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Windows 2K Boot

By cdridgley ·
Windows 2000 Pro
I have kept current with all fixes and Service Packs. 6 weeks ago I started receiving a "preparing network connection" message as part of my boot activity. I expected this to go away when I moved from Earthlink to Cox broadband. It did not and it takes the majority of time in the boot process. I have looked in Help and all the settings with no luck. I changed my alias but it may not appear on this note. I am at cdridgley@cox.net

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by donmars In reply to Windows 2K Boot

In the "Log On To Windows box" is the "log on using dial-up connection" box checked? Uncheck it.

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by cdridgley In reply to

I have been unable to find "Log On To Windows box"
in control panel options for network, system, tweakui, etc.

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by donmars In reply to Windows 2K Boot

The log on to windows box is that area you type your user name and password!

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by cdridgley In reply to

I forced the boot logon window, usually use no password as I have a secure room. The check box was NOT checked for dialup. What else could be causing the message?

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by donmars In reply to Windows 2K Boot

There is a mapped drive installed that cannot be found. Probably related to Earthlink and now cannot be found at Cox. Open my computer. Are there any network drives (icons)with a red X indicating a broken connection? Delete the connection. Uninstall Earthlink. Do not reject this answer yet if you need me to further offer assists. Reject answers after you found one to accept or when you are closing the question. This way I can add comments about what to try next and not have to start a new answer which you may reject. each time you reject an answer it drops the sucess rating (percentage) of the answerer. Why mess up my rating with each fix idea I provide for only one answer!

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by donmars In reply to

Yes this is the way to do it. You can use comments yourself to ask or answer additional questions.Is this a home network? If it is then if you turn on the other computer it will find it, thats what it is looking for since it's probably shared. I bet this is not your answer because you do not have a home network. But I believe the problem is something set in the registry by the Earthlink software and since you cannot uninstall it it causes this situation. See if you can find this entry in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE: REG_DWORD = 1. If so, your problem is being cause by an infinite loop. This should have been fixed by service pack 2 and now it is up to 4. Are you running SP2 at least? If not upgrade but go to 4.

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by donmars In reply to

Some other things to try. Update to the latest service pack, SP4. Open regedit and in the find box (ctrl F) type run once. Any 'run once' you find related to Earthlink delete that key. You will have to click find next a few times to find them all. Before you do that though, you should creat an ERD (emergency repair disk) and save (export)the registry to the desktop for reloading in case you hit the wrong key and mess up the registry. If you do not know how to make and ERD, open help in win explorer and enter "create an ERD".

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by donmars In reply to

Sorry I was not able to get back to you earlier.
Go to start>run type regedit then enter then click REGISTRY>EXPORT give it aname such as backup and place where you can find it easily, maybe on the desk top. If you want to return to the current setup after you delete stuff you just click that icon on the desktop and it will rewrite back to the original. This if you make a mistake. Of course you have an updated ERD also which includes registry files backup. The ERD is used for serios problems such as wont boot. Deleting the files below will not cause that situation. Delete the following keys.

HKEY_ CURRENT_USER\RemoteAccess\Profile\EarthLink cdridgley@earthlink.net,

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ear thLink Network\5.0\BrowserControlBars\cdridgley@earthlink.net-Bar0 ,

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Local AppWizard-Generated Applications\EarthLink Mail Client,

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explore r\MenuOrder\Start Menu\Programs\EarthLink 5.0,

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by cdridgley In reply to Windows 2K Boot

I hope this is the correct way to keep a question open. I certainly don't want to mess up your rating. I did not find anything in My Computer or My Network Places which does contain Entire Network. I have tried to remove Earthlink and found it has set itself up as system folders/files that cannot be removed. I am trying to search a method for deletion. Thanks for the continued involvment with this problem.

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by cdridgley In reply to

I went into the registery and found HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/Select
Current Reg_Dword 1
Default 1
Failed 0
LastKnownGood 2

I have ordered RegMech to help in cleaning up the registry. It found 93 items to cleanup.

I will try your second suggestion on "run once"
Thanks

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