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Post by Vilehabib on 21st April 2009, 5:17 pm

AVG recently found a trojan on my system, and said it was removed after doing a full system scan. After restarting, Windows XP is stuck on the "preparing network connections" screen.

Anyone know what may be causing this? Thanks in advance!

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Solved Re: XP stuck on Preparing Network Connections

Post by Doctor Inferno on 22nd April 2009, 11:00 am

Welcome to GeekPolice!

This used to be a common problem in Windows 2000. Are you able to boot into Safe mode with networking?

I need you to download the latest Windows updates and service packs.


One more thing, are you using nvidia or ATI integrated graphics?


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Solved Re: XP stuck on Preparing Network Connections

Post by Vilehabib on 22nd April 2009, 3:19 pm

Thanks for the reply.

I was able to boot into safe mode and grab some needed files. I decided just to go with a format/reinstall (barely had anything on the system yet). Everything is working perfectly now.

Thanks again!

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Solved Re: XP stuck on Preparing Network Connections

Post by bigmandsm on 26th April 2009, 2:13 pm

I have the same problem but cant boot in safe mode. My comp is a emachine el1200 xp home sp3 but the comp cam with no disc what do i do?

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Post by Doctor Inferno on 27th April 2009, 9:15 am

Hello bigmandsm, welcome to GeekPolice!

Are you able to boot into safe mode with networking?

If possible, try this:

1. Start Menu > Run > type regedit.exe
2. Navigate to the following locations in Registry :-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services
point to "Services" key > File Menu > Export > and save this file name it "Services.reg"

3. Then goto the following locatiosn: -

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal
point to "Minimal" key > File Menu > Export > and save this file name it "Minimal.reg"

4. Now edit the Minimal.reg file in Wordpad and find the following: -

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal]

and replace all with: -

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services]

5. Save this file (minimal.reg) and double click on it.

6. Restart the system. Your system should start now in Normal Mode.


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