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Safe Mode boot loop issue

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#1 radarnut


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 07:19 PM

I picked up a virus/malware that wouldn't let me boot into safe mode. Genius me decided to change the boot.ini so it always boots into safe mode thinking that might do the trick...DOH!!! :thumbsup: Now my laptop is stuck in the boot to safe mode cycle and I can't get it fixed. I can't boot up using the windows cd the computer came with because I can't locate it (thank you toddlers). Do I have any other options to fix this? Or is my only option to take it to a shop and fork over the money that I don't have? TIA

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:02 PM

the windows cd the computer came with because I can't locate it (thank you toddlers). Do I have any other options to fix this? Or is my only option to take it to a shop and fork over the money that I don't have? TIA

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#3 radarnut

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:18 PM

So my problem still remains...I cannot find the boot disk to use to bypass the boot error and get back into the computer and uncheck the 'always boot into safe mode' box.

Is there anything else I can do aside from take it into a shop and have somebody else fix it? Money is very tight and I can't afford to pay someone.

Thanks again.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:26 PM

Make your own Recovery Console CD, then fix the afflicted boot.ini:

You should first boot your PC into the XP Recovery Console using a bootable
XP installation CD or a bootable CD with the XP Recovery Console on it.

You can make a bootable Recovery Console CD by downloading an ISO file
and burning it to a CD.

The same XP Recovery Console commands can be run from the bootable
Recovery Console CD.

The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:


Download the ISO file from here:


Use this free and easy program to create your bootable CD:


It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on the computer that is

You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM drive
as the first boot device instead of the hard disk. These adjustments are
made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it, you will have to reboot
the system again.

When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:

Press any key to boot from CD...

The Windows Setup... will proceed.

Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.

Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:\WINDOWS)

You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).

You should be in the C:\WINDOWS folder. This is the same as the
C:\WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.

RC allows basic file commands - copy, rename, replace, delete,
cd, chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr, etc.

From the command prompt window run the chkdsk command on the drive where
Windows is installed to try to repair any problems on the afflicted drive.
Running chkdsk is fine to run even if it doesn't find any problems.

Assuming your boot drive is C, run the following command:

chkdsk C: /r

Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find. It may take a long
time to complete or appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the HDD light is
still flashing, it is doing something. Keep an eye on the percentage amount to
be sure it is still making progress.

Remove the CD and type 'exit' to leave the RC and restart the computer.

You do not have to adjust the BIOS again to boot on the HDD since the CD will
not be present.

Before rebuiling your boot.ini file, read this article:


cd \
attrib -s -h -r boot.ini
ren boot.ini boot.ini.bak
bootcfg /rebuild

When bootcfg /rebuild asks for Load identifier enter whatever is appropriate
such as:

Windows XP Professional

When it asks for load options type: /fastdetect and press Enter

Here is additional information about how to start Recovery Console:


Here is additional information about the Recovery Console commands you
will be using:


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