What causes Startup Repair to load in lieu of Vista?

February 22, 2013 at 03:19:26
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD athlonx2 4gb
Of late my Packard Bell Pc has frozen at the boot screen - the one that is black with 'microsoft' bars moving along the bottom. After waiting a while,I turn off and then on again and am thrown into "startup repair". This has been successful in putting my PC back to normal - but it is tedious.
As an aside I always run windows update when prompted and likewise Norton Liveupdate.

Is there a way I can find out what it is that is causing my Vista not to load and hence pre-empt the need for a startup repair ?
All advice welcome.

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February 22, 2013 at 04:21:58
Some Windows Updates can cause startup problems so I prefer to do the updates manually so I can choose which ones I want.

I have Automatic Updates disabled and instead I use Windows Update about once a month and I only tick the updates that I want. That's better than letting Automatic Updates install everything when you've no idea what they actually are.

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February 22, 2013 at 14:41:10
Not too much to go on so it could be all manner of things.

Keep an eye on it and see if it happens immediately after you do something in particular.

If it happens a lot you could type msconfig in search and disable items in the Start tab one at a time to try to identify the culprit.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 23, 2013 at 13:58:39
Copy & paste the dump (.dmp ) file onto your desktop & then upload it to a site of your choosing or use Image Uploader. Post the link please.
Minidump file is located in C:\Windows\Minidump
Startup and Recovery Settings
If the folders are empty > Right click on My Computer and select Properties.
Then select Advanced system settings Tab on the left menu.
Under the Startup and Recovery section, click on Settings.
Make sure "Write an event to the system log" is checked and "Automatically Restart" is unchecked. In the drop down menu under "Write Debugging Information," select Small memory dump (64KB or 128 KB) press OK and OK again.
Now next time the comp has a problem, get the EXACT error message off the screen & see if there is a .dmp file in the Minidump folder.
If it is still empty, repeat the process, but change > Small memory dump (128 KB) to > Kernel memory dump.
If a .dmp file is produced, upload it to a site of your choice or, use Image Uploader. Give us the link.
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February 24, 2013 at 13:51:12
The first thing I would suspect is the graphics driver. Update or reinstall that. I prefer to get them from the OEM site if there's a problem . Then - and only after all your data is safely backed up - check the disk for sector errors.

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