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Windows 8 laptop stuck on "preparing to repair cyle"

Q: Windows 8 laptop stuck on "preparing to repair cyle"

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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Preferred Solution: Windows 8 laptop stuck on "preparing to repair cyle"

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.)

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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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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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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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I am stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"
When I choose "Start Windows Normally",it gives me blue screen with the following error:Unmountable_Boot_Volume.On "Launch startup repair" I am stuck on the Windows 7 wallpaper with cursor and can't even open Cmd trough Shift+F10.I've tried re-installing windows from USB stick and I am also stuck on "Setup is Starting".Any help please,and how much I am screwed?
P.S-On Advanced boot options I can't use Safe Mode,Safe Mode with Networking,Safe Mode with Command prompt and Last Known Good Configuration,it gets me back to "Start Windows Normally" and "Launch startup repair".

A:Stuck on "Start Windows normally" and "Launch startup repair"

Time to boot to an external testing/repair environment, such as a Win7 Repair disk or a hard drive test disk.

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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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Hi everyone,

every time I try to install Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, I get this:

And then it just gets stuck on that 'preparing'.
I tried to install System Update Readiness Tool but it also freezes somewhere in the middle, and nothing happens on the screen for 3 hours. I can move the pointer, etc., but the installer is stuck.

What can I do in this case?

A:Stuck on "Preparing your computer" while installing Windows 7 SP1

Pleasefollow the WindowsUpdate Posting Instructions and postthe requested data

If thefile is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files untilthe final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately afterzipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for anumber of reasons)

Pleasealso post the C:\Windows\windowsudpate.log file

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I bought a new computer consisting of the following components

motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0
graphics card: Sapphire dual-x R2 270x
CPU: AMD FX 8350

the rest off the components I took from my old PC and should all be okay. (600W power supply, 4GB DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM, 3TB HDD)

The problem is that whenever I try to install Windows 7 64bit the installation stops when it reaches the "setup is preparing your computer for first use". I have tried all I can think of that might cause problems during the installation. I have installed missing drivers, making a clean installation on the hard drive, I have tried a different and smaller HDD, changing the new graphics card for the old one I have, and I have tried booting in Legacy mode, but so fare nothing works.

I hope somebody out there has an Idea how to fix it.

A:Windows 7 stuck at "setup is preparing your computer for first use"

Believe it or not; i would say its the fact that you only have 4gb of Ram. Usually for most windows 7 installs you want at least 8gb of ram for optimal performace. Also, if you can, do a mem test using the memtest program for which i will post the link here:

Its not called memtest in windows 7 but here is how to do a memory diagnostic test:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-your-computer

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I have 2 accounts on this PC, one is a MS account, the other is the built-in Administrator account, which I renamed and assigned a complex password to make it difficult for anyone to get into. However, I recently disabled the Admin account with the "net user administrator /active:no" command, and then deleted both the Administrator and Enigma (the name which I renamed it to) folders in C:\Users. I also went into Control Panel and made sure that the user is gone, it does not appear now. I can still log into my PC via the MS account since it has admin rights.

But after rebooting the Admin/Enigma account still appears on the login screen and asks for a password. So I reenter the old password and it then hangs with a "Preparing Windows" message. Then I do a hard reset and log into the MS account, I can see that a TEMP folder has been created at C:\Users, which I assume was created as a result of trying to log in as Admin/Enigma. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that the PC still remembers the password and other info associated with the account, and that info must still be stored somewhere in the Registry. That seems to be the only logical cause of the issue.

So, I need help with locating that info and resetting it, because I intend to reactivate Admin again, but this time I'm going to leave it alone. I had deleted it in the 1st place because of the appearance of 2 usernames for the account at C:\Users, and found that odd, so I figured I could get rid of both a... Read more

A:Stuck On "Preparing Windows" When Attempting To Log In

just making sure I understand. You say "I had deleted it in the 1st place because of the appearance of 2 usernames for the account at C:\Users, and found that odd, so I figured I could get rid of both and then recreate/reset." Do you mean there were two users with the same name or two different names somehow associated with the same account? I think it must be the former, but just need to be sure.

Don't get you hopes up that I can solve your problem. But, I once had a less complicated situation somewhat akin to your's.

