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Old 07-15-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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My laptop is pretty new and Vista is already having probems. I keep getting this message when I turn it on. I've tried booting from the startup dvd and doing a repair, but it's not working. It's under warranty, so I could call Dell, but I don't want to be on the phone for 2 hours only to have them tell me to reinstall. Does anyone have advice, short of reloading Vista and losing all my files?
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Try this:

interactive logon process initialization has failed - Vista Help
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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I tried the one suggestion earlier. But I don't know what knoppix is.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I tried the one suggestion earlier. But I don't know what knoppix is.
It's a linux distribution that's completely self-contained on a CD. You boot from the CD and it loads drivers and gives you a graphical desktop, all without ever messing with your hard drive. It's a pretty common tool to use in situations like yours, as it gives you a fully functioning system with a graphical interface without having to install an operating system.

Knoppix Linux Boot CD, Download Disk and Documents, Discuss, Get Help
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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It's a linux distribution that's completely self-contained on a CD. You boot from the CD and it loads drivers and gives you a graphical desktop, all without ever messing with your hard drive. It's a pretty common tool to use in situations like yours, as it gives you a fully functioning system with a graphical interface without having to install an operating system.

Knoppix Linux Boot CD, Download Disk and Documents, Discuss, Get Help
Can it write to NTFS drives? The last one I tried couldn't.
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Can it write to NTFS drives? The last one I tried couldn't.
Probably better to use a newer LiveCD distro, anyway, or at least a new version of Knoppix. I read and write to NTFS partitions all the time from Ubuntu and Puppy Linux, for example.
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