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Netbook boots to "start windows normally' window


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pfslk08

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I have a netbook that when it is turned on goes directly into the menu where you can select "last good configuration", "boot windows normally", boot into safe mode, etc. but when you select an option it automatically restarts and goes right back to that menu. I have pulled the hard drive and attached it to another computer, run a scan on it for virus and malware but detected nothing. I believe the cause may be in the rootkit but can't figure out how to run a scan on it. If I pull the hard drive I can get to the bios but as soon as I put the drive back in it goes back to the process described above. I would like to use this netbook but can't figure out how to get into windows with it.

Any ideas?

Also, the version loaded on it is Vista Home (yuck) and I don't have a Vista Home install cd so I can't reinstall it. It is a licensed copy but I don't believe the person who originally purchased the device received a CD with it or they lost it.
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Hi, pfslk08

:D

Lets give this a try.

IMPORTANT:
You will need a flash drive with a size of 512 Mb or bigger. Make sure that you do not leave anything important on the flash drive, as all data on it will be deleted during the following steps.

Save these instructions in the USB drive and keep it as reference.


    • Download OTLPEStd.exe from the following link and save it to your Desktop: mirror1.
    • Download eeepcfr.zip from the following link and save it to your Desktop: the mirror
    • Finally, if you do not have a file archiver like 7-zip or Winrar installed, please download 7-zip from the following link and install it: the mirror
  • Once you have 7-zip install, decompress OTLPEStd.exe by rightclicking on the folder and choosing the options shown in the picture below. Please use a dedicated folder, for example OTLPE, on your Desktop

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  • Open the folder OTLPEStd which will be created in the same location as OTLPEStd.exe and right-click OTLPE_New_Std.iso. Select 7-Zip and from the submenu select Extract files... and extract the content onto your Desktop in a OTLPE folder:

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  • Please also decompress eeepcfr to your systemroot (usually C:\).
  • Empty the flash drive you want to install OTLPE on, except for these instructions.
  • Go to C:\eeecpfr and double-click usb_prep8.cmd to launch it.
  • Press any key when asked to in the black window that opens.
  • As indicated in the image, make sure you have selected the correct flash drive, before proceeding.
    For Drive Label: type in OTLPE.
    Under Source Path to built BartPE/WinPE Files click ... and select the folder OTLPE that you created on your Desktop.
    Finally check Enable File Copy.

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  • Click on Start, accept the disclaimers and wait for the program to finish.

Your bootable flash drive should now be ready!
  • Boot the sick computer using the boot USB you just created. You must set the notebook to boot from the USB Drive. Consult the Notebook's documentation.
  • Your system should now display a Reatogo desktop.
    Note : as you are running from a USB drive it is not exactly speedy
  • Double-click on the OTLPE icon.
  • When asked "Do you wish to load the remote registry", select Yes
  • When asked "Do you wish to load remote user profile(s) for scanning", select Yes
  • Ensure the box "Automatically Load All Remaining Users" is checked and press OK
  • OTL should now start. Change the following settings
    • Change Drivers to All
    • Change Standard Registry to All
    • Under the Custom Scan box paste this in


      /md5start
      UXTHEME.DLL
      eventlog.dll
      scecli.dll
      netlogon.dll
      cngaudit.dll
      sceclt.dll
      ntelogon.dll
      logevent.dll
      iaStor.sys
      nvstor.sys
      atapi.sys
      IdeChnDr.sys
      viasraid.sys
      AGP440.sys
      vaxscsi.sys
      nvatabus.sys
      viamraid.sys
      nvata.sys
      nvgts.sys
      iastorv.sys
      ViPrt.sys
      eNetHook.dll
      ahcix86.sys
      KR10N.sys
      nvstor32.sys
      ahcix86s.sys
      nvrd32.sys
      userinit.exe
      explorer.exe
      winlogon.exe
      ntoskrnl.exe
      /md5stop
      %SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.*
      %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
      %systemroot%\System32\config\*.sav

  • Press Run Scan to start the scan.
  • When finished, the file will be saved in drive C:\OTL.txt
  • Copy this file to your USB drive.
  • Please post the contents of the C:\OTL.txt file in your reply.

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Followed the instructions but when I put the USB into the system it automatically overrode the BIOS boot settings and went directly to the menu page first discussed. Any other ideas?
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Does it has a boot option at boot, like pressing F12? Enter the BIOS setup utility. Set the boot order to boot from the USB drive if available.
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I have already done that, there is something overriding the bios boot sequence. I said the heck with it, pulled the hard drive, attached it to another computer and formatted it. I'll reload windows on it and go from there. Thanks for your help.
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Thanks for the feedback.
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