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Thread: How do I restore my personal settings?

  1. #1
    Ext User(Martin Leese) Guest

    How do I restore my personal settings?

    I messed up, and now have the blue screen of
    death.

    I have an IBM laptop running Windows XP. I
    changed the screen resolution and, even
    though I go the original resolution back,
    when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    screen.

    Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is
    displayed. Then, when I click on the icon
    it says it is loading my personal settings,
    but then I get the blue screen.

    With the blue screen, the cursor is
    displayed and can be moved around. Also,
    my anti-virus software (running in the
    background) pops up a box asking if it can
    update its virus database. So, XP seems to
    be running fine. It is just that I am
    presented with nothing but a plain blue
    screen.

    Please, how do I get my personal settings
    back?

    --
    Many thanks,
    Martin Leese
    E-mail: please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID
    Web: http://members.tripod.com/martin_leese/

  2. #2
    Ext User(jim) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    Martin Leese <please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID> wrote:
    > I messed up, and now have the blue screen of
    > death.
    >
    > I have an IBM laptop running Windows XP. I
    > changed the screen resolution and, even
    > though I go the original resolution back,
    > when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    > screen.
    >
    > Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is
    > displayed. Then, when I click on the icon
    > it says it is loading my personal settings,
    > but then I get the blue screen.
    >
    > With the blue screen, the cursor is
    > displayed and can be moved around. Also,
    > my anti-virus software (running in the
    > background) pops up a box asking if it can
    > update its virus database. So, XP seems to
    > be running fine. It is just that I am
    > presented with nothing but a plain blue
    > screen.
    >
    > Please, how do I get my personal settings
    > back?



    System restore to before this happened .

  3. #3
    Ext User(VanguardLH) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    Martin Leese wrote:

    > I changed the screen resolution and, even though I go the original
    > resolution back, when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    > screen.
    >
    > Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is displayed. Then, when I
    > click on the icon it says it is loading my personal settings, but
    > then I get the blue screen.


    Can you still boot into Windows' safe mode and then login okay?

  4. #4
    Ext User(Martin Leese) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    jim wrote:
    > Martin Leese <please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID> wrote:
    >> I messed up, and now have the blue screen of
    >> death.
    >>
    >> I have an IBM laptop running Windows XP. I
    >> changed the screen resolution and, even
    >> though I go the original resolution back,
    >> when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    >> screen.

    ....
    >> Please, how do I get my personal settings
    >> back?

    >
    > System restore to before this happened .


    I successfully restored to about a week
    before this happened, but no change.

    --
    Regards,
    Martin Leese
    E-mail: please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID
    Web: http://members.tripod.com/martin_leese/

  5. #5
    Ext User(Martin Leese) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    VanguardLH wrote:
    > Martin Leese wrote:
    >
    >> I changed the screen resolution and, even though I go the original
    >> resolution back, when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    >> screen.
    >>
    >> Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is displayed. Then, when I
    >> click on the icon it says it is loading my personal settings, but
    >> then I get the blue screen.

    >
    > Can you still boot into Windows' safe mode and then login okay?


    Yes, I can boot into safe mode (I had
    forgotten about that). In safe mode, I
    successfully restored to about a week before
    this happened, but no change.

    I also checked my screen resolution, as that
    seemed to be what started this. However, in
    safe mode this is only 800 by 600 pixels,
    and cannot be changed.

    In safe mode, how do I change the screen
    resolution when not in safe mode?

    --
    Regards,
    Martin Leese
    E-mail: please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID
    Web: http://members.tripod.com/martin_leese/

  6. #6
    Ext User(dadiOH) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    "Martin Leese" <please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID> wrote in
    message news:ksa1sh$8su$1@dont-email.me
    > I messed up, and now have the blue screen of
    > death.
    >
    > I have an IBM laptop running Windows XP. I
    > changed the screen resolution and, even
    > though I go the original resolution back,
    > when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    > screen.
    >
    > Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is
    > displayed. Then, when I click on the icon
    > it says it is loading my personal settings,
    > but then I get the blue screen.
    >
    > With the blue screen, the cursor is
    > displayed and can be moved around. Also,
    > my anti-virus software (running in the
    > background) pops up a box asking if it can
    > update its virus database. So, XP seems to
    > be running fine. It is just that I am
    > presented with nothing but a plain blue
    > screen.
    >
    > Please, how do I get my personal settings
    > back?


