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Laptop only boots in safe mode - sfc can't repair all files

Question: Laptop only boots in safe mode - sfc can't repair all files

My Win7 laptop only boots in safe mode (safe networking also works) but not in normal mode. It shuts down right after logging into normal mode. I ran sfc scannow thrice and it says that it found corrupt files but was not able to fix some of them. I can't upload the CBS log file due to size limitations (it's 7MB).
What should I try next?

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Preferred Solution: Laptop only boots in safe mode - sfc can't repair all files

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Laptop only boots in safe mode - sfc can't repair all files

Here are some of the failing entries from the CBS log:
CSI 0000011e [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:20{10}]"mfplat.dll" of Microsoft-Windows-MFPlat, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9),
Cannot repair member file [l:18{9}]"sdclt.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-SafeDocs-Main, Version = 6.1.7601.17514
Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"sdengin2.dll" of Microsoft-Windows-SafeDocs-Main,

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hey guys, my sister asked me to help her fix her laptop, I don't really know the full situation but she said she downloaded something and her laptop restarted in safe mode and thats all she could start it on. Shes running vista SP1. Here is the Hijack Log File, thanks for all your help in advanced !

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:07:00 PM, on 04/02/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Safe mode

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSC\mcshell.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Intern... Read more

Answer:Laptop Only Boots In Safe Mode

i just rebooted her computer, up until the login screen everythiong was working fine and the blue screen of death popped up and it rebooted itself and when it loaded it asked how i wanted to boot it up, i guess this is why my sister could only boot it up on safe mode.

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Good night.

First :
- Hp Pavillion dv6208nr
- Nvdia GeForce G6150
- 2 Gb RAM

Now that we got those details let's describe the problem:

- Last night I instaled 4 themes for my Windows 7, and right before going to sleep I restarted my Laptop, and when it came up, the screen started blinking with the Loading screen and a black screen and it did this until it shutted off, i turned it on again, and it did the same, but it didn't turned off it just stood blinking, then I tried to go in Safe Mode, It worked, As soon as i got in the first thing i did was delete the Themes to see if my problem was solved, but it didn't.

- I've been looking pretty much everywhere and I don't get anything that helps me out, so I'm here to see if someone can help me.


Answer:My laptop only boots in safe mode Help!

Hi! Karulapara, welcome to 7F

Restart your machine while tapping the F8 key when a menu appears select 'Last known good configuration' and try that. This will load the last normal session you had.

If that does not work, get back into Safe Mode, and click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
Select a date that you know the computer was running and the computer will revert to the state it was in at that time.

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Hello, I've got a new laptop (got it on April 10th) It's a dell, running windows 7 64 bit. A few weeks after I got it, I installed Adobe Acrobat reader and 2 days later, when I tried to bring the computer up, it hung up while starting. I started in safe mode, and after a few unsuccessful attempts at restarting in regular mode, I did a system restore back to before the installation of adobe. This didn't seem to solve the problem, so I restored back to before the most recent windows update. The computer worked fine with no issues until today.

Here's the twist, I had convinced myself that Acrobat couldn't have been the cause, and that I would like to be able to see pdfs again, so I re-downloaded it Sunday night. Today, tried to bring up the webcam (puppy cam for while we're at work) and it wouldn't come up. Rebooted and nothing but safe mode, hangs in start up, just before the login screen again. Before I did another system restore and started over again, I wanted to see if anyone had insights.

I've downloaded nothing other than firefox and acrobat, otherwise everything is just like it was out of the box. Don't know if this is at all related, but I'd also had a problem with windows explorer quitting and having to reboot, but that seems to have gone away. Any ideas?

Answer:Laptop Only boots in safe mode.

While in safe mode...Go Start>Run (Start Search in Vista), type in:msconfigClick OK (hit Enter in Vista).Click on Startup tab.Click Disable allIMPORTANT! In case of laptop, make sure, you do NOT disable any keyboard, or touchpad entries.Click Services tab.Put checkmark in Hide all Microsoft servicesClick Disable all.Click OK.Restart computer in Normal Mode.NOTE. If you use different firewall, than Windows firewall, turn Windows firewall on, just for this test, since your regular firewall won't be running.If you use Windows firewall, you're fine.Same problem?

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Hi guys,

I'm new here and so, a big hello to all you "veterans" on this site. I hope to learn from you guys as I go along.

So here is my problem:-

My laptop started up in safe mode randomly and just went along. I tried to do a System Restore but then it shut down suddenly. I booted it up again and this time, the laptop lasted shorter than usual. I have also tried other options, like "Last Known Good Configuration" and "Startup Repair".

When I click on "Startup Windows Normally", it still goes into safe mode. I've tried doing a few things in safe mode and even that does not work. I tried going into Device Manager etc and there is no time to do anything as the laptop just dies off.

Methinks that it could be a hardware problem but has anyone had this problem before? If so, how did you guys get around to solving it?

All help will be much appreciated. Thanks for your time guys.

Answer:Laptop boots up in safe mode and shuts down automatically

On battery, main power, or both?

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my laptops shell says tiny but everything in the shell is made by dell? now it only starts in safe mode wen i let it start in normal mode the mouse is ther and can be moved and a notice comes up saying internet exporer stoped working (something stoped the program from working it says) but nothing else is to be seen. in safe mode i can do most things but i have tryed ctrl+shift+esc and run new file and typed EXPLOR.exe and EXPLORER.exe can anyone help please?????

Answer:my tiny Dell laptop only boots in safe mode HELP

Did you have recovery media?1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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Hey, I was asked by a family member to clean out their laptop, so I went ahead and downloaded malwarebytes, ccleaner and a new antivirus. Then I turned on safemode and restarted the pc.
Now the laptop starts up and goes to the windows loading bar. As soon as its done loading the screen goes black but I can see and move the mouse cursor. A few seconds after that the pc restarts. Over and over again.

Useless info:

I interrupted the process and then I was asked if I wanted to restore the pc to a earlier time. After doing that, it booted into safemode. I cleaned out the pc (put a lot of work into it etc). I turned off safemode and booted it up regulary. For some reason I couldnt install the new antivirus but the old one was deleted (not an issue for this thread). Since i was in safe mode before I figured to fix the antivirus problem i will boot it into safemode again.Click to expand...

Now Im stuck again but this time, restoring it doesnt help, I cant do a full system restore because there is no backup image and the data on the laptop is important.
Startup repair doesnt help.
I figure that I only need to be able to turn off safemode somehow. Is there any way of fixing this?
Thanks in advance, I registered on this forum because of this problem and I will try and return the favor in other threads.

Acer Asipre
Windows Vista (idk if 32 or 64, i assume 32)
SU2700 Intel Premium processor
intel GMA 4500MHD
3GB DDR3 memory

Answer:Laptop can not boot into safe mode, boots fine regulary


Right now, everytime I start up the laptop, it goes to systemrestore.

I'd like to get to the window where it asks me how I want to boot the system. ("Boot Windows with the last working settings" or something like that). I know that this should boot it without safemode, but i don't know how to get there...

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Hi Guys

I have looked at the forums for any previous probs like this but maybe i can't see the woods for ther trees??

I have a laptop, which was working fine. It now wont boot. I get the options to Boot to last Know configuration - this desn't work, just brings me back to same page.
Boot into Safe MOde With Networking or Safe mode - these two get a little further. A list of drivers being installed appears, but then it sticks and does nothing!!

System restore does not work

Sometimes a blue screen pops up With a *** STOP error message and then it sticks on that.

ANy suggestions about where to start with this......i have a hammer and a blowtorch if that will help

Thanks for any help

Answer:Laptop Boots to a blue screen OR sticks before Safe Mode

Be sure to let it stay on the driver screen when loading in Safe Mode for a couple of minutes at least, before giving up.

When you get the Blue Screen, note the Stop message parameters, and especially the driver file if mentioned.

Do you have an XP CD that can be used for a reinstall?

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Asus M50Sv - a1
· OS - Vista Home Premium 32bit installed OEM· I have the license on the bottom of my computer, but they installed OS· purchased in July, 2008 (yes, really) - this is the Original OS install, but I've cut the bloat, etc. to a large extent· CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5gHz· GeForce 9500M GS
I was sitting on the desktop, no programs actively running and got BSOD. reboot, click log in, BSOD. boot normally, click log in, BSOD. Rinse, repeat. Boot safe mode fine. Try startup repair - no problems detected. SFC /scannow says it found problems but couldn't repair all. I looked at the log but saw no record of any files that weren't repaired. Did Memtest via windows disk, checked OK. Chkdsk ran okay. reinstalled graphics drivers with option for clean install - no change (did this in safe mode just for fun). I'm running out of cheap tricks...
First off, I followed the tips in this thread: but my problem persists. Booting with all NON-Microsoft service disabled made the BSOD take longer to appear, but it did occur still, so i didn't proceed.
I've attached the sysnative file collection, but the PerfMon (performance monitor report) failed. It says "Error: An error occured [sic] while attempting to generate the report. The system cannot find the path specified." I typed "perfmon /report" when in cmd.exe as admin to achieve this ... Read more

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I have an HP G72 laptop running windows 7 home premium. yesterday when i was on the computer all of a sudden screen turned white and the only button that would work was power button. i held it down and shut off computer. when i turned it back on it goes through the usual boot process up to where i have to enter password for user profile. when i hit enter it will start showing my desktop icons like normal and then just go blank again. when i try to boot in safe mode it goes through the same process except when it starts displaying desktop icons it stops and automatically shuts back down and trys to boot up again in normal mode. if i try to restore it back to a restore point it says there are none available. Any input on what might be causing these problems will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:laptop boots to blank screen, safe mode wont work

You HDD may be failing. On another computer download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature. Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the drive. If either tests fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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I’m working on my daughter’s MSI A6200 laptop running Windows 7, Home Premium, 64 bit.

