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#1 Mjisenior


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Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:10 PM

Hello all,
I recently had some issues getting into safe mode on one of my machines and from reading some dumb post on the microsoft forums I attempted to turn on the /safeboot option in msconfig. Anyway, now that settting is enabled I can not do anything because the computer still won't go into safe mode and just constantly reboots now. The computer originally did go into normal mode no problem but would just bsod on safe mode. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:31 PM

Repair install of XP would be my start point...if I can change the boot options via the BIOS. If not, I pull the CMOS battery or change the CMOS jumper, reset the default boot options...and hope that allows me to access the BIOS to change boot options.


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Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:40 PM

See the following page:

How to start Windows in Safe Mode

Scroll down to the section: Problems that can occur by forcing Safe Mode using the System Configuration Utility
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Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:08 PM

I would suggest booting with something like the Ultimate Boot CD (free here: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ ) or a Live Linux distribution.
Then edit the boot.ini file to remove the /safeboot switch. Save the edited file and reboot into Windows.
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#5 Mjisenior

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 05:34 PM

Thank you all very much for the help :thumbsup: . Slavin the drive and changin the boot.ini worked great...thought I might have to resort to that last night while away from the machine I posted about.

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