    What personal settings are you talking about? Desktop color/picture? Right
    click the desktop,select "Properties" and see if one of the saved themes is
    what you want. If not you can rebuild them from the various tabs.

    If not the desktop stuff and if one of the automatic registry backups
    predates the problem, you could restore that registry, Google for the
    methodology. That would also put back your desktop settings.

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

    Winters getting colder? Tired of the rat race?
    Taxes out of hand? Maybe just ready for a change?
    Check it out... http://www.floridaloghouse.net



  7. #7
    Ext User(VanguardLH) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    Martin Leese wrote:

    > VanguardLH wrote:
    >> Martin Leese wrote:
    >>
    >>> I changed the screen resolution and, even though I go the original
    >>> resolution back, when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    >>> screen.
    >>>
    >>> Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is displayed. Then, when I
    >>> click on the icon it says it is loading my personal settings, but
    >>> then I get the blue screen.

    >>
    >> Can you still boot into Windows' safe mode and then login okay?

    >
    > Yes, I can boot into safe mode (I had
    > forgotten about that). In safe mode, I
    > successfully restored to about a week before
    > this happened, but no change.
    >
    > I also checked my screen resolution, as that
    > seemed to be what started this. However, in
    > safe mode this is only 800 by 600 pixels,
    > and cannot be changed.
    >
    > In safe mode, how do I change the screen
    > resolution when not in safe mode?


    If safe mode works okay, next is to disable all startup items and
    reboot into normal mode. In safe mode, run msconfig.exe and disable
    all items under the Startup tab. Then reboot into normal mode.

  8. #8
    Ext User(Martin Leese) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    VanguardLH wrote:
    > Martin Leese wrote:
    >> VanguardLH wrote:
    >>> Martin Leese wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I changed the screen resolution and, even though I go the original
    >>>> resolution back, when the machine reboots I get a plain blue
    >>>> screen.
    >>>>
    >>>> Windows XP fires up, and the user icon is displayed. Then, when I
    >>>> click on the icon it says it is loading my personal settings, but
    >>>> then I get the blue screen.


    >>> Can you still boot into Windows' safe mode and then login okay?


    >> Yes, I can boot into safe mode (I had
    >> forgotten about that). In safe mode, I
    >> successfully restored to about a week before
    >> this happened, but no change.
    >>
    >> I also checked my screen resolution, as that
    >> seemed to be what started this. However, in
    >> safe mode this is only 800 by 600 pixels,
    >> and cannot be changed.
    >>
    >> In safe mode, how do I change the screen
    >> resolution when not in safe mode?

    >
    > If safe mode works okay, next is to disable all startup items and
    > reboot into normal mode. In safe mode, run msconfig.exe and disable
    > all items under the Startup tab. Then reboot into normal mode.


    No need; problem solved. As I suspected,
    the problem was that I had selected a higher
    screen resolution. It turns out that I was
    presented with a plain blue screen because
    the Start button, Taskbar, and program icons
    had all been pushed off the screen.

    The solution was trivial, and was suggested
    by dadiOH; right-click anywhere on the blue
    screen, and then select:
    Properties => Settings => Screen resolution

    I am not sure why I couldn't think of this.
    I guess when I was faced with what appeared
    to be a blue screen of death, I panicked. I
    am also puzzled why the system restore
    didn't restore the screen resolution.

    Anyway, many thanks to VanguardLH and dadiOH
    for leading me to the point where I could
    see the problem.

    --
    Regards,
    Martin Leese
    E-mail: please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID
    Web: http://members.tripod.com/martin_leese/

  9. #9
    Ext User(Martin Leese) Guest

    Re: How do I restore my personal settings?

    dadiOH wrote:
    > "Martin Leese" <please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID> wrote in
    > message news:ksa1sh$8su$1@dont-email.me

    ....
    >> Please, how do I get my personal settings
    >> back?

    >
    > What personal settings are you talking about? Desktop color/picture? Right
    > click the desktop,select "Properties" and see if one of the saved themes is
    > what you want. If not you can rebuild them from the various tabs.
    >
    > If not the desktop stuff and if one of the automatic registry backups
    > predates the problem, you could restore that registry, Google for the
    > methodology. That would also put back your desktop settings.


    Problem solved; please see other post for
    details.

    --
    Regards,
    Martin Leese
    E-mail: please@see.Web.for.e-mail.INVALID
    Web: http://members.tripod.com/martin_leese/

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