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Gateway/vista black screen with no ctrl+alt+del but a nice cursor

\015 I have a gateway w/ vista home premium. After i hit the power button to turn it on, the machine goes thru the regular process of booting and before it gets to the login screen a black screen apears. At this screen there is a cursor, most solutions (been looking about 3 hrs now) say to either use a disk to repair or reinstall window or use the taskmanager (ctrl+alt+del) i have neither ctr+shift+del also does nothing\015

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Try this, before it boots up and just after in posts press F8, it should bring up a page where you can choose your boot option, choose "Safe Mode", if the computer does boot to safe mode there are a few steps you can do to remedy this.

First goto my computer, c:drive/windows and scroll down to a folder called prefetch open the folder, highlight everything in that folder by left clicking once on one of the icons and holding control(ctrl) then pressing A once everything is highlighted hold down the shift key and press delete, everything should now be gone, exit out of all the windows do a disk clean up, my computer right click on c:drive (your main drive) and click on disk cleanup tick all boxes and then click ok to start deleting the temp files. once finished reboot mechines and leave it to boot up. if you still are having problems or it wont boot up into safe mode post back. cheers.
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