Can't pass login welcome screen - Windows 7

Voving

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I had my laptop up and running with google chrome up, left the room for a few minutes, and came back to it shutdown. Started her up as anyone would, only to find an indefinitely loading screen.

Fiddled around here and there with watever you call the F12 screen, let it do its OS recovery thinger, and ended up with several series of BSOD. Somehow arrived at the login screen, at which point one of three things happens: 1. everything is enlarged and then freezes. 2. everything freezes. 3. I enter my password and am indefinitely stuck at the turning Welcome circle. BSOD seemingly appears at random among these possibilities.

After having repeated this for HOURS on end, my lovely idiot came to new levels of idiocy. I now receive "STOP: C0000218 The registry cannot load the hive (file) systemroot/system32/config/security or its log or alternate (then something about restart or other options, i forget)"

Laptop also randomly shuts down/restarts/goes blue screen throughout.


I am at an absolute loss for wat i can do. Someone please help me save this poor thang D:
 

Voving

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well i don't know about "early" - it's 6 years old :p but it's been chugging along without any problems as drastic as this. i've been able to solve all minor issues in the past (usually caused by some dumb mistake on my part)
 

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Hmm, odd that SMART didn't detect a problem though?

This could be checked with a bootable disk though. Or a disk recovery app like Acronis could run in memory.

I have a boot up disk loads an XP shell into memory from where I can run disk test apps. I wonder, does Voving have one?

Perhaps he has the patience to run the HDD self check routine from the BIOS screen?

I rather hope that this problem is due to automatic updaters running in memory all the time from startup; that one of then has compromised the system.
 

himnextdoor

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LOL. I hear ya.

Do you have a windows installation disk?

If you do, try to start the computer from the DVDROM drive by going through the motions of re-installing windows. If Windows can copy files to the C: drive then use them to install Windows then that might indicate that your system has become corrupt by some other means. A virus perhaps?

Give it a lash.
 

Voving

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i don't :/ i know i've seen that suggestion in many other threads. i'm also out of the states and cannot buy a proper disk. will try to find one asap - smoked til then!
 

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I wonder, will the computer go through its start sequence long enough for you to interrupt it by holding down the power button?

If you can get to BIOS, start the memory tester if it has one and when it starts, escape out of it and when it restarts, press down and hold the power button until the computer shuts down. It will be about five seconds.

When you restart the computer, normally you should get the sceen that offers to repair Windows. Can you get this?

I doubt that it will be able to fix Windows but you might let it try. If it doesn't then when it's done, there are a few other utilities available such as 'System Restore' that may be of some use.

I can achieve this on my computer without a Windows Disk and this process uses minimal disk resources which reduces the chances of an error due to bad sectors or whatever.

Only if you have nothing better to do of course. It's Wednesday.

Ah sure, give it a go.
 

Voving

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idk :p i'll give it a whirl in a while. I should add - i am now only receiving "Disk Read Failure press ctrl alt del to restart" - happens almost as soon as i hit the power button, can't even get to BIOS now :p
 
Well, six years is not an unreasonable lifetime for a laptop hard drive. You will likely need to replace it, then use the recovery CD(s) that came with the system (or that you were instructed to make when you first used it) to restore it to factory conditions. You may still be able to mount the old drive in an external enclosure and get data off of it, if it is still readable.
 

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