The computer was freezing up from time to time and then stopped working. It hung up when I tried to reboot. I went to safe mode, used msconfig to turn off all system services and start-up programs, rebooted but no change. Rebooted in safe mode with networking but all network connections are gone, the wireless adapter seems disabled but it does show in Device Manager. Interestingly, the “sleep” light on the laptop is lit. I opened control panel and clicked on Power options but nothing happens.

I downloaded Norton’s emergency bootable recovery tool and booted via a USB drive. I scanned the laptop and it found a virus but I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t write down what it was (I foolishly thought I was done). I ran it again and it came up with nothing. There may be a log somewhere but I couldn’t find it this morning. I have a feeling the virus did some damage before I removed it.

Can you help me repair my laptop? Get my wireless adapter back and resolve the power/sleep mode issue?

Thanks very much!

Answer:Laptop only boots in safe mode, no wireless, sleep light lit, no power options

That really, really sounds like a motherboard problem.

To eliminate hardware as a possibility I'd back up the data and reinstall to see if it fixes it or not.

Alternatively, you could try booting it off of a linux live distro CD to see if it keeps up its shenanigans.

People write bugs to do strange things though. Is the sleep light lit prior to windows actually booting, or only when in windows?

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Hi folks!Unfortunately, my 2 year old pushed some buttons on my Lenovo B590 laptop and something isn't right. Upon start up (Windows 7 64), I get a black screen with a moving cursor. Ctrl+alt+del doesn't bring up the task manager.I double checked the boot order in BIOS and that looks OK.Restarting in Safe mode works.I also updated the video drivers, and (strangely) I was able to restart in normal and everything looked fine. However, when I restarted again after that, I was back to the black screen in Normal.I've been Googling all morning, and done what I've found. If anyone else has any other suggestions, I'd be grateful for them. And if you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to ask.Thanks!

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As per above title, any ideas? It failed to boot, even in safe mode. Tried inserting CD and repair but repair windows didn't pop up.

Answer:Windows 7 laptop failed to boot/safe mode/repair

First of all I will need more details on this to help you.

So how did it happen? when did it? Did you install anything just before it happened?

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Hi guys,

I'm having an issue with my system that I hope someone will be able to help me with.

Basically I am stuck on a 'Startup Repair' loop. I am running Windows 7 64bit and did not have any startup / booting issues up until a few days ago.

When I was last using my system it was working perfectly. I left it for an hour or so and when I returned I was bemused to be greeted with a message from Startup Repair saying that it could not fix problems with my computer. Obviously it had crashed in my absence and upon automatically restarting began the startup repair process.

So I restarted it myself, and before having the option to hit F8 and open Advanced Startup Options (such as safe mode, I usually suspect dodgy drivers in such circumstances) I was instead greeted by "Windows is Loading Files ... " followed by Windows immediately attempting a startup repair that it fails. It said it was 'Attempting Repairs' but ultimately was unsuccessful in the end.

So I read up on the following threads here ...

Windows stuck at loading files, can`t run repair
Windows 7 crashes on startup. Can't restore, repair or repair install

... along with some other similar ones and tried the solutions.

I tried using my Windows 7 installation disc to use CMD to run bootrec /FixMBR /FixBoot /FixBCD. When I used /ScanOS it said "0 Windows installation found". After trying this a few times I was eventually presented with the "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is miss... Read more

Answer:Stuck on Startup Repair Loop (Windows is Loading Files ; no safe mode)

The more I think about it, the more I suspect this could be related to a dodgy Windows update having installed itself on my system.

A - when I left the system the system prior to the first crash it was scheduled to install a group of updates, which I suspect it did followed by an automatic restart which led to the Startup Repair loop that I arrived back to.

B - when I shut down the system last night it was installing the latest updates again (after installing a few hundred during the day) to bring it back up to date - and when I restarted the system this morning I was greeted by the Startup Repair loop. I have a feeling that a Windows update released in the last week or so is causing the issue.

Does anyone know how I can go about finding a list of Windows updates and uninstall them via command prompt?

(EDIT: In the meantime I have run sfc /ScanNow twice via command prompt. Both times it reports that it found and fixed issues, but the Startup Repair loop continues upon restart.)

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Hi guys,

I am new to this forum as I came across it while searching for a solution to revive my dead laptop. I hope someone can direct me what to do or even tell me if its become a lost cause!

I am not techy at all so please let me know if I should give you any other info you require to help me find a solution ( and how to get that info as well!) I would like to save all the data within my computer but am happy to let it go if it cant be done. My priority is to get the machine work!

My ACER 5517 stopped working 2 days ago. It would freeze at the welcome screen when I started Windows normally. After few attempts it stopped doing that and gave a black screen. So, I tried rebooting it with F8 and going to safe mode but it fails to do that saying theres some problem. I have tried startup repair which didn't work either. I dont have a repair CD.

I hope you understand what I am trying to say as I am typing this message at work while remembering what the laptop did. I dont have a repair CD but could I buy one if thats the solution?

Thanks very much in advance for your help.


Answer:Acer laptop not working, Cant enter safe mode and Startup Repair fails

From another pc.

Download Ubuntu Live CD ISO image and burn the ISO image to a cd using Imgburn (how to burn an ISO image using Imgburn). With the newly burned cd boot with it then select "Try Ubuntu" not "Install Ubuntu" access the Windows partition or what ever partition or hdd you which to backup files from by going to the panel on top, select "Go" click on "Computer". Select the partition, or Hard drive then directories, and files you wish to back up, Backup the files to DVD, an external hard drive or thumb drive(s).
Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The make and model of your hard drive, Seagate, Maxtor, Drive Fitness which is Hitachi, Or Western Digital. Perform a short and long test. Could also be called "Standard" and "Extended" test or also "Comprehensive" test.

If you can not find the right test for your hard drive your OEM computer may have it's own hard drive diagnostics testing tool. Refer to your OEM computer documentation to find out how to access these test. Also try going to the manufacture of your machine to find documentation about it. Also consider going to the manufacture of your hard drive to look to see if they have hard dri... Read more

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please help i just crashed som1 64 bit lennovo laptop while i opperate a 32 bit pc dont have any windows system with me,it wont start on safe mode,and system repair has failed many times.the laptop was running on low battry and it shut itself,when i tryed to reboot it,it automaticly went to system repair which failed,please help desparate ooh and please use simple english.

Answer:64bit laptop crashed and wont start on safe mode,system repair failed

Perform a startup repair. It finds the problem", click on something like "view disgnostics results". Status 0x0 means success. Give details of the error please.

Startup Repair

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I am running using Dell Inspiron with windows vista. A couple days ago, I got on the computer and then it froze, at fist the program I was using froze, and then I got a circle next to the arrow, but could still move the arrow, then the arrow stops moving. CTL ALT DEL does not work, so i must do a hard reboot, try to boot in safe mode and all the files come up but then it goes no where and the computer either restarts or I reboot it.

I have run all types of tests and nothing comes up. Today I got the blue screen of death twice, but after reboot, it goes away. I do not have a Boot Disk and have tried all the tests in the F8 command. Currently I am running an expanded memory test, but figured I would get this out there before I go insane.

Any ideas would be MUCH appreciated.

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I am using Compaq Pressario P4 PC with ?Windows XP Home edition? Operating System installed on it. The issue that I am facing is as follows:
- One day, audio was not working with PC. My hard disk drive was close to full, so, I thought of uninstalling couple of unnecessary programs. While doing so, I stopped uninstallation in middle by pressing back button, then, uninstallation process hanged. After that I also tried rollback of soundMAX digital audio driver and again I selected back button and this also hanged. Please note that I had inserted the restore CD in upper CD drive to search the audio driver file. Then, I started the computer through hard reset. After that first it went in restore mode, exited that, Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner and nothing would happen after that.
- Then I called one PC technician for data recovery from my hard drive. He took my hardrive out of the PC and connected it via USB adaptor to my laptop. The hard drive could be detected and we started data copying from hard drive to laptop. However after every 3-4 minutes, hard drive used to hang and then we had to take out the hard drive cable, again reconnect. This we repeated multiple times to recover the important data from my hard drive.
- After that, hard drive was re-inserted in the PC. Since, after restart PC was not booting up (Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner ... Read more

Answer:PC doesn't boot in normal mode even after OS reinstallation,though,boots in safe mode

Yes, the hard drive may have become faulty and unreliable and therfore will soon fail completely. For confirmation, test it with the drive maker's diagnostic software for DOS.
The links are here: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools

In Safe Mode, no third-party drivers are loaded. In Normal Mode, all those extra drivers being accessed on an already flakey drive is causing it to crash.

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My laptop does not starts on normal mode it freezes on Booting. But it starts normal on Safe mode. I tried installing new windows 7 also but it freezes on the starting windows screen after installation file copy. I even tried Ubuntu 10.04 , it freezes on installation screen.

I need a solution for this problem

My Notebook details :

Model: Acer extensa 5230E (But in BIOS I can see 5630 - I have no idea about this because I bought this laptop on ebay)
OS : Windows Vista basic (32 bit German)

Answer:Acer extensa 5230e doesnot boots on normal mode but world on safe mode

Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The make and model of your hard drive, Seagate, Maxtor, Drive Fitness which is Hitachi, Or Western Digital. Perform a short and long test. Could also be called "Standard" and "Extended" test or also "Comprehensive" test. The Seagate hard drive test will work on most drives.

Seagate tools will work with some hard drives. If it doesn't with your hard drive try another.

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I booted into safe mode to delete something but my safe mode was black with safe mode writings on every corner I cant access task manager or anything and I cant boot into normal

Answer:Automatically boots me into sage mode (but safe mode is black)

Have you try proper procedure to enter in safe mode try the link below to enter in safe mode you will be able to delete stuff which you want

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windows xp sp3 boots in normal mode ..However when I boot in safe mode I get the blue screen of death.
When i ran the chkdsk /f or chkdsk /r command in normal mode it tells me the volume is in process and prompt me whether i would like to run the chkdsk on next restart. However chkdsk never gets started on next restart.

