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Cannot access windows after win repair -- safe mode & repair setup conflicts

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by CoCoGirl886, Dec 12, 2009.

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  1. CoCoGirl886

    CoCoGirl886 Thread Starter

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    My problem started last night as I was trying to boot in safe mode with networking to install and update malwarebytes to get rid of a spyware problem. I was unable to start my computer with safemode using f8, so I used the misconfig boot.ini method and selected safeboot with networking. Then I was able to get to the boot sequence menu, but whichever option I picked (safe mode, normal, last working configuration, etc), the computer just restarts.

    Then I tried to repair windows with the xp cd and it completed at 100% and needed to "restart to finish the setup process." However, right now whenever it restarts, it will automatically go into safe mode, and I would get an alert saying "'win xp setup cannot run under safemode. Setup will restart now." I have tried pressing okay, x-ing it out and a manual shutdown. But whatever I do, the same cycle will happen over and over again :(.

    I later found out about the f5 key and tried using that to boot normally, but it still goes into safe mode. My question is.. is there a way to override the msconfig settings so that my computer can boot normally and finish the setup process, OR to get the setup NOT to finish so that I can change the msconfig settings back to original.

    I would really like to backup my files before doing a reformat. Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance :cool:
     
  2. Rich-M

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    First of all you could use any Linux Live-cd program to make a bootable cd from a downloaded iso file and then boot to Linux and then copy and paste whatever files you need to a usb flash drive or external hard drive.
    What I would suggest first though is boot to first "r" for Recovery Console and run "chkdsk /r" to repair the hard drive.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
     
  3. CoCoGirl886

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    Thanks for your prompt reply! I'll try that as soon as I can and let you know how it goes. :)
     
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