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There are two dism cmds - one from within Windows which is dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and one done after booting up with install media, which is dism /image:x:\ /cleanup-image /restorehealth

There is an offline version but you still need to be booted into Windows using an ISO - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/repair-a-windows-image

As the dism /restorehealth has failed to resolve the clean boot problem, then perhaps it's time to see if a repair install will resolve, unless Event Viewer gave you some clues as to what is failing.

I don't know which code you are referring to as the Win 8.1 ISO download failed to verify on my Win 10 machine, so I assume it has to be downloaded onto a Win 8.1 machine.

You haven't said which security program it is which you think could be locking files.

Using two antivirus programs and each having their own firewall will cause anomalous problems.

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 12, 2020, 03:04:14 PM »
Run another sfc /scannow and when it reports it is unable to repair all, copy & paste this cmd to the prompt -

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log > %userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt

This will put an icon onto the desktop which when double clicked will show what it has and can't repair.

Which security program do you think is locking those files ?

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 12, 2020, 12:40:36 PM »
I think it will need the dism /restorehealth to fix that clean boot problem.

Does Event Viewer record anything for when it fails ?

Yes, I've used SFCFix.exe on my Win 7 as well as advising its use for other Win 7 users.

However, it didn't always fix so I then referred them to www.sysnative.com forum.

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 12, 2020, 05:01:38 AM »
Have you performed the dism /restorehealth and sfc /scannow cmds yet to see if they resolve ?

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 12, 2020, 01:33:31 AM »
You would have needed to get into Windows to use those restore points and with your machine not able to boot up, this is where install media comes into its own.

I would advise you to create that should you need it in the future.

Did you use the dropdown for that service in Services/Properties to turn it back on and Apply/Save the setting ?

You can add Take Ownership to your right click context menu with this registry hack - https://www.intowindows.com/take-ownership-of-files-and-folders-in-windows-8/

I've never really gone into what a Hiren's Boot Disk can do as I only needed it the once to get back into Windows and then used the dism /restorehealth and sfc /scannow cmds which normally resolve most problems in Win 10, although occasionally I've had to perform a repair install.

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 11, 2020, 02:12:48 PM »
There are about 13 non-MS services but don't know them offhand.

In the past I've found a Hiren's Boot Disk can get Windows back up.

Use the 15.2 download - https://www.techspot.com/downloads/6966-hirens-bootcd.html

If it gets you back into Windows then go into msconfig and check the button for normal start up which should reinstate those services.

It's a pity you didn't create the Win 8.1 install media as you could have booted up with that and used your restore points.

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 11, 2020, 05:20:11 AM »
This article may be more current to disable AVG as the previous one doesn't relate to my Kaspersky.

https://support.avg.com/SupportArticleView?l=en&urlname=Disable-AVG-Antivirus


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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 11, 2020, 05:07:17 AM »
The files that you have attached are not in an openable format, but as they are of your own creation then they would probably be of no use to me.

As some time has probably passed since you made those changes then I doubt your restore points would be of much use, but you could see how far they go back.

This article describes how to disable AVG - http://shockform.com/disable-antivirus/

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 11, 2020, 03:59:48 AM »
AVG may be a contributing factor to your other problem in that antivirus programs can be slow in releasing files after it has checked them.

I remember reading that AVG can become bloated which could unnecessarily take up memory.

Use AVG's uninstaller to remove it and see if that improves the situation.

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 11, 2020, 03:53:55 AM »
As you have removed files, then you may need to repair the system.

While a sfc /scannow doesn't check all files, it can repair some corruption, whereas the dism /restorehealth cmd can do much more, but it's best to perform a sfc /scannow after the dism /restorehealth cmd to see that no corruption remains.

This is also the procedure to resolve when a sfc /scannow reports it is unable to repair all corruption in Win 8.1 and Win 10.

What I would suggest is to create Win 8.1 install media if you don't have any and boot up with that.

You can create Win 8.1 install media from https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows8ISO

You will need to do this on the Win 8.1 machine.

Boot up with the media and navigate to the Install screen and click on Repair your computer.

I assume you know how to change the boot order ?

I think Win 8.1 will be similar to Win 10 in that you would click on Troubleshoot to select Command Prompt.

At the prompt enter bcdedit |find "osdevice"

For clarity that is a Pipe symbol before find and is the uppercase of \

Using your partition letter instead of the x I have exampled, enter -

dism /image:x:\ /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Disregard what it says about the scratch directory and wait for the cmd to complete.

