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Computer Hangs After Windows Logo Is Displayed at Startup
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This article was previously published under Q150516
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When you start Windows, your computer may stop responding (hang) after the Windows logo screen is displayed. However, a Windows 95-based computer may start properly if you press the F8 key (CTRL key for Windows 98) when you see the "Starting Windows" message, choose Step-By-Step Confirmation from the Startup menu, and then press Y at each prompt.
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This issue can be caused by either of the following conditions:
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129972To work around this issue:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129972/ )Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
The following anti-virus programs may cause your computer to stop responding (hang) after the Windows logo screen is displayed:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/136337/EN-US/ )Troubleshooting Windows 95 Startup Problems and Error Messages
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188867/EN-US/ )Troubleshooting Windows 98 Startup Problems
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/145926/EN-US/ )How to Troubleshoot Windows 95 Shutdown Problems
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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/202633/EN-US/ )How to Troubleshoot Windows 98 Shutdown Problems