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#1 Richard1283

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 01:45 PM

:thumbsup: When trying to boot in safe mode my computer reboots. I did something stupid. I set up to boot in safe mode from MSConfig and now I can't boot normally either. Is there a way to get rid of that MSConfig command without being able to boot? If I run repair from install disk will I lose anything?
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:30 PM

P.S. I am running XP with service pack 2

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:42 PM

With a bootdisk or some other mode get to a cmd prompt. Then type edit c:\boot.ini and remove the /safeboot:minimal line

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 04:47 PM

I have a floppy DOS start up disk. When I insert it A:\ comes up but I don't know how to get to C:\ Can I get to a command prompt from the install CD?
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I also have other hard drives on my computer. Can I fix from one of the other installations?

Edited by Richard1283, 03 March 2005 - 04:49 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2005 - 12:32 AM

Easier with a bootdisk..boot with the floppy.

Type c: and press enter.

Then type:

c:\windows\system32\edit c:\boot.ini

and press enter.

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 06:40 AM

Still can't get it to work. Not sure if my boot disk is good. Can I use command prompt from another drive. Tried it but could not get it to work either.
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Posted 06 March 2005 - 11:25 AM

Are you not booting to a command prompt from the boot disk? Make this boot disk from another computer and use it to boot into the bad computer. It has edit on it so you can type when its boot up:

edit c:\boot.ini

The bootdisk can be found here:

http://www.allbootdisks.com/index.php?opti...er&filecatid=38

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 08:12 PM

Still can't get it. I get a message that says "invalid drive"
I can still acces everything from another drive except for My Documents. I quess it is because it is not set up for sharing. Is there another way to get to them if I ca't fix the bbot problem?
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Posted 08 March 2005 - 10:10 PM

PS I get to where I can delete safeboot but then it tells me I can not modify a read only file.

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 10:19 PM

Sounds like you've gotten to where you can see the file.

From the command prompt, enter

attrib -r c:\boot.ini <enter>

Then you should be able to edit it to remove the "/safeboot:minimal" text. Be carefull to remove ONLY this text.
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:28 AM

Now I get a message "not ressetting hidden file" The drive I'm trying to repair is actually named "i" so i've been using that where instucted to use "c" if that makes any difference. If I disconnect my other drives it changes back to "c". Should I disconnect my other drives while trying to fix this one?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 02:47 AM

if you set it to boot into safe mode from msconfig and it keeps rebooting in safe mode it means you never set it back to reboot to normal mode


you need to run msconfig in safe mode and set it back to normal

then reboot you should now be in normal mode

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Edited by Lobos, 09 March 2005 - 02:49 AM.

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 09:33 AM

Thanks, but this all started because my computer will not boot in safe mode. It starts to boot then shuts down and tries to boot again. Iam getting to the file from a command prompt from a different drive, Would it make any difference to boot that drive into safe mode?
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Edited by Richard1283, 09 March 2005 - 09:37 AM.


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Posted 09 March 2005 - 10:13 AM

Now I get a message "not ressetting hidden file"


To remove the attributes you have four options, -h -r -s -a. (Hidden, read only, system and archive)

So the earlier command attrib -r c:\boot.ini <enter>

should be

attrib -r -h -s -a c:\boot.ini <enter>.

If this works then when you get booted normally right click boot.ini and select properties and place checkmarks in archive, hidden and system if that is what it is now.

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 04:40 PM

Finally it's back. Thank you all. I still don't know why I can't boot in safe mode. However from what I've learned on your site I am reorganizing my computer any way. At least now I can access my installation and activation codes.
Rich




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