I ran the chkdsk (read only mode in the normal mode) and it says there are errors at stage 2 and cannot continue.
Before all this happened I was affected by malware/spyware. I ran the antispyware/antimalware and was able get rid of them..

Any help greatly appreciated...

Answer:windows xp sp3 boots in normal mode but not in safe mode

Phase 2: Checking indexes (directories) During this pass, Chkdsk examines each directory that is on the volume, checking for internal consistency and verifying that every file and directory that is represented by a file record segment in the MFT is referenced by at least one directory. Chkdsk confirms that every file or subdirectory that is referenced in a directory actually exists as a valid file record segment in the MFT and also checks for circular directory references. Finally, Chkdsk confirms that the time stamps and file size information for the files are up-to-date in the directory listings for those files. Just a guess...but the fact that chkdsk cannot run could mean MFT problems. data under Repair NTFS MFT at've had one bad MFT experience, I just did a clean install after deleting the partition. Some things cannot be repaired.Maybe others have better ideas...Louis

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The only changes I have made recently was installing some adobe products, I am currently unable to uninstall them completely. When attempting to boot normally the login screen appears and then the screen just goes black after a while to a flash of the blue screen and then restarts automatically. Any recommendations as to what I can do to work through this.

Answer:Vista boots up in safe mode but not in normal mode


The eventviwer (goto start then type eventvwr) system option would be giving a reason for the problem.
Most probably a driver update like display would be the problem.
Please do not try to delete any driver yourself as it may stop you from using the computer totally

you can go and try a system restore by restoring it to the date where you last remember all as working
System restore is accessible by clicking start and typing system restore.
There is no risk of loss of data when you run system restore(but avoid using a very old date as that will kill any new softwares installed)

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Hi Guys

I have a strange problem with my computer, I installed some updates and also Eset smart security 5 the other night and Eset had some problems with the install. When i tried to go into safe mode to uninstall eset it would not let me and keeps rebooting.

In an effort to try to get safe mode to work i went into msconfig and set it too boot in safe mode, this was a bad idea and turned the boot into a repeating loop and would not run. I then tried sys restore, sys repair then tried boot to last know working config and it worked, so i uninstalled Eset then went back to normal boot.

Eset installed fine and my computer seems to be running ok, maybe a little slow, but it still won't start up in safe mode if i try.

Could someone provide some advice ? I also ran chkdsk/r and it did not make any difference.

I have also been getting a flew blue-screens, seems to be when using Firefox

Dell laptop
i7 quad core
win 7 64bit

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Strange one Boots in normal mode but not safe mode ?

Hi my friend , you can uninstall norton using this tool

eset page is down , even you must delete some folders , go to

C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus

in case some files is denied to delete you have to use this tool

detracting all the files about eset , after that you are able to have a clean installation :wave

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I am running a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP Home SP2. Was working flawlessly until this a.m. when it would not reload icons after I tried to get back on from log-in screen. Shut it down and then found it would hang when trying to load windows on reboot. I get a black screen with only a mouse cursor visible when log-in screen should be coming up. No BSOD's or error messages seen. Boots fine in Safe mode, however. I have tried two systems restores and two "return to last working configuration to no avail. Scanned with McAfee Antivirus and Counterspy V2 antispyware - nothing bad detected. Very frustrating.

Answer:[SOLVED] XP boots in Safe Mode but not Normal Mode

in safe mode go into msconfig/startup
unticl all the boxes not m/soft related and see if it then boots normally
check the device manager for any yellow alongside of anything

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Hi all,

Windows 7 x64 does not boot into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with command prompt. Normal mode boots perfectly. Are there any suggestions on how to resolve this? I've tried startup repair and attempted fix boot, etc. No affect. The unit is free of infection. I also tried using SFC, but it said everything was fine. Any suggestions? Thanks


Answer:Windows 7 only boots in normal mode, not safe mode

Download SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users: has a built in "Repairs" feature to fix policy restrictions and certain Windows settings which are sometimes targeted by malware infection. To use this feature, launch SUPERAntiSypware. Click the Preferences button. Click the Repairs tab. Click on (highlight) "Repair broken SafeBoot key" and then click the Repair button. You may be asked to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.If you upgraded Superantispyware to version 5.0, the instructions are a little different.From the Main Menu, click the Repairs button at the bottom.Scroll through the Repairs list and click on (highlight) Repair broken SafeBoot keyThen click the Repair Selected Item button.You may be asked to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

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I am having Dell workstation with PIV 3.2 GHz,1024 RAM 80 GB SATA HDD with Win XP Prof on it. When I boot the system, it function smoothly upto Windows logo after that only blank screen will appear and keyboard hangs.

When I started in safemode it works fine. I THOUGHT that it may be problem with AGP drivers and removed drivers from safe mode but still problem continues. Also I cleaned RAM slots & AGP card, but there is no use.

PLease help me to resolve this problem

Answer:XP boots in safe mode but not in normal mode

Warm welcome from TSF vnagendraprasad!!!

Well, definately sounds like a driver issue to me :P

boot into safe mode, and when it asks you for the option to do a system restore, click NO (clicking the no key brings you to system restore). do a system restore and try to revert back to before the problem started.


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good day folks..I'm having a little issue I can't seem to solve..would greatly appreciate any assistance  This is a pc I had built for my in-laws, here is my specs:Soltek SL-865Pro2-FGR moboMSI NX6600GT-VTD128 video cardKingston Value RAM - KVR400X64C3AK2/1G : 1GB PC3200 CL3INTEL P4 3.2GHZSeagate 200GB SATA hard drive500W power supply.Windows XP Sp2my issue is that when I boot up the pc it starts to load up Windows the pc just restarts.Tried it in safe mode and it works though.The reason why I ended up in this scenario was because I cleaned up some trojans and viruses. I cleaned up the bulk of it by taking the hard drive and plugging it into another pc because the origianl pc was really crawling. I put it back into the origianl pc and ran in safe mode to clean up anything left behind in the OS. I can't remember starting it up in normal mode at this time though.The next thing I did was removed the RAM out of the pc to stick into the next pc to see how much difference to my DSL speed it would make. I then put slower memory in my father-in-laws pc cause he doesn't use it anymore. This memory was Kingston KHX3200AK2/512 - 512MB PC3200 CL2.I then booted it up as normal, then when Windows was almost finished loading, the blue screen flashed up and it restarted. I tried to take a picture of the blue scree but was unsuccessful. In the meantime I had put back the original RAm and also tried a different hard drive. With the different hard drive, at least it got as far as asking fo... Read more

Answer:Win XP boots in safe mode but not in normal mode

I also tried all 4 memmory slots one at a time and still didn't work.I know I need the blue screen info, so is there any recommended way of getting it like from a log inside safe mode or something?

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hp media center pc 7557c.will boot into windows XP safe mode, but normal boot freezes and briefly displays blue screen.BIOS screens are scrambled - 1 shows as 5, for example. Some characters display OK, others do not.

Answer:boots in safe mode, not in normal mode

why not uncheck automatically restart and then post the error that comes up?Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Hi Good day
I was able to boot in safe mode but when a boot my laptop normally it hangs up after the welcome logo appear..
it hangs in a black screen view with my cursor visible...
thank you in advance.......

Answer:Boots in Safe Mode - but not normal mode! Please help

Operating system? What was the last thing you were able to do in normal operation? Do you have the installation disks?
Keep us posted

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Hi Good day
I was able to boot in safe mode but when a boot my laptop normally it hangs up after the welcome logo appear..
it hangs in a black screen view with my cursor visible...
thank you in advance.......
I did some malware cleaning from the last week of July and then this symptoms happened...
as I suspected it happens from the start up app base to my own understanding on how it works fine when I disable some start up files
FWIW:  Link to prior Win 7 topic, - Hamluis.

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This is my first time being on these forums. If this is the wrong place to post about this, I apologize in advance.
Background on how this all started
I have a hp pavilion dm4 laptop with windows 7 home premium OS. This laptop is about a year and 2 months old. Warranty has expired. 2 months ago, my laptop started making this loud fan noise. I checked the CPU's temperature through software and it was at 78 F (which i thought was normla). I decided to sit my laptop higher by stacking books underneath it. I dropped the laptop on accident because I was sweaty and nervous. The fan noise stopped. That caught my attention. Every time the fan became loud, my FPS for the games I was playing lowered. That made me mad and frustrated. I remembered once the laptop was tapped a little, the fan would stop and my performance would go back to normal. The tap eventually progressed into a light smack then to a hard smack. I smacked my laptop everytime this happened because of frustration (Im 15 and i do dumb things a lot). Last week, the fan just continued and would never stop. I didnt stop smacking it either.
So today, I tried to smack the laptop as little as i could and then my laptop froze. It stayed frozen for about 1 minute. Then I restarted my laptop. When it was rebooting, I saw a screen I have never encountered before; "Windows is Loading Files Screen". I waited patiently and the fan of my laptop continued to be loud. Then, for about a second and ... Read more

Answer:Startup repair after "Windows is Loading Files".Cant start safe mode

Welcome to the Forum.
It sound like the first problem is overheating. This can cause many more problems all by itself.
If it was my laptop I would take it apart and clean completely. I would also check the operation of the fan. (If in doubt replace the fan).
If you don't feel comfortable taking the laptop apart and cleaning I would take it to a shop.
You must not use the laptop until the cooling problem is solved.

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I installed Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 the other day, and ever since my computer wont boot into Windows. It boots into a black screen and asks wheather I want to repair windows, or start it normaly. When you pres start normaly it displays a blue screen and reboots. When you press repair it loads the repair wizard. Although this just tells me that I have a registry problem, which I know is not good.

