Every now and then when my pal start his desktop running windows vista, it gets to the black screen with 'micosoft corp' and the scrolling green bars, but just stays on this screen for ages.
I end up holding down the power button and restarting again, this causes the 'there was a problem starting up your machine last-time' screen with the two options, run problem fixer or start normally, sometimes if i skip the startup repair option and go with 'start windows normally' it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Just randomly happens so you are never sure if you have fixed it or not and it's a real pain in the rear
Thanks F. Bat. When it palys up it seems to boot OK into Safe Mode. Also, I think it's OK in MSCONFIG -Selective Startup with all Startup Items disabled but System Services allowed. I say 'think it's OK' cos it's such a random problem.
Will update ALL drivers and keep fingers X. Seems to be a fairly common thread with Vista but no real solutions.
Thanks Buteman. AVirus (is ESET) is swiched off at startup and I have updates switched off as well. Virus scans show nothing and no Norton installed. It isn't slow to start, it just on occasions refuses to start at all. Just keep seeing the Microsoft Corporation logo with the running bar. It's a baffler!
Think I may have cracked it. In Device Manager there was showing a Microsoft 6 to 4 Adaptor and a Microsoft Isatap Adapter as not functioning properly. I think the PC was searching for their drivers on boot up. I have disabled them and about 40 restarts have produced no further problem. Can't be certain, but fingers crossed.