in the back of my mind. 
 
Several hours later, I put my laptop into hibernation again. When it came out, the password screen said that my computer was locked (attachment: "lock.gif"). That reminded me that I saw that this morning, too. But with no problem signing in, I had ignored it. Also, I watched closely but saw no blue screen with big "Computer Locked" message after this second hibernation.
 
I don't know what to make of this.
 
In between those hibernations, I Googled "booting windows 7 i saw blue screen with 'your computer has been locked' but my computer is NOT LOCKED" .
 
Bleeping was near the top of the hits. But Malwarebytes wouldn't let me go to the first hit because "Malwarebytes blocked a suspected bad URL or an unwanted program." Here's the URL: https://www.pcrisk.com/download-reimage; also, see attached "mal.gif". 
 
So there's THAT on top of the blue screen with "Your Computer ... Locked" and twice finding "Locked" above the password box.
 
I'm speechless.
 

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A:Blue screen: "Your Computer ... Locked" during boot; computer NOT locked

I do suspect that the Malwarebytes notification is not related. You just clicked a potentially malicious link. Your issue could be malware-related, but I can't tell from your description.
 
Anyway, please follow these  instructions and attach the requested files by replying to this topic. You may skip the part of step three where it instructs you to create a new topic, since you already have a topic here. There's no need to create another topic.

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Truth be told, I don't know if this is a problem with my computer or my OS or what, but my computer was running fine yesterday, and then I go to log on today and I can't. There are two profiles, mine, which is the administrator account and password protected, and another which is named for a specific user but available to anybody who needs to use my computer and is not password protected. I'm on the other user's profile right now because my problem is when I put in the password to try to log in to my profile, I get a message saying something along the lines of "The log on service could not complete the log on. Could not load the profile." Or something like that. It's not saying my password is wrong, but that it cannot log in. The only people who use my computer are myself and the other user, and she knows less about computers than I do, and I'm the only person who's been using it for the passed month or so.

Anyway, I'm running a Dell Latitude D620 with 1 GB of RAM (that's what it came with and RAM cards are too expensive), 250 GB HDD, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and my OS is Windows 7 Home Premium.

I don't really know what else to say. I've tried restarting my computer both by clicking Restart and clicking Shut Down then turning it back on when it was off and both times after the first time I tried to log on, that error message popped up. I'm not sure what else I could try or why this is happening.

A:[SOLVED] Locked Out of My Own Computer?

Hi,


Quote:





Originally Posted by Unoriginal


when I put in the password to try to log in to my profile, I get a message saying something along the lines of "The log on service could not complete the log on. Could not load the profile." Or something like that. It's not saying my password is wrong, but that it cannot log in.




It would be better if we could know the exact message. Try to log in again and either make a note of the message or better still, a screenshot. (click the link at the bottom of this post for instructions)

There are quite a few ways to resolve this which I'm researching now but let me know the message first.

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Last night my battery died after I forgot to plug the power cable back in on my laptop. I woke up and plugged it back in and booted up and typed in my password. It said it was the wrong password. Tried a few times and then went to MS to reset the pwd using my desktop. Everything was successful, or they said it was and so I tried logging on to my laptop. Still says wrong password.

Here's the thing,. I set my laptop up so it would bypass the password login screen so this is even weirder.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Bernie
 

A:Solved: Help! Locked out of my computer

just rebooted for the umpteenth time and it worked. Weird.
 

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Somehow I have gotten the FBI virus asking for $200 from a moneypack.
I have 2 partitions on my PC, A windows 7 x64 and a Windows 8 consumer preview x64

I was talking to my friend on skype when the screen popped up and rendered windows 7 useless
Click here for what the virus looks like.

Booting into windows 7 is IMPOSSIBLE.
As immediately all control is taken away.

Right now I'm using the Windows 8 partition.
Is there any way to remove this through Win8 or am I going to have to somehow force my way into 7?

Please help. Need this computer for school/etc.


Thanks. -Ryan

A:[SOLVED] FBI, This computer has been locked.