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My computer blue screen crashed several times in a row, and wouldn't get to the OS because of it. I then preformed a quick restore, and can get to the login screen now, but after my password is entered the screen says preparing windows for about 15 minutes, after which I get sent to a black screen with a mouse. Once I was given the notification that "ChangeIcon MFC Application has stopped working," though that only happened one of the times. What can I do?

A:Login stuck at "Preparing Windows"

Some how via safe mode you have to uninstall this update listed below
that is if you cant get to control panel on main window

1. Access Control Panel (I use Small Icons view)
2. Click on Windows Update
3. Click on Installed Windows Updates
4. Look for Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2984006) and double click to uninstall it.
5. Reboot when prompted and issue is fixed.

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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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I have a Lenovo G500S Touch running Windows 8.1. I am stuck in the endless loop, which I've researched and still haven't found a solution. For many hours, all it would do is just show a black screen with "Lenovo" on it. Then it went into this loop, and nothing I do can get out of it. Help??
 

A:Lenovo laptop stuck in "Automatic Repair loop"

Note: I can get the "Startup Settings" screen, but following that, I CANNOT get the options to select; so I can't select, say, Safe Mode, or whatever.
 

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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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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 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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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.
Thanks
Dave

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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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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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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Problem started a couple of days ago, unsure why it would.

I would love to try any of the 4million fixes I've seen on the web for this except I can not get past that screen. Not in normal mode, not in safe mode.

Any suggestions?
And just in case;

Win 2k Pro
Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz
512 MB RDRAM
80 Gb HD
GF4 Ti 4200 128MB

ISP is Rogers (Canada)
Directly wired to a DI-624 Router, which is wired to an SB5101 Motorolla Surfboard Cable Modem provided by Rogers.

It's my 6 yr old clunker which I'll soon be replacing with a new build but I'd like to get my files off it at least.
There was a snow storm here that knocked out a bunch of power in certain areas of the city but not my area.
 

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This problem started out on one of the machines in my office, now it's happening on several of them.

Machine config:
- Outlook 2007
- POP account
- antivirus regularly running/updating/scanning

Symptoms:
- User is running outlook like normal, then all the sudden Outlook gets stuck "Preparing to send / receive". Clicking the Send/Receive button does nothing, and it just sits there forever, apparently never actually making contact with the servers or doing anything at all.

My fix:
- I have to close down Outlook, but that's not enough.
- Open task manager, even though Outlook is closed, there is still an instance of it running on the machine.
- Manually close that extra instance, restart Outlook.

Then all the sudden it works, it sends and receives just fine. I thought the first user may have had a virus, but I've scanned ALL the machines in our office with Symantec Antivirus and nothing came up.

Also, this doesn't appear to ever happen on the two machines in the office who are running IMAP accounts.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
 

A:Solved: Outlook 2007 stuck "preparing to send / receive". Requires manual task end.

nobody has any ideas? Should I include more details, like machine stats or something?
 

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Hello
Last night I turned off my computer normally. The only thing different was that it installed some updates before turning off. This morning when I turned it on, I noticed that it got stuck on the "Starting Windows" logo screen. I turned it off (forcing it) and turned it on again and asked me if I wanted to start normally or repair. When I clicked repair it got stuck on the loading bar thing. At first, the f8 button wouldn't work but after a few tries it did and I can't get in safe mode either, it gets stuck.

I gave up and since the computer is pretty much new so I don't have much installed on it, I decided to just reformat it but even in the disk it gets stuck. I downloaded a repair disc and it is stuck in the loading bar with the Microsoft Corportation below.

EDIT: So I noticed when opening it up that the mobo has a red light(located in the front panel header thing)... next to it, it says LED1 R474... I'm not completely sure what it means but with my luck...it probably died on me. (Should i post this in the mobo's section?)

It was probably the updates so if I could somehow get it to unistall last night's updates (and maybe preventing it from updating again since I'm freaked out) it will get fixed maybe? The question is how :/

System specs:
System Manufacturer/Model Number Built it myself
OS Windows 7

CPU intel quad core 2 2.66ghz
Motherboard xfx 750i sli nforce
Memory 4gb corsair gaming memory
Graphics Card(s) pny nvidia geforce gts250
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A:Stuck in "Starting Windows" logo - Even in installation/repair CD

Lot's of issues with this mobo: http://www.google.com/search?q=LED1+...ient=firefox-a

Go into the BIOS and reset the board to default values.

