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Windows 8 desktop flashing

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    Windows 8

    Windows 8 desktop flashing


    Hi please can one of you talented people help me. I have a Windows 8 HP laptop and the screen is just flashing. I have looked through other users posts and tried a few things but nothing is fixing the issue. I can't get past the flashing screen to enter Control panel, Safe boot or anything as the flashing is preventing me getting anywhere!! All help is very much appreciated!! Lots of photos not backed up so don't want to lose them! Thanks

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  2. #2


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Fordy1 View Post
    Hi please can one of you talented people help me. I have a Windows 8 HP laptop and the screen is just flashing. I have looked through other users posts and tried a few things but nothing is fixing the issue. I can't get past the flashing screen to enter Control panel, Safe boot or anything as the flashing is preventing me getting anywhere!! All help is very much appreciated!! Lots of photos not backed up so don't want to lose them! Thanks
    Check out this tutorial on how to boot into safe mode: Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in

    How old is the laptop? If it's still in warranty, you may want to send it back to HP for repair.
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    Posts : 4
    Win8


    hmm. I wonder if that is the same problem I have. Boot begins, I see desktop image and icons begin appearing in taskbar. After 2 seconds, It aborts and starts over. Kind of winds up looking like blinking, but I do see those first four icon appear over and over and over... Will check the Safe Mode link in above post.
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    If it is the Desktop disappearing and reappearing, most likely bad driver or bad display chip set, that is causing the problem.
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    I have the same problem on my Dell laptop and have been told I picked up a couple trojans (have been removed) and many files are corrupt. Rather than try to fix them I am trying to do a reset to factory. I keep getting messages saying there was a problem, etc.
    Anyway, I am now running in Safe Mode with Networking, with a hard wire to my modem.
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  6. #6


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Binky Pelsted View Post
    I have the same problem on my Dell laptop and have been told I picked up a couple trojans (have been removed) and many files are corrupt. Rather than try to fix them I am trying to do a reset to factory. I keep getting messages saying there was a problem, etc.
    Anyway, I am now running in Safe Mode with Networking, with a hard wire to my modem.
    did you try downloading malwarebytes and running a scan ,free , www.malwarebytes.org
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    yes, that scan has been done and the trojans removed but there are hundred of corrupt files. The flashing issue remains so the only way I can use the laptop is in the safe mode. At this point, I just want to reset it to factory but get a message that "there was a problem resetting your pc", and "no changes were made".
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    sometimes more than one scan is needed
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Binky Pelsted View Post
    yes, that scan has been done and the trojans removed but there are hundred of corrupt files. The flashing issue remains so the only way I can use the laptop is in the safe mode. At this point, I just want to reset it to factory but get a message that "there was a problem resetting your pc", and "no changes were made".
    give this a try ,right click on the start icon ,go to system, in there go to advanced system settings on the top left ,in there go to the advanced tab ,then the start up and recovery settings ,then In the system failure section ,uncheck automatically restart if it has a check in it ,ok you way out ,and reboot the computer to see what happens ,it is likely to make no difference but won't hurt to try
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    Nothing happens when I right click on the Start icon. Is that because I am in safe mode?
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