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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


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You can try to press F8 after you first turn on the machine, you want to keep tapping it but not super fast or you can make a keyboard error. Just until a screen appears that will give you the option to boot in Safe Mode.
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\015\012If you can boot in safe mode you may be able to also choose "Last Known Configuration that Worked" as an option.
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\015\012This is about the 5th option down on the screen (NOT in VISTA SAFE MODE)
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\015\012If none of these options work you will just need a Vista Disc. If you use this it will not detroy your data unless you delete the partition.
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\015\012But you will lose your programs, or at least have to reinstall them.
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\015\012**IMPORTANT**
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\015\012You must have a regular VISTA DISC not the ones that come bundled with computers. Those will 9 out 10 times erase everything. and are meant for specific machines. Plus the usually install quite a bit of bloatware on your PC.
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