Alienware 17 R4 2017 review
Acer Aspire 5535 running vista.
Will booot up but instead of getting desktop screen I get black screen with bar across bottom and under that my start button and a few icons but when I try to click on these it says ' Windows explorer is not responding' and the little circle just keeps going around...
The only thing is if you do a system restore in safe mode and it doesn't work you can't undo it.
I would go for "Last Know Good Configuration" - details of how here - click here
About system restore in "safe mode" I should have added "However, you can run System Restore again and choose a different restore point if one exists."
Tried system restore but it said it could not complete due to error
Try "Last Know Good Configuration"
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.
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
I had a similar problem with a friends laptop so I searched in bios and found setting to enable 800X600 at which time it worked but a low resolution I then downloaded the graphics drivers and re-installed and it all worked fine again after that.
Tried Last known good configuration but computer died mid way through it.Currently can open in safe maode if there is anything else I can do from there....
Hi Strawballs - how do I find the bios..?????
I used to have the same laptop but I can't remember but on bootup it will have something like press F2 to enter setup or something similar, in fact I think it is F2 now I say that.
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