Posted 01 July 2009 - 02:41 PM
I'm running Vista Home Premium. I was away from home for four weeks and, when I came home, installed a raft of Windows Updates at the same time. Now I can't boot up.
The complicating factor is that, when I get to the Windows Recovery window that invites me to enter Safe Mode, neither the keyboard nor the mouse is working -- so I can't select Safe Mode. The PC counts down, goes blank and then dumps. Every time. I know the keyboard is working when I power on because I can enter SETUP -- but it isn't working later in the process.
I can press F8 as long and as often as I like. Nothing happens.
Nor can I use the Vista installation disk in the CD-ROM drive to boot from, even when I've used SETUP to specify first boot from CD-ROM. The system ignores it.
So: how do I get to Safe Mode with no keyboard and no mouse?