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Here's what happens: I boot the computer, and it makes it to the welcome/login screen with no hitches. As soon as I log in, a few programs manage to start up before the computer basically freezes. The mouse still moves around, and clicking icons on the desktop still highlights them, but actually double clicking an icon, attempting to access the start menu or pressing ctrl-alt-del for the task manager gives no response.

My own attempts to try and resolve/isolate the problem:
1. Attempt: reboot. Result: same thing as before
2. Attempt: set hardware to stock. Result: same thing
3. Attempt: just leave the computer on and wait it out. Result: no change, still unresponsive
4. Attempt: Go into Safe Mode and disable a bunch of the start ups (not all of them, because i'm not very familiar with windows and don't know if disabling somethign could screw something up) Result: no change.
5. Attempt: System Restore to a point a few days ago (Apparently some Shockwave thing was installed) Result: no change.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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So it doesn't freeze in safemode, correct?
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yup. no freeze in safe mode.
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yup. no freeze in safe mode.
Uninstall your GFX drivers while in safemode, restart normally and see if it freezes.
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i uninstalled them, and it still froze.

but i went to msconfig and discovered that there was a diagnostic mode there all the time! So I used that and booted, and it worked! So... I guess I may have to try enabling each service/startup one by one until I find the one that is the problem? I don't really know where to go from here.
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okay my computer basically works now. I narrowed it down to two ESET service startups (I was too lazy to find out which one it was). So now they are disabled and my computer is now fine.
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