I cannot sysrem restore as I do not have and restore points. I have installed a clean copy of windows vista on a separate partition for now, but I am unable to sort out the problem from here as I cannot repair the registry of the other install, or remove the program that caused the problem.

The laptop is a Toshiba Satallite L300.

I know a fair bit about computers but I'm at a total dead end with this. Only thing I can think of doing is transfering all of the files from the old windows to the new one, or back it all up, and just format over the whole partition, and use the recently installed windows.

Don't really know what my next move is with this to fix the registry. Any help is extreamly appreciated!

Thanks, Joe.

Answer:Windows boots into repair mode

Can you boot into Safe Mode? Tap F8 as the computer boots and select 'Start in Safe Mode' not 'Start in Safe Mode with Networking'.
Then uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and use the Kaspersky removal tool as well to make sure that any registry entries are also gone.
Then reboot and install MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials)

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Windows failed to start, startup repair cannot repair this computer, safe mode cannot load, chkdsk freezes, sfc scan cannot perform the requested operation

Hi, I cannot start my Windows 7 at all. With power on, the system tries to load up but: ' windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause'. Trying to open safe mode or last good configuration doesn't work, it goes automatically to startup repair but after about an hour trying it says ' Windows 7 Startup Repair Cannot Repair This Computer ' (tried a few times). After another reboot with a windows 7 repair disk in the drive I managed to open the recovery manager from the DVD instead of the HDD and tried all the options - system recovery does not work, i have no previous images of the system, I ran a scan on the memory - it was all clear but still windows not starting. Then I did CHKDSK and it froze at 11% on stage 4 of 5, that happened a couple of times so I decided to run an sfc scannow but another error: 'Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation'. So I'm totally stuck and don't know where to go next, I've got no windows installation disk, only repair disk. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Answer:Windows failed to start, startup repair cannot repair this computer, safe mode cannot

Hi and welcome to TSF what is the make and model of the computer,is just a repair disc or is it a recovery disc does your machine have a recovery partition,have you tried removing and reseating the ram or running any diagnostic test like memtest 86 + or seatools for dos

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My problem started last night as I was trying to boot in safe mode with networking to install and update malwarebytes to get rid of a spyware problem. I was unable to start my computer with safemode using f8, so I used the misconfig boot.ini method and selected safeboot with networking. Then I was able to get to the boot sequence menu, but whichever option I picked (safe mode, normal, last working configuration, etc), the computer just restarts.

Then I tried to repair windows with the xp cd and it completed at 100% and needed to "restart to finish the setup process." However, right now whenever it restarts, it will automatically go into safe mode, and I would get an alert saying "'win xp setup cannot run under safemode. Setup will restart now." I have tried pressing okay, x-ing it out and a manual shutdown. But whatever I do, the same cycle will happen over and over again .

I later found out about the f5 key and tried using that to boot normally, but it still goes into safe mode. My question is.. is there a way to override the msconfig settings so that my computer can boot normally and finish the setup process, OR to get the setup NOT to finish so that I can change the msconfig settings back to original.

I would really like to backup my files before doing a reformat. Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance

Answer:Cannot access windows after win repair -- safe mode & repair setup conflicts

First of all you could use any Linux Live-cd program to make a bootable cd from a downloaded iso file and then boot to Linux and then copy and paste whatever files you need to a usb flash drive or external hard drive.
What I would suggest first though is boot to first "r" for Recovery Console and run "chkdsk /r" to repair the hard drive.

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Windows XP SP3 logon clicked on user name then a system error Isasse,exe not correct format did not have a initial MZ system then crashed and automatic reboot showing a BSOD STOP:C000021a (Fatal System Error) begin dump of memory . The windows subsystem processes has been terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x0000005 (0x77f5178d) showing file corruptions before the windows logon screen and correction were made. Windows user logon screen showed clicked on user name Robert (Computer administrator) to login and computer started to repeatedly reboot after clicking on user name at windows logon screen. I changed the boot drive from Hard Disk to Windows XP CD installation disk to do a Windows XP repair install. During repair install was not prompted for a new user name and repair install went into loading windows successfully. Clicked on user name and computer started to repeatedly reboot. Logon in safe mode clicked on user error message: Windows cannot load the user profile, but has logged you on with the default profile for the system . The system has attempted to load or restore a file into the registry, the specified file is not in a registry file format.

Answer:How to repair a failed repair install logon in safe mode

Just to clarify current status: can you logon at all - safe-mode at least? Or is the system simply into boot-loop?

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Hi I need some help to fix my Sons computer It's 3 years old:
Acer Aspire - M5640 Standard
Intel Core™ 2 Quad  CPU - Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
Ram 3.00 GB
Sys Type 32-bit Op Sys

--> Running Windows  Vista Home Premium > co PA 201. 101

I have started it in "Safe Mode" (and it is in that state now) and ran "Kaspersky Quick scan" NO threats were found?

Before starting in "Safe Mode" I started it (5) times with the "Windows has encountered.... ETC" Blue start-up page with White Writing" and then ran the Start up Repair Page' and this is the result. See Attachment(01)... your site won't let me add the 2 attachment? Error You are not permitted to upload this kind of File??
So I have to Paste it!

Windows cannot repair this computer automatically
Problem Signature
Problem event Name StartUp RepairV2
Program Signature 01 Auto Fallover
02 6.06000.16386.6.0.6001.18000
03====/ 6
04 ====/ 327685
05 ====/ Bad Driver
06 ====/ Bad driver
07 ======/ 0
08 =======/ 1
09 ----- system restore
10 ========== / 6.0.60000.2.0.02561
Diagnosis and Repair Details
Every Test Performed in the Start Up Repair Log was Completed successfully = Error code = 0x0
Root Cause Found
A recent Driver installation or upgrade may be preventing the system from starting

And when it had had enough of that" this was the Log of all that the i... Read more

Answer:computer only starts in Safe Mode Cannot repair in Startup Repair

1) Download BlueScreenView:
unzip downloaded file and double click on BlueScreenView.exe to run the program.
when scanning is done, go to EDIT - Select All
Go to FILE - SAVE Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all of the content, and paste it into your next reply

2) You said you ran a Kaspersky "quick scan". Please run FULL system scans with BOTH Kaspersky and with MalwareBytes

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Hi I'm new here.
I have problem whit my pc... When I want to start it normally it's shuts down, but I can start it in safe mode?

windows xp prof sp3
AMD athlon 64 dual-core 4000+
ecs mcp61sm-gm mainboard
2gb ram
Please help me

Answer:Pc boots only in safe mode

Have you installed any new programs or hardware recently just before this happened?

Do you run a firewall and anti-virus?

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Hi Tec guy i have a MEDION XL PC
P4 CPU 3.00 GHZ


Answer:only boots in safe mode

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Hi all,

New to this site, but found at least one fix for the above problem. My computer was able to start in safe mode but not in regular Windows mode. I would see the Windows XP splash screen but as soon as it was suppose to load the desktop, the monitor would shut off as if it wasn't recognized. Here's what I did to solve it....

--I booted up into Safe Mode (F8 during startup)
--Once in safe mode, I went to the Device Manager (Control Panel, System, Hardware Tab, Device Manager Button)
--Click on Display Adapter
--Right click on the Display Adapter(s) listed and select Uninstall (I would suggest having your original Driver CD as a backup in case Windows cannot automatically reinstall the drivers...if you don't have a driver CD, I would suggest downloading the Drivers from another computer and creating a CD--again, just in case Windows can't reinstall the drivers)
--Once you click to uninstall, close the window and restart the computer
--The cpu should boot back into regular Windows and reinstall the Display Adapters automatically. If it prompts you for your CD, insert it and load the drivers from there.
--Once it is loaded correctly, restart the computer to see if it fixed the problem permanently.

I have a newer LCD monitor on an older XP Home computer and this fixed the problem for me. Good luck and hope this helped.

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So last night my computer froze, not BSOD, just froze. I had to manually restart as I couldn't open the task manager or anything. When I did that it would get to the Windows splash screen and then the monitor would lose a signal and I'm assuming it froze again.
I was able to start in Safe Mode no problem, (although I'm having trouble getting things done due to an error about a Base Administrator Account). I did a system restore, which allowed me to log back in regularly for about a minute until the problem re-occured.
At this point all I can get is safe-mode. Any ideas?

Answer:PC only boots in safe mode.

Uninstall and reinstall the graphics driver and retry.
if its ok in safe mode then its likely a driver causing the problem.

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I bought my dell xps 8900 about a month ago and the pc will only boot into safe mode. I do not know what to do, could anyone help?

Answer:Only boots into safe mode

Version of Windows?

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I just recently had to do a full restore due to a virus infection. After finally recovering files, docs, etc., I downloaded SP2 (I HATE SP3 - it has never failed to crash my system), and installed it. Now, Windows refuses to run normally - only in safe mode.

Answer:XP boots ONLY in safe mode

1) EXACTLY how did you do a full restore?
2) You absolutely should ALWAYS have the most recent service pack installed.

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Several months ago the computerstarted randomly turning off. At first only about once a week but then started shutting down in shorter and shorter times. Now it shuts down at the welcome screen in normal start up. It will only start in safe or safe with networking. I was told to download and run a utility called "combofix" which I did. This site was listed as where to post the log once it finished. The operating system is windows xp home-sp3. Below is the combofix log:

ComboFix 12-01-16.05 - Administrator 01/17/2012 0:19.1.2 - x86 NETWORK
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3071.2684 [GMT -8:00]
Running from: c:\documents and settings\Administrator\Desktop\ComboFix.exe
Command switches used :: c:\documents and settings\Administrator\Desktop\WindowsXP-KB310994-SP2-Home-BootDisk-ENU.exe
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {BCF43643-A118-4432-AEDE-D861FCBCFCDF}
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
c:\documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\TEMP
c:\program files\FunWebProducts
c:\program files\FunWebProducts\Installr\1.bin\F3EZSETP.DLL
c:\program files\FunWebProducts\Installr\1.bin\F3PLUGIN.DLL
c:\program files\FunWebProducts\Installr\1.bin\NPFUNWEB.DLL
c:\windows\system32\freecell.exe . . . is infected!!
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Answer:only boots in safe mode

hi, I'm afraid only the people on the malware section of this site can help with combofix, so you may prefer to start a post there with a link to this one if you think there is evidence of malware. Was it someone on this site who recommended using combofix?
There are various reasons why a pc will only start in safe mode, have you looked in event viewer (system) to see if there are any errors noted?

