Computer will not load past the login screen

January 19, 2013 at 09:52:12
Specs: Windows 7, 2.81 Core2Duo with 6GB
A few weeks ago I tried to clone my C drive to bigger hard drive using some third party software and it didn't work so I just went back to using my original hard drive. Ever since then my computer has had difficulty getting past the login screen. I type in my password and hit "enter" but it just sits there saying "Welcome" forever with the little rotating icon. It was doing this somewhat rarely but suddenly today I cannot get past the login screen at all. Suggestions?

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#1
January 19, 2013 at 11:01:38
Will it boot into "safe mode with Networking"? Turn on the computer tap F8 key a few times, should bring a black screen with menu options.

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#2
January 19, 2013 at 11:05:29
It could be the cloning messed up some windows files needed to load up properly. It could be the hard drive has issues. Could be a virus has corrupted files. If you have the Windows 7 cd you could boot off the win 7 cd and choose "repair" option. Sometimes the Repair option is also a menu choice in safe mode, depends on the unit. Curious why you were cloning, how old is the hard drive in the unit? If repairing does not work I would download Seatools for dos, download the ISO file, and follow the instructions to make a bootable cd. Put in the cd and turn on the computer, boot off the CD, this will bring up the diagnostic utility. You should do a short generic test, if it passes, do the long generic test. If the hard drive is ok, you probably have a corruption problem. Seatools for DOS, if for making the cd, it will not run in windows, you boot off it. If windows loads successfully or you are able to get into your computer in safe mode you can use "Seatool for Windows", which installs like any program and you then run it.

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#3
January 19, 2013 at 11:06:22
Yep. It booted into Safe Mode. Still paused at the Welcome screen for a while though.

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#4
January 19, 2013 at 14:44:20
Using Msconfig to troubleshoot conflicts in Windows Vista and Windows 7
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2292

The Benefits of Windows Diagnostic Startup Mode
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/05/04/th...


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#5
January 20, 2013 at 09:19:18
Apparently my copy of Win7 is not compatible with the repair tool? I'm honestly just about to say screw it and just install 7 on the other hdd that I wanted to upgrade to and then just install all of my programs one by one. Or do you have a good cloning app you would recommend because the one I used just flat out didn't work. I used Acronis.

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#6
January 20, 2013 at 09:54:35
If the original drive is not working you certainly don't want to clone it. Did you ever test the hard drive??? Anyway, your last idea may ultimately be your solution. As for cloning software, Acronis is used by alot of people, I personally use Macrium reflect, free.

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