Vista Hangs at Welcome Screen

January 23, 2010 at 15:41:02
Specs: Windows Vista
My computer is a Dell Inspiron 1501 running Windows Vista Home Basic. Whenever I start the computer up, it gets to the "welcome" screen with the swirly circle thing, and then just stays there forever unless I hit ctrl+alt+del twice and start task manager. When I do that, it goes right to the desktop and boots like normal. If I don't though, it stays on the welcome screen forever. I realize that I could just hit ctrl+alt+del twice everytime I reboot, but who wants to do that?

Things I've tried:

- msconfig- disabled all non-microsoft services

- msconfig- unchecked all startup entries

- msconfig- boot- advanced options- set number of processors to 2 (was 1) and checked maximum memory and set it to 896 (was unchecked)

-Windows Updates- completely updated

-uninstalled anti-virus (AVG)

none of those things have worked so far

Any ideas?

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January 24, 2010 at 10:24:25
A Google search brought up

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January 26, 2010 at 05:20:47
Make a wired connection to the 'net. Update the wireless card driver to current from I just 'fixed' an Inspiron 1501 with this issue -- after a reload -- and am testing to make sure the fix holds.

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January 26, 2010 at 17:10:47
Wow. Looks to be working for me too. How did you narrow it down to that?

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