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Bought a 45g IDE drive. FDISK'd, Formated, and SYS's it, then ran in my backup tape, setting it up as a new C drive. Win 98 SE. Hangs during boot, but on re-boot, goes into Safe mode and works okay. Am I on the right track to think the problem is with a hardware device? Why would a device work on the old drive, but not on the new one? Old one is 2g, fat16. New, fat32. Tracking the bootlog, it hangs right after calling vmtd.vxd, which is a program for a parallel port camera attached. Don't understand why it all works on one drive, but not on the new one. Any ideas welcome. Thanks.

Answer:New HD only boots in Safe Mode

will it boot all the way up if you disconnect the camera? it's PnP, right?

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sorry if i am a bit vague but my sons machine has the above prob, he wasn't too descriptive as he is not very pc ofay, his problem is he turned his pc on yesterday and he got an error saying something like windows did not complete last task (or similar) and offers start options for 20 secs and then goes into safe mode, tried de frag, says no errors, tried from command to run scanreg /restore says it cant do it and go into dos, tried chdisk same message, any ideas from that which i have been able to glean please?johnny.

Answer:win 98 boots only into safe mode

Print this of and follow it.First, boot your PC from your emergency boot disk, then enter the following commands, That means each line of text,it must be exact or it will not work following each with [Enter Key]:C:CD \Windowsattrib -r -h -s system.dat attrib -r -h -s system.da0 ren system.dat system.bad ren system.da0 system.dat attrib -r-h -s user.dat attrib -r -h -s user.da0 ren user.dat user.bad ren user.da0 user.datThis will restore your Registry settings to those used the last time that Windows successfully loaded.

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EMachine T5212, Win XP SP3, pc tools firewall plus. Has decided since about 3 weeks ago, that it will only boot in safe mode. Can't figure out why it hands on "my personal settings".

Since I hadn't cleaned it in a while and it was getting real slow before this started, I have been working on the Malware Removel steps first.

Attached are the logs that have been generated - at least part of them. Rest will come in second post.

Answer:Only boots in safe mode

here's the other log.

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My computer was running very slow and after calling the tech guys at the manufacturer, I was advised to use the Cisnet's System recovery solution and do a destructive recovery which does a quick reformat of the hard drive but recreates the original production configurations.
I did that and the process went ok till I got to the final reboot and then the system hung on the between the Windows XP screen and the log on screen - all I had was a black screen.

I rebooted in safe mode and got it to boot up and tried to get it running in normal mode but could not. Got an error message that said that the system config file was corrupted.

The computer will boot in safemode but not in normal mode. I don't have the windows Xp installation cd

What can I do?

Answer:only boots in safe mode

Sounds like you need a new hard drive....reformatting did not fix the system32 config error.

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First off, I have no idea how this happened. My computer does auto updates, so it's hard telling if it updated or not.I got to my PC this morning and the monitor wouldn't come on (no video output). I rebooted, and after the Windows XP splash load screen finished it started loading the screen that you select the user on. It got about 2 frames in...I saw a mouse and a light blue screen...then it started flickering like crazy. The flickering got faster and faster until I finally rebooted again and tried to revert settings to last known good configuration. I was able to get a little farther on the login screen. Except this time it was very distorted and corrupt. Weird lines, circles, random colors and squares everywhere. One time I got a BSoD, but it was unreadable (distortion).It boots to safe mode, and VGA mode. I updated my graphics card (NVIDIA Geforce 8500 GT 512mb). No change.When in VGA mode, I've tried changing the "Colors" from 8 bit to 32 bit, and also tried changing the resolution...when doing either of those, the PC freezes and I get distortion and corrupt video again.I'm completely stuck. Can anyone help me?

Answer:Only boots to safe and VGA mode -

with the power disconnected from the system and yourself grounded to the system pull and reseat your video card. if it continues I would suspect a faulty video card.

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I am using Windows XP home edition on a Dell Dimension 1100. When booting up in the normal mode, the Dell logo comes on, the scren goes black, then the MS windows logo. This happens repeatedly. While this is occurring there is a clicking noise. When the screen is black, there is a brief strek of a thin whitish line and a brief appearance of a cursor in the lower left. The PC boots up fine in the safe mood.
Grateful for any help.

Answer:Pc Only Boots Up In Safe Mode

Hello vawn,

Do you have the windows XP CDs that came with the system?

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XP Pro, version 2002 SP3 Pentium D 3.2GHz, 2GB RAM

stops to black screen before logo or choices. This is my grandson's computer that is remarkably free of programs other than the game, Diablo, that he has used the machine for over several years.
I have:
tried last known good configurationmsconfig, disabled everything but MS
removed AVG free with remover tool
installed and run ComboFix
installed and run Malwarebytes (several files cleaned)
disabled all sound, video and game controllers
run chkdsk /f
restored to a point 6 months ago
removed dual monitor video card, using on-board video, there are no other cards
both sides off case, no heat build-up
fix mbrand as long as I fought this, I must have tried other stuff. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

Answer:XP only Boots Safe Mode

if you could where exactly does it stop? You mean directly after the POST or somewhere later, then reboots and goes to the boot menu? At which stage exactly it drops the loading of the system? Does the pc freeze or boots up again after getting to the stop point?

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os is xp pro-2 ,always boots  in safe mode why?wht's the pro?when it boot in safe mode, ask trun on the system restore,but system restore option i'nt in my computer properties... how to trun on this option......

Answer:always boots into safe mode..

Welcome to the CH forums.Please do not double post for the same problem.System Restore is available in System Properties (Win logo key+Break)If you want help to stop your pc booting into Safe Mode please post the exact message displayed, what occurred before this started (did you install new hardware/software?).

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Hey Guys,
I'm a newb here so dont bash me too hard haha
ok my problem is that i cant get WinXP to boot in normal everyday run of the mill windows.... it'll start in safe mode/s.m. with networking/etc etc...
When it goes to start it'll get to a point and then "blue screen of death" will appear for a split second then it'll reboot...i had this problem previously and fixed it(virus!)... but i have run everything i can think of Norton/Ad-Aware/etc etc and everything comes up clean...
I've checked a few things out from reading other posts (i.e. msconfig stuff) but nothing seems to work! Any help would be GREAT!!

Comp Specs(yes its an old turd! LOL):
Dell Dimension 4100 Series
Pent 3/1.10Ghz
128Mb Ram
Dual 40 Gig HD's (Seagate/Western Digital)
Geforce2 MX400
With DSL Internet

Answer:XP boots only in safe mode

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Hi, i recently bought a system second hand, which worked ok for a while. About a month ago, it started having problems if I had a couple of things open (e.g. Firefox, notepad and My Documents) I would start 'remembering' whatever was open even if I closed it , it would still show on the screen even if the file or aplication was closed. When that happens windows explorer disappears.
A few days ago, my system would only boot into safe mode, however once it was up and running if I restarted it, it would boot normally. Now this happens every day - it's will boot normally after a boot into safe mode. I have tried restoring to a previous state but no luck.
I have Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware and the systems clean and I run my browser Sandboxed with Sandboxie.

Anyone have any ideas?


Sorry, no error messages received>

System Information:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer: ECS
System Model: K7S5A
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1295 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T, 02/04/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Memory: 384 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Windows Directory: C:\WINDOWS
System Directory: C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer; Version = "5.1.2600.2180

Answer:Boots in Safe Mode then OK

Error messages?

System manufacturer and model?


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Hi all,
As the headline goes, I went and got a new PSU, an Antec truepower 2.0 550W. I put it in the box and now my pc refuses to start up in anything but safe mode.

In normal mode it gets to the "Windows XP" loading screen then the screen goes black and the monitor switches off, whether it actually loads up behind the blank screen I'm not sure, the number lock light's up, but pressing ctrl+alt+delete numerous times didn't shut it down so I'm guessing not.

Prior to this I've had no similar problems with this mobo till now (k7n2 delta 2 FSR), but a not dissimilar one with my old board because of a mismatch between the frquency of the CPU (Athlon xp 1800+, 266mhz) and the RAM (generic 2*256Mb, 333mhz), but I can't see how a new PSU would cause this! I also can't seem to manually set the RAM speed to 266 so I'm relying on SPD.

The only other thing of course is the graphics card Geforce 5200FX), but I then wouldn't expect the safe mode to work? The mobo is set to use the AGP slot so I can't think of anything else to do with it, unfortunately I haven't got a spare PCI card to test.

I have tried resettling the graphics card and the RAM as well as resetting the bios to no avail.I've also tried each individual RAM stick on it's own.

I am getting an Athlon xp 3200+ and new 400mhz RAM for xmas , which might fix the problem, but if it doesn't I might just cry so any ideas?

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Answer:New PSU, now only boots in safe mode?

Welcome to the forum olly Dont cry m8

I know how much it sucks when you cant work out whats wrong with your computer,even if we dont fix it we can pretend we are

lets you forget the fact you just installed a psu 'thats a mighty beefy psu for your system BTW' and attack symptom you have which seems like your video driver or similar has become corrupt-somehow!!

