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  • Background  Vista 32Bit Compaq computer was running slow and print spooler stopped.

    I was able to boot into Safe Mode and load anti-virus software, Malwarebytes and Stubware.  Upon reboot to normal boot up system freezes.  Back into Safe mode>>Msconfig> allowed only services and it booted successfully in normal mode.  I was able to load Malware Bytes and reboot successfully into Normal mode.  Ran scan found many viruses and they were removed successfully.  Again attempted to load Antivirus program and I am back to only booting in Safe Mode.

    The hardware is OK since can operate successfully in Safe Mode.  I can not do a restore to an earlier time due a service is not working. 

    Would it be better to copy my information and do a factory reimage?  Is it possible to rebuld the machine instead?

    In-laws computer and no backups.




    Friday, October 29, 2010 1:09 AM


  • Hi,


    This issue can be caused by third party software or the incompatible hardware drivers. You may narrow down the causes with the steps to eliminate the possible factors in the following KB article and boot in Device Clean Boot.


    How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7


    Device Clean Boot


    1. Click Start, type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) in the Search bar and press Enter.


    2. Expand "Sound, video and game controllers".


    3. Right click on your sound card and then click "Properties.


    4. In the dropdown menu of Device Usage, please choose "Do not use this device (disable)" and click OK.


    5. Please use the same method to disable other dubious hardware such as: internal modem, network card and CD-R drive. Please note some devices such as video adapter are not available to be disabled.


    ·         If the issue persists, would you please upload more minidump files for further research?


    Collect Minidump Files


    1. Click "Start", input "SYSDM.CPL" (without quotation marks) in the “Search” bar and press “Enter”.

    2. Switch to the "Advanced" tab and click the "Settings" button under "Startup and Recovery".

    3. Under "Write debugging information" section, make sure the "Small memory dump (128KB)" option is selected.

    4. Make sure "%SystemRoot%\Minidump" is in the "Small dump directory" open box and click “OK”.


    If the issue appears again, please refer to the following steps to collect memory dump files:


    1. Click “Start”, type “%SystemRoot%\Minidump" (without quotation marks) in “Search” bar and press “Enter”.

    2. Go to your Desktop, right-click on it and create a new folder named "Dump".

    3. Copy all the memory dump files (looks like [Mini092008-01.dmp]) in Minidump to this folder.

    4. Right-click on the Dump folder, click "Send To", and click "Compressed (zipped) Folder".

    5. Please send the ZIP file to us.


    You can refer to the following link to upload the information:




    You may also analyze them with Debugging Tools by yourself. You can install it and it’s Symbol Packages from the following link:




    WinDbg will tell you the possible cause. For more information, please read Microsoft KB Article:


    How to read the small memory dump files that Windows creates for debugging.


    If no clue can be found, you may contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) via telephone so that a dedicated Support Professional can assist with your request. To troubleshoot this kind of kernel crash issue, we need to debug the crashed system dump. Unfortunately, debugging is beyond what we can do in the forum. Please be advised that contacting phone support will be a charged call.


    To obtain the phone numbers for specific technology request please take a look at the web site listed below:







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