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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
RAM: 4 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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While waiting for the 7 Professional x64 installation to be finished, the screen shows " setup is preparing your computer for first use". The computer keeps reading the DVD drive about more than half hour and does not go to the normal desktop. I started from clean installation.

CD is Windows 7 Professional (x64) from Retail Stores.
Did startup repair about 4 times - says that it could not find a problem
Did few reinstall.
Tried the three bootrec on command prompt - did not fix problem
Tried chkdsk and chkdsk /f - did not fix problem
Tried sfc /scannow - says that cannot be started because of startup repair and needs to be rebooted (tried that, problem still exist)

Any help would be appreciated...

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A:Stuck on "Setup is preparing your computer for first use"

EDIT: enabling low resolution in f8 Seemed to fix the problem.

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When ever I put my computer on stand by or let it go automatically to stand by it becomes hung up in on the "preparing to standby" screen. I have let it sit for 20 minutes but it simply would not budge. This all started happening during/after a fight I had with a vundo trojan. I installed and ran Malwarebytes' anti-malware, Hijack this, recovery console, combo fix, and GMER (which gave me a blue screen of death while i was running it). I'm running XP SP2. Here's a link to my step by step process in fighting the trojan: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic215079.html

Any help with my problem would be greatly appreciated!

A:Computer stuck at "preparing to standby"

Hello and welcome to the forum,

You are still infected after reading through the other post you have bleeping computer.

Disconnect pc from online immediately.
Go to another pc (friends or library).

2 choices here you can do:

Start over with a fresh install of xp, doing this you will ned a harddrive utility to erase
the harddrive, because formatting doesnt erase the harddrive entirely.
Clear bios also before doing the fresh install of xp.

or go here and post:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/

Please disconnect pc from online and use another pc to go to the
site for help please.

Give the desription of the problem also.

Please be patient as the techs are very busy and will get to you as soon as they are
able to.

Click on spyware and popups problem - first steps (in red)

and follow the instructions please at top right of page.

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Hi Everyone, I'm trying to put a brand new copy of Windows 7 on my custom built PC which was running fine on Vista and XP.

Completely fresh formatted hard drive.

It gets as far as the "setup is preparing your computer for first use" screen and then just sits there indefinitely.




I've tried repairing it after booting from Windows disc, it said no problem was found.

I've unplugged and disabled everything possible, including going down to 1 stick of RAM.

I've reset the mobo to default settings.

I've tried starting in low resolution from the F8 menu.



Nothing works, it just does the same thing every time.




Specs:

Core 2 Duo
DDR2-800 RAM
nVidia Chipset
GeForce 8800GT with 2 DVI outputs
SATA Hard drive and DVD Drive

Tried installing it on an old laptop to see if it was the disc and it installed perfectly on that first time.

Completely run out of ideas, help please!

A:Getting stuck on "setup is preparing your computer for first use"

Try entering Safe Mode to uninstall any drivers in error in Device Manager - normal offender is the Display driver - which should allow it to start so driver can be updated from Win7.

If it refuses Safe Mode use the steps at the end of this tutorial to open Device Manager from Command Line: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation - Windows 7 Forums

If these steps fail, see if using a VGA monitor will allow install to finish.

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I recently bought a SSD and used Acronis TrueImage to clone my old windows install onto the new disk. So long as I leave the old HDD installed I have no issues booting up on the new lightning fast SSD. If I unplug the old HDD, however, I run into problems. In that scenario, after inputting my password, the system spends several minutes stuck on "Preparing Your Desktop" after which I get a blank, light blue screen with the words "This copy of windows is not genuine" in the bottom right part of the screen.

This is an issue because my plans have been to eliminate the old drive and replace it. I have some concerns about its reliability due to its age and at any rate I shouldn't have to have an extra HDD plugged in just to use my main OS install on the SSD.