Go into safe mode go to add\remove programs and uninstall nvidia drivers,restart your computer,dont try and load into windows yet just keep going into safe mode using f8,download this program

Intall the program while in safe mode and run it you dont need to restart,select nvidia graphics drivers and clean then restart your computer,after the restart download and install this driver

after the restart let windows load normally ie dont press f8

see how you go on

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When I tried to boot my PC today it wouldn't get past the start up screen. It loads for about 30 seconds as it normaly does, but then the hdd light stays on. The hdd light was solid for about 10 minutes when I decided that it is not going to get any further and rebooted the computer. I tried booting into safe mode with networking which didn't work so I rebooted again. This time I tried safe mode without networking which worked perfectly. Because it worked in safe mode and not with networking makes me think there is something wrong with a networking driver. In safe mode I went to msconfig and checked /BOOTLOG and /SOS. I also looked at event log, but it only listed stuff from my safe mode boot. It did have many errors though. I will post them if you would like to see it. After this I rebooted AGAIN and this time I went to normal mode. Actually this time everything seemed to work until I got to the desktop. The mouse cursor stayed a hourglass and the hdd light was solid so I eventually turned it off.It has been working fine for about a year and didn't install any new hardware.Specs:Windows XP Pro 64-bit EditionAMD Athlon duel core 3.2GHz8GB of RAM2 SATA hard drives

Answer:Only boots in safe mode HELP!

I'd start with opening the case, cleaning everything with compressed air, reseat RAM, and all cards.I'd also try to start with 1 RAM stick at a time.

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My wife has a desktop with a lot of programs on it. She has numerous quilting and sewing designs and also internet games. The Pc operates on WinXP. The problem arises when she needs to reboot. The PC usually reboots in "safe mode" and then requires a number of attempts to restore it by going back to earlier dates until it is successful. When successful is shows that it has renamed a number of files. She also runs BounceBack system backups but we have never used it as "restore" eventully is successful. The tech at my computer store suggests re installing Win XP but that is not a preferable solution at this time. I have thougt of installing Registry Mechanic and running it but do not know if that is wise. I am willing to take the unit in for repair, other than re installing XP and do not know where to take it or whom to trust. Any suggestions appreciated. I live in Orange County, California and will supply additional info as reqluested.

Answer:boots up in safe mode

Hi there and welcome to TSF.
The first thing you could try is making sure all your core files are intact and in the right place. Provided you have an SP2 disc, follow these steps (coutesy of Chauffeur2). If you don't have an SP2 disc you can find the instructions here.

Insert the Windows? XP CD in your drive. (Hold down the Shift Key to prevent it from starting.)

Go Start > Run the box type in sfc /scannow ?please take note of the space between the sfc and the /.

This is the System File will scan all the Windows? core system files to ensure that they are in their respective correct places, and if not replace them from the CD.

During the scan you may be asked to Insert the CD, if this happens just go retry and let it do its thing.

One important point: While sfc is running, it is not advisable to do any other work, or have any browsers/programs running on the computer, until the scan is complete. (This process will generally take around 45-65 minutes to complete).

Once finished, remove the CD and reboot your machine...all should be "Normal" (hopefully).

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Hi all, had a phone call from Brother-in-law' last night whilst he was at work. One of his colleagues, using Windows XP has the following problem:The Pc was last used by his eight year old granddaughter.Now every time he boots the PC up, it starts in Safe Mode. He has gone to 'Last Good Configuration' but when he clicks on it he is not given any dates to choose from.He says he has looked on Microsoft website but did not know exactly what he was looking for. I know the information is a bit sparse but at the moment it is all I have to go on.Many thanks for your help,Mike

Answer:PC boots up in Safe Mode only... help please..than

Try a System Restore in Safe mode, back to before little fingers became involved!!

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I just used Norton Ghost to recover from the following:1) On boot up Window only got to the black Window splash screen (blue bars..) and froze!2) Used safe mode for a (successful) system restore but only in safe mode.3) In normal mode it was the same as in 1)4) Used Norton Ghost 5) on boot up I got ..."C drive integrity check..."the blue check disc screen (ChkDSK ran and it was to quick to see if errors were reported)6) Normal Win boot up and all is well!!I'm now slightly worried. The Comp is 5 moth old. Q: Does the above point towards HDD failure?(My Intel Hardware monitor gives the all clear to the HDD)What could have caused the above?What would you do next to dismiss/verify the above?Thanks

Answer:XP boots only into safe mode!

to quick = too quick

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My computer only starts up in safe mode. how can i find out what the problem is?

Answer:only boots up in safe mode

Event logs may help but Vista and Windows 7 put a lot of info there. It is sometimes hard to find. One can also boot to a Vista DVD and use it's repair tools in an attempt to fix or use restore point to a time when it worked. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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I just moved my computer to a new apartment and now it won't boot normally. Only boots in safe mode. When I boot in normal mode the system gets to the point where it normally goes to "Select User" but instead the screen goes blank for about 5 seconds and then my monitor turns off to power save mode. The hard drives continues to spin for about 30 seconds but nothing happens.

Here's what I've done to try fix:

Ran MSconfig and turned off all services, and all startup items.... Still freeze during boot.

Ran MSconfig again and turned everything off, booting in "diagnostic mode" with no services, no startup, no nothing.... still freezes during boot.

Ran Spybot search&destroy in safe mode. Found a couple of spyware, removed them... still freezes in startup.

Ran chkdsk from command prompt. No problems found.

Booted to Linux on second hard drive.. no problem.
The computer was working normal at the old apartment. No new devices, no new drivers, nothing different except the machine has been moved.

My next step is to copy everything important to a second hard drive and re-install XP. Unless someone out there knows a solution.



Answer:XP only boots in safe mode

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My laptop (XP pro) will only boot into safe mode. No matter what restore point I choose, as far back as three weeks ago, when I know it was booting correctly, it will not boot normally.

I suspected a particular software of causing the problem, but even when I have uninstalled it, I cannot start windows normally.

How can I fix windows so it boots?

Answer:boots to safe mode only

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windows xp will not format c: very slow 3 hours 1% completed.
windows xp loaded but need cd to boot.
cannot boot in safe mode.
downloaded avast antivirus update disabled.
tried repair from windows xp no directories in c:, but c:\windows has directories, when I get to this point windows loads again.
this is a gateway md-stm200 LAPTOP.
I think it is a win32 virus not sure, I did a disk defrag and that is when it went all bad. here is my log

Logfile of random's system information tool 1.04 (written by random/random)
Run by Saint & Trish at 2008-10-14 11:34:08
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
System drive C: has 55 GB (97%) free of 57 GB
Total RAM: 375 MB (53% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:34:14 AM, on 10/14/2008
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\ErrorSmart\ErrorSmart.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Saint & Trish\Desktop\RSIT.exe
C:\Program Files\trend micro\Saint & Trish.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = htt... Read more

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I have recently been trying to fix a pc that hasnt been used in a few years. We built it in 2003; AMD Athlon, 1.14 GHz, 2.5 gb RAM, Windows XP Pro v. 2002, service pack 3 v. 5755.

When I tried to turn it on It would power up, but the monitor would stay blank, this was fixed by rearranging the memory sticks and now it will boot up in safe mode, but if I try to boot it normally it gets stuck on the blue 'windows loading' screen indefinitely.

Any solutions?
(I have not hooked the above system up to the internet and do not intend to until I get a virus software installed)

Answer:pc only boots in safe mode

Select Safe Mode with Networking. Download Malwarebytes install update and perform a full scan.

Also in safe mode go to control Panel administrative tools "Event Viewer" look through the System Error logs look for any errors also in Application logs.

Post logs.

If you have a Windows Xp disk in safe mode put the disk in. In run type in.

let it run.

When done reboot. Report back if or if not this has helped.

Good luck.

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I am using windows 7 home premium. Since last day my PC is boots directly into safe mode only. I can switch to other mode by pressing F9. when I try to boot my OS normally, just after windows logo it goes into hibernate mode without any warning, and does not come back, I have no other option than restart the system. So yesterday I restore my system to last restore point and system was running fine, but today when I try to boot in windows it boots into safe mode only.

Answer:PC boots in safe mode only

Have you made any hardware changes lately or installed any software recently?

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ok so im back once again from the dreaded phone. ok so i have this laptop a KDS Valiant 6380iTPD. it will run windows 2k with no problem, but will only boot xp in safe mode. (after fresh install and after the final reboot right before you have to configure your users and network settings) it frezes on a blank screen. i would continue using 2k if i could find a video driver that is compatable with 2k without having to update my mobo bios. (floppy is dead). is there a way to get xp to boot without having to configure the users and network settings. if not then could someone assist me in finding a way to use the xp driver to work on 2k. yea linux would be great, if the top had a working ethernet port, and linux doesnt work to well with the wireless card that i own. i will be using this top as a way to recieve streamed music and video to watch in my family room. any help would be greatly appreciated

please contact me on yahoo messenger at jsadler0486, or aim xXxJoeSadlerxXx

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I am new to all of this and am trying to learn on the run. Probably am making a mistake or two here or there. But that sounds like how our lives get run anyhow (S O H K. . . !!!!)(SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS) I have tried all the system restore points. Reg scans virus scans spyware scans I can think of and still cant get any joy. I am including a Combo fix scan and a Dave Deckard's scan text for any kind BRAIN SURGEONS out there that might have a blue clue as to whats cooking. ALL HELP GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED.MUCH THANKS. Ab YonksDeckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by DAVE on 2008-02-17 15:23:23Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --9: 2008-02-17 13:23:28 UTC - RP30 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point8: 2008-02-17 12:08:25 UTC - RP29 - Made by Registry Mechanic 7: 2008-02-17 12:01:30 UTC - RP28 - Uniblue RegistryBooster6: 2008-02-17 11:35:55 UTC - RP27 - Made by Registry Mechanic 5: 2008-02-17 11:28:59 UTC - RP26 - Removed ErrorSmart-- First Restore Point -- 1: 2008-02-17 10:55:27 UTC - RP22 - Installed RegCleanBacked up registry hives.Performed disk cleanup.-- HijackThis (run as DAVE.exe) ---------------------------------------------... Read more

Answer:Cannot Boot Normally Into Boots In Safe Mode

If the system boots in Safe Mode...but won't boot in normal mode...then it seems safe to say that something that loads in normal mode (such as a driver) but does not load in Safe Mode (such as a driver) is borking your boot.Which driver...that's a hard one.Related post, IMO:

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I have absolutely no idea why my computer is doing this, can you please help?

