This is the Dell Windows Restore CD. Got it with the computer.
OK, thanks, that is of no use for our purposes.
The quickest and easiest way that I can think of to overcome this problem, is to use a LIVE CD to edit the boot.ini
file contents and to rename it. The Windows system should then start normally again, and we can deal with your malware and Safe Mode issues.Using a working computer:
There are many options to use for a LIVE CD: Try Puppy Linux
(download file size 128 MB)
When you have downloaded the ISO image, burn it to a CD using ImgBurn
(choose "Write image file to disc
"). The CD will be bootable.Now to work on your problematic computer:
Boot from the Puppy Linux
CD. You will be able to navigate to all the files on your HDD.
- Navigate to the boot.ini file (that you previously re-named) at the following location:
- Rename boot.ini.bak to boot.txt
- Open the boot.txt file with the Text Editor contained within Puppy Linux, and remove the following switch where you see it contained in the text file:
(Do not make any other alteration. If you added any other switches, they should be removed too. If you are not sure what you are doing, please tell us what you see in the boot.ini file, and we will assist.)
- Save the file and close it.
- Re-name boot.txt to boot.ini
You have finished using Puppy
, so shut down the computer and remove the Puppy CD.Does your Windows system start normally now?
Edited by AustrAlien, 26 April 2011 - 01:12 AM.