Disabled startup programs now pc wont boot

  dixsey 00:09 15 Jan 08
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Hi I stupidly disabled a lot of startup programs using microsoft,s sysinternals program to speed up boot times and now my pc wont boot.So i am wondering is there a way to fix this problem without formating my machine,Any help would be greatly appreciated,thanks in advance.Dixsey

  brundle 00:18 15 Jan 08

Hit F8 repeatedly at bootup and select `Last Known Good Configuration`

  dixsey 00:40 15 Jan 08

Thanks for the quick reply,its going to the screen you mentioned but when i try to move the cursor to last good configuration that worked it wont move(i have a wireless keyboard and mouse)I will get a wired keyboard tomorrow and try it then.Thanks for the help,Dixsey

  hiwatt 01:38 15 Jan 08

You could try hitting f8 but rather than choose "last known good configuration" just start in safe mode and do a system restore and see if that works.

  ambra4 02:20 15 Jan 08

You need to connect a PS2 connector type keyboard and mouse

A USB keyboard and mouse will only work once windows is up and running

(Which is the reason I do not ever use a USB Keyboard or Mouse)

If your keyboard is a PS2 connector wireless it will work, if a USB type you must install a PS2 connector keyboard and mouse

  katkins 03:21 15 Jan 08

"Thanks for the quick reply,its going to the screen you mentioned but when i try to move the cursor to last good configuration that worked it wont move(i have a wireless keyboard and mouse)I will get a wired keyboard tomorrow and try it then.Thanks for the help,Dixsey"
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Dixsey, have your tried using the up/down arrow keys?

Also, it is worth trying System Restore once again BEFORE trying 'Last Good Configeration' or as a last resort, SmartRestore = (Start > All Programs > PC Tool Kit and Services > Smart Restore) which may wipe e-mails and saved data, photos and audio/visual folders, but usually retains the majority of Third Party and Microsoft software engines which can be reactivated later without the need for redownloading.

  laurie53 09:07 15 Jan 08

Bit confused by your post.

Can you "Restore" without booting?

  dixsey 18:22 15 Jan 08

That was the problem,i coundn,t move anything with the keyboard or mouse and by default (start computer normaly is selected)and it woundn,t boot into windows to do a system restore.I just borrowed a wired keyboard (ps2 type)and selecting last known good configuration sorted the problem straight away so thanks very much for the help 'Brundle'.And ambra4 your right it,s a usb keyboard and mouse (wireless)
Thanks everyone for the help,Dixsey

  katkins 21:24 16 Jan 08

katkins
"Bit confused by your post.

Can you "Restore" without booting?"
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What bit don't you understand? Can't you read plain English or what! Try again!!!

To recover, I've usually gone for System Restore, Smart Restore, or PB Recovery.

I believe it's possible to recover without booting using Acronis True Imaging 10.

Scandisk for 95/98/Me and Chkdsk for XP can be copied onto preferably DVDs and run just after initial startup.

I have a set of specialist disks which I purchased from Packard Bell around the time I bought my PC which can do the job, too.

  laurie53 12:04 17 Jan 08

Sorry if you think I'm thick.

I just thought you had to get the computer booted into Windows to do a Restore, which I thought was a function of Windows.

I know about programmes like Acronis and Ghost, of course, but if it's possible to use Restore I'd like to be able to do it.

All I'm asking for is some idea of how.

  katkins 17:01 17 Jan 08

"Sorry if you think I'm thick.
I just thought you had to get the computer booted into Windows to do a Restore, which I thought was a function of Windows.
I know about programmes like Acronis and Ghost, of course, but if it's possible to use Restore I'd like to be able to do it.
All I'm asking for is some idea of how."
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Laurie, my sincere apologies. I though you were putting me on and trying to catch me out.

Well, other than using Safe Mode to access System Restore or the usual F8 and F11 for the other alternatives, I haven't heard of any.

I have a floppy recovery drive on one of my Packard Bell tower units which boots without your having to going into even Safe Mode. I also have a separate set of recovery discs for it purchased from PB.

However, the faster later model has the restore options built-in as most have these days, accessible through F5, F8, and f11. (On this one of mine, sometimes it's necessary to click on F5 first).

You can create your own recovery discs. I tried it once and ran into a spot of bother part way through the process so that's why I ended up buying them. I read somewhere, it was best to use DVDs for your own recovery set because of there being a lot more room on them.

Which restore do you mean - System or Smart?

System Restore is accessible through > Start > Accessories > System Tools and also Safe Mode.(Create a shortcut icon of it on your Desktop for speed as you can with pretty well all of Windows tools and run the Desktop Wizard (right click on open space on the Desktop screen > Arrange Icons By > Desktop Cleanup Wizard) which will create a folder called Unused Desktop Shortcuts to keep them all tucked away in.)

SmartRestore can be accessed through £11, if I remember correctly and also, at least on one of mine, through Start > All Programs > PC Tool Kit and Services > SmartRestore. Personally, I nearly always use SmartRestore if the operating system crashes unless it's due to a serious infection which hasn't been successfuly removed with conventional security software, in which case, I do a COMPLETE recovery. (The latter happened just once.)

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