Boot up problem on Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop

  aidan886 21:51 30 Jan 2011

i am having a problem with the booting up of my dell inspiron 1501 laptop. it starts up as normal but it bypasses where you put in your password to access your account which therefore shows all the icons on your desktop to start using the laptop. basically, instead of going to your password it goes to the welcome page and then goes to a blank picture. your help would be greatly appreciated.

regards Aidan

  michaelw 08:42 31 Jan 2011

Try this:

Boot into safemode;
go to control panel
now double click the network icon

now select windows log on

now click ok and then re-boot

  aidan886 15:13 31 Jan 2011

hi michaelw,

im afraid that doesnt work as i only get a blank screen, meaning i dont get as far as being able to look at the control their something somewhere on the computer at the start where it might say system repair or something like that. anybody with any input would be greatly appreciated


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:14 31 Jan 2011

Op system? XP, vista, windows 7?

  aidan886 16:01 31 Jan 2011

Hi Fruit bat
It is a windows vista

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:31 31 Jan 2011

Sounds like a corrupt profile but try a start up repair before doing anything else.

You need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.

* Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
* System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
* Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
* Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.

Pre-Installed Options

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

Windows Installation Disk

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation

13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the set of recovery options

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

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