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Can't Boot Into Safe Mode or Open msconfig

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Main Goal: gain access to my files so I can save them without doing anything that would damage or erase my files because the files are what's important to me, I don't mind if I have to reformat as long as I can save the files first.Hello everyone, this is my first post on here and I would greatly appreciate any help.I want to give as much information as possible so you have a more accurate picture and you don't have to drag information out of me but at the same time I just experienced, over the last few days, a slew of problems with my laptop and have been recovering little by little over the last 3 days. So I want to just address the Subject (Can't Boot Into Safe Mode or Open msconfig) I entered first instead of writing a novel about how after my laptop powered down:(1)CHKDSK started after a restart, did a bunch of crazy stuff including "Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file XXXX." Did this on nearly 400,000 files.(2)Then windows wouldn't boot so I did a boot repair that didn't work.(3)Then tried to do a system restore but the first one didn't work and was "damaged or deleted" in the process. I thought the second one didn't work either and tried it twice since I didn't get the "damaged" message on this restore point and then gave up for the night (the "novel" will include the error messages I received each time).(4)Then when I turned on my computer this morning it miraculously booted to the desktop but then said that Windows was not genuine (it is genuine). I think the 2 and 1/2 hours that the computer was trying to use the 2nd restore point ended up restoring enough that I could get my system running somewhat as this was the first time for me to restart it after the 2nd restore point failed both times. I thought "oh well, I can see files on my desktop and that's all I care about, saving my files." Well, when I tried to copy them from my desktop to an external hard drive I received a prompt that said I didn't have access to C:\ (which is what 80% of my data is on along with Windows and all other programs). Went to Windows Explorer and when I clicked on OS (C:) I was denied access (this has NTFS by it when I go to my Computer, I've seen people talking about that before but I don't know what it means but figured it could be important to know exactly what type I have). I tried to change ownership and permission and still can't get into it (It worked on an individual folder on my desktop and by "worked" I mean it changed ownership and permission but I still couldn't move the folder. When I tried to change the ownership and permission on the C drive it didn't work at all, it failed). I can't even access individual files that I can actually see on my desktop. I have another drive that I can access, DATAPART1 (D:). Both the C: and D: have 500GB. I can also access the external hard drive that's plugged in.So those are the CliffsNotes of the novel. If I need to I can write the novel with a whole lot more about every different avenue I have taken so far to get where I am. But I have seen in several places where people had the same problem but were able to gain access and copy their files while in Safe Mode. Unfortunately I've had problems the last year or so using F8 to get to Safe Mode so I always had to use msconfig and then restart it but now that's not working.In regards to booting in Safe Mode these are the steps I've done so far:(1) Pressed F8 repeatedly before Windows started(2) Held down F8 before Windows started.(3) Pressed F8 + Fn (Function key) repeatedly before Windows started(4) Held down F8 + Fn (Function key) before Windows started.(5) Went to Start>Search programs and files, typed in msconfig and nothing happens, no results(6) Went to Start>Search programs and files, typed in cmd and nothing happens, no results(7) Went to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Run, then typed in msconfig and prompted with "Windows cannot access C:\Windows\system32\msconfig.exe" (8) Went to Start>Search programs and files, typed in System Configuration and nothing happens, no results(9) Went to Run again and typed something in suggested online but I can't remember what the line was but it kind of seems like it might have been "C:\Windows\system32\msconfig.exe" I tried to look at the dropdown next to the Open field but didn't see that previous entry I made so I'm not 100% sure that's what I entered.I read somewhere msconfig is saved on the C:\ drive. I'm not sure but maybe that's why I can't access it because I can't access that drive. However, I would think if that was the case then I couldn't get on Internet Explorer like I am now since it's also on the C:\. I find that some programs and parts of the system work and some don't.I did find that if I go to Run and type in cmd that the Command Prompt does pop up if that helps any.So to wrap things up I just need as many alternative ways to get to the Safe Mode without damaging or deleting my files so I can see if I can save them in that boot mode. I don't care about the system, if I can get my files off I will just wipe the whole thing off and start from scratch (or use the Dell DataSafe Local Backup that I did when I first got the laptop). So I beg of you please don't confuse me with any suggestions that will save the system but will delete my files because that would be devastating. I only care about my files that I cannot replace. If I can get the files saved then maybe after two nights of not being able to sleep I can finally get a good night's rest.If I still can't access Safe Mode or if it still doesn't work in Safe Mode then I'll come back on here and either start a new topic or add back onto this one with a full explanation (my novel) of what has happened over the last 3 days (Actually some guidance on whether I should continue with this thread or start a new topic would help too).I do well with directions that are very specific, step-by-step, and that don't assume I know what I'm doing...because I don't, I'm not that computer savvy.Rest assured, after this I will be the best good-little-boy ever about backing up my files.THANK YOU for any help I get! It's a great thing that you people do on this site!(sorry to be redundant, I don't care about the system, only the files)System:Windows 7 Home PremiumDon't know what Service Packs I haveC:\ - main drive that I can't accessD:\ - alternate drive that I can access (already moved files off of it)Dell Studio 1749Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 520 @ 2.40GHz 2.40GHz(RAM) 8:00 GB64-bit Operating System

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Answer: Can't Boot Into Safe Mode or Open msconfig

There are two ways to do this that I can think of.First way - do you have either a desktop PC you could hook the drive up to, or another PC of any description with a USB to SATA converter? If so, you could hook the drive up that way, and copy your files off.Second way - do you have a Windows 7 install disk? Not a restore disk, but a full install disk? If so, you can install Windows back onto the C: drive, and your old install will be saved into a folder named windows.old. Your files will still be there, so you will be able to copy them off and then delete the windows.old folder afterwards.Oh, bonus way - if you can download and burn a Linux LiveCD, you could boot from that, and try to copy your files from there. Puppy Linux is what I usually use as it's quite easy to use, and has enough tools to be useful without being overwhelming for a Linux novice like myself.Regardless of the method you use, I'd be inclined to do a format and clean install of the laptop after you have your files safely stored away, sounds like something's gone really haywire there and even if you could get it up and running normally, I wouldn't trust it myself because you never know what else may be lurking.Hope this makes sense, if there's anything you're unsure about just ask, oh and welcome to the forums!

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I'll get straight to the issue in hand

I have a virus on my laptop, i was in the process of sorting this out, however i clicked on run - Msconfig - Boot - safe boot and selected minimal. I re-started and the computer loaded automatically in safe mode, however it got to the blue screen and the computer shut down automatically.

I take it i need to de-select this option, but i can't even get beyond this blue screen which keeps shutting the computer down. There is an option on my windows 7 Operating system to use CMD as part of the recovery process, however i've tried to open MSCONFIG in there but to no avail. I dont have any system restore points set up either, so all i have is the Regedit option as i can get into Regedit.

My two questions are quite simply: Can i open MSCONFIG in cmd? and Why is safe mode not loading and shutting the computer down? Is this virus related?

I guess a third question would also be, what can i do besides reverting back to default factory settings?

Kind regards, your help is much obliged


Answer:Not being able to open MSCONFIG in CMD or safe mode!

What happens if you keep F8 pressed immediately after starting? Do you get the screen with starting options.

If yes then try and start in the Safe Mode with Command Prompt. You might be able to open msconfig in this environment. I have been able to reach msconfig in this way often.

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Well, I've been scouring Google on our secondary computer all night, and I'm stumped. I'm also not completely tech savvy, so please forgive me.

My computer shut down by itself while I was typing an email. Rebooted and no exe files would open except IE 64 bit (as of six hours later, now that won't open either - opens, flashes, closes and says IE crashed). It has gone through numerous "windows won't start, repairing" screens. It has tried to system restore, but it doesn't fix the problem.

I cannot open in safe mode, and Task Manager is missing. I can open regedit but not msconfig (this is bothersome because I found a workaround for getting the system to reopen in safe mode by changing some configurations, but...) Can't open device manager as one option suggested looking for the possible virus culprit in the tools/drivers section.

I found a site that had an exe repair fix to either merge or import into the registry, but it keeps saying it can't do it because there are "processes running." Those boards suggested trying to the merge/import in safe mode, but as above..can't open in safe mode. Also since I have no task manager available, I can't manually end or suspend any processes.

Windows Defender runs but says everything is a-ok (clearly not).

Because I don't feel comfortable deleting anything from the registry, that's the only thing I haven't tried. Oh, I did find something that said to check the shell and one other place in the registry, bu... Read more

Answer:No exe files will open, nor msconfig or safe mode

Okay, I restarted and finally was able to get into msconfig. I set it up so the computer automatically starts in Safe Mode. Tried importing/merging that exe file again, and nope, says "other processes are running." Went into services through msconfig and shut down all services - still didn't work.

I also find a possible solution to create a new user - won't let me. Sigh....

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I'm in the process of following instructions to eliminate some spyware and used the symantec msconfig procedure referenced here to boot into safe mode. Unfortunately I now know that my system will not boot into safe mode. Since I used msconfig to get into safe mode and not the F8 key I'm stuck.

How do I get to a place where I can modify msconfig back to normal boot? I have the reinstallation cd provided by Dell when I bought my system but don't really want to reinstall windows if I don't have to.

Specifics of what happens when I boot:
Basic Dell bios load screen and then windows splash.
Black screen with "safe mode" in the 4 corners of the screen
Windows is startup up... screen
Login screen with all user accounts showing.
I log in as administrator or another account with admin privileges.
Loading personal settings screen.
Black screen with "safe mode" in the 4 corners.
Dialog box with "Windows is running in safe mode, etc." appears briefly and then goes away. Quickly clicking yes doesn't make a difference.
Then nothing. I'm sitting with a black screen, safe mode in the 4 corners, MS Windows XP...SP2 on the top, a mouse cursor and nothing else. The only thing I can do is press "windows-key L", which presents me with a "Unlock Computer - this computer is in use and has been locked" window. If I use the account I originally c... Read more

Answer:safe mode via msconfig - now won't boot

When you log in using safemode try hitting Ctrl-Alt-Del and look at the task manager

In the task manager hit File -> New Task(Run) and type in msconfig

If you can get this working you can reconfigure msconfig.

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I did the one thing that was not recommended. I changed the config to load up in safemode. I am running windows XP, and I do not have an XP disc because I bought the computer used. Now nothing happens. The system wont even load into safe mode. I just get a black screen. Any help that would get me to boot back into normal mode would be really appreciated. :-o

Answer:Tried to boot in safe mode using Msconfig

I had this happen to me and the way I fixed it was editing boot.ini file from recovery console but you don't have the XP CD.

One way would be to download a Linux Live CD (I like Linux Mint). You would burn the .iso file to a CD as an image file. Then start the computer from the CD. It will load a Linux desktop and give you access to your C: drive. Browse to C:\boot.ini then edit the boot.ini file deleting the /safeboot part of the line that looks like this:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP" /safeboot

to this:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP" /fastdetect

The Linux Mint CD is very easy to use. If you know how to burn an iso file you should have no problem.

