Sunday, September 5, 2010

Got the Blue Screen? Don't Sweat!!!

A few days ago, my laptop shutdown unexpectedly and every time I tried to get the computer running, I was immediately taken to the screen with the "login normally, with safe mode or safe mode with networking". Obviously, my wish was to login normally, but after countless attempts, it would not work. I tried logging in with safe mode and I still had the same problem.

After researching how to get out of this mess, (in safe mode with networking), I found the answer and it worked. I did not lose any data. In fact, I was able to log in normally and had no problems afterward.

Disclaimer: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME! (just kidding)

If you have this problem, please go to and read the directions first.  Here is the formula that worked for me. This procedure is called "clean boot".

To start the System Configuration Utility:

 (Go to command line at the start menu)

Step 1: Type msconfig.exe at command prompt and then press ENTER.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.

Step 2: Configure Selective Startup options.

1.  In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click Selective Startup on the General tab.

2.  Click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.

*Note: The Use Original Boot.ini check box is unavailable.

3.  Click the Services tab.

4.  Click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box.

5.  Click Disable All, and then click OK.

6.  When you are prompted, click Restart.

Unless your computer has more complex problems, this should work.  It did for me.

Remember to always read the prerequisites and advice from Microsoft before you try this at


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