I've fixed this infection -- But as a residue I have a REALLY nasty trojan - 0Access I believe, I'll make a post here about it if I can't get it fixed. Until then here is a guide of removing at LEAST the FBI virus, Which will get your PC into a bootable state.
0; This ONLY works if you can boot into another OS (Linux from a USB, CD etc.) I have windows 8.
1; Boot into the OS, And open a file manager. (Windows explorer, Etc.)
2; Go into C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup |REPLACE Username with your username, in my case it's Owner. NOTE: This is only for Windows 7 (Not sure about 8/Vista)
3; Right-click ctfmon (Or whatever the shortcut is called for you), should be similar. And select Properties.
4; Write down what it says in the "Target" box. (Should be an EXE and a DLL) (Mine were C:\ProgramData\lsass.exe (A disguised file) and C:\Users\Owner\Documents\4gvb323.dll).
5; Go to the locations shown, And delete the files, Make sure to empty trash/recycle bin/etc to fully remove them.
6; The FBI virus SHOULD be gone, But run a full scan of your antivirus (MacAfee or Avast! at the least recommended by me personally)
7; Run a scan of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. (Also just recommended by me)
8; If not detected, run a scan with aforementioned software on C:\Windows\System32. and C:\Windows\System32\services.exe because like me, you might also have gotten a nasty infection on that file.

Hope this helped.

-Ryan

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I apparently have an ASPNET problem on my other computer. This other computer was just given to me and it had an ASPNET user profile the previous owner knew nothing about. I clicked on that user profile, then signed out. Now it wants a password from me to sign in, and neither of us have any idea what the password is that it wants. That computer is an XP Vista Professional.

Please help.
 

A:Solved: I'm locked out of my computer

That last line should read "XP Home Professional".
 

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When I was attempting to modify the booting process on my newly acquired computer to be an uninterrupted process rather than having to select a user icon midway, I managed to somehow alter the booting process so that now it stops shortly after beginning to show a page with a message that reads as follows:
"The system could not log you on. Make sure your User name and domain are correct, then type in your password again".

[Note: Before proceeding further, I should also state that the actions I took to automate the booting process involved selecting an option to autologon from within a "Microsoft Power Toys for Windows XP" program called "TweakUI", but then proceeded to also enter a password when it was offered in the same step in the process. I had never used a password before, and admittedly was foolish to enter one at this point, and it unfortunately resulted in this problem being created.]

I don't know how you can check the domain when this screen occurs. The only real options presented at this point are to enter the ID and password again, or shut down. I am absolutely certain about which User name I entered (as the Administrator) and also the four letter password I selected, but they don't work with this new boot. I've tried changing the letter cases, entering adjacent letters on the keyboard (from along side the letters of my password in case my fingers weren't properly placed for Qwerty), but none of these alternative a... Read more

A:Solved: I'm locked out of my own computer...help!

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I have a friend that has a computer very similar to a Emachine W3502. My friend's computer recently developed a problem where when he turns on the computer, it asks him for his User ID and Password. Prior to this, he has been the only one using the computer and never needed to provide a User ID and password for Windows to load and use the computer.

Also occasionally the CD tray won't open.

If the tray would open, he might be able to load some password retriever software or a System Recovery Disc in order to get it operational again.

How might he be able to open the CD tray if the eject button isn't functioning or that the computer is locked up?

Thanks in advance.... Mike
 

A:Solved: Computer locked up

Get a paper clip and straighten it out and there is a small hole in the front tray....poke it in there and push it in and the tray should open....it takes a bit of fiddling
 

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I was testing out mac filtering on my wireless router and I think I locked my computer out of the network. I can't seem to enter its configuration settings. I'm using XP MCE and a D-Link DI-524 Rev C Router. The Wii's MAC address was the one entered initially, so I think that's the only device it will accept. How can I change back the settings?
 

A:Solved: Think I locked out my computer

reset the router?
 

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On a compaq computer running XP this (see attachment) keeps popping up after awakening from screen saver.
It goes away when ok is clicked and normal operation resumes. Its really just a hassle factor. There never was a password in the first place.