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Hi guys,

My problem is somewhat complex so please bear with me. I had malware and adware on my laptop which was really annoying and I tried really hard to get rid of it. So I decided I was going to do a system restore. The system restore kept saying "System restore is initializing". I tried it three times and it didn't work. I looked around on the internet, and someone suggested to do the system restore while in safe mode. This is where I made my mistake. I set safe mode in msconfig.exe (not knowing you could go into safe mode while booting). msconfig forces the computer to boot into safe mode everytime, but my safe mode won't boot. I get a b;ack screen with a cursor. I have noticed that the cursor gets reset to the middle of the screen every five seconds or so. I also see the words safe mode flash in all four corners sometimes. I have tried re-installing windows 8.1 from a bootable usb, but whenever I change the boot priority, it doesn't seem to save my settings. Please tell me what my options are. Will replacing my hard drive do the trick. Thank you in advance.

Answer:I set safe mode in msconfig.exe and safe mode won't boot.

Can you restart and get into your log in screen ? If you can, enter safe mode by pressing the power button icon (lower right corner) then Shift + restart. That gets you to Advanced Settings where Safe Mode and, if that fails, Reset PC to orig settings. If you can't, try a hard reset by removing battery and all external usb attachments and then pressing and holding power button until it shuts down. Repeat a few more times to drain memory, then see if powering up will get you to log on screen.

A system restore in safe mode will just restore the malware. You need to boot into safe mode and run your anti-virus or malware program and have them quarantine and then remove them while in safe mode. Use Malwarebytes free or Adwcleaner or Hitman to clean the system. If that does the trick, manually create a system restore point that you know is clean after the system is to your satisfaction.

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hello everyone,
well, the problem is my pc actualy infected by virus
so i try to fix it with safe mode, when i chage boot from msconfig to safe mode. my pc keep restarting.
if anybody know how to fix it, please help me

Answer:keep restarting after i change msconfig boot to safe mode

In safe mode open msconfig and uncheck safe mode to normal mode. You can startup msconfig either by opening run and msconfig, or open CMD and type msconfig.

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hello everyone,
well, the problem is my pc actualy infected by virus
so i try to fix it with safe mode, when i chage boot from msconfig to safe mode. my pc keep restarting.
if anybody know how to fix it, please help me

Answer:keep restarting after i change msconfig boot to safe mode

In safe mode open msconfig and uncheck safemode to normal mode. You can startup msconfig either by opening run and msconfig, or open CMD and type msconfig.

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Just had to share this free utility. I've tried it, works great.

Here's a utility that makes booting into Safe Mode easy. You
don't have to hit the F8 key or make changes in msconfig.

Answer:Boot into Safe Mode, no tapping F8, no changing msconfig

kniht, Regarding the BootSafe program see Posts #4 and #5 by Mosaic1 in the thread at the link below. She is very sharp with computers and on her word I don't recommend BootSafe anymore. This is just my opinion.


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Hello there, I really need help here..

I've booted into safe mode in windows 8.1 by setting the safe mode option in msconfig..

However, when I booted into safemode i realized that I've forgot my password because i usually use a pincode.

How to I get it out of safe boot again? - I've tried to access command prompt, but everything needs that password.

Please help, is there any way to force it to boot up normally again? ;(

- Thanks in advance

Answer:msconfig boot settings sat to safe mode, forgot password

When it reboots into normal mode, won't you still need the password?

Do you have the ability to boot into the recovery environment using the install media and not recovery media?

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I opened msconfig and after clicking on the Services tab --> hide all Micorsoft services --> disable all and then clicked on 'apply' System Configuration Stopped responding [and I could not even restart my PC]. I did so manually. I tried again this time instead of selecting 'Disable all'' I just disabled one of them (Adobe update service) to see if I could do this one at a time. but still it stopped responding and froze everything.
Having no choice I rebooted manually and then pressed the F8 key to reboot in safe mode BUT I got a boot menu asking me which HD I wanted to use to boot into and not the DOS screen giving me a choice for safe mode.
BTW my Win 7 OS HP 64bit is now booting from an SSD drive on a PCI-e card and am wondering if this has anything to do with it.
Anyhow, having done my usual monthly virus scan as well as malaware by using 3 different sources (mine and 2 online ones) just yesterday this virus/trojan/malware is probably not the cause.
Why do I want msconfig or a safe mode boot. Trying to reinstall my HP scanner software and drivers which I am having a little bit of problems with--so not related.

Answer:urgent; Can't boot in safe mode and msconfig stops responding

Not knowing what was in startup originally, it's hard to say what you deleted but I'm guessing it had to do with a driver for your PCI-e SSD. If that's the drive you boot from, the startup boot is saying it's not there. What's the BIOS say for the order of boot devices? What other drives are installed?

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Start tapping F8 before Windows starts. If your keyboad has an F-Lock key you may need to press it before F8.

Answer:Anyone- Urgent- does anyone know how to boot or open in safe mode

Can anyone tell me how to open or boot in safe mode when restarting the computer or how. F12 doesn't work.

Thanks alot

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Hello Everyone, as mentioned i have the safe mode directly into my boot menu. but it no longer will open, it goes straight to the window start up. how can i get safe mode to boot from the menu? Thanks

Answer:Safe Mode From Boot Menu Wont Open+fix?

Hi there,

First off, what is your computer issue? Are you using a desktop or laptop computer?

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anybody know what i can do?

Answer:Why does msconfig shut off in normal mode but not in safe mode?

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My sister's computer is having a number of issues which I can only assume are due to a virus.

It can't install programs, can't run any .exe other than Internet Explorer 64 bit, I'm getting Google redirects to Happili and 404s on websites that I have no trouble accessing on any other computer.

I think it's also worth noting that most of the websites that give me a 404 are related to fixing file association.

I also can't boot in safe mode; it freezes when loading Windows files.

I can't post a Hijackthis log because Hijackthis won't run.

I've tried to fix the .exe file association with the instructions on Microsoft's help site with no success.

I'm out of ideas, so now I'm here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You!

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 with Windows XP. I changed the msconfig settings to safe mode to try to remove a virus. When I try to turn it on i get a blue screen informing me that there is a reason that will not let windows start and to restart my computer, when i restart again, I get the same blue screen. No matter what option I choose; safe mode, safe mode with networking, start windows regularly, or last known good configuration, I get that same blue screen, and I was wondering if there is a way I can change the msconfig back to regular boot even though i can not get passed the blue error screen.

Answer:Msconfig set to safe mode

Bobbye said:

You are looking for Errors that correspond to the time of the BSOD. Try to find Error from the last normal Mode.

You will see Errors that are specific to Safe Mode and don't give us the information we need- such as "DCOM didn't start. DCOM won't start in Safe Mode." You are the second person in two days who enabled Safe Mode using msconfig instead of booting into safe Mode using the F8 key. It most like will be an Error in the System Log.

Start> Run> type in eventvwr

Do this on each the System and the Applications logs:
[1]. Click to open the log>
[2]. Look for the Error>
[3] .Right click on the Error> Properties>
[4]. Click on Copy button, top right, below the down arrow >
[5]. Paste here (Ctrl V)
You can ignore Warnings and Information Events.
If you have a recurring Error with same ID#, same Source and same Description, only one copy is needed.
You don't need to include the lines of code in the box below the Description, if any.
Please do not copy the entire Event log.

Errors are time coded. Check the computer clock on freeze.

IF you continue on this old thread, only those who have subscribed to it or who open it will see your post.Click to expand...


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Ok, here's the deal. I ran msconfig, and checked "safe boot" just like I used to do in XP when I wanted to restart my computer in vista. It started in safe mode and worked.

But now, I can't uncheck it! When I run msconfig again and "uncheck" safe boot, It automatically goes to "Selective Startup." And when I select "Normal Startup" it always rechecks "safe boot" automatically, so basically if I want windows to start properly, it HAS to me a selective boot, because thats the only option that allows me to uncheck safe boot. For some reason, Vista thinks that safe mode in normal lol. I'd like to get it back to where normal startup has safe boot unchecked in msconfig. Anyone have a clue???? Thanks


Answer:Stuck in Safe Mode because I used msconfig?


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I booted into the safe mode using the msconfig .
But iam stucked while booting in safe mode,the system gets hanged and also i could not log in normal mode also..please help


Answer:Problem after booting in Safe mode using MSconfig

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I am try do safe mode at windows 8, but monitor tell out of range.
and now I even can not login to windows 8..
what I can do? need help asap, bozz pc.
now I hate win8

Answer:Safe Mode from msconfig, Out of range, cannot login

It should not state that with Safe Mode. Try pressing the Auto Calibrate button on your monitor.

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is there someway to get back to msconfig when I am caught in this limbo state between starting up in safe mode and normal mode? I would love to change the setting back to normal start up in msconfig.Just to help here are some more details on my problem. When the computer boots it tries to start up in safe mode and has a problem with agp.440.sys then goes back to the screen where you can select to start in safe mode, or regular mode, etc. If I choose safe mode it will have the same problem and go back to the selection screen. If I select start in regular mode it will try then fault and go back to the same selection screen again. I can't get beyond this screen. I believe this is happening because I have selected safe mode in msconfig and now I can't get at it to change the setting. I didn't have any booting problems before doing this

Answer:i used MSCONFIG process and got strucked in safe mode,help m

MSCONFIG has nothing to do with it.

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My laptop was having some iexplorer bugs so I ran a virus scan with symnatec, and was then advised to log in via safe mode and run the scan again. I turned on safe mode in msconfig and restarted, but when the log in screen appeared in safe mode, my mouse or keyboard did not work so I can't get in.

If I try holding F8 and choosing to boot normaly or under any other condition it reverts to safe mode, presumably because of the msconfig change, so I can't get back to msconfig to chane the setting back.

Any idea how I can get round this?



Answer:XP Safe Mode / Msconfig / Keyboard problem

Forget about Symantec. Run your next scan with Avast or Avira, then SuperAntispyware and MalwareBytes...
You are apparently using USB mouse and USB keyboard which have not installed yet in the install run.

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I'll get straight to the issue in hand

I have a virus on my laptop, i was in the process of sorting this out, however i clicked on run - Msconfig - Boot - safe boot and selected minimal. I re-started and the computer loaded automatically in safe mode, however it got to the blue screen and the computer shut down automatically.

I take it i need to de-select this option, but i can't even get beyond this blue screen which keeps shutting the computer down. There is an option on my windows 7 Operating system to use CMD as part of the recovery process, however i've tried to open MSCONFIG in there but to no avail. I dont have any system restore points set up either, so all i have is the Regedit option as i can get into Regedit.

My two questions are quite simply: Can i open MSCONFIG in cmd? and Why is safe mode not loading and shutting the computer down? Is this virus related?

