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Win2k hangs at startup

Last week everything was going fine ,then i left for the weekend and when i came back for some reasons when booting Win2k , it ramdomly hangs somewhere between the password box and the loading of the desktop , but I never get to to do anything on the desktop before it just locks up dead(I cant use CTRL+ALT+DEL)

But in safe mode with networking , everything is fine.

I've tried uninstalling all the software i didnt needed , stopping services not needed and the startup programs using StartUp Cop , updating all the drivers and all the windows updates but i still cant reach the desktop in normal mode before it locks up.

I thought the memory could be the problem so i set all the config in the BIOS to the safest options and i tried other sticks of memory and no change.I tried clearing the CMOS too , but that didnt do anything.

My setup is as follow:
athlon xp 1600
ECS K7S5A w/LAN Mobo
128mb PC133
gf4 MX440
40gb Maxtor
Win2k SP2 with all the updates possible to date.

Also , the temperatures are not a problem , 37C for the cpu and 24C for the mobo

I would really appreciate any help for fixing this problem.

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The_PocheAuthor Commented:
I forgot to mention , when in the event viewer , the only thing there is , is "Event log was started"
Sounds like you have a courrupted system file.

Try this. Go to safe mode and do Start > Run sfc /scannow

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If that doesn't work then you may have a corrupted registry hive. The following MS KB article is about XP but you can do the same thing in Win2000. Although keep in mind where you see the article mentioning c:\windows\..... in Win2000 this is usually c:\WINNT\;en-us;Q307545
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Also in safe mode when you open Device Manager do you see any thing there that indicates there is a confilct? Usually if there is you will see a red or yellow icon residing next to the offending device.

Is the system connected to a network? Could be a problem with the Network Card. Whether or not you are connected to a network if there is a Network card you might try pulling it and Deleting the driver from the Device Manager.
I've got this before, are you running any antivirus ie to scan the system for any viruses. Cant remember what virus I found...

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The_PocheAuthor Commented:
I tried the sfc /scannow , but it didnt do anything. For the registry thing , i'll wait a little before doing this , cause today I managed to get a little further and found out that the service "Sytem" (not "system idle process") is using 100% of the CPU all the time when booting in normal mode , but safe mode , it doesnt , so i'm gonna play around with the services a litlle and let you know whats up.
It sounds like a virus or a bad program in startup.

 Cleanup the startup stuff. For  NT or win2k,
Download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from,,77594,.html
 Run it and it will show you everything that is listed in all the possible startup
 places, and allow you to disable things one at a time until the problem is eliminated.
 A lot of probelms are caused by excess old baggage - programs that have not been properly  un-installed. Startup Cop will eliminate leftovers and un-wanted programs that you no longer want.
Older Antivirus programs and Norton Utilities have been known to cause problems
try disabling them also !

Update and run 2 good, updated antivirus program- Norton, McAffee etc.
I hope this helps !
Umm SysExpert Poche said
"I've tried uninstalling all the software i didnt needed , stopping services not needed and the startup programs using StartUp Cop" :>)
The_PocheAuthor Commented:
Well guys , I took the easy way out .... a:\>format c:
I am curious why didn't you at least try doing the registry thing metnioned in this link? It may of saved you from having to reformat. :>);en-us;Q307545 
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