A:Stuck on "Preparing Your Desktop" after removing old HDD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by EvilIguana


I recently bought a SSD and used Acronis TrueImage to clone my old windows install onto the new disk. So long as I leave the old HDD installed I have no issues booting up on the new lightning fast SSD. If I unplug the old HDD, however, I run into problems. In that scenario, after inputting my password, the system spends several minutes stuck on "Preparing Your Desktop" after which I get a blank, light blue screen with the words "This copy of windows is not genuine" in the bottom right part of the screen.

This is an issue because my plans have been to eliminate the old drive and replace it. I have some concerns about its reliability due to its age and at any rate I shouldn't have to have an extra HDD plugged in just to use my main OS install on the SSD.


It sounds like there is a problem with the way it was setup. Post a screen shot of your Disk Management with the columns expanded so we can read the print. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi there,

I recently purchased an Acer EeePC 1005H for my girlfriend and I. We're running Windows XP, and at first we could just close the lid, it would go on standby, then when we opened the lid it would be at the account log in screen. But as of late, whenever we close the lid, then open it back up, it's stuck on the "Preparing To Standby" screen. No inputs will respond except the power switch, which we have to hold for 5 seconds to shut it down and start it back up. The same issue comes up when we manually go to Start>Turn Off Computer>Standby.

Well, I hope someone has some suggestions or words of advice. I thank you in advance.

A:Netbook Gets Stuck On "Preparing To Standby"

I got the same issue, anyone know?

I just got done fighting Antivirus System pro.

Ran Avast, Malwarebytes,Spybot, And Combofix.

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I've read a similar query but not any of the answers were able to solve my problem.
I have a dell studio 15 laptop (1555) with regular specs windows 7 home premium 64 bit , recently it used to give problems of sudden switch off with flash of a blue screen , the problem was a virus as it also messed with my windows essential antivirus.
Anyhow , so i installed Avast antivirus and run a boot time scan with showed some viruses , the problem is that by mistake i put a windows/temp file into the antivirus chest . After that scan my windows is unable to boot properly.
I firstly tried the suggested option of
1)windows repair but its stuck indefinately on the blue flowers screen with no activity
2)I tried to repair with a bootable copy of windows but its stuck on the point where the windows searches the present os installed , the os is listed there but the curser shows up as the circling one and does not turn normal even after a long time.
3)i tried re-installing windows but the screen is stuck at the point after it prompts you to choose GMT , the screen says "Setup is starting" indefinitely, again the same circling cursor
4)The dell diagnostics when run says that I have hard drive error no. 2000-0146
I followed a post by Greggocker and was able to backup my data using Peppermint live linux os
I also read him suggesting to change settings of BIOS, but problem is that my BIOS(Phoenix A07) Does not have many options to change anything that he said(I may also not be ... Read more

A:Windows 7 installation Stuck on "Starting Setup" Screen-Unabl 2 Repair

  
Quote: Originally Posted by harsh93singh09


I've read a similar query but not any of the answers were able to solve my problem.
I have a dell studio 15 laptop (1555) with regular specs windows 7 home premium 64 bit , recently it used to give problems of sudden switch off with flash of a blue screen , the problem was a virus as it also messed with my windows essential antivirus.
Anyhow , so i installed Avast antivirus and run a boot time scan with showed some viruses , the problem is that by mistake i put a windows/temp file into the antivirus chest . After that scan my windows is unable to boot properly.
I firstly tried the suggested option of
1)windows repair but its stuck indefinately on the blue flowers screen with no activity
2)I tried to repair with a bootable copy of windows but its stuck on the point where the windows searches the present os installed , the os is listed there but the curser shows up as the circling one and does not turn normal even after a long time.
3)i tried re-installing windows but the screen is stuck at the point after it prompts you to choose GMT , the screen says "Setup is starting" indefinitely, again the same circling cursor
4)The dell diagnostics when run says that I have hard drive error no. 2000-0146
I followed a post by Greggocker and was able to backup my data using Peppermint live linux os
I also read him suggesting to change settings of BIOS, but problem is that my BIOS(Phoenix A0... Read more

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I've been having problems with my Alienware X51 since about a month ago. The issues are as follows:
Windows sometimes gets stuck at the "Welcome" screen. Even when it doesn't, logging in often takes up to 15 seconds. Of note is that this has not happened in safe mode.
The computer would often freeze shortly after login. This only seemed to happen within the first few minutes; once the window has passed, the OS is stable until shutdown.
Some system tools (such as the Windows Performance Monitor) are unresponsive after launching.
Screen artifacts would appear in safe mode when I close certain applications.

