Windows Me fails to restart

August 5, 2009 at 17:49:56
Specs: Windows ME
EDIT: Accidentally posted in the wrong forum. Sorry, I'm new.

Windows ME fails to START.

While playing a Fullscreen game, a program interrupted it and, upon restoring in, locked up Windows, but CTRL+ALT+DEL worked. It said Stimon.exe was not responding, so I shut off the computer. Upon reboot, the computer won't work. It loads up to the Desktop, with taskbar, icons and all (wallpaper is improper shutdown detected.) and hangs when the dektop loads. CTRL+ALT+DEL works, and says that Explorer isn't responding. Any help?

(Further Details: Windows ME splash is fine, Safe Mode works fine, but no internet (using another computer))

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August 5, 2009 at 19:40:05
I have not used ME much.
You may be better off posting this topic on the ME forum

On the other hand, your problem may have little to do with ME - it may be what happened could happen commonly in other operating systems.

"While playing a Fullscreen game..."

In Windows or on the internet?

"...a program interrupted it ..."

What program?
Was it by any chance an anti-malware program that you did not install yourself?

"It said Stimon.exe was not responding, so I shut off the computer."

I found this on the web.

"Still Image Monitor (Stimon.exe) is a tool that is installed by Windows Millennium Edition (Me) and Windows 98 when a Universal Serial Bus (USB) scanning device is successfully enumerated. Stimon.exe is configured to start automatically during the Windows startup process.
Stimon.exe enables a USB still-image device (such as a scanner) to initiate data transfer to a program. This is called "push model" behavior. For example, if your scanning device has a Scan button, it may start a program and begin scanning when you press it."

Do you have a USB connected scanner or multifunction printer/scanner/etc. plugged in?

" internet (using another computer).."

Is that other computer connected to the same internet connection as the ME computer?

You could try running Scandisk (set to automatically fix errors) in Safe mode

You could try repeatedly pressing F8 - don't holddown the key - while booting and choosing

Step-by-step confirmation

You MAY discover what is not loading properly in normal when you do that.
- you may see that something doesn't load after you answer Y
- OR - you may see the desktop (Explorer) loads normally when you answer N, such as near the end of what loads.

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