I guess a third question would also be, what can i do besides reverting back to default factory settings?

Kind regards, your help is much obliged


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I'm running Windows 8.1x64. I booted to safe mode today by changing the boot options in msconfig.exe. Now, msconfig won't let me change back to Normal startup, and I'm stuck in safe mode. When I check the Normal Startup box under the General Tab in msconfig and hit OK, I receive this message:

"System Configuration cannot save the original boot configuration for later restoration. Boot changes will be reverted.

"The system cannot find the file specified."

No file is specified.

I've booted to safe mode on other occasions but never have experienced this problem. Windows 8.1 has been running normally with no problems. The reason I went into safe mode is that a non-bootable drive has disappeared from Explorer and I wanted to see if it showed up in Safe Mode.

Answer:In Safe Mode, msconfig won't allow normal startup

Hello John,

You might see if you may be able to use one of the options in the tutorial below to boot back into normal mode.

Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in

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okay... so i was trying to get into safemode so i could run an antivirus scan, problem is whenever i tried going in safemode the blue screen would pop up and computer would restart. now for some dumb reason i thought maybe i could get in safemode if i used msconfig and selected safe mode from the boot menu. so the computer restarted and now it boots in safemode but the blue screen and restart happen everytime now. ive tried "start windows normally" but that boots in safemode.... ive tried "last known good config..." and that too boots in safemode. so now im stuck, i cant get on windows. any help please?

im willing to start over but i dont know how to do that from here

Answer:STUCK in safe mode boot, safe mode doesnt work and restarts, REPEAT

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Hi, I had a virus on my laptop that I wanted to remove, so I downloaded some software to remove it, but when I went into safemode all I got on my screen was a blue screen that said that Windows had been shut down to protect my computer and it just stopped, never did anything else. It also told me to restart my computer, so I did. Then I stupidly went into msconfig and made it safeboot and restarted my computer. Well now all I ever get when I start my computer is the same blue screen, it doesn't matter what I do or how I choose to start Windows, it just stops it and shows that blue screen and I have to restart it. Ive tried all the different types of starting up the computer, with normal, or last settings that worked, but nothing seems to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Answer:Problem with safe mode in msconfig, always blue screen

Keep in mind that using MSConfig to access (force) safe mode when there is malware on your system could have disastrous results and render your computer unbootable. Some types of malware can delete or alter the safeboot key in the registry resulting in the inability to reboot fully into safe mode or back to normal mode. The Safeboot option modifies the Boot.ini file and you may be locked in a continuous reboot loop afterwards where you cannot get back to MSConfig and undo your selection. The same thing can occur with BootSafe as you may not be able to get back to Normal mode and undo your selection. See "Booting into Safe Mode safely".How to fix the way at the bottom of the page

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First off let me start by saying hello. I am a newbie and would greatly appreciate any help or advice that the forum can give.

I am running windows xp on an older dell desktop.

While following the bc tutorial "remove antispyware soft" I was directed to the "how to start windows in safemode" tutorial. This tutorial instructed me to start computer in safe mode using MSconfig. Upon doing so my computer gets stuck in a re-boot cycle that I cannot get out of. According to the tutorial this is because of the malware, (see section titled, "Problems that can occur by forcing Safe Mode using the System Configuration Utility", unfortunately this section is at the very bottom and not sequential. It should be at the top for morons like me). The tutorial recommends using boot disk to reboot my computer. Unfortunately this is my old computer and I no longer have any XP associated disks. Can I fix this problem without any xp boot disk? I have no floppy disk drive (its been broken for years), but my cd-rom drive works. Again any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:safe mode loop using msconfig, no floppy bootdisk

Hello, we can create a bootable disk that allows you to access the Recovery Console.

However, first I would like to know what exactly happens when you try to boot. Does safe mode automatically load (you see the drivers rolling over the screen) and then you get a blue screen/reboot?

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A friend brought me a computer because Anitvirus Security Pro would keep running on his moms laptop. I have had probably 5 different computers that have had this on them and have been able to clean them but this one is really a beast.
His system is running Win 7 and he tried a number of things before bringing it to me with no luck.
I printed off the Anitvirus Security Pro Removal instructions from this site but the laptop is not allowing the system to boot in Safe Mode and It will also not allow access to Regedit or MSCONFIG.
Any suggestions on getting control of the system back?

Answer:Antivirus Security Pro - won't allow Safe Mode, Regedit or msconfig

Hi there,my name is Marius and I will assist you with your malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully. First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding. Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one. If you have any problems while following my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem. Do not run any other scans without instruction or add/remove software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me. Post all logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts. If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed. Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean. My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.    Scan with FRST (Recovery Environment)To run FRST on Vista and Windows7:For x32 (x86) bit systems download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.For x64 bit systems download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool x64 and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into ... Read more

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Running XP, SP3. Have run avast antivirus in both regular and doot scan with no results. Tried to run MalwareBytes but it hangs when trying to update definitions.
When I reboot and select Safe Mode it hangs while loading files.
Can't find files like Syetem Restore or msconfig.
Ran Unhide with following results:
Unhide by Lawrence Abrams (Grinler)
Copyright 2008-2013
More Information about Unhide.exe can be found at this link:
Program started at: 11/23/2013 02:45:10 PM
Windows Version: Windows XP
Please be patient while your files are made visible again.
Processing the A:\ drive
Finished processing the A:\ drive. 0 files processed.
Processing the C:\ drive
Finished processing the C:\ drive. 186756 files processed.
Processing the E:\ drive
Finished processing the E:\ drive. 1234 files processed.
The C:\DOCUME~1\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp\smtmp\ folder does not exist!!
Unhide cannot restore your missing shortcuts!!
Please see this topic in order to learn how to restore default
Start Menu shortcuts:
Searching for Windows Registry changes made by FakeHDD rogues.
 - Checking HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer
 - Checking HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer
 - Checking HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\polic... Read more

Answer:Can't get to Safe Mode, System Restore msconfig or Malwarebytes

Hello John, please try this, it will create a shortcut to your system restore.
Right-click the desktop
Choose New-Shortcut
For the location of the item, enter:%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe
Click “Next”
Enter a name for the shortcut
Click “Finish” 
After that try to restore your PC. I hope this will help. Give us updates.

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Hi! I had a malware and decided to run malwarebytes anti-malware in safe mode. The problem was that my computer took too long to boot up before it lets me choose my operating system (i also have linux mint installed, just FYI) and I didn't want to wait 10 minutes just to miss hitting F8 so I changed msconfig to automatically load in Safe mode, so i went ahead and checked that. It booted up fine in safe mode, malarebytes found nothing (I also ran this in normal windows right before...again just FYI).

Now the problem is that I cant get out of safe mode. I tried changing msconfig back but it wouldnt save the settings and the check box that I had checked on normal windows (on the second tab) was unchecked and wouldnt even let me interact with it. I even tried selecting 'normal mode' on the first tab. Anything I did to it would result in a message saying 'windows configuration could not be saved' or something (I'm at work, I don't remember exactly what the message was but I will post it later) after I clicked ok or apply.

I also waited and pressed F8 to select how I wanted to boot and went to normal mode and it still went into safe mode. I tried repairing too but it didn't even find an operating system on my computer, but that probably has to do with the fact that I use linux to boot up.

Any ideas on what to try next?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows keeps booting in Safe Mode after msconfig change

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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I was trying to get into safe mode on my T61. Went to cmd prompt. typed msconfig went and clicked statrt in safe mode in the boxes you can click. All this just to get it to start in safemode... Now it repeats over and over in "safe mode restart.  Wont stop cycling through. I have been trying to remove this **bleep** NOD32 antiviris software.  Had to get it to boot in safe mode to get to properly "uninstall"...CAme to the forum here to find out why after pressing F8 a million times it would still pass by safe mode into normal startup windows.   After I read goto cmd prompenter msconfigclig on safe mode now it wont stop cycling... How to I get back to the cmd prompt?  Or does anyone know what I am dealing with? Thank you in advance.

Answer:T61 will not stop rebooting after msconfig safe mode cycles over and over and over........

Hey there Pyroplantfreak,
What version of windows are you using? I found an article that seemed to be dealing with a similar issue to your own over on the microsoft forums, it may be of some interest to you. It recommends you try going into the recovery console, which may help you get back to the command prompt. Hope this helps.

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One of my salesmen's laptops is infected with Anitvirus Security Pro. His system is running Windows 7 Professional SP1. The system will not boot in Safe Mode (it loads through the welcome screen and then immediately logs out and restarts in normal mode) and It will also not allow access to task manager, Regedit or MSCONFIG.
Any assistance would be appreciated! Thanks.

Answer:Antivirus Security Pro - won't allow safe mode, regedit, msconfig

Hello BethI would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal section of the forum.Around here they call me Gringo and I will be glad to help you with your malware problems.Very Important --> Please read this post completely, I have spent my time to put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier, faster and smoother for both of us!Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", thi... Read more

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Lenovo ideapad 710s . after selecting safe mode, switch off and switch on, I get black screen with LOGO and I see the BIOS does not recognize the ssd anymore. After a new samsung with a pc board factory defective (well known board problem that the model was withdrawn from the market), now i fall again in a big problem with lenovo. i m a little bit boring. did I loose all my data on ssd? and how to get back this new computer, now?

Answer:Lenovo ideapad 710s safe mode from msconfig, and does not recognized the ssd. Please help...

I m now downloading the win10 recovery usb key software >(thanks to the current guarantee it is on). anyone knows if it is going to restore the Bios so that the SSD come up again?

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Lenovo ideapad 710s . after selecting safe mode, switch off and switch on, I get black screen with LOGO and I see the BIOS does not recognize the ssd anymore. After a new samsung with a pc board factory defective (well known board problem that the model was withdrawn from the market), now i fall again in a big problem with lenovo. i m a little bit boring. did I loose all my data on ssd? and how to get back this new computer, now?

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Hi all, looks like a good forum here, hoping I can finally find a solution...

This has not been a week that's made me much enamored of Vista.

In order to troubleshoot my parents' Vista PC after their wireless
mouse/keyboard suddenly stopped working after 4/9's automatic updates, I had
to a do a system restore from Safe Mode. Their corded USB keyboard we got to
work (along with a PS2 mouse) to do the fixing wouldn't work using the
F8-method to get into Safe Mode, so I had use MSCONFIG to force a safe mode

The system restore worked, and I've disabled automatic updates until MS
comes out with a fix for the apparently widespread original problem, but now
I'm stuck with a very frustrating situation.

My parents' computer will only boot up into Selective Startup (which leaves
some important things such as graphics drivers unloaded) or into Safe Mode.
Within MSCONFIG, when I choose "Normal Startup", it automatically checks the
"Safe Mode" Box in the boot tab, and when I uncheck that box, it
automatically selects "Selective Start" on the previous tab. (I've tried
hitting apply on each of the tabs, but it doesn't help).