We had a look at this: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=242917 and found that was not the problem.

Any help appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Unlock computer, but computer not locked

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Anyone? I need help I have the recovery console,but I believe I have the blasterworm virus(I did a search and found someone who had the same problem)and I am locked out of my computer.I can not get past loading personal settings(Administrator account on auto password)and I cannot logon to other accounts such as default.I HATE the evil humans who create this trash!!!!!!!Please someone help me....2 days into this now!(previous posts on the same matter)
 

A:Solved: blasterworm has me locked out of my computer

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This morning I attempted to do a complete reinstall of XP by booting from the CD. The screen currently says :

Windows Setup=========
Setup is loading files (Human Interface Parser)

It has been on this screen for about 20 minutes now.

I decided to do a reinstall because the system had unexpectedly begun freezing up. Information about this can be found in my previous post:

http://forums.techguy.org/security/429665-unexplained-computer-freeze-up.html.

What should I do now?

Pulling my hair out in Texas,

Gary
 

A:Solved: Computer locked up on XP reinstall

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I had to create a new user profile on my laptop for an internship since the company's systems required a bunch of specific settings adjustments. I finished the internship and tried to delete the work profile.

I'm not sure what happened, but now the work profile is the only one I can log on to. I can't access "User Accounts" in the control panel because the work profile doesn't have admin status (although I'm pretty sure it should because the setup instructions that the IT people at work sent required that I designate the account for Admin status).

I can't log on to "Administrator" either. I think the account doesn't exist anymore because a blank password doesn't work and I defenitely did not set a password for that account.

I think I'm stuck without having Admin access to my computer. My laptop has a reformatting feature and I can easily do that but I'll lose all my files. I can't get my music or personal documents on to any removable storage because they were both in the My Documents folder of my orignal user account. In my work profile, I tried going into My Computer -> C:\ -> Documents and Settings but the folders belonging to the orignal user account and Administrator are inaccessible (Access Denied).

Am I stuck forever? Is there no way to recover my music and docs? Help would be GREATLY appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Semi-locked out of my computer

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I am running XP SP2, IE7 just installed after reboot my laptop froze. I shut down and tried to reboot, nothing on screen. After pulling the plug and taking out the battery, and waiting about 10-30 minutes I can plug back in reboot get to windows sign in, freeze up. Did this one more time to get into safe mode. I was able to get into safe mode, computer froze after less then 1 min. Prior to this the only thing that I have done to my computer is install memory, which is over 2 months (no problems). I did pull the memory and try in case that may have been a problem, but still the same thing.
NOTHING comes on the screen after the computer freezes and I try to reboot right away, although the hd is running, fans running, lights are on. This did not happen right after the IE7 install, not until after I rebooted did I have any trouble.
FYI I happened to find this website from work, I am in Arifjan Kuwait (Army) with limited support (no computer stores or anywhere to purchase software). Obviously my line of communication is internet with my family. Any help or would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

A:[SOLVED] IE 7 locked up computer after reboot? [Moved from IE]

Hello and welcome to TSF

I am goign to move your thread to windows XP section as I think you will get better help here.

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-Windows XP Home Edition running on a Sony Vaio laptop:
-It had been running slower and slower to the point where scvhost.exe was pulling 99% of resources and the task manager couldn't load any applications.
-I eventually gave up and ran XP off of the CDROM and chose Repair
-When repair hit a program for loading the Cisco VPN applet it stopped and issued a warning that this was not supported, did I want to go ahead with it or without it.
-Whichever option I choose the program runs for another 30 seconds, flashes a death screen and crashes and reboots. I can find no way out of that loop.
-I went in and deleted any files I could find related to the VPN program, but couldn't uninstall it since I can't get the system up and running.

-I am locked out of my computer and don't see how to get back in and recover the OS and my applications.

HELP Please.

Thanks,

Jeremyneedshelp
 

A:XP Repair crashes-can't complete-locked out!

Well it's bit late now but you probably where infected, that should have been your first course of action... a few AV scans, as a repair would not remove infections.

