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computer cannot perform normal start up

Emachines / T5254
March 2, 2010 at 16:44:37
Specs: Windows Vista
In the last two weeks my computer started shutting down on its own. I also started getting messages that "the last backup failed because system restore has changed the backup settings). I have to hit the power button on my computer anywhere from 6-12 times before "system repair" starts with a message that my computer could not start. I click on the repair option, then the "system restore" option and after five minutes my computer finally comes on so I can log in. I use AVG anti virus(free) and have SpywareBlaster and Windows Defender. A friend told me my registry may be corrupted or my comp may have a virus. Can anyone advise? My computer is only about two and a half years old. Virus scans reveal nothing nor do any other scans from Windows Defender.

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March 3, 2010 at 13:21:51
There can be any number or reasons. They tend to fail because of either hardware or software. You will need to start on one reason and diag it to see. Might start with running diags such as ultimate boot cd tools. Start with memtest. It can fail however for other reasons such as faulty fans or powersupply issues.
I like to use live cd's to see if the system is stable at all. If they work I start at the software. See event viewer logs first.

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