I've found a few other threads with this same problem across the web, but
never found a solution. Can anyone help?

Thanks very much.

Answer:Solved: MSCONFIG - Stuck in Safe Mode/Selective Startup

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OK, here it goes. My parent's Desktop was having a side x side error and i've been trying to help her get it repaired. Her problem is that none of the programs will open except for internet explorer. All other applications give the sxstrace.exe error and won't open. I advised her to hit F8 and get into safe mode so I could try and help her further. She couldn't get that to work so I had her force safe mode through msconfig. That worked and got her into safe mode and she's still getting the sxs error and can't get anything to work for her. I advised her to go back into mconfig and uncheck the safe mode boot and wait til I come home and fix it. Now the problem is when she tries opening the msconfig, she gets an error on that saying it can't open the application with the error code 0xc000142 Now she's stuck in safe mode with no networking and the computer is basically useless. I need help getting her going if anyone has any suggestions. I'm 800 miles from home and won't be there until thanksgiving and i'm trying to help her over the phone so im kind of limited here. I was trying to get remote assist going for her but she couldn't install that either without the sxstrace.exe error. Thanks in advance.

they're running windows 7, If i remember correctly it's the x64 version.

Answer:stuck in safe mode msconfig application error 0xc000142

I guess the best bet is to reinstall windows.

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This morning we had a power outage and when I turned my computer back on, it would not boot. I tried several times to hard boot, with no luck. Then I tried safe mode. Ran an antivirus scan and it showed malware and several infections which it cleaned. The computer still would not boot normally. I then ran chkdsk, still would not boot normally. I have ran malware bytes, registry repair and the registry defrag program as well as done a disk clean up. It still will not boot in normal mode.
Since my last problems that you helped me with, I have upgraded to a broadband internet connection and have a home network. The 2 other computers on the network are fine.
A week ago, I had purchased Avast internet security and had problems immediately. It would not allow me to connect to the internet. That was uninstalled and I went back to the free Avast antivirus, Zone alarm and Spyware blaster. I was very unhappy with Avast customer service and support iYogi and decided I did not want Avast on my computer at all. I have since downloaded PC tools free antivirus. Once I have my computer operational again, I am open to suggestions.
Fortunately, I did not change anything on the other 2 computers. Just mine.
Running Windows XP 3 .
Thank you.

Answer:[SOLVED] computer will not boot except in safe mode or safe mode with networking.

what are you running
video card
power supply

check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them

the outage may have damaged the psu

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It seems that I have the same issue as this person . I can't use task manager or msconfig, stuff like malwarebytes doesn't work, safe mode crashes and won't allow me to do anything + i have performance issues in video games or music production software.

In the following post(s) I'll attach the results of the scans with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool after the scans are over (First, Addition and shortcut).

Answer:Bug won't let me access Task Manager, Safe Mode, MsConfig etc. + slowing down my comp

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It seems that I have the same issue as this person . I can't use task manager or msconfig, stuff like malwarebytes doesn't work, safe mode crashes and won't allow me to do anything + I have performance issues in video games or music production software.

It seems that the virus is blocking other tech support sites other than this one too! I'm really scared, I would really appreciate help as soon as possible!

to sum up, I can't run task manager, msconfig, any kind of malwarebytes type program, MSE doesn't detect anything, it blocks certain sites, safe mode can accessed but I can't do anything with it - an error show up shortly after running it.

Answer:Bug won't let me access Task Manager, Safe Mode, MsConfig etc. + slowing down my comp

Welcome aboard

Please, complete all steps listed here:
Make sure, you PASTE all logs. If some log exceeds 50,000 characters post limit, split it between couple of replies.
Attached logs won't be reviewed.

Please, observe following rules:

Read all of my instructions very carefully. Your mistakes during cleaning process may have very serious consequences, like unbootable computer.
If you're stuck, or you're not sure about certain step, always ask before doing anything else.
Please refrain from running any tools, fixes or applying any changes to your computer other than those I suggest.
Never run more than one scan at a time.
Keep updating me regarding your computer behavior, good, or bad.
The cleaning process, once started, has to be completed. Even if your computer appears to act better, it may still be infected. Once the computer is totally clean, I'll certainly let you know.
If you leave the topic without explanation in the middle of a cleaning process, you may not be eligible to receive any more help in malware removal forum.
I close my topics if you have not replied in 5 days. If you need more time, simply let me know. If I closed your topic and you need it to be reopened, simply PM me.


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Spyware that removes msconfig and disables Add/Remove Programs, even in safe mode. simple as that. and adaware does not find it at all. what would you guys do? websearch is on there, and so is the homesearch hijacker. any thoughts?

Answer:Spyware that removes msconfig and disables Add/Remove Programs, even in safe mode

Hi, Your first step, if you can get it to run, is to post a Hijackthis log--

Make a new folder somewhere like Program the file to that folder and run it from there. Hit the Scan button, when the Save Log button shows, save the log as hijackthis.txt and copy/paste it to a blank reply here at your thread.

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Alright this is a family's laptop that is about 5 or even more years old...has windows xp on it dont know the exact one -.-...alright.

My sister has been using it and says she has never done anything to it...which i dont believe but anyways this computer will not boot up what so ever...everytime you power it on it goes to the screen that says unexpected error software/hardware problem yada yada yada...and then it gives you the options of boot in safe mode, safe mode networking, safe mode command prompt, last known good configuration...and none of those will work...we do have the recovery disks to wipe it but are trying to find a better way if possible...and when you try to load into any of the safe mode choices it stops at multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\Mup.sys...will stay at that for about 5-10 mins and then just turn off...if you try to just do normal mode or last known configuration it just acts like it loads with the windows and the little green loading bar then shuts off...the more i type the more i think the harddrive is toast but im new and learning so i probably could be wrong. Just looking for suggestions =)

Oh and this pc will run very if its a hardware issue i would not be surprised.

Answer:HP Pavilion will not boot in safe, safe w/networking, safe command or in normal mode

I'm heading to work now ill be back later tonight so just post suggestions and i will try them. =)

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After attempting to start my Laptop in Safe Mode, it loaded drivers normally only to crash a few seconds later. A prompt message appears but is impossible to read because Windows immediately reboots upon showing the prompt.

Safe Mode with Networking loads normally.

Any ideas or advice?

The computer is an Acer 4743G running Windows 7 Home Basic x64.

Answer:Cannot access Safe Mode but can boot in Safe Mode with Networking

Hello Zarmaki, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since it will startup in "Safe Mode with Networking", you might see if using the tutorial below to troubleshoot may help to find a cause.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Hope this helps for now,

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Windows just downloaded an update to my ASUS x83V laptop and now I can't get it to boot up. I've tried booting in normal mode, last successful mode, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt and nothing works.

If trying to boot in safe mode it gets stuck on crcdisk.sys. When trying to boot in any mode it eventually hits the blue screen with a STOP error of 0x0000001E. I have also gotten 0x0000007E and 0x00000024.

I am positive it's the latest Windows Update that caused this because my computer at work, which also runs on Vista and is also an ASUS, had an update yesterday. When I came into work this morning and tried to start up it was unable to and did a start up repair. That didn't work but it gave me a system restore option which did work.

Unfortunately my ASUS laptop does not prompt me to do a repair nor a system restore. The recovery disk I have that came with the laptop only allows me to do a restore which erases everything on my HD.

I'm only somewhat computer savvy; better at working with them than fixing them so please try to put things in layman's terms. Thank you!

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Good Evening,
I could do with some pointers on resolving an issue. I can only boot into windows in safe mode in Windows 10. Normal mode and safe mode with networking doesn't work. The problem occurred after a windows update. I have removed the latest updates that were installed and cleared any pending ones but it still won't boot properly. I have also run the troubleshooter and tried to recovery to an earlier date which also doesn't work.
The laptop is a HP ENVY 17 notebook. At boot it just gets to the HP logo with the circular loading icon and no further and can only boot it into safe mode. Can anyone recommend the next steps? I have also tried the following;

stopping startup itemsuninstalling hardware driversremoving recent softwarerunning troubleshooters at bootsfc scandiagnostic/selective startups with minimal services running
Would the fact that I cant boot into Safe Mode with Networking imply its a network driver related issue?
Bit of a dead end really, any help would be much appreciated
Kind regards

Answer:Can't boot into Normal/Safe Mode with Networking, only safe mode...

Hi Trevor and welcome to Tenforums. There are several ways to approach your problem. When I was reading your post, my initial impression was the same as yours, the Network driver was causing your issue. To be safe, go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features uninstall a program and sort the drivers by date installed. See which drivers were installed at the time you began having the problem. If you find any, I think it would be safe to assume the problem would be one of them. If you have another computer, go to the HP website for your model computer and download those drivers to a USB Flash Drive. Do one at a time and install the drivers you just downloaded and reboot until you find the offending driver. I would do this one at a time so you will know which driver it is in case Windows Update decides to install it again. See if that will work for you.

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Can't boot into Normal/Safe Mode with Networking, only safe mode...
Good Evening,I could do with some pointers on resolving an issue. I can only boot into windows in safe mode in Windows 10. Normal mode and safe mode with networking doesn't work. The problem occurred after a windows update. I have removed the latest updates that were installed and cleared any pending ones but it still won't boot properly. I have also run the troubleshooter and tried to recovery to an earlier date which also doesn't work.The laptop is a HP ENVY 17 notebook. At boot it just gets to the HP logo with the circular loading icon and no further and can only boot it into safe mode. Can anyone recommend the next steps? I have also tried the following;stopping startup items
uninstalling hardware drivers
removing recent software
running troubleshooters at boot
sfc scan
diagnostic/selective startups with minimal services running
Would the fact that I cant boot into Safe Mode with Networking imply its a network driver related issue?Bit of a dead end really, any help would be much appreciatedKind regardsTrevor

Answer:Can't boot into Normal/Safe Mode with Networking, only safe mode...

It's uncertain what the problem is - although a networking problem does sound likely.
Start with trying a clean boot:
Perform a Clean Boot:
If that stops the problem, then re-enable things a few at a time until you figure out what's causing it.
Then uninstall the problem program (from Start...Settings...Apps...Apps & Features - if you don't find it there, check the right sidebar for Programs and Features and see if you can remove it from there).
Let us know what happens there and we'll move on from there if needed.