You also should have searched for some 'XP repair installation' instructions and followed them:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
 

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Hi,Apologies if this has been answered already, but I couldn't find anything on the boards. My ideapad is showing error saying PC needs to be repaired. error code 0xc0000098. I thought I could use my Windows 8 disc to recover/repair, but when using the Repair facility (Repair > Troubleshoot > Refresh your PC) I get the message "drive is locked". Microsoft tell me this is something only Lenovo can help with... Does anyone have an idea what I might need to do? I can't pull the drive out or send the pc away - it's my Mum's; she's visiting and lives on another continent... Many thanks for your help!!Marc

A:Trying to repair Window8 but "drive is locked"

Is it possible you have bitlocker turned on?

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I have an ASUS laptop which came with Win 8, upgraded to Win 8.1 then upgraded to Win 10. Had a problem of rebooting unexpectedly. Restore did not help. Having problems getting a rescue disk to boot up ( ASUS bios is a bit odd to set up for CD/DVD boot ) so decided to do a repair as I have an original Win 10 usb installation stick and when it booted up I tried to do a repair. But it came back as unable to do a repair as hard drive is locked! what does this mean.

I have run a program that has given me my activation code and was wondering if I reinstalled Win 10 do I use this activation code or just reinstall and bypass activation code!

Thanks Bob

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My Lenovo B4130 running Windows 10 is three months old. Yesterday it started what I've come to know is an automatic repair mode. It never stopped 'repairing' the drive... after running all night. It will not boot under any circumstances. I've tried the recovery usb with no result at all. I've read all of the ideas on the tech forums. All of them required being able to access command prompt. I've tried f11, f8, you name it... nothing. It isn't a loop because it never finishes.

I would be happy to reinstall Windows, if that's what it takes. But even the recovery disk does nothing. Yes, it is under warranty. But this doesn't seem like it should be terribly complicated. I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks folks!

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My Lenovo B4130 running Windows 10 is three months old. Yesterday it started what I've come to know is an automatic repair mode. It never stopped 'repairing' the drive... after running all night. It will not boot under any circumstances. I've tried the recovery usb with no result at all. I've read all of the ideas on the tech forums. All of them required being able to access command prompt. I've tried f11, f8, you name it... nothing. It isn't a loop because it never finishes.

I would be happy to reinstall Windows, if that's what it takes. But even the recovery disk does nothing. Yes, it is under warranty. But this doesn't seem like it should be terribly complicated. I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks folks!

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I have a Windows 7 / Windows 8 dual boot setup that was initially working fine. When attempting to update the graphics drivers in Windows 8 last week, something went wrong and the system crashed. Now when I attempt to boot into Windows 8, it goes into the Attempting Automated Repairs loop which never finishes, even when left running for several hours. I attempted to boot off of the Windows 8 installation CD and do a Refresh but it just errors out saying Windows could not be refreshed. Any other suggestions?

A:Locked In Automatic Repair / Can't Refresh

I see lots of Google hits for this problem but no fixes other than to do a reinstall.

One post indicated a Windows Update was the cause of the problem, but the fix was still to reinstall.

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I signed into Onenote to try it out using my MS password, which I haven't used in years. It was autofilled with a password manager, so I don't even know what it is. Then when I rebooted my computer, I found my MS password automatically applied to my computer!

Used my mobile to reset it, which wasn't difficult. But the idea of this alone is ridiculous.

What's the best way to direct my vitriol at Microsoft? Is there an input link that they actually respond to?

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My Dell XPS 15z wouldn't boot this weekend. After a few failed attempts I got the screen to start in safe mode. A screen with options popped up with the first option being to do a System Repair so I decided to try that. It went through a few steps and seemed to be progressing. However, it now appears to be frozen on a screen that says it is attempting to perform system repairs and that the process could take over an hour. This was basically 48 hours ago. If I hit the cancel button a screen pops up telling me the process cannot be stopped. My husband even turned the computer off but when it starts up again it automatically returns to the frozen screen.

Help!

