Vista update problems

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January 4, 2010 at 22:28:01
Specs: Windows XP
My mom has a Dell Inspiron 1501 loaded with Vista. The laptop is grossly underpowered, but I have worked to keep it running. Recently it suffered the dreaded Welcome screen hang and using a restore point in safe mode, I tracked it down to a MS update. After hiding the update, the computer booted several times successfully. Then several days later it did it again. I booted it up in safe mode again and found not only were the all the restore points gone, but the control panel blinked away about half of the Apps, including the Security Center, so there is no way to return to a previous condition or remove another possible rogue update. The computer is only used for internet and email, so a re-install is no problem. I have an extra XP license, so I'm thinking chucking Vista for a faster OS. Any idea what happened or advice on a solution? Thx

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January 4, 2010 at 22:37:39
Look I don't usually recommend the following
But if you have saved all your data (docs; pics, or what have you
Then run Combofix
Combofix has the added support of defaulting everything back to normal:

A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix:


Note: Disable all realtime protecting applications before doing the scan (which lasts about 10 mins)

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January 5, 2010 at 16:15:20
Will combo fix work from safe mode? I can not get Vista to boot in regular mode.

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January 5, 2010 at 16:47:12

But after you run it in Safe Mode, then try Normal Mode it will likely work again (well higher possibility than at the moment anyway)

If you do get to Normal mode, run it again
Please keep me informed

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