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I have a yoga tablet 2 pro. I powered down the tablet one night. In the morning, I normally held down the power button for no more than 2 or 3 seconds to power it up agian until I saw the lenovo logo. Everything was going well, but then it went to an android reboot screen. I never took any action to reboot my tablet, but the screen popped up anyways. I didn't want to reboot my tablet, so I selected the "power off" selection on the reboot screen. It powered off, and then took me back to the reboot screen. I selected the same option once more, but I got the same results. I decided to end the nonsense and just reboot. It wasn't going to hurt anything. When I did, it took me to my home screen where all my apps were gone. I noticed my tablet was then on safe mode. I researched what it was. I'm not sure why safe mode even exists or why it is on my tablet, but I can't get to any of my apps. So I decided to restart my tablet, but after it restarted, I was still on safe mode. I looked up how to take your tablet off safe mode, and all the info I got was to either power off your tablet or restart it and your tablet would be off safe mode. So I restarted it again...still didn't work. I then powered it off again and it took me back to the reboot screen. I have done this multiple times selecting every option on the reboot screen and nothing has seemed to work. I also powered it off and left it over night but that didn't work either. I even tried to power it off, then turn it back on while ... Read more

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MSCONFIG >selected>safe boot--NO activity at monitor, tower has power, but cannot work PC.

Answer:MSCONFIG >selected>safe boot----Bad choice!?!?

We need more information: make/model, desktop or laptop and why using Safe Mode?
In the meantime, try another monitor via VGA connection.

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Please help!  Over the past week or two my computer has been running slower and slower.  Then lost the ability to download anything unless in safe mode.  Now when opening computer in normal mode get nothing but black screen.  Think I got something when my antivirus software lapsed and I wasn't protected for a bit?
Running Windows 7 64
Tried running Malewarebytes, Avast, SuperAntiSpyware, Microsoft Defender, sf scan, CCleaner and nothing has helped.  Everything comes back fine. 
I'm not very computer savy but from what I have been reading you all can help!  Much appreciated and many thanks for any assistance. 

Answer:I'm lost. Only open in safe mode. Normal mode give black screen.

Hello ,what is the sf scanBoot to safe mode with Networking and try running these......MiniToolBoxPlease download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.TDSSKillerDownload TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.AdwCleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double clic... Read more

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Hi i really need some help. I got a virus notification from mcaffee saying i have trojandownloader:win32/ and i selected remove and thought it would be fine. But the next day the computer kept restarting and ie and mozilla would not open. They only opened in safe mode with netoworking so i tried to download virus protection but when i tried to install it the computer would restart so i renamed the programs which it worked for so i could install it. I installed malware and it got rid of some files but it has not solved the issue. Also when in safe mode and using the internet the page always redirects to other pages like smartbizsearch and the internet just does not function properly. I downloaded HiJackThis from safe mode and renamed it so i could use it. I downloaded dds as instructed and here my log for it:DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Himesh at 16:00:46.10 on 03/06/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6001.1.1252.44.1033.18.3000.2377 [GMT 1:00]SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC: ... Read more

Answer:Cannot open IE or Mozilla in normal mode has to be in Safe Mode and computer keeps restarting

The logs from before were done in safe mode these are the ones from normal mode.DDS log:DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Himesh at 16:27:33.45 on 04/06/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6001.1.1252.44.1033.18.3000.1826 [GMT 1:00]SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *disabled* (Outdated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exeC:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetworkC:\Windows\system32\agrsmsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Progra... Read more

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I own a Windows 7 PC. I am having trouble turning on my computer. Each time I try to access my user account or that of others I either end up with a black screen with only the mouse pointer visible or it opens to the user desktop but I really can not do much else; the only programs I can open are things like My Computer and the Control Panel, but when I try to access anything within these, the pointer has the little blue circle that says it's working, but nothing happens even after 20 mins or so; and I have to end up restarting via the button on the front of the computer. It does not recognize my home network so I can not get any Internet. I tried retiring the computer back about three days but each time it fails and says something about my anti-virus software interfering, I turned off that software and it still gives me the same message.
I can open the computer in Safe Mode with networking, and I can access my home network as it should and access the Internet. I can also access the basic programs as I should and have tried system recover but it gives me the same message as in normal mode.
I have an external hard drive that I tried booting from but I don't even know if it worked, because I have the same problems. The external hard drive has a back-up/restore function but it says I can not do that from safe mode, and when I clicked restore options after I opened the file on the hard drive while in normal mode it just froze again.
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Answer:Trouble loading in normal mode have to open in safe mode

Hi, it sounds as if something suspect is running on your computer or as if too many applications are trying to open when you boot the machine. Do you remember installing or using anything new prior to the issue occurring?

The easiest way to fix this would be to strip down the startup programs and see if that helps the issue. There is however some risk associated with doing this, you have to be confident that you can turn off a start up program without it diminishing your computer's functionality. If you're interested in trying this then there's instructions on how to disable start up programs here. And if you're unsure of whether or not to disable a program googling it's "startup name" will give you an idea of what it does, essentially what you're trying to do is stop un-necessary programs from running when the computer starts. So things like updaters, monitering programs, a lot of things that show up in the system tray can be disabled. If you're still unsure then post a list of the start up items and we can give you an idea of what's going on. You may have to do this from safe mode (ensure you're logged in as an administrator) however once you restart you should notice an immediate difference. If you don't then the problem could be with OS damage or something a little more difficult to fix, if that's the case i'd advise that you possibly post in the virus/spyware/trojan help forum and the people there can give a little more in depth analysis of what's going on.... Read more

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I can boot in safe mode with networking with no issues, but when I try to boot normally, it loads to the point where you click on the user account and reboots. I have to then hold the power button down and power back up. In safe mode, I tried to make changes in MSCONFIG- setting it to boot normally, but the changes will not save.

One other point, if I leave the computer up and running in safe mode, it will shut down after a 20 mins or so. At that point, I have to hold in the power button again and restart in safe mode.

Answer:MSCONFIG- Can't boot in normal mode

Please try Selective Startup with Load System Services and Load Startup Items checked. Under Boot options should all be cleared of any marks. Reboot if required.

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I can only open a computer in the safe mode. I have tried changing the mode manually and it wont work. It was reset to factory standards and now won't go back. Please help. I am using someone else's computer to get answers. Thank you.

Answer:How to open the computer in normal mode and not safe mode

Hold the "Windows" key and the "R" key. Type msconfig in the window that opens:

Go to the "boot" tab and uncheck "safe boot":

Click "Apply" and "OK" and restart the PC. It should then boot in normal mode.

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I'm not exactly sure with what I downloaded, but all that i think i have downloaded in the past week are PDF docs and videos from hdvideo (when the problem started to happen). From there, I could only surf on Safe Mode with networking, whereas when I start windows vista normally, things do not open when I attempt to do so. Moreover, it takes forever when i press Ctrl Alt Dlt, but there it says the system "failed to start security options" and from there it's an eerie black screen with the start logo on the bottom left that cannot be clicked. The only method I could get the computer to restart was to manually switch it off and on.
I recently used Malwarebytes but it did not detect anything.

Additional details about my laptop:
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26GHz)
Windows vista home premium
Memory 2GB
Hard Disk drive 250gb

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated, I really need printing back <3

Answer:Windows Vista can't open anything... I only can open stuff in Safe Mode

Did you try System restore to go back to a date prior to this happening?

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I detected various trojans etc so ran a registry cleaner but some still remained so i booted into safe mode and ran a deep scan with Dr Web and cured issues but suddenly i got a blue error screen "crql not less or equal",that old chestnut!
My system would not boot into Windows (Xp prof. corporate) and after lots of various attempts decided yo try and "repair" Windows via the installation disk option.So off it went,copying all files etc. but then only got to a certain point and was halted with a message stating Disk 0 at i.d. 0 at bus 0 and something atapi
(sorry,it moved so quick i didnt write it all down but there was not much more than ive mentioned).Again after several attempts with nothing i started taking drastic action and decided to just try a full re-install after formating the drive but again it would not let me.
To cut a long story short,my pc boots up and gets to the initial "Windows Xp" loading bar but then freezes and reboots and does this in and endless cycle! I cant reinstall Cause it wont let me and there seems to be nothing in the Bios menu that can help???
I dont know what else i can try,how do i get Windows running again if it point blank refuses? I know it is only through stupidity that i have erased something important but i dont understand why it would prevent me doing a restore/repair or full reinstallation and i have had a fair few problems over the years but nothing like this,that simply prevents me from accessing an... Read more

Answer:After safe mode Dr Web check,cannot boot Xp even in Safe mode!

P.s. I cannot even use the "repair" option in windows,i believe this to be the recovery console.Is that correct?
If it is correct then how on earth can i gain access to my Pc if eveything i do is ignored and it just rotates in this endless cycle of resetting.
Somebody must have had this problem at some point,surely?
I dont think its hardware as it started to blue screen after my system virus scan with Dr Web in safe mode.

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My OS is Windows 7 32 bits. I checked base video in boot option in msconfig and also checked make all boot
settings permanent. So my window always boots with low resolution mode. Therefore I rechecked base video, checked all boot settings permanent, applied, ok and then restarted the windows. OK. Windows is starting, that's ok yet. My screen resolution is normal. And then My startup programs started, after a few seconds, My screen resolution changed to low immediately. I think I can't disable base video mode in msconfig. how can I do? Pls help me.

Answer:how to disable base video mode boot in msconfig

Em what i would try is - Start - Run - (type):dxdiag - then when that opens and go to the diaplay tab and see does it say any problems and post back.

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Really weird issue. My computer locked up and restarted when I was playing Battlefield 3, not sure why. Then it didn't want to boot up for some reason. Eventually I got an error message about a disk i/o error. I assume this is due to a corrupted USB that was connected to the PC. When I removed that I was able to boot into normal mode, but not into safe mode. I didn't like this, so I went msconfig -> boot -> Safe Boot. And now every time I try to boot, no matter whether I select normal or safe mode, it tries to boot into safe mode and fails.

It gives me the menu, shows a screen loading all the system files and then says "Booting in safemode - Minimal Services". Then my monitor says "no signal" and remains black. Things are still plugged in - tapping numkey makes the light go on and off on the keyboard - but I can't actually DO anything. And now there's no way I can see to boot into normal mode.

What do I do?

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot into safe mode, WILL boot into normal mode

I just tried putting in the Windows Install disc, to try and launch the Recovery Console, but I only got 4 options on the boot up screen. 3 variations of safe mode and one "start normally" (which due to my msconfig edits means safe mode, minimal). Tried downloading a W7 64bit repair disc ISO, burnt that.. same deal.

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Hello all
First time poster with problem after peforming sys restore on win7 pro 64bit.
Was troubleshooting a problem w/taskbar not staying hidden, tried to restore back 24hrs to when a java update occured. Restore seemed to proceed normally, but upon restart, it boots normally to just before the login screen would appear, then the screen goes black and all that is visible is the cursor , which I can still move.
But that's as far as it gets. Trying to boot in safe mode, or repair mode ends exact same way - can't boot in to try anything
Any ideas??

Answer:Black screen at boot with safe mode, system restore, or repair mode

no one has any suggestions? I also triedtoboot to my win7 dvd to see if I could attempt to repair but again, it only gets thru the windows bootscreen then goes black with only the mouse cursor showing as before.

