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XP Recovery msconfig unable to boot at all

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#1 azurman


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Posted 11 December 2009 - 04:00 PM

Hello. Running HP win xp home media edition sp3, 2g ram. Infected with odb.exe and svc.exe yesterday and unable to boot into safe mode. Ran hijack this, malwarebytes and spybot with system restore off, removed all bad guys, still unable to boot into safe mode to really remove malware, drivers stop at Mup.dll. Went to msconfig after regular boot and changed boot.ini to safemode and restarted (big mistake) now cannot boot from hd. The boot up freezes at a point where the monitor is on but very dim. So booted from xp install disk used recovery to boot to windows. Tried chkdsk, fixboot. No joy. I think my msconfig needs to be returned to regular boot, but I don't know how to do this with dos commands in recovery. And not sure how to get to safe mode so that I can use malware removal tools. Don't need help with the malware tools, just need to get booted up. I appreciate any help.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 11 December 2009 - 04:36 PM

Read Do Not Attempt.., etc. at http://www.malwareremoval.com/tutorials/safemodeboot.php.

As for editing the boot.ini...I had an example of how this is done from the Recovery Console, but I don't seem able to find it.

Rather than try what I think might work...I suggest waiting for someone more knowledgeable about this to post.


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Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:36 PM

If you can get into Recovery Console, rename your boot.ini to boot.ini.bak (or something).

A general purpose XP will complain but still boot with no boot.ini.

When your system is booted, rename the afflicted file back to boot.ini, run msconfig or edit boot.ini to make it right.

You can rebuild your boot.ini from RC thusly:

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

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

Windows XP Professional

When it asks for load options enter:


Press Enter.


Edited by joseibarra, 11 December 2009 - 05:56 PM.

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