Here's a HJT log.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:00:19 AM, on 7/29/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

O2 - BHO: bho2gr Class - {31FF080D-12A3-439A-A2EF-4BA95A3148E8} - C:\Program Files\GetRight\xx2gr.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [APVXDWIN] "C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Titanium 2006 Antivirus + Antispyware\APVXDWIN.EXE" /s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools] "C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe" -lang 1033
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [kav] "C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0\avp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [!ewido] "C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe" /minimized
O4 - Startup: Rainlendar.lnk = C:\Program Files\Rainlendar\Rainlendar.exe
O4 - Startup: Xfire.lnk = C:\Program Files\Xfire\Xfire.exe
O4 - Global Startup: GetRight - Tray Icon.lnk = C:\Program Files\GetRight\getright.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Download with GetRight - C:\Program Files\GetRight\GRdownload.htm
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Answer:Computer only boots to safe mode

Have you tried msconfig? Go to start then run and type 'msconfig' and make sure Normal Startup is selected.

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Hey guys, major problem here i'm afraid.

Every time i reboot my computer, it would get to the xp loading bar (that winxp w/ the bar beneath it), then it would freeze.

The only way i could start it is through safe mode...

Then i have to re-install SP2 and then it boots, but when i reboot, same problem..

Apparently i have to boot in safe mode and then re-install sp2 for it to boot normally...

Please help!

Answer:Windows XP Pro only boots in safe mode..

One more thing that might help in diagnosing this; whenever i boot up the windows in SP2 (after re-installation), i get the error:


The application was not found, press ok to terminate it

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Hi, my computer is currently only booting into safe mode. Normal mode freezes with a black screen before Windows logo comes up.

I tried running a memtest, but it kept freezing at 1%. I tried running ultimate boot disk as well, but the program froze as well. This is such a peculiar issue that i wasn't even sure on how to start searching for answers.

As well, i ran Spybot and cleaned up a few cookies, but nothing major appeared.

Recent events include placing a HDD into the computer that i had taken out and put in an external casing (which had worked just fine days before when it was in the computer).

I hope someone can provide some insight/first steps. Thanks in advance.

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I've had this frustrating problem for a while now.

My windows XP doesn't let me boot into normal mode. It shows the windows loading screen and then it just goes black.

I can log into safe mode and try a system restore, and it will let me log into normal mode but the next time I reboot I have the same problem.

I tried repairing, and then reinstalling windows but to no avail. I can log into normal mode once or twice, but after a while it happens again. And I don't do anything meanwhile.

It might be useful to mention that I have ubuntu installed as well and am dual booting with GRUB, even though I don't think that's the problem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows only boots in safe mode

Help, anyone?

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I am running a win 98 machine with a amd k6-2/350 sitting on a vp1541 pentium mobo. i am running 192 mb ram with an 8 gig hd.
The problem is : I am trying to upgrade to a wd 20 gig 7200 rpm hd. after running fdisk and format ,I load windows everything goes fine until the" running windows for the first time" I get an error
"unable to write to disk" it hangs there. I can f8 and boot to safe mode.

another problem: I have changed my e-mail addy and I cant find a place in helponthe .net to update my addy.

Answer:[SOLVED] 20 gig hd only boots to safe mode

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I'm running Windows XP and it only boots in safe mode (running w/ networking).

Here is my HijackThis log:


C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.0.926.3450\swg.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Dictionary Compression sdch - {C84D72FE-E17D-4195-BB24-76C02E2E7C4E} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\fastsearch_219B3E1547538286.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UfSeAgnt.exe] "C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\UfSeAgnt.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..... Read more

Answer:only boots in safe mode - hijackthis log

Hello and Welcome to TSF.

We no longer use HijackThis as our initial analysis tool.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new thread, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

Please do not post logs in code or quoteboxes. Thanks.


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Will not boot into Safe Mode? I believe this condition has something to do with device drivers.  However which one is the key to solving the problem.  I want to be able to boot into Safe Mode to accomplish some security settings.  However the Windows XP SP3 is intermittent when using F8.Also how can I read the blue screen message that zooms by when the system passes back into the black and white selection screen?  Can it be saved to a log?If yes where is the log located? Harry

Answer:T61 will not boot into Safe Mode? Boots normally

To force you computer into safe mode you will need to edit the boot.ini file if you are unable to use F8 Boot-Time screen. Append your boot.ini file with the following switches: Mode: Safe Mode     Switch: /safeboot:minimalMode: Safe Mode with Networking     Switch: /safeboot:networkMode: Safe Mode with Command Prompt     Switch: /safeboot:minimal(alternateshell) So it will look something like the following:  [boot loader]   timeout=30   default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT   [operating systems]   multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP" /fastdetect /SAFEBOOT:MINIMAL **REMEMBER** Editining this file can be dangerous and can cause the system to be unbootable if you get something wrong.There is no reason why the F8 command shouldnt work, Just keep tapping it as soon as the PC POSTs To Disable Automatic Reboot on a BSOD: 1. From the desktop right click on My Computer.2. Click the Properties option.3. In the System Properties window click the Advanced tab.4. In Advanced click the Settings button under Startup and Recovery.5. In the Startup and Recovery window uncheck the Automatically restart check box.6. Click Ok. Hope This Helps 

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A friend of mine has an old Compaq computer running Windows ME. Although it has been running well for many years he has now encountered a major problem. When he starts the computer it boots into safe mode. He can?t get out of safe mode and when he tries to use system restore it doesn?t work.His anti-virus doesn?t seem to indicate any malware. Has anyone any idea what might be causing the problem?

Answer:Computer Boots into Safe Mode

Can't remember if msconfig works in ME.Try Start- run - type msconfig press enter check uder all the tabs and see if there is an option to bot to safemode ticked.

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Answer:Highjack log - Only boots in SAFE MODE

bump to the top......Anyone have any idea's on why I can only boot up in safemode?????

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Hi i just installed a fresh version of windows xp on my compaq presario 5200SR computer... yes i know its old... but when i turn the computer on it stays at the compaq screen.. when i look at the case the light goes from green to orange... anyone know how i would be able to get out of this mode? help would be appreciated greatly :)

Answer:Computer boots into safe mode...

btw ive tried removing the cmos battery and it still didnt do anything ... i also tried looking for the switches on the mobo.. (i forget what their called.) cant find it... any help would be much appreciated.

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Hi folks this has me totally baffled.My computer starts up normally and runs great without any issues at all but I just noticed today that it refuses to start in safe mode. Surely if it boots up and runs ok normally then safe mode should work too yeah?When I try to boot into safe mode by tapping F8 and selecting it from the list I get as far as the list of basic drivers displayed in white text on a black screen as usual for safe mode, then the screen goes totally blank and stays that way (I gave it 20 mins just to check) starting up as normal works just fine as above and loads the desktop and is usable in under a minute.Not sure what to try I ran system restore which worked ok but failed to solve the problem so ran the system file checker next, this didnt help either so tried running a full chkdsk next by ticking both boxes and restarted. When the computer restarted it booted as far as the black windows loading screen with the blue progress bar and then when the 'disk check has been scheduled' screen is supposed to appear the screen goes totally blank, stays like this for 30 secs or so and then the computer restarts as normal and runs fine as before. So chkdsk doesnt run either now lol! :-)I have tried using the recovery console and tried 'FIXMBR' and also 'FIXBOOT' these commands worked once before when my other computer failed to boot normally or into safe mode but didnt help me this time.Any ideas what I should try next please would be great thanks.

Answer:XP Home SP2 boots ok but not in safe mode

No ideas, but you might want to keep an eye on this thread for ideas: click here

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When I turned my computer on today it booted into safe mode. Rebooted samething over and over. How do I get it to boot into normal mode. thanks in advance.

Answer:Computer boots into safe mode?

Have you checked for spyware/virus/trojans? Check your Device Manager to see if you have any problems showing there. I had a similar problem when I installed InCD 4.0 with my new DVD Burner. Have you recently installed any new programs? Does it go straight to safe-mode or do you get an option?

Hold down the CTRL(control) key while booting and it should give you a list of boot options, choose Normal and see what happens.

Let us know.

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I have a dell that i haven't used in over a year and now when i try to use it,it turns on a black screen w/ safe mode in all 4 corners of the screen. Theonly thing i can access in F2 & F8 and thats when the computer is booting up otherwise it wont let me do anything else.Can some1 please help me solve this great computer mystery lol thanx in advance.

Answer:computer boots up in safe mode

I'm assuming you have Windows XP (or 2000) installed on the hard drive. What do you see on the screen when you press F8 while booting ?Repeatedly press F8, don't hold down the key, is usually what is required. Do you see the Windows loading choices menu - Safe mode, Safe Mode with networking, Start Windows normally, etc. ?If you do, choose Start Windows normally. If you don't....Some computers display a boot device choices menu for the bios itself when you press F8 while booting, rather than the Windows loading choices menu. If you see that, read what it says on the screen and press the key that exits that screen, then immediately repeatedly press F8 until you see the Windows loading choices menu - Safe mode, Safe Mode with networking, Start Windows normally, etc. Choose Start Windows normally.If it still auto starts up in Safe mode when you choose that, then someone has modified the boot.ini file such that the computer always starts up in Safe mode.In Safe mode or in any mode....Start - Run - type: msconfig , click OK or press Enter.Click on the Boot.ini tabRemove the checkmark or dot from the box before SAFEBOOT by clicking on it, click on OK at the bottom of the System Configuration window, Restart the computer.(There should be no checkmark or dot in the boxes before any of the other choices there either.)

