Okay- lonnnng history here, bare with me.
I've had an XPS Gen 2 since about 2004. I purchased it as a refurb and it's been nothing but amazing ever since. I've done basic maintenance and have taken it in for checkups regularly. Its been about 2 or 3 years since I last upgraded or did anything with it, I've had no problems minus an incredible slow down over the last year or two. It also told me my battery voltage was low.
This week I've installed a new sound card, firewire card, CMOS battery, and upgraded from 4x512mb RAM to 2x512mb & 2x1gb RAM. in that order.
On saturday, I installed the new sound card & firewire and it booted fine the first time. Everything installed fine and everything worked properly. I was doing some regular maintenance by cleaning out my startup programs [removing the obnoxious stuff like Weather Channel and MSN Messenger, the usual crud that slows down any startup]
It required a system reboot, and when I rebooted it installed 10 new windows updates. Strange enough, all of these updates [when checked via safe mode] were all for Win Security.
Since these were installed it will no longer boot properly. It will boot in safe mode with and without networking just fine- however, when i try to boot in regular windows it just sits at the Windows logo with the loading bar- infinitely. I could leave it do this over night and it will not stop until I hard boot the computer. I've checked all boot settings, they are all set to default [which has always been the same and has never changed anytime since 2004]
At one point, i managed to make a change in safe mode [I believe it may have been via the virus scans with Malwarebytes or "RegFix" i have on my desktop that I use to recover from viruses] that allowed it to boot up in regular mode again- but once again, when it loaded my account in regular mode, it demanded i restart the computer- and when i did, it installed another 10 updates [same ten I believe]
Now Im back to not being able to boot into regular windows without safe mode.
Any ideas on how to stop this ridiculous infinite loop? I've pretty much filtered out that any of the new hardware is the problem- unless its related to these windows updates somehow conflicting.
Edited by hamluis, 01 March 2011 - 07:36 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.