XP boots to black screen with cursor

By eviltim
Apr 19, 2010
  1. My computer is starting as it usually does, and the windows loading screen goes by, but after the loading screen, and before the welcome screen should pop up, I get a blank screen with only the cursor showing.
    I have tried using the 5x shift key to start stickykeys, and that did nothing.
    CTRL+ALT+DEL does nothing.
    I have tried restarting the OS in every mode I have available.

    Immediately before this problem started, the OS would not start any .exe files. Because of this, I restarted and this problem arose.
    Personally, I think that the computer is having extreme errors related to .exe files.

    Anyway, the only XP CD I have is a Dell recovery disk from another computer.

    If anyone can give some advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Almost forgot, the last thing it was doing correctly was installing the D&D character builder, if that helps at all.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Have you tried booting into Safe Mode? Were you having these issues prior to the D&D character builder and how soon after this installation did you start having issues?
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