I have a _serious_ problem with Windows Vista Business.
Approximately two thirds of the times I restart the system, I get normal
I get to the login screen, enter my password, I see the 'welcome' screen with
the little spinning circle, then I see a black screen with the mouse pointer
with the little spinning circle, then Windows Explorer loads and I get the
desktop and all is well.
However, about one third of the time, I get the following:
I get to the login screen, enter my password, see the 'welcome' screen and
the little spinning circle, and then I see a black screen with the mouse
pointer... and that's it. There's disk activity. There's sounds. Something
_seems_ to be happening, but all that's visible is a black screen with a
cursor. If I hit control-alt-delete, about 90% of the time I get the task
manager dialog. I can then log out, and when I go to the login screen again
and reenter my password I get normal behaviour. About 10% of the time
control-alt-delete doesn't work, and I have to hit the power button.
This does not appear to be a driver issue; I can see the cursor, I can
usually get the task manager, so video is working. I have a NVIDIA GeForce
6200 video card with the latest drivers. Automatic updates is turned on.
It does not seem to be an activation problem; I'm running Vista Business,
with a valid key and it's fully paid up. And, besides, it works most of the
I have tried scrubbing the Vista volume and reinstalling. If anything, the
black screen is now more frequent than before.
Is there a solution, short of nuking the partition and going back to XP?
I'm typing this on my Mac 'cause Vista just went belly-up on start-up _again_
and, given how long it takes to start, I simply couldn't wait on it. It's a
sad commentary when a four-year-old Mac boots faster than a one-year-old