You can also perform a sfc /scannow with the following cmd, again using your partition letter instead of the X I have exampled.

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=X:\ /offwindir=X:\Windows

Enter exit to close the cmd window, remove the install media and restart to see if they have resolved.

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Computer Help / Re: Windows 10 password reset disk
« on: August 11, 2020, 03:08:14 AM »
PCUnlocker in this article seems to be the best option as the other methods seem to be machine specific which I don't think you could use on another machine.

https://www.top-password.com/knowledge/reset-windows-10-password.html

Scroll down to and click on Download PCUnlocker to create the disk to boot up with.

You'll need to tap F12 as you switch on, use the cursor keys to select the DVD drive - insert the disk and press enter.

You may be prompted to press any key to boot from CD or DVD.

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Computer Help / Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:29:49 PM »
I don't have any experience of Win 8.1 but as this seems to be self inflicted, I would suggest a Refresh which will preserve your personal stuff but not your installed programs.

I had considered a repair install but that preserves your Users files and if they are already corrupt, then that may not reinstate them.

Anyway, the choice is yours.

https://www.eightforums.com/threads/repair-install-windows-8.26095/

You could however see if these cmds will do anything for you.

Open a Command Prompt (Admin) and enter -

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

sfc /scannow

shutdown /r /t 00

Then see what happens after the reboot.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 09, 2020, 02:14:31 PM »
Okay.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 09, 2020, 10:03:16 AM »
Have you locked this thread Tim ?

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 09, 2020, 10:02:06 AM »
I'll see how it progresses but that's the first time he's fully explained what he's trying to do.

It doesn't alter the fact though that security programs auto load on Boot and before other programs, but I can't get him to grasp this.

The fact there's a delay on some programs could be explained by how many programs are in his Start-up menu and how much memory he has installed.

I only have the bare minimum in mine.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 09, 2020, 09:27:05 AM »
Thanks for your support, Tim.

I've come close to banning this member because of his attitude.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 09, 2020, 04:16:10 AM »
Perhaps it's you that doesn't understand Boot up and the Start-up menu in msconfig.

Does Julian's post help you ?

In your Win 7 go Start - type msconfig and press enter when it comes up.

Click on Services then check the box to Hide all Microsoft services and you should see your security programs listed that will auto load and run to check your start-up system files and programs.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 09, 2020, 02:35:06 AM »
Thanks for that Julian, but the point I was trying to make was that security programs tend to insert themselves into the Services/Non-Microsoft services of the Start-up menu and will auto load and run on Boot without changing anything just as they would if part of the program Start-up menu.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 08, 2020, 03:27:02 PM »
https://www.dummies.com/consumer-electronics/tablets/for-seniors-start-a-windows-7-program-automatically/

When programs are in your Start-up menu then they will automatically load and run in the background such as an antivirus program, but if you aren't happy with the answers I am giving you then you are quite free to go elsewhere.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 08, 2020, 10:52:11 AM »
If those programs are in your Start-up menu, I would expect them to auto start with Windows.

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Computer Help / Re: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
« on: August 08, 2020, 10:16:47 AM »
I wasn't aware you could do this as I don't have any passwords on my machines.

A Google has produced this article for Win 7 but I assume this is the method you are referring to ?

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/how-do-i-change-the-amount-of-time-before-the/d0f58fdd-926d-4499-b8fd-69811704567e

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After you have performed a sfc /scannow and it reports it is unable to repair all corruption, you can copy & paste this cmd to the prompt which will put an icon onto the desktop which shows what it has and couldn't repair, but if this was my machine then I would have performed a repair install had I been able to.

The only alternative for me as things stand would be to factory reset as it's a branded machine.

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log > %userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt

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On re-reading that article, it may not apply to your version of Windows, so go Start - type %temp% and press enter when it comes up.

Press CTRL a to highlight then CTRL d to delete.

This file can become highly populated and can have an adverse effect on performance, such as slowing the machine down.

I use the free version of CCleaner after each session to clean out temp files.

https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner

You need to add this to the items to be cleaned by going into the program and click on Options then uncheck the box for Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24hrs.




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The error doesn't relate to total free space on the HDD but to the drive used for the Windows Temp Directory.

This article explains - https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/964421/error-481-invalid-picture

Check yours and let me know if the steps resolve your problem.

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