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#1 copyman

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:00 AM

Hello all, well this is exactly what I have done: :thumbsup:
continuously boot up into safe mode using the System Configuration as detailed at the bottom of the page here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/...#force_safemode
"Problems that can occur by forcing Safe Mode using the System Configuration Utility

It is possible to make your computer continuously boot up into safe mode using the System Configuration utility as described above. The program does this by changing your boot.ini file, the settings file that configures your computer's boot sequence, and adding the /safeboot argument to your operating systems startup line. An example of this can be seen below."

I do have a Xp install disk to use as a boot disk. I was hoping someone here could hand hold me through the process of repairing my mistake. I dont have Windows Recovery Console installed and I'm not sure what to do next.
The short story of how I ended up in this situation is windows was constantly giving this Dcom process failed message and windows is shutting down and restarting in 60 seconds. So I read about a scan to chk windows files but the scan wouldny compleat because of these random shutdowns and restarts. So I went to run the scan in safemode. Well it wont load safemode no way no how. Then I found how to force safemode using the System Configuration utility....
I have several issues going on here: the boot issue, the wont run in safemode, and this Dcom error.
I do run antivirus AVG and also run Zone alarm as well as anti spyware like spybot S&D. I had just installed and run malewarebytes and it found one infection and deleted it. Thank you for your help.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:03 AM

If you have Windows CD...(if you don't have Windows CD, scroll down)

1. Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD and assure that your CD-ROM drive is capable of booting the CD.
2. Once you have booted from CD, do NOT select the option that states: Press F2 to initiate the Automated System Recovery (ASR) tool.
Youre going to proceed until you see the following screen, at which point you will press the R key to enter the recovery console:

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3. After you have selected the appropriate option from step two, you will be prompted to select a valid Windows installation (typically number 1).
Select the installation number, and hit Enter.
If there is an administrator password for the administrator account, enter it and hit Enter (if asked for the password, and you don't know it, you're out of luck).
You will be greeted with this screen, which indicates a recovery console at the ready:

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4. There are eight commands you must enter in sequence to repair your problem..
NOTE. Make sure, you press Enter after each command. Make sure, all commands are exact, including "spaces".
These commands are as follows:

CD..
ATTRIB -H C:\boot.ini
ATTRIB -S C:\boot.ini
ATTRIB -R C:\boot.ini
del boot.ini
BOOTCFG /Rebuild


Note about the above command.
BOOTCFG /REBUILD command which searches for pre-existing installations of Windows XP and rebuilds sundry essential components of the Windows operating system, recompiles the BOOT.INI file and corrects a litany of common Windows errors.
It is very important that you do one or both of the following two things:
A.) Every Windows XP owner must use /FASTDETECT as OS Load Option when the rebuild process is finalizing.
B.) If you are the owner of a CPU featuring Intels XD or AMDs NX buffer overflow protection, you must also use /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN as an OS Load Option.
For the Enter Load Identifier portion of this command, you should enter the name of the operating system you have installed.
If, for example, you are using Windows XP Home, you could type Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for the identifier (it's not crucial, however what the name is, as long, as it's meaningful).
Here is your computer screen:

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5. Following command verifies the integrity of the hard drive containing the Windows XP installation. While this step is not an essential function in our process, its still good to be sure that the drive is physically capable of running windows, in that it contains no bad sectors or other corruptions that might be the culprit:

CHKDSK /R

6. This last command writes a new boot sector to the hard drive and cleans up all the loose ends we created by rebuilding the BOOT.INI file and the system files. When the Windows Recovery Console asks you if you are Sure you want to write a new bootsector to the partition C: ? just hit Y, then Enter to confirm your decision:

FIXBOOT

7. Its time to reboot your PC by typing
EXIT
and pressing Enter.

With any luck, your PC will boot successfully into Windows XP as if your various DLL, Hive, EXE and NTLDR errors never existed.



If you don't have Windows CD...
Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
Download, and install free Imgburn: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...let it finish loading.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Then, follow instructions from Step #3 above.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:19 AM

If there is an administrator password for the administrator account, enter it and hit Enter (if asked for the password, and you don't know it, you're out of luck).

Thanks for the reply!
Thats as far as I got but I dont know the password.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:26 AM

If you can access safe mode...

Go Start>Run
Type in:
regedit
Click OK.
Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole
Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1


Now, you can boot to recovery console again and when asked for password, press Enter.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:52 AM

I just wanted to bump this up and see if anyone else had any ideas on how to fix this problem. I have this computer running again with the original hard drive that i had copied when I upgraded it about a year ago. I would still like to get this other drive going but it just won't boot to safe mode or anything. Thanks!

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:11 AM

Did you hit enter when asked for a password?

Also, is your computer a desktop or a laptop?

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:29 PM

Why not...move your data files from one drive to the other...then wipe the drive and use it?

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:41 PM

That's what I was going for Luis.

If he responded back with "it's a desktop" I'd advise that he install the drive as a slave drive, move or copy files he doesn't want to lose over to the current C drive, then reinstall the OS on the slave drive.

If the response is a laptop, I'd say I don't know anything about laptops and someone else would have to advise on that.

My philosopy is if I spend more than 3 or 4 hours trying to solve an issue related to the drive or booting I opt for a reinstall of the OS.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:46 PM

Why not...move your data files from one drive to the other...then wipe the drive and use it?

Louis

Yeah this is the plan as of now if I can't recover the whole thing. I used seagate disk wizard to clone the drive like a year ago. I have 90% of my documents and pics and such backed up. Its just the applications and my Thunderbird mail/address book that I would like to have back. I tried to just hit enter for the password and it was a no go. This is a Emachine desktop I got for free with a dead MB and I upgraded the MB, ram, processor and HD.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:36 PM

<<My philosopy is if I spend more than 3 or 4 hours trying to solve an issue related to the drive or booting I opt for a reinstall of the OS.>>

:thumbsup: I think along the same lines, LOL...especially so on my systems (sometimes I work on systems belonging to friends or friends of friends).

But I tend to go a bit longer if I really think that there are alternatives that I haven't tried...and it's not my system. On one hand, I'd like to "punish" them for not backing up (I seem to be the only person I know who does such), but I find that I learn things by dealing with their infected, unloved systems...and it doesn't cost me anything but time.

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