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Yesterday all of a sudeen my windows xp stopped booting up normally. It gets hung up at the XP logo screen that has that little blue scrolling bar underneath the logo and I don't get any error messages. I thought maybe it was just slow, so I let it sit for over an hour and nothing changed. If I go into Safe Mode it works ok. I tried restoring back to a week ago but that didn't fix the problem. Ran chkdsk and got no errors. I ran McAfee Internet 8 suite and got rid of the spyware. It did say there were 2-3 trojan horses but it supposedly deleted those. I don't know enough about them though, could those have caused this? I have Windows XP Home service pack 2 and I didn't install anything new or delete anything yesterday. Any ideas how I can fix this? I know 1 option is probably to use the restore discs that I made when I first bought the computer, but I am hoping not to lose the programs and files I have on the computer. Help please.

Answer:Windows XP only boots up in Safe Mode

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Hi, I have an older PC running XP, I can only get it to boot correctly in Safe Mode. If booted normally, it just cycles through the booting process over and over. Any ideas to resolve this problem? Thank you anyone.

Answer:XP only boots correctly in Safe Mode

Any drivers installed or changed lately?

Any changes to the system?

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Hi folks,

Last night I defragged my C drive and then used XXClone to clone my startup disk to a usb drive. Early on in the clone process I got this prompt:

"Application popup: windows-delayed write failed: windows was unable to save all the data for the file \Device\Harddiskvolume16\$mft. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connectiob. Please try to save this file elsewhere."

No my pc hangs on boot at the Windows splash screen. I can get in to safe mode but I'm not sure how to troubleshoot from here. I am also unable to type msconfig in the cmd line, as I get a prompt 'cannot find the file 'msconfig' (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available'.

Any advice appreciated!

Answer:Win2000 boots only into safe what?

Ok, read some threads and turned off a bunch of stuff in device manager. I have narrowed it down to the firewire host controller...if that is disabled I can boot no problem. I tried to install a firewire pci card and that crashed it too. How can I get around this? Reinstall drivers? If so, how do I go about that?

PS it's an old mobo, EPOX 8rda. I see it has one usb2 bus, how would I figure out which one that is? Thanks.

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Husband upgraded my puter yesterday. New mother board (MSI P5N SLI Platinum, graphics card (VGA Asus EN8800 GT/G/HTDP/512M RT), more/new ram (4GB Ram Corsair 1GBx4 240P Twin2X2048-6400C4) and new processor (CPU Intel/C2Q Q6700 2.66G 775 65N), and a CPU Cooler/Arctic P4/ACFZ7-PRO R. Will only boot up in safemode or safemode with networking. As it boots up a screen pops up that "appears" to be telling me why, but it goes off so quick I can't read it. Is there a way to freeze that screen so it can be read? Surely there's some kind of "log in log" that tells you this somewhere in XP?? After booting up for the 1st time we had 2 question marks in the device mgr and we finally got it so there are none. But still it will only boot up in safe mode. We're thinking that boot up screen will tell us what the problem is. I called MSI and they said I'd just have to re format my hard drive. I'll lose SO much stuff!! They said it's something to do with a new mother board not doing something..with my old hard drive. We got this mother board so I wouldn't have to get a new hard sata hard drive. Please help? Thank you

Answer:computer only boots in safe mode

I think hitting the pause break key will allow you to read the message.

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Windows 98 only boots in safe mode. Yes it says safe mode in all four corners. It goes to the command prompt before loading the desktop and ask me the options and when i choose number one for normal, it just restarts and i can only get to the desktop by safe mode. I want to get some old pictures off the computer, so i can have them on my new computer with win xp. The thing is, when in safe mode you can't use your cd-rom so the pictures can't be burned to a cd. Also, it doesn't detect my floppy a drive, so i can't just put the pics on a floppy. If I can get it to detect the floppy then I can just put the pics on there, or if I can just get it to run in normal mode then I can burn the pictures to a cd. I appreciate any help I can get. I'm sure this issue has been solved many times before, can anyone give me some help?

Answer:Windows 98 only boots in safe mode...

quickest to take your HDD out

You may get your PC to boot properly, but a very much quicker solution is to temporarily remove your old HDD and put it into your new XP machine on a secondary connection.

If you have two cables, one going to CD/DVD, put the old drive in place of the CD/DVD. If you have only one cable, you first will need to set the selection jumper on your old HDD to 'slave' before putting it in place of the CD/DVD

Once you have the drive in and recognised, it appears in XP as a drive D:,E: etc depending on what it replaced. You can just drag and drop your stuff then.

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I recently replaced my mb after doing some tests and a pinout of the power supply. I upgraded to an msi 785gtm-e45 with a phenom 4 9700 chip and 2gb of 1066 ddr2 memory. I also switched dvd drives because the new mb only had one ide port which i was using for my hd.

The utility cd from MSI will not auto load on my computer and an error states that it failed to load the Hardware Monitor Driver. I have tried to manually install a few of the utilities on the dvd but only a few install and others state that there are drivers that won't load. The computer posts and then hits the xp splash screen with about 15 trips of the loading bar it restarts and goes to the safe mode screen. While doing this it does flash a blue screen but I am unable to read it because its about 1/5 of a second.

The computer runs fine in safe mode and with networking and I am able to get online to download if need be. Id greatly appreciate any help.

Thank you much


Answer:NEW MB, CHIP and Ram. XP only boots in safe mode

New hardware means you need new drivers. Windows XP doesn't have the ability to load generic drivers the way Vista/7 does. Uninstall your old drivers, including chipset, networking, CPU...everything, and get new drivers installed.

That, or reinstall XP.

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I'm brand new on this forum and I need a little help =/.

Here's the situation:

I just had my desktop computer shipped to my new address. Finally receiving it, I set everything up and realized the computer won't get past the windows startup screen without restarting.

Poking around, I went into safe mode, and that works perfectly.

I went online and tried various options such as msconfig -> disable services to no avail.

Finally, I tried one thing, which is uninstall my graphics driver. This actually allowed me to boot normally!

However, as soon as I boot in, it re-installs the graphics driver, and restarting the computer causes the same problem. I even tried downloading a newer version and it still doesn't work.

So I've pretty much narrowed it down to a graphics card problem, and that it's not related to drivers.

What options do I have?

I'm running a Nvidia GeForce 670 on a Windows 7 Professional OS.

Thanks for your time!

Answer:Desktop- Only boots in Safe Mode


As this is a desktop.

My first thought is that the graphics card is loose and in a desktop you can just unplug and re-plug it in to set it correctly.

Then reboot and if needed reinstall the Chipset driver for your model PC and reboot and then the graphics driver and reboot.

In shipping a PC you never know if a component as a graphic card etc is loose, so worth checking all connections to see if any are loose, even the cables to the HDD etc,

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Well recently, my computer hasn't been working. About 3 weeks ago, I shutdown my computer, and left it alone all night. The next day, I went to turn it on and my computer would start and show the Windows XP Logo and the loading bar. It then turned to a black screen where it wouldn't open the Welcome screen. I left it to see if it was just slow booting up, but it stayed on the black screen.

So far, I have only been able to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode by opening the Boot Menu when I first turn on my computer. I made sure to copy all of my files in safe mode to my flash drives. Then I tried to re-install Windows XP Pro with the Upgrade disk I have. After deleting and recreating the partition, I tried to install Windows. It didn't work, saying it couldn't properly create the partition. So I put in another hard drive I had which also had Windows Xp already installed onto it. It booted up to the Welcome Screen and then automatically turned off by itself and started to repeat what my last hard drive was doing. I successfully re-installed Windows Xp Pro onto this hard drive, but it continues to do the same thing. I have a Dell computer, which is about 5+ years old. Help?

Answer:Windows Xp Pro Only Boots in Safe Mode

Welcome to Major Geeks.
Have you removed and then reseated your Memory modules?
Sounds to me like one is loose or defective.

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Friend's computer boots up in Safe Mode. He has XP Home and has no disks available, is there anyway to restore to yesterday's settings?

Think it was hit by a virus, beware of any email with the subject BAGGS

Answer:Computer only boots to XP Safe mode.....

You should be able to go to "Start"->"Run" and type "msconfig". This has the option to roll back to a previous date.

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I have Windows 98 Second edition preloaded on a Compaq computer and it only boots in safe mode. Even when I hit F8 and set it on normal manually it still starts comes up safe mode. Help! In the msdos.sys it says Bootsafe=0 so I am not sure what to do...Thanks!

Answer:Computer only boots in safe mode

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My older Dell laptop, which I use for personal finances, taxes, etc. has Windows XP, and today when I turned it on, it would only boot up in Safe Mode (or with Networking). After backing up all important data files, I tried system restore. There were 3 dates bolded. I tried one that was before a Java update. It didn't complete the restore process; it said "No changes were made." I tried the earliest date, which was before I installed TurboTax 2010. It wouldn't do that either. Each time, I had to reboot it in SafeMode after my attempts. I thought maybe my C drive was too full, so I compressed/zipped some folders. That freed up some space. I retried the System Restore routine, but it still didn't work.

Service Pack 3 is installed on that laptop. I am posting from my newer laptop, which I use for business.

Any suggestions?

I've seen older posts about this problem, but since they were over a year old, I thought I would post for the latest wisdom from the group.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: XP only boots in Safe Mode

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My PC won't load windows 10 in normal mode. It returns the screen giving me the options to run advanced options.
I have tried a repair and it failed. I have a attempted a system restore (only 1 restore point found) and failed. I have found booting in safe mode with networking works so I downloaded malware bytes to scan my machine. Many threats found and quarrantined but still did not fix my problem!
I have no disk to install windows 10. I have tried to download a windows repair whilst in safe mode but it fails due to being in safe mode!
I don't know what else to try, please help.

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