A:System Repair has locked up on Dell laptop

F8 at power on should give you some recovery options. Have you tried that?

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I had W10 in another partition, it updated and my laptop got on fire at very high temperature.

I went to W8.1 and it also updated and also started to overheat.

I removed all updates installations and still was very hot.

So I decided to format W10 and with EasyBCD to fix the boot, but it didn't work. On reboot, it failed and remained totally black without any message or nothing. Just black.

So I tried to repair, recover and reinstall from my W8.1 and my W10 USB sticks, but nothing worked saying that the drive is locked.

I tried to follow a YouTube tutorial to solve it but failed on the MS-DOS at the very last instruction.

Does anyone know what I can do? I think that the laptop is broken again and needs to be sent again to Asus for the overheating, but I can't send it without the boot, they will say I caused the damage.

Thanks.

A:Can't boot, can't reinstall, can't repair (locked drive)

I would say that is a hardware problem. Your cooling does not seem to work to specifications. I would send it in and explain what happened.

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Running W8 on a machine with motherboard RAID 5 (five drives, Intel z68 SATA controllers) with an SSD cache. Machine has run fine for about 6 months. While running, froze up. Rebooted but got Automatic Repair, which did not work. Neither Reset nor Refresh
will work, as they report drive is locked. BIOS shows RAID array is functioning; did a sync of SSD with the array, no help. Comand line shows an X drive that appears to be my C drive. DiSKPART shows no disks at all. CHKDSK will not work, reports drives locked.
Tried Win8 install disk, it reports no drives.
I have check cables and power. I am not convinced this is a hardware issue since the command line shows my boot drive files.
Any recommendations about what to do?

A:Windows 8 will not boot or repair: drive locked

Hi,
Here is a similar post for your reference.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-system/windows-crash-refresh-hard-drive-locked-unlock/a6bb04ff-5dba-4e10-a849-644cd0851bc6 Juke Chou
TechNet Community Support

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I was running Windows XP Home Edition SP2 (not sure if my actions changed this)
Athlon 2400+ GA-7VAXP, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Raid 0

I experienced a random reboot, that locked into a reboot cycle until I disabled GoBack this seemed to fix the issues although I had some sever performance issues at this point (boot took about 3x longer than normal). For that reason I ran Norton System Works 2006's 1 button checkup and accepted all changes. After the reboot from this I got an Explorer.exe application error 0xc0150002, which prevented anything other than my wallpaper form loading. After checking the Microsoft forums the only solution I could attempt was running the Windows repair from the installation CD. During the repair run I had a COM+ error from csetuputil.cpp stating it could not locate catsrv.dll. I accepted that and the run appeared to continue normally. Later during the run I received notification that directdb.dll, wab32.dll, inetcomm.dll, and msoe.dll were missing or corrupted. The repair seemed to finish normally after this until it attempted to reboot. The usual XP load screen popped up, screen went blank, cursor appeared and then the system rebooted, this loop had continued for 3-4 cycles until I shut the system down. I then booted into the recovery console and attempted to copy the corrupted files in, but the Program Files directory was inaccessible...the two I was able to copy in (catsrv.dll and inetcomm.dll) had no effect on the boot.
 

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I've just tried turning my computer on this morning and it's not quite working - I'm on a friends computer at the moment.

I'm running window XP, I have recently had some help from the 'spyware, malware' section of this forum in removing some virus's and trojans, we managed to stop all the intial problems however now...

When I turn the system on, it does it's first page fine (the one that has the system information) then goes to the screen that says "windows didn't start successfully, a recent hardware or software change might have caused this" and gives me the start up options of 'safe mode', safe mode with networking', 'safe mode with command prompt', 'start windows normally' and 'last known good configuration'. I've selected all the options once and they all do the same thing - once selected it goes to the windows xp screen and looks likes it's loading then a blue screen with some information on it pops up for a micro second, the system then restarts itself and goes back to the safe mode options screen.

I really don't know what to do?
 

A:Computer stuck in start up cycle

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Problem: My computer seems to be stuck in a looping restart cycle. Meaning the computer restarts itself about half a minuite into startup.

