Originally Posted by Frosty is a Snowman
do you get an error message when you try to boot the device
or if you boot it in safe mode does it hang at a particular stage
No, safe mode starts loading and then just restarts the computer right away.
That does remind me of something though. I get a blue screen that disappears really fast when normal load of windows fails... I was going to disable the automatic restart so I could view it... hmmm can't change the settings for that from hirens apparently... and can't get into safe mode.
Well... I finally managed to get a picture of blue screen with my phone... it's not 100% clear and I don't know how accurate this is... but here's my guesstimate of what it says.
STOP: c000021A (Fatal System Error)
The Initial session process or system process terminated
blah blah blah
0x00000000 (0xc0000034 0x00100600).
The system has been shut down.
c000021a - See Startup Repair below :
This error occurs when a user-mode subsystem, such as WinLogon or the Client Server Run-Time Subsystem (CSRSS), has been fatally compromised and security can no longer be guaranteed. In response, the operating system switches to kernel mode. Microsoft Windows cannot run without WinLogon or CSRSS. Therefore, this is one of the few cases where the failure of a user-mode service can shut down the system.
Mismatched system files can also cause this error. This can occur if you have restored your hard disk from a backup. Some backup programs might skip restoring system files that they determine are in use.
Resolving the Problem
Running the kernel debugger is not useful in this situation because the actual error occurred in a user-mode process.
Resolving an error in a user-mode device driver, system service, or third-party application: Because bug check 0xC000021A occurs in a user-mode process, the most common culprits are third-party applications. If the error occurred after the installation of a new or updated device driver, system service, or third-party application, the new software should be removed or disabled. Contact the manufacturer of the software about a possible update.
If the error occurs during system startup, restart your computer, and press F8 at the character-based menu that displays the operating system choices. At the resulting Windows Advanced Options menu, choose the Last Known Good Configuration option. This option is most effective when only one driver or service is added at a time. If this does not resolve the error, try manually removing the offending software. If the system partition is formatted with file allocation table (FAT), use an MS-DOS startup disk to gain access to the computer's hard disk. If the system partition is formatted with NTFS file system, you might be able to use Safe Mode to rename or delete the faulty software. If the faulty software is used as part of the system startup process in Safe Mode, you need to start the computer using the Recovery Console in order to access the file. If a newly installed piece if hardware is suspected, remove it to see if this resolves the issue.
Try running the Emergency Recovery Disk (ERD) and allow the system to repair any errors that it detects.
Resolving a mismatched system file problem: If you have recently restored your hard disk from a backup, check if there is an updated version of the Backup/Restore program available from the manufacturer. Make sure the latest Windows Service Pack is installed.
so... ummm yeah... any way to determine what program or file is causing the issue?... desperately trying to avoid the reformat reinstall route LOL
gonna try running the sfc scan again... hopefully it will actually make the file... also going to check for dump files, i don't think the blue screen is making any though :-/
ok ran that sfc scan again and it still failed to create the file... no such luck with that apparently