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Stuck in Safe Mode (Windows XP)


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#1 davi921

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:36 PM

So recently I decided to repair my Windows XP Professional because I was experiencing problems with a malware / spyware.

What I first did though was try to resolve the problem by running the computer in safe mode. I DID NOT run safe mode through the F8 method. I instead used the "Start -> Run -> MSCONFIG"

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I did not get the problem fixed. So my last option was to reinstall Windows XP Professional. I insert the CD, choose the repair option and everything is working out. Up until the set up part. The computer reboots, loads Windows and goes directly into safe mode and I get an error that says "Windows can not run Set Up under Safe Mode. The Set Up will be restarted." So it restarts, computer goes straight into safe mode and the same error message appears.


I've tried the F8 Method of "Start Computer Normally." That does not work either. The computer still loads into safe mode. I can not go back to the Start -> Run -> MSCONFIG because right when the computer loads, it goes straight to Safe Mode and when it gets to the Safe Mode, I get the error that says "Windows can not run Set Up under Safe Mode. The Set Up will be restarted." So it restarts, computer goes straight into safe mode and the same error message appears.


So pretty much I am stuck in this circle. I do not know how to get out of safe mode.

Any help please?

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#2 davi921

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:52 PM

I resolved the problem.

For anyone who is having trouble with this, I found the solution.

I`m afraid you should not attempt a Repair if you are stuck in Safe Mode. You just get stuck in the cycle.

This is the only way I know to repair your problem
Boot up with your XP installation CD
Let setup run and copy files
Select the first “R” for Recovery Console

Type the command
bootcfg /list (there is a space before / )
ENTER

The screen will show something like “fastdetect /noexecute=optin “
OR JUST
“/fastdetect”

Copy this information down as you will need it later

Type command
bootcfg /rebuild (there is a space before / )
ENTER

Results of bootcfg /rebuild: Total identified Windows installs:
[1] C:\WINDOWS. ( You will have 2 here, so select the correct one to Repair)

Add installation to boot list:
type Y
ENTER

Enter Load Identifier:
type
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OR
Microsoft Windows XP Home
(choose which one you have installed)
ENTER

Enter OS Load options:
Type what you copied above
For example
fastdetect /NoExecute=Optin (there is a space before /)
ENTER

Type
exit
ENTER to quit Recovery Console.

Good luck



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Posted 22 April 2009 - 07:56 PM

Hello.

Thank you for posting the solution as I'm sure it will benefit others reading this thread.

This is why we do NOT recommend users booting into Safe Mode via the Msconfig method, it is very dangerous and will cause additional problems especially if you have malware involved already.

Please read here for additional information on why it is dangerous.

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