Other stuff: The problem arose around a week ago, beforehand I was only experiencing one written memory error on Team Fortress 2.

Otherwise the computer was functioning properly. No downloads had been run since the last virus check using Spyware Search and Destroy, and the free edition of AVG.

The only component I could recall was:

ATi Raedon x300 (with latest drivers)

Thats all the information I can provide off the top of my head, if you ask any other questions I could proboably answer them.

A:Computer restart cycle on startup

I've had an error similar to this in the past, although it did not reset this rapidly. Is your computer actually doing the entire reset process, or is it just turning off and turning back on again? If the latter, it may be that your power source is dying. Have you noticed any strange smells coming from your computer in the past? If you smell burning plastic, that's usually a good sign that the power source has something wrong with it.

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Hello, community

I firstly want to thank for being able to post and possibly get help here, and to anyone who gives attention to this request, as it's my first topic here.

Well... I have a desktop running Windows 10 x64. Yesterday I was copying some files from a folder to another. (no other software open). To have no problems, I did something I've been doing since I installed Windows 10: I'd go to the task manager, close the "explorer.exe" and would open it again as administrator, so I wouldn't have to confirm each folder I'd enter on another drive.
But what happened this time is that the explorer wouldn't open, leaving only the black screen and the cursor.

So I rebooted and then windows entered automatic repair mode. When trying to use any options, it said there are no admin accounts on windows (although there are three).

A few things I tried:
*System recovery from windows boot cd (there is only one system recovery point, and it couldn't complete the recovery, presented an error)
*Automatic recovery from boot cd
*Using Windows boot disk to enter command prompt to allow the hidden administrator account (which worked, but windows still don't recognize it, or don't see it, I'm not sure which)
*Chkdsk on system drive
*Used Hiren's Boot CD to reset password in my account and created a new Admin one
*Tried overwriting "utilman.exe" with "cmd.exe" in order to use command prompt in Windows inste... Read more

A:Locked out of Windows - Auto Repair Loop and No Admin Accoun

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Hello, community

Well... I have a desktop running Windows 10 x64. Yesterday I was copying some files from a folder to another. (no other software open). To have no problems, I did something I've been doing since I installed Windows 10: I'd go to the task manager, close the "explorer.exe" and would open it again as administrator, so I wouldn't have to confirm each folder I'd enter on another drive.
But what happened this time is that the explorer wouldn't open, leaving only the black screen and the cursor.

So I rebooted and then windows entered automatic repair mode. When trying to use any options, it said there are no admin accounts on windows (although there are three).

A few things I tried:
*System recovery from windows boot cd (there is only one system recovery point, and it couldn't complete the recovery, presented an error)
*Automatic recovery from boot cd
*Using Windows boot disk to enter command prompt to allow the hidden administrator account (which worked, but windows still don't recognize it, or don't see it, I'm not sure which)
*Chkdsk on system drive
*Used Hiren's Boot CD to reset password in my account and created a new Admin one
*Tried overwriting "utilman.exe" with "cmd.exe" in order to use command prompt in Windows instead of boot disc so commands there would take effect (I'm guessing many cmd commands won't work from the Windows Boot Disk command prompt)
*MBR fix, boot fix, bcr rebuild

What I can't do:
*Log ... Read more

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My windows 8 drive has become locked.  Using Hiren's boot disk I can see that content is on there and I see many drives.  However, chkdsk doesn't recognize the drive and gives data cyclical redundancy errors.
 
I don't mind doing a reinstall; but, it has many pictures and files I'd rather not loose.
 
 
It's been in the automatic repair loop for some time.  I can't even do the one start refresh (it's a lenovo).
 
 

A:Windows 8 locked drive can't refresh - automatic repair loop

Additionally....the only way I coudl get it to boot to a Windows 8 DVD was to change it to legacy mode.  With it in UEFI it wouldn't boot to the DVD at all.   I've created a USB recovery disk from another laptop (same OS) but, it won't boot off of it.
 
But, being in legacy does appear to lock up the drives.

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