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Couldn't Boot In Safemode...now Can't Boot In Any Mode.

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#1 texascomputermechanic


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Posted 30 June 2007 - 12:14 PM

Alright so I'll give you a rundown of how the problem started and what I've tried so far to fix it.

I'm working on a friend's computer and they had a virus (hldrr.exe) on their computer. So I ran HJT and tried to remove the naughty files...of course it didn't work. So I tried to restart in safemode. The computer just kept looping, it would hang at the mup point and then just restart. I had read that sometimes if you can't get the F8 safemode to work then to have it run bootsafe in msconfig. So I did that.


At this point, I could neither run in safe mode nor run in "start windows normally" mode because starting windows normally reverted back to safe mode (I assume because of the checking of bootsafe).

What I've tried to do to fix it:
I got an XP CD and first went in to recovery console and did a fixboot and all that...didn't work. I then went like I was actually going to re-install windows and ran the full repair program from there. This seemed to work because it showed the windows loading screen and everything was going great UNTIL it tried to run set up...in safe mode...and XP set up does not run in safe mode. I've ran chkdsk /p in the recovery console and that informed me of a few errors so now I'm running chkdsk /r...for some reason it got to about 70% and then restarted at 50%...it's back to 70% right now so I guess there's some hope there.

I would really like to do this without losing all of my friend's files and stuff...is there anyway to just override the MSCONFIG or anything?

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 12:18 PM

Also, I think the computer would actually boot now if I could cancel the XP setup...is there anyway to do that?

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 05:52 AM

You can attempt to edit the boot.ini file manually to prevent the Safe Mode loading, but I don't know how this'll work in the middle of setup. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022/
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