Yet another laptop running cahoots which has turned to snail-speed at the Windows boot-up process. It takes about 10 minutes or so to make it past the loading screen watching the loading bar loop a few more times before seeing the log-in screen.
I do have a hunch of mixed up configuration at the start up. Maybe some device has decided to take over and be at the top which is not quite acceptable to the system. It could also be a pesky virus trying to manipulate the whole process.
So what should we do? … Format it?! (Of course not!)
Formatting is not the best solution to this kind of problem. A good tech person can fix a PC without resolving to erasing everything and re-starting the PC back to its origins. It is important to follow the basic practice of observe, analyse, solve and test. Formatting should always be the last on your list. You’ll be causing more inconvenience to the PC owner in that case.
The first thing we should do is to verify the source of the problem. Let’s try if it works the same under Window’s safe mode.
(After pressing F8 and selecting “safe-mode” on the boot options the PC went through successfully) Why is this the case? Of course, “booting” in safe mode will disable all programs and devices that are not needed to start the PC. In this way, you can diagnose the root of the problem.
One thing to do is check the list of programs that are set to run at start-up. (Accessing “ms-config” via the start-up menu or WINKEY+R then type “msconfig” and press ENTER. Opens up a small dialog box with several tabs. Selecting Start-up tab and checking for some unusual software on the list. Unchecking several software and leaving a few to see if it works.)
Upon applying the changes and restarting the PC, still went back to the same problem – I’m stuck at the boot-up!
(Trying other alternatives..) Luckily, I was able to wait for the PC to complete its boot process. I tried to run several anti-malwares assuming it has some malware infection. To top it all, I ran a DOS based anti-malware detection software so I have the liberty of removing the baddies without the Windows background programs preventing it.
It turns out I had worsen the problem (true!) An unbootable operating system after the removal of infection. Nevertheless, I still have other options available, that is going for a repair-install method for the laptop. (No worries! Files and programs are completely safe under this method. Done it several times and it works like a charm!)
|Noob killer screenshot|
|Malware removal on DOS environment|
|Doing a repair installation of WinXP|
|Blue-screen-of-death after malware removal.|