My Dell laptop computer (Windows XP OS) was running very slow. I followed some advice in the forums and tried modifying the programs that are automatically started when the computer boots up. I used a utility called Startup Inspector. The program was easy enough and listed the programs that startup. I used consult and it rated the programs as essential, optional, undesirable, and unknown.
There were no undersitrable programs noted (I had already ran a malware removal program). There were a bunch of optional and unknown programs.
I unchecked all of the optional and unknown progams and clicked the "apply" button. The copmputer automatically went to reboot to initiate and apply the changes.
The problem showed up right away in that the computer went into a reboot loop of sorts never finishing the boot up process.
The reboot process pauses at a screen where several options are available:
start up in safe mode
start up in safe mode with networking
start up at c prompt etc..
start up at last successful configuration
I have tried each of the options and the computer goers on into the reboot process but always return to the screen with the above options
I now realize that I should have been much more careful about unchecking those programs that Startup Inspector identified as unknown. I interpreted the "unknown" designation to mean not important. I assumed that if it would have been an essential program that the Startup Inspector would have had this in its database. I think what bI should have done was go to the startup information database at bleeping com (for example) and check each of the unknown programs before unchecking them.
Can anyone help me get the laptop running again?
How do I get it to boot up properly so I can turn those programs back on in startup?
When I do get it to reboot how do I turn those programs back on?
Thanks from a newbie