Cleaning out the dust, reinstalling graphics drivers and reseating the RAM didn't make any difference. I then did a repair install, which solved everything except the first issue. All of this normally suggests a problem with a third-party driver. However, I've also seen a few other issues that suggest that there is a hardware problem as well:
The Dell ePSA tool often freezes during memory tests.
The BIOS complained once about being unable to find the hard drive, and Windows displayed a BSoD when it did finally start up. The Ultra DMA CRC error count in the S.M.A.R.T. data also increased. However, this was right after I took the PC apart for cleaning and did not occur again after I reseated the SATA cable.
Windows might have froze once after loading the files for safe mode. Granted, I was impatient at the time and didn't wait very long before rebooting the computer.... Read more

A:Windows stuck at "Welcome" screen even after repair installs

Was there anything you did specifically both hardware or software-wise before the issue started occurring?

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I've attempted to repair the computer using a windows xp cd.

The problem is I think I used an sp3 for an sp2 machine, now it's stuck in the blue screen with the little green dots in the right corner and on the 4th of 5 steps "Installing windows"

Have I ruined the computer?

Is there any way to pull information from it at this point?

Is there anyway to revert ?

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Here's the problem, on my laptop (which is running Windows XP) it seems to be stuck in the "preparing to hibernate" mode. How would I go about getting out of this? The computer doesn't respond to pressing the power button and the battery is fully charged so unplugging it from the wall doesn't do any good either.
 

A:XP stuck in "preparing to hibernate"

Unplugging the battery and unplugging from the wall will certainly put a stop to it.
 

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Hi, about a week ago I believed I had eliminated a vundo trojan on my system. although one problem remained. When I put the computer on stand by it gets stuck at the screen that says "preparing to stand by" and I am forced to hold down the power button to shut down the computer.

I posted in the Windows XP support part of this forum but someone there told me it is a problem with the trojan.

This is a link to my OP there: http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...by-364125.html
and this is an outline of my process eliminating the trojan: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic215079.html

I did not run GMER this time because when I did so originally I got a blue screen of death.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Noah at 11:54:10.84 on Tue 04/07/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3070.2576 [GMT -4:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k hpdevmgmt
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A:Stuck at "preparing to standby"

UPDATE: When booting up I got a black screen with white text that told me widows did not start successfully, I started up in safe mode and did a system restore to two days ago.

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Here's the problem, on my laptop (which is running Windows XP) it seems to be stuck in the "preparing to hibernate" mode. How would I go about getting out of this? The computer doesn't respond to pressing the power button and the battery is fully charged so unplugging it from the wall doesn't do any good either.
 

A:XP stuck in "preparing to hibernate"

Unplugging the battery and unplugging from the wall will certainly put a stop to it.
 

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I'll cut right to the chase; I built my new computer and I'm installing Windows 7 for the first time. Its stuck on "Preparing your computer for first use".

Methods I've tried:
Startup Repair via Disk
Unplugging my disk driver
Resetting BIOS

Specs:
GTX 960
1TB WD HDD
Gigabyte H170M-D3H
16 GB Ram DDR4 Hyperx Fury

This is very frustrating and I really wanna get this up before Spring Break ends ;~;
Thanks in advance!

(P.S - I'm a new scrubbo to these kind of stuffs so sorry for any inconvenience :-( )

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Note: I can't take any screen shots because my problematic laptop won't even start up fully.

So as a bit of background, my 6-year-old Toshiba A505-S6005 laptop battery has been horrible for ages (as in my laptop MUST be plugged in at all times or else it will immediately spontaneously turn off without a proper shut-down. It also spontaneously turns off it it overheats or starts working too hard or something), so I don't use it very much - but it's where I keep all my music and movies, and I've been gradually transferring these files to other devices, which is why I still use it occasionally...

Anyway, 2 nights ago, I downloaded and installed updates, and after taking a while to install updates, it stayed on the "shutting down..." screen for a long time... And when I woke up the next morning, it was STILL on the "shutting down" screen - and it had been 8 hours by that point (I was actually very surprised that it hadn't spontaneously turned off overnight). So I did a force-turn-off because I thought it would start up ok.

