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Repair settings.ini on Vista

My Windows Vista PC was shutdown due to a powercut and now when it starts I login but it hangs at the welcome icon. It boots ok in Safemode. I've run SFC and checked the log and the only file it has failed to repair is settings.ini. Some time ago I disabled the windows sidebar, not sure how but in such a way that it doesn't display.

What can I do to resolve? I've tried starting with last known working configuration. What does 'restore' do? Would I lose all my program installations like in XP?
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ncw
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Jaroslav MrazCTOCommented:
Hi,

dont you have activated system restore? That is able to get back just few days. Normal instal restore will reinstal your os and leave files from old systems in wolder C: windows_old.


If save mode is working start scanndiks or cmd CHKDSK /F /R

And also vista have now system repair

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/

I thing the problem is simple so it fix it you can start with the vista repiar at first :)
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ncwAuthor Commented:
I ran chkdisk /f /r but in the end a clean boot worked. Then I re-enabled a minimal number of startup services and all still working, so not really sure what was causing it.
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Jaroslav MrazCTOCommented:
This is usaly if you have powercut and system is writing something to systemfiles :)

CHKDSK can repair your PC in lot of times so every time in situation like this start with it :)
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