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Solved: Switch back to regular mode by using Recovery console

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RavenSeldon, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. RavenSeldon

    RavenSeldon Thread Starter

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    I had some problems with the sality.aa virus and it corrupted my safe mode. In order to access safe mode i used msconfig- BOOT.INI and checked the checkbox next to /SAFEBOOT. But because of the corruption of my safe mode now computer stuck in a vicious circle ( try to start at safe mode, give a blue screen error and restart again ). So is there any way to prevent safe mode activation at the beginning and start the XP at regular mode by using Recovery console or any other method to stop this cycle, thank you for your advices and sorry for my poor English.
     
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  3. Elvandil

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    "Safeboot" is not the same thing as "Safe Mode". What you have done is add a switch to the boot.ini file.

    Do you have a floppy drive? If you do, all you need do is boot up to DOS with this file added to your floppy: Boot.ini Editor

    If not, then create a DOS bootable CD with that file included.

    Run the program from a DOS prompt and edit out the /safeboot entry.

    Or, check with the Recovery Console to see if there is a backup (there will be unless you use Ccleaner or another of those cleaners that remove backups that may be needed at some point). Rename it from boot.bak to boot.ini (after deleting or renaming the current boot.ini).
     
  4. TheOutcaste

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    Some other options:

    See post 4 in this thread, it shows how to use the Recovery Console or a Vista/Win 7 disc to fix this:
    XP Safe mode loop (MSCONFIG)

    You can also use an XP Boot CD:
    Download this Zip file:
    XP Boot CD
    extract the XP-Boot-Windows.exe file inside. Double click that file, it will extract a bootable ISO image file named XP-Boot-Windows.iso into the folder you select. This is just a bootable CD with a special boot.ini file on it.

    Burn the ISO to a CD, and Boot your PC with it.

    It will give you a boot menu with 8 choices, usually one of the first two should work. Just try each until it boots. Then you can edit the boot.ini file to remove the /SAFEBOOT:Minimal switch added by MSConfig.
    To edit the boot.ini file:
    Right click (My) Computer, click Properties.
    Click the Advanced tab.
    Click the Settings button under Startup and Recovery.
    Click the Edit button under System startup
    (This will open Boot.ini in Notepad).
    You'll see something like this:
    Code:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect [COLOR=Red][B]/safeboot:minimal[/B][/COLOR] 
    
    Remove the /safeboot:minimal part.
    Close Notepad, saving the file.
     
  5. RavenSeldon

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    Thank you all for your replies especially to TheOutcaste for the simple solution.
     
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