Today, I turned on the computer figuring it would boot up ok. So we get to the start-up screen - it even spends a mere split second on the usual improper-shut-down-how-would-you-like-to-start-up screen (it usually spends 30 seconds on that screen) and it goes through "configuring updates," and this took a while, and then it went back to the "shutting down..." screen. And it was stuck there for about 20 minutes be... Read more

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RELEVANCY SCORE 90

Hi!

My laptop is stuck on preparing automatic repair! I've tried shift+f8, I've tried them separately. Nothing is working! I have no windows 8 install disc. The only thing I have access to is the laptop. Can I in someway fix the laptop without needing professional help?

Help!

A:My laptop is stuck on 'Preparing Automatic Repair'! Help!

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




From the Repair DVD/ CD/USB:
How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

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RELEVANCY SCORE 90

My laptop HP pavilion 15 had stuck on preparing automatic repair screen . I had called HP centre . Then he had filed my report and said will call back after 3days working . But now it had been 2 weeks ?

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I left my laptop (HP Pavilion 17-g121wm; Windows 10-64 bit) on but unplugged overnight, and when I woke up, the fan was loud, so I went to see what was up. It's certified refurbished (from Amazon) and I've had it for only about a week.I open the lid and it's on this loop of "preparing automatic repair" messages. It goes to the HP logo screen (with spinning wheel animation), then to black, then to these blue error messages (alternates messages each time), the back to HP logo screen and so on. I read that it could be something to do with driver errors. I did update my video driver and I think my audio driver (but not sure about audio). Some are" stop codes" as labeled, some are "what failed" codes.Kmode exception not handled.Stop Code: System thread exception not handled.What failed: netio.sys (paired with stop code above)Stop Code: Page fault in nonpaged area.ACPI.sysKernel security check failureIRQL not less or equalBad pool header (only saw this one once, but all the others a few times each).fbwf.syswdf01000.systcpip.sysI did not make a system recovery disk, as I only had it a week so far, and did not figure I actually would need one so soon! Thank you if anyone can help.

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my laptop charger started smoking so i took it out really quickly and binned it, i then bought a new charger, charged my laptop and found that it now gets struck, it says "preparing automatic repair" then goes onto black screen. i have looked at many forums and i have checked my hard drive etc, they all passed. i have taken the battery off and held down the power button etc, but still nothing works. do i now have a dead laptop or can i save it. some people say i need a re boot disc but it doesnt have a disc drive and i havent been able to find anything i can put on a usb stick. i am stuck and i cant afford another laptop.could someone please help?victoria

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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*


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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]
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SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
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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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Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

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RELEVANCY SCORE 88.8

Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

A:Preparing automatic repair - stuck - Desktop won't load Windows, stuck at BIOS

Quote:




- While doing all this and when the problem started I monitored all the temperatures with the digital monitor. VGA, CPU, and everything else was not hot at all. CPU never passed 80 celcius, average was maybe 75 celcius for example.




80C while in the BIOS? That is not fine at all, something isn't cooling that processor correctly.

I would recommend taking the heat sink off and reapplying the thermal paste. Then reseat the cooler.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 88.8

Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

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RELEVANCY SCORE 88.8

Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

A:Preparing automatic repair - stuck - Desktop won't load Windows, stuck at BIOS

Quote:




- While doing all this and when the problem started I monitored all the temperatures with the digital monitor. VGA, CPU, and everything else was not hot at all. CPU never passed 80 celcius, average was maybe 75 celcius for example.




80C while in the BIOS? That is not fine at all, something isn't cooling that processor correctly.

I would recommend taking the heat sink off and reapplying the thermal paste. Then reseat the cooler.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 88.4

I have a windows 7 laptop, its a dell inspiron 1545, every now and then on boot up it displays "preparing desktop" and windows loads into a different looking desktop with only a few files and folders showing, only able to rectify this by restarting the system, but I was wondering if there is something I can do to prevent this from happening?

A:Win 7 laptop keeps showing "preparing desktop"

Hello Angeleyes,

Are you getting a user profile error before this happens?

You might consider doing a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this started happening to see if it may be able to fix this for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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