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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 have a Sony VGN-FW139E with window vista. When my computer tried to boot into Windows, it just hangs on window vista loading screen.
If I selected Safe mode or Safe mode with Networking, I got this message.

Loaded: \windows\system32\drivers\crdisk.sys
Please wait?
Then it did not get any further. Is there any solution to fix this problem? Thx..

Answer:Problem can't boot into eithre normal Windows mode or safe mode

See if selecting Last Known Good Configuration helps.

If that doesn't work then try this Repair Install For Vista - Vista Forums

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Hi there, I'm trying to fix my Aunt's windows XP computer. I downloaded MBAM as she had previously mentioned getting a call on the phone from someone in India telling her she needed to pay $160 for her antivirus or her computer would shut down.

I ran MBAM and it took about 8 hours to scan, and at the very end found a bunch of results. I told it to get rid of them, and then restarted. Upon restarting, it also ran a disk check, and after that finished, it booted up but took forever to load. Upon loading the taskbar showed up for a brief moment, then disappeared, and I can't seem to get it to run from the task manager either. It brings up the explorer.exe process briefly, then without ever loading the taskbar, it ends the process.

I got a bit worried at this point and tried to restart in safe mode. However, when I do that, it loads a bunch of drivers and then stops. It never finishes loading. (this happens in safe mode with and without networking)

I also tried restarting back into normal mode and running avast through command prompts, but it doesn't do anything and I also got errors stating that a particular file is missing.

What should I do next? I was going to attempt running combofix from my flash drive, but when I try to CD into the drive, it says the drive isn't ready. If you have any suggestions on what to do, let me know, thanks.

Answer:Unable to boot in safe mode, explorer.exe not loading in normal mode

Do not run combofix,let me ask someone to help you

good luck

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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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Hi, today I decided to restart my PC but it got stuck at the "logging off" screen, so I just held down power button to turn it off.
When I tried turning it back on, it got stuck at the windows logo. Safe-mode won't work, nor will system recovery.Note: I had not made any hardware changes in the past 3 years. I also don't think I have made any big software changes in the past couple of weeks.
What I was doing before I decided to reboot:
I was reinstalling different versions of firefox because I was having flash issues (FF and Flash arent very compatible on some of the newer FF versions)
So I installed 30.0 and it asked me reboot to finish the installation and here I am. I don't think it's related, might be just a coincidence.
Full details of what is happening:
Normal boot-up freezes at the windows7 logo. The animation freezes too. PC does not auto re-boot.
Safe-mode gets stuck while loading components. Notably at storport.sys (not sure if I spelt that right) PC does not auto re-boot.
System recovery freezes after a while during the © Mircosoft Corporation screen with green loading bar. PC does not auto re-boot.
The little light that flickers when the PC is doing something is not lighting up during the loading screens. It flickers for the first couple of seconds and then just stops (or very faintly flicks every 3-4 secs) The loading screen animation then freezes after ~10-15 seconds.
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Answer:PC/Safe-mode/recovery mode won't boot (stuck at windows logo)

Sorry to double post...
Tried reseating the RAM, no luck...
Tried booting recovery mode from a rescue disk I made a couple years ago, same result...
Freezes right there after 15~20 seconds...

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Win 7 Normal Mode won't start, will go past Starting up Screen and just hit a Black screen and will hit a Crash Dump (blue error screen)..... I can boot into safe mode fine and I have fun CHKSDK and after a reboot it fixed a few problems but I hit the same Crash Dump Screen. I have also made sure my whole pc is all clean and connected, no corroding parts etc etc, made sure my pci-e slot is default etc etc, no luck at all...

Its a new installation and worked fine last night and early this morning after separate boots. But as soon as I booted this afternoon it wouldn't load and would hit the blue error crash dump screen....

So any suggestions?

Just last night My main HDD died also which is why I had to use my secondary HDD as my main....


Answer:Win7 Normal Mode wont boot, Safe Mode works though... Help?

1) When you "ran checkdisk" dis you run it with the "/r" switch? If not, please run chkdsk /r now.2) Download BlueScreenView: downloaded file and double click on BlueScreenView.exe to run the program.when scanning is done, go to EDIT - Select AllGo to FILE - SAVE Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txtOpen BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all of the content, and paste it into your next reply

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My Toshiba satellite will only boot in safe mode tried sfc/scannow getting this message

Windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.

I've tried a system restore but that wasnt very successful either, if I uploaded the CBS log of the scan could someone try help me with the problem. Thanks

Answer:BSOD when trying to boot in normal mode, safe mode works fine

You may need to run SFC up to 3 times for it to have a chance to repair all files.

If it won't then you can consider a Repair Install.

However be aware that factory preinstalled Win7 is one of the worst possible installs of Win7 one can have, larded with bloatware and duplicate utilties that intefere with better versions built into Win7. So I would strongly consider doing the vastly superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you decide to try to repair you can also capture the BSOD file and post it up for one of our BSOD analysts as shown here: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - Windows 7 Forums

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Hey guys:

I picked up a bunch of viruses. I noticed when my computer started slowin g down. They seem to have disabled my realtime McAfee antivirus and firewall. I was able to run it manually and it found and quarantined 3 trojans. I

I then ran the TrendMicro housecalls online scan and it found and deleted another 11 or 12 trojans and worms. I deleted them.(I did not run this with my System Restore turned off.)

My computer still won't boot-normally. I gets to the screen where it shows Windows XP and the dotted line blinking from left to right. The screen goes black and then just stays black. I have to then do a hard reset and when it asks if I want to start in Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/Networking etc... the only choice that lets me in is The Last Known Good Configuration. All the others get the quick blue screen of death and then it restarts.

I tried a system restore and went back about a week. That failed too.

Windows Task Manager Show I am using 67% to 100% cpu usage depening on whatever small tasks I have opened on the desktop(like Mozzilla Firefox.)

I a running Windows XP. It's an Asus P4C800E mobo, 3.4 Extreme cpu, 2 gig of memory, and about a terabyte of hd space. Let me know if you need any more info.

Thanks for your help,



I just turned off my Sys Restore and I am re-running the online scan.

Answer:Can't open in Safe Mode, can't open Hijackthis!!!

Hi, if you still need assistance, please follow all the instructions outlined here:

Then post all the required logs.

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I managed to run ad-adaware with the latest defs once, did a preboot scan with avast, then booted into normal mode. I tried to install the lastest defs for spybot S&D, and got this error message:


the installer you are trying to use is corrupted or incomplete.
This could be the result of a damaged disk, a failed download or a virus.

You may want to contact the author of this installer to obrain
a new copy.

Upon reboot, the system freezes before the desktop finishes loading. I can still boot into safe mode, but running any scan, ad-aware or spybotS&D, causes a system freeze. Here is the HJT log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:21:42 PM, on 8/21/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
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Answer:Can't boot into normal mode, scanning freezes in safe mode

I managed to boot to normal mode and run hjt. Here's the log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:52:11 PM, on 8/21/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\WLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\WUSB54Gv2.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://dantrecamtim/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: Yahoo! Companion BHO - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\ycomp5_5_7_0.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3}... Read more

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I'm new to this forum and not a very sophisticated user, but help would be appreciated. I am running Windows XP (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.080814-1233: Service Pack2). My computer froze and I had to hold power button to shut down. Shortly before I froze a window popped open to tell me that windows security firewall had been changed to off. I switched it back to on, but then the computer froze up a few minutes later. When I try to boot in normal mode I can log-in, but about 3 seconds after I see my desktop the screen goes black and I need to hold the power button down to turn off. I am only able to boot in safe mode. I have run spybot and adaware in safe mode and they find 'Virtumonde'. Spybot also finds 'MicrosoftWindowsSecurityCenter_disabled'. I correct/fix these problems in the software, but when I reboot nothing has changed and when I run them again (in safe mode) they find the exact same problems.

I tried following the directions on 'Read and Run me First', but don't get far because I can only boot in safe mode... I can't use the program uninstall that is part of the control panel to get rid of the Java updates of which I have a few - this seems to be because I am in safe mode. Also, it sounds like steps 2 and 3 also require to be booted in normal mode. Is it possible to complete 'read and run me first' in safe mode?

Any advice on how to proceed from here would be appreciated. thank you.
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Answer:Can't boot in normal mode - Malware removal Safe Mode?

I decided to finish running the scans that were suggested in Safe Mode with the exception of Super AntiSpyware which I could not install in safe mode. After completing, I was able to boot in normal mode and so far it is working. I have attached the logs for you to look at and let me know if there are any other fixes I should undertake. Thanks for a great site!

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Help -  I have a Dell OptiPlex 960 with Win 7 OS SP1
My computer is giving me a black screen on normal bootup - I can hear the windows tune but then it is black
I am able to get it to boot in Safe Mode and I have tried the following: ComboFix, Malwarebytes, and adwcleaner
But it stlil boots to a black screen 
What do I do now??????

Answer:Will boot in safe mode but black screen in normal mode

Boot into safe mode...then do the following.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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Ok, so I'm helping someone can help me on here. I was origionally running Windows 7 but had to install Ubuntu alongside it. I was installing a game, then started playing it while it continued downloading (it was a streaming download.) It ran fine for about 10 min, and then the computer froze. I decided to restart it and now it wont boot back up. Everytime I try booting it into either safe mode or regular mode it gets to the windows loading screen and then goes to the bsod and restarts. When I try booting it in safe mode it will load all the drivers until it reaches aswrvrt, then bsod flashes and it restarts. I tried booting it into recovery mode but it will reach a gray screen and then hang. I can move the courser around but nothing loads. I installed Ubuntu on a sd card so I can try and fix the problem. I can access all the data on the hard drive, so I tried uninstalling avast and the game. I dont think it worked since I can still see the files.Does anyone know what I am talking about and can help me?

Answer:Windows 7 wont boot into safe mode or recovery mode

Your Windows installation has corrupted in some way. If you cannot enter the "Last Known Good" option from the recovery screen you should then be looking at booting from a repair disk and repairing your file system.
EDIT: that is a windows repair disk specific to your OS that I am talking about.

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Please, can somebody assist me. When I try to log into vista normal mode all I get is 'Please Wait' where the 'welcome' logo used to be and it just sits there saying "Please Wait . . . ." forever. When I could login to safe mode I enable the verbose command and restarted and tried normal mode again and it would say "Please wait for the Local Session Manager . . ." and never get past that screen. Now, for some reason, I cannot even log into any safe mode options. After the safe mode drivers load, the computer just hangs at crcdisk.sys after it's loaded and not proceed. So, then I tried to boot to the cd to use the repair utility and my computer won't even acknowledge it, it just takes to me the three safe mode options. In the past I could boot to the cd and use the repair disk and now I can't. Please don't tell me I am screwed. I have so much valuable info that I would really not want to lose. So if anybody can please help me to try and resolve this, I would be greatly appreciative. Thnx

Answer:Windows Vista cannot boot into normal mode or safe mode

How do you normally boot from your DVD? Is there a key you must press in order to select the boot drive?
Also, what's the exact make and model of your system?

