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Windows 7: "Setup is preparing your computer for first use" every boot

26 Apr 2011   #1

Linux
 
 
"Setup is preparing your computer for first use" every boot

This is a bit of an odd issue, and everyone I've asked has been stumped.
Every time I reboot my laptop after the loading screen it shows the "Setup is preparing your computer for first use" screen for about 10 seconds before proceeding as usual. I have a part time job building (and imaging) systems among other things, and I can say this is identical to the screen very near the end of the 7 installation process.

I cannot say what I could have done to cause this, I seldom reboot my laptop and I had done countless things to it before the issue started (including fixing the lack of recently used programs, thanks to SevenForums).

Symptoms are identical to a few other reported cases, but no solutions.
Examples:
setup is preparing your computer for first use appears every time i boot
"Setup is preparing your computer for first use"

One interesting thing is that this issue has rendered safe mode (but not recovery mode) useless. The "preparing for first use" screen comes up just after Windows loads the core files, except a dialog box informs me that it cannot continue in safe mode and requires a restart. This proves that whatever is commanding the process to start is doing it along with the core windows startup, and this could make things very hard to reverse.

Some people have brought the issue on themselves by running "msoobe.exe", and it's quite likely this is the program being executed every time. I tried removing the file (making a backup obviously), but explorer can't do it. And I can't get into safe mode (!!!).

I have tried system restore, startup restore, uninstalling and reinstalling SP1 (not that I was blaming it) and other obvious remedies.

This issue has no effect on the computer's normal running (other than boot time), but it's a pain in the ass and I think the fact it's broken safe mode is a cause for concern.

I've gone on enough, but really the point is HELP ME!

TIA,


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26 Apr 2011   #2

Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit/Window 7 VM
 
 

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I have tried system restore, startup restore, uninstalling and reinstalling SP1 (not that I was blaming it) and other obvious remedies.
but you haven't tried repair install. Try that too.
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26 Apr 2011   #3

Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gpost3 View Post
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I have tried system restore, startup restore, uninstalling and reinstalling SP1 (not that I was blaming it) and other obvious remedies.
but you haven't tried repair install. Try that too.
Unfortunately that is out of the question right now. If it screws up the user accounts (laptop and my primary account are members of a domain) that won't go down too well.
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26 Apr 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

A Repair Install is a non-destructive process, keeping all files, programs and settings in place. That said, you should back up your files and a Windows 7 backup image so you can start over if necessary: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

But first, try booting into DVD System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair a few times to see if it finds any issues with your boot.
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