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I was told to fix my grandfathers laptop because it was going slow. After doing a defrag in windows to get all the files packed together, i went and rounded it off with a boot time defrag to get all the metafiles (which were scattered everywhere) packed together. After the boot time defrag completed and i rebooted the computer, i never got a logon screen. It would reach the point where the log on would come up, but all i would get is a black screen with a cursor. Now i am panicking to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

The OS is windows Vista home premium
the program that did both defrags is ultimate defrag 3
i cannot reinstall a new OS (he doesnt want windows 7 or XP)
i cannot repair through system repair or system restore (no disk to do it or restore points available)
i cannot restore to factory default (he has alot of sensitive data on there)

Im thinking winlogon.exe got corrupted somehow or the program that triggers winlogon.exe is not working right.
Any suggestions?
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How long have you left the blackscreen? vista has the annoyance of taking a long time to boot in after you defrag certain files
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How long have you left the blackscreen? vista has the annoyance of taking a long time to boot in after you defrag certain files
i leave it for 3 minutes. The hard drive activity light pretty much grinds to a halt during this time, and the processor fan doesnt ramp up at all indicating that it is idling or very close to it.
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Recovery Disks:
http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/ (mods remove if you think its warez, but it is a disc with only the option to repair, if you click install, it doesn't work.
    
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Can you boot into safe mode?
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I am assuming you do not have a recovery disk?
If not this may help;
http://techblissonline.com/vista-rec...-x64-editions/
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Recovery Disks:
http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/ (mods remove if you think its warez, but it is a disc with only the option to repair, if you click install, it doesn't work.
i dont have an optical drive installed on my desktop

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Can you boot into safe mode?
no, it does the same thing: reaches the login point and stops
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I am assuming you do not have a recovery disk?
If not this may help;
http://techblissonline.com/vista-rec...-x64-editions/
again, i dont have an optical drive.

I also dont have one lying around that i can use.
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If the files are iso, then install them onto a pensick

http://wintoflash.com/download/en/

Got all my windows install disks on usb soo much quicker and dont have to carry cds around
Edited by ryanbob1234 - 6/12/11 at 9:33am
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i dont have an optical drive installed on my desktop


no, it does the same thing: reaches the login point and stops

again, i dont have an optical drive.

I also dont have one lying around that i can use.
Might be a good idea to get one? They do come in handy.
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Get an external USB optical drive or make a bootable flash drive if your BIOS supports it.
    
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