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Let me open by saying I'm too old to understand most of the jargon and directions found in a technical forum like this. I've been trying to fix this myself for about two weeks, and have made so many changes, I've probably made a complete hash of it.

The latest thing I did was to attempt a fresh install of Windows from a DVD. I had to format the C drive to have enough space for the installation, so I did. The installation seemed to running normally, so I took our dog for a walk. When I came back, there was this error message: "Installation was cancelled."

The details of the error message are as follows: "Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restate the installation. Error code: 0x80070070"

My fear is that my hard drive has failed. When it's trying to boot up, there's always a line that says something to the effect that no drives were found. However, when running GPart from a disc, it finds both C & D. I tried to use one of the GPart tools to repair C, but it didn't work. It said I need to "Run chkdsk /f, the reboot TWICE." I can't do that, because I can't get it to boot into a command prompt.

I think I already destroyed all of my data on D, where it was all stored, in trying to install Windows. At one point, it told me that Windows could not proceed with formatting if D was excluded, so I removed the exclusion. I think that was a bad mistake.

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Answer:Windows crashed. Now can't boot, even in repair mode or safe mode.

You did a few smart things. So do not despair.

As a first measure I would try to save as much of your data as possible. Since you have the Xubuntu disc, try that.

Then you really should run the chkdsk /f. If you load your installation disk and go to "Repair this Computer" (or something like that), there should be a Command Prompt.

If that is all done, try to reinstall again and come back to let us know how you are doing.

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MALWARE issues!!!I was having trouble staying in SAFEMODE to try to do some cleanup on my Laptop. The malware prevented my getting into safe mode and would cause the pc to just reboot normally. Because of this, I went into the msconfig>system config utility > boot.ini> then placed a check in the safemode box. I rebooted. Now its worse because it is now stuck with the BLACK screen safe mode choices. But It still wont go into safe mode and wont even reboot normally to reg windows mode.It trys to reboot on its own after a countdown of 30 seconds. But a blue screen quickly flashes once. Then it tries to reboot over and over again no matter which option I pick (last known config, safe mode networking, safe mode, safe with command, etc), it just tries to reboot over and over again like a broken record.I can get into phoenix BIOS by pushing F10 (or F12 I think), but I dont know what I can do there.At this point, i just want my pc to be able to boot normally into Window, and I will see what I can do in reg windows mode as far as cleaning the malware off my pc.Please help in easy terms.Thanks for your help in advance...PS: Windows Home edition OEM sp2 IE7-HP pavillion 8100 laptop-I have the original sealed discs that came with my 4 or so year old Laptop.I just need to be walked step by step if I need to boot from them. I dont want to have to wipe everything out or have to do a fresh install, if I can at all avoid this....Sorry for the hassle.My original main goal... Read more

Answer:HELP! My Laptop wont do safe mode or boot into reg Windows mode-

Hello and welcome. I am moving this from XP to the Am I Infected forum for scans.Lets do these from normal.Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop. alternate download linkSave any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser! Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator. Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion. Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to save it to your desktop.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and yo... Read more

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In MSconfig I set windows to boot into safe mode, now it will not boot at all. Previously it booted into normal mode.

I used a Windows recovery disc from which the only option that works is the command prompt. From the cmd prompt I can see all of C: drive and also run regedit.

Is there anyway from the cmd prompt to reset Boot from safe mode back to normal mode?

Answer:Windows fails to boot, into safe mode or normal mode

Safe Mode - Start Windows 10 in - Windows 10 Forums
Option 3 and then number 5

Hope that works. Always worth checking the Tutorial section. Please have a look.

Or, if you have restore points, you can run System restore from your boot disk.

Failing those, it is possible to restore the backup copy of your registry.

When back running again (hopefully) I suggest you then do an in-place upgrade repair install.
Instructions also in the Tutorial section.
Keeps all your progs + data and most settings.

Once you have a stable working PC, I would urge you then to start using disk imaging e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage so you ca recover from many problems to a previous working state without technical help.

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Hey guys,
Thanks ahead of time for the help. I can honestly say I'm dumbfounded with this issue and would rather ask for help then hook up my master HD as a slave and force a reformat which would be my next step.

Anyways, here's the background on the issue.

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ OC'd to 2.75ghz
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe Mobo
BFG Tech Nvidia 7800 GTOC x2 (SLI)
Dual Sata Hd's, both the 3gb/s connection. (750gb main/250gb Backup)
Sound Blaster XFI Fatal1ty sound card
Creative modem blaster v.92 dialup modem ( @ dialup)

A few days ago, not quite sure why, but when I booted the comp the graphics card proceeded to tweak out and basically looked like fuzz upon entering windows. Eventually after hard resetting it a few times it'd boot normal. Today, I was running Nvidia NTune utility to find a stable OC setup for my PCI bus and what not, and it rebooted as normal during the process. Graphics card tweaked again, so I did what I know to do and uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers for my 7800's. Seemingly fixed the problem. Rebooted and resumed the OC process and went to watch TV.

45 Minutes later I come back and my computer is rebooting itself constantly. Upon getting the the xp loading screen, it BSoD's and reboots.

So, I try and boot in safemode to uninstall/reinstall drivers yet again. When I press safemode, it begins loading basic drivers. When it gets to SPTD.sys it pauses, locks up, and reboots (no BSoD)

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Answer:[SOLVED] BSoD on standard boot, safe mode boot, and xp install disc boot


Well, a friend needed me to fix a design for him emergency status in Illustrator CS3, so I went to work troubleshooting.

All signs point to NTFS.sys being corrupt, etc. Which makes the drive unreadable, hence the reboots.

So, I snagged my dads IDE harddrive from his computer, hooked it up as master in my computer and it still gave me the BSoD. I then unhooked both of my Sata Hd's, and ran ONLY the IDE drive. This IDE drive is fine (i'm on it right now on my dads comp to write this). I try and boot my system off just his harddrive and it STILL gave me the BSoD.

Only difference is the BSoD is staying up now on normal boot so I can give you the error.

Error code is 0x0000007B? I believe.

But yeah, the computer is still unable to boot off a good HD even with the bad ones not hooked up.

Now I'm thinking a memory issue? or Video ram issue? Fried GPU/RAM?

AHHHHHH!!!!! i have no idea what to do. This is ridiculous. meanwhile my friend is screwed on his design for a t-shirt i told him i'd do.

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I have been attempting to fix this for the last 2 days and not getting anywhere fast. I hope someone has some suggestions.

Xp will not boot past windows logo screen. If I just let it run it will reboot and try agian on its own.

All the Safe mode choices freeze while the text goes down the screen - doesnt even make to the logo screen.

Last known good configuration does the same thing as regular boot up -no load past windows logo.

I have attemted to reboot using the xp disk. (I am running Raid 0 and did install raid drivers with the F6 command) I am able to get the screen with options and have choosen all the option which would freeze. They both freeze when they begin to anylze the first hard drive.

My bios sees good good hard drives (I dont know if that really means anything)

Raid shows healthy drives as well.

If I reset my computer with the restart button after attempting to load the comptuer will freeze at the bios start up screen. If I power down the comptuer and the restart I have the same boot issues. Not sure if that gives any clue.

I have another computer with the exact same specs. I have swithced hard drives and get the same result. The hard drives from my other computer work fine in the busted computer so we can rule out motherboard, graphics, loose connection, etc....

I would usually run chkdsk or reload drivers using the windows disk but as you know from the info above i cannot get to that point. I have also tried to boot to Dos with a boot disk so I can ru... Read more

Answer:Xp wont boot, no safe mode, no debug mode

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Only have video in safe mode after virus. Can see the xp logo when loading in nomal mode, but when windows starts the screen goes blank. Have video in safe made only.

Answer:No video after boot in normal mode. safe mode OK

I think you have lost your video card drivers somewhere along the road, or corrupted them or something else. Try uninstalling your video drivers from add/remove apps. and from device manager, then running some driver wiper program, and then reinstalling the newest drivers for your vid card, after downloading them from ATI/nVidia site, if you have a dedicated vid card.

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My computer is a HP Probook 4710s running windows xp professional w/ SP3
When I started it up it was very slow, did not make the chiming welcome sound and none of the icons or taskbar came up.
I hit ctrl+alt+del and explorer.exe was there but clearly not doing anything.  Only 21 total processes were running.  I rebooted in safemode and all of my icons appeared.  I tried a system restore but it did not work.  I can reboot in safemode with networking but the following error message appears.  "Runtime Error!  Program  c:\ProgramFiles\Hewlett-Packard\IAM\Bin\AsGHost.exe    This application has requested to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the applications support team for further infomation."  I had contacted microsoft's tech support who thought the problem might be a corrupted user profile, so we attempted to create a new one and copy the files over to it, but the copy never worked and would fail part way through saying, "cannot access files" and then stop.  So those profiles were deleted and now I'm back to not being able to boot up with just the plain old default ADMIN user.  I don't want to shut down my computer since I'm worried if I do, it will stop booting up in safe mode too.  It's done that before, it cycles through all the files and then hangs up for about 3 minutes and automatically reboots.  Any suggestions?

Answer:Can only boot in safe mode no icons in regular mode

Duplicate, I moved your earlier post to Am I Infected...please pursue that topic and do not start another topic on same issues.
This topic is closed to avoid confusion.

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Power failed on my new Gateway 509 with Windows XP HE. It will boot in safe mode fine but stays on the XP Splash Screen for more than 30 minutes.
Computer has a 250GB HD and Chkdsk says it is OK.

What should I do next?

Thank you all.

Answer:XP HE wont boot normal mode, safe mode ok

Problem Solved

Hello All

Thank you anyway. The problem was caused by a new Cannon pi6600D printer that is slow to initialize. I prevented windows from starting at all. Shut printer off normal boot goes fine. Then turned printer on and P&P finds it and all is ready to go.

Now I need to figure out why the Cannon is so slow.

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Hi,My computer froze the other day. I happened periodically whenever I am on Yahoo! fantasy sports web page. I don't know what it is about that site but my computer for whatever reason does not like it. So after freezing on that site, computer was unresponsive to anything I did. I shut it off, restarted, put in my password and then it froze while loading on the "welcome" screen for windows. I cannot get past this screen in normal mode anymore and I am working on my old desktop right now as I try to figure out what is wrong. Last time I was having problems, not as bad as this mind you, I had to download a BIOS update from the manufacturer. What other info do you need from me? Any thoughts as to how I can fix it? I think my drivers are up to date, I checked the device manager and nothing says it needs to be updated.ThanksJohn

Answer:Cannot boot windows 7 in normal mode. Only able to use safe mode.

Can you boot to safe mode?

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I've been trying to clean my system for a couple of days now. I can't boot into normal mode. Only Safe Mode.

I've run the spyware removal in safe mode but it doesn't seem to help.

My administrator account disapeared in normal mode, leaving only a single user account. When I log on, that account will start to open, but never fully loads. I created a new user account and it hangs on the set up. I was able to see the administrator account again, by adding it back to the registry under winlogon but when I try logging on it also seems to be going thru the microsoft steps for setting up a new account.

Unfortunantly I didn't keep notes on all the stuff I've tried. I've run PC Tools Mechanic and also PC Tools Spyware Dr, all in safe mode only. I also had spybot search and destroy running but of course I can't access it in normal mode.

When I went to the control panal and looked at the administrator account, it was showing membership in the administrator and also the debugging group.

I'm sure I've got some sort of bad malware on my computer.


Answer:Can't boot into normal mode, only safe mode. Infected

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Your problems may or may not be due to malware.

kathinpdx said:

I've run the spyware removal in safe mode but it doesn't seem to help.Click to expand...

If you ran our cleaning procedure then where are the requested logs you are supposed to attach? The below is a direct quote from the cleaning procedure.

Step 3: Do You Still Have Problems

Yes, I?m still having problems
DO NOT run the READ ME again!!!! Please attach your logs as given below.
If you do not already have a thread started, start a new thread otherwise post the following in your original thread. Clearly describe in detail the problems you are having and how long ago they started. Think about what you were doing at the time.
Now you need to attach (See: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post ) the below logs created while running the above scans
SASlog.txt log from SuperAntiSpyware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log
ComboFix.txt (normally C:\ComboFix.txt) - normally it is C:\ - only attach this log from MGtools.exe DO NOT attach any logs seen in the MGtools folder.
You will need to post 2 messages to attach all four logs since only 3 attachments are allowed in any single message. Post all of them in one thread.
Be patient after posting your logs and wait for one of the helpers to get to you. It can take a while to read thru all of the logs and to create individual fixes for you.

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Last known good configuration.
Toshiba Satellite a505 starts up with no weird noises but everything I do ends up with black screen with safe mode white cursor.
I can get to F12 blue screen mode but not sure where to go from there.

You guys think this is virus related or broken HDD?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Like a total yoyo, I have pics and vids from every camera and cell phone I've ever had on this laptop.
Thanks guys

Answer:win 7 won't boot. won't load repair mode, safe mode, or

Can you make a bootable CD and check hardware?,3.html

Or a bootable USB.
can you F2 to the BIOS?
Do you have another HDD you can install?
We need to know a little more to suggest more.

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Windows 8 makes it difficult to get into Safe Mode. You no longer get to use the F8 key and will have to go through several windows including Advanced repair options until you get to Safe Boot. If you are able to login to Normal Mode of Windows 8, you can easily restart it into Safe Mode. This post was originally written on FixNow Support - How to boot into Windows 8 Safe Mode from the Normal modeHere's the entire guide with screenshots:1) Open the Run window (Windows key + R) and type msconfig2) In the System Configuration window, choose the Boot tab. Under Boot options, place a check next to Safe Boot and click Apply and OK.3) In the popup, click on Restart.Windows will now restart in Safe Mode.4) If you want to switch back to the Normal mode open the Run window again, type msconfig and uncheck the Safe Boot option.

Answer:Windows 8: Boot into Safe Mode from within Normal Mode

It's Shift + F8...and not hard at all...

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Today after school I went into MSCONFIG and checked the box to go into safe mode so i could run some virus scans and adware scans and stuff like that. Now when it gets to the desktop it has the window that says Loading Windows and then after like 2-3 min. it says password is incorrect and that i should retype it and becarefull of caps lock and stuff like that. The thing is don't have a password. It does this when i boot normally too but it lets me hit ok and hit Cancel without a password entered. All of a sudden it tries logging me in automatically when I start up but the thing is i dont need to log in. So I try to go back into normal mode and I can't. I hit F8 during startup and went to the Boot Normally option but it still does to safe mode. What do I do? How do I log on or how do I get rid of this password thing? One more thing, the window that tells me the password is wrong has an OK box but theres no mouse on the screen for me to click it and I can't use the keyboard to select it.

If this doesn't make sense tell me. But I need help quick.

Answer:Can't boot in safe mode or normal mode??? Need help fast.

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I have a dual boot linux/xp system.
I was looking at partitions - just listing them - in linux, and now win xp won't come up in normal mode. It will come up in safe mode, however.

Can you help me get my "normal mode" back?

When the horizontal moving bar comes up in normal mode, it just goes on forever. I see the disk light go on for about 8 cycles of the bar. It usually runs 11 cycles before giving me the user selection screen. Now the disk light goes out after cycle 8, and the bar keeps going. I waited 32 cycles before giving up.

I also recently tried to install a Dell XP reinstallation CD I had onto a new partition. I have Partition Commander, which I only run against Windows partitions. The program correctly identified an empty partition and said it had hidden all other partitions. This may or may not have anything to do with my current problem. It did happen in the time frame of the problem appearing. The CD was not able to install XP. It said something about analyzing my system. I left it to do that as I went out for the evening, and when I returned 3 hours later, it was still in that state, so I killed it.

Answer:Solved: win xp can boot safe mode, not normal mode

I had done a full back up using Acronis backup software (a new product for me) 3 weeks ago. When I exhausted what meager options I could think of, I rebooted with the bootable Acronis CD and restored that backup. Acronis won my 4 vendor test (others were Norton Ghost, Argentum, NovaStor NovaBackup) for best backup product. It is capable of taking a backup of any partition (linux or windows). I have now tested the restore to all of C. It first deletes the C: partition, then recreates it and copies the image there to. Worked like a charm. Access to XP has been fully restored. Backup took 1 hour, restore took 37 minutes. I'm now a believer.

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I seem to be having quite the problem on a computer of mine. After recently installing the directx sdk I am unable to logon through normal or safe mode. When I try to boot up normally, I log in but then the monitors go black but everything else seems to run. Pressing ctrl alt delete works and brings up the screen again but if I try to select task manager for example the screen goes black again. When I boot up through safe mode the computer restarts seconds after loading the windows logon screen. Any ideas on how to get into the computer. I'm pretty sure that uninstalling directx can solve my issues but I just can't get in.


Answer:Computer can't boot through safe mode or normal mode

Hello rtsrangel and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you created a System Repair Disc you can use it to boot your computer. Then you can access various System Recovery Options such as system restore. You could then restore your computer to an earlier date/time prior to when you installed the directx sdk.

System Repair Disc - Create

Or perhaps your computer manufacturer created a hidden recovery partition. You can usually access this partition by turning on your computer and immediately clicking the F8 key (top of keyboard.) Keep clicking until you see the Advanced Boot Options screen. From here you should be able to select Repair Your Computer.

System Recovery Options

Please post back if any of this helps or not.

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I'm dealing with a windows 7 professional 32-bit operating system for a client of mine, ive tried everything to get their profile to boot but it keeps freezing after you put in the credentials. I have tried everything from combo fix to Microsoft root-kit  tools but no luck.    
i have  even cloned the hard drive and thrown it into another machine just to see if it is the motherboard or ram. I'm stumped and need some input.

Answer:Windows 7 will boot in safe mode but not in normal mode

If you create a new account in safe mode, can you log into it in normal mode?

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I am only able to boot in safe mode for the past few days, and would like some help please.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3326 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO, 1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 357697 MB, Free - 107315 MB; E: Total - 357697 MB, Free - 289285 MB; H: Total - 476268 MB, Free - 205673 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., EP45-DS3R
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

Answer:can only boot in safe mode, normal mode freezes

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Had P4 1.9 Socket 478, Albatron MB w/ old ATI All in Wonder, Old SB Audigy.

MB & mem went out so upgraded to:
ABIT AN8 SLI, Socket 939
AMD 64 3200+
Leadtek Winfast PX6200 TC TDH PCI Express 64MB on board
MB has "Audiomax 7.1 daughter card that plugs into a PCIe1. So not using the AIW video or the Audigy sound card. Have 2 HD's, DVD ROM, DVD R/RW & 3.5 floppy. Same drives alway had.
XP Home - same as before

Each time I boot up, it gets to the XP logo then goes back to initial boot screens then shows Win did not shut down normally asking if I want to open safe. If I open Win normally, it goes back to the same and will only let me open in safe mode.

I cleared CMOS. Same result. Tried running Win update, but it would not display. Maybe because in safe mode?

I checked the sys info, & there are no warnings/cautions, etc. The post code LED shows FF. Defined in manual as "Boot attempt (INT 19h)" Have only had beeping post codes w/ old MB, so do not know if this is normal, is because in Safe mode or never completed the boot process. But, am posting this inquiry using this PC so I do not think it is an error.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:New MB & AMD CPU-Only can open in SAFE mode

You didn't expect Windows to just boot up on different motherboard did you?

The hardware changes are too drastic in your case. What you need to do is a Windows XP Repair Installation: XP by Installing Over top of Existing Setup:

Of course the best way to do this would be to have a clean install of Windows XP to avoid any driver issues and to remove any software problems that have accumulated over time.

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can't open 'safe mode'by pressing f8 repeatedly along with windows startup.i can see pc was loading,trying to open windows xp for awhile(about ten sec.) on my monitor. then ,black Screen & nothing can go on.wishing your helps.

Answer:other way to open safe mode without using F8

original post
I guess you are new to these forums, so you are very much Welcome!
However, please stick to this one Thread only, until you are satisfied there is nothing else we can do to help on your chosen subject.
F8 is correct for XP Safe Mode so I would keep trying for a little longer, it might take quite a few attempts. Meanwhile, other members here might come up with additional suggestions.
To prevent confusion, please mark your other thread with a Green tick - you can do so by opening it and then clicking on one of the grey ticks down the right-hand side. That way, others will know that you are watching this particular thread.

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I had an issue today where one of my kids shoved a flash card into the computers card reader and it went up into the drive.  I had to remove the entire drive to remove it.  After replacing everything I was unable to boot up the computer correctly.  I can do an f8 but it won't open into any form of safe mode.  Also, with f11 I can get to reformating options but nothing will open and I lose control of the mouse and the keyboard.  I have no choice but to hard reboot.  If I do nothing I just get a continous loop through the start up process and back to safe mode options.Did I fry something?  The computer is a Gateway 7200 series P4 running windows xp.

Answer:Cannot open safe mode

Was the flash card shoven in when the computer was turned on? When removing the drive, you may have accidently disconnected certain cables. I suggest that you recheck the wiring.If all wiring is properly inserted, you should remove the card reader bay and see if booting without it does work. I actually suggest that you do so immediatly if you suspect that it is damaged.

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