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trying to get out of safe mode boot up

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Sogreen, Sep 20, 2008.

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  1. Sogreen

    Sogreen Thread Starter

    Sep 20, 2008
    After what seems like a successful install of Vista Service Pack 1, I find that the safe mode default has changed to Administrator: cmd.exe. As I have no knowledge of DOS I cant figure out what to type in the message line which starts C:\windows\system32\...... To get rid of this safe mode option, I have tried F8 on start-up; removal of battery; trying the plain safe mode option and even the normal windows option but everytime it loops back to to the adminstrator cm.exe screen for safe mode.

    All I want is to be able to start windows normally. Who would have thought it has taken me over 9 hours to try and start up after the service pack install.

    Thank you for your help, tech guys!
  2. rebon


    Oct 21, 2001
  3. Sogreen

    Sogreen Thread Starter

    Sep 20, 2008
    Thanks Rebon. Checked out the excellent site you suggested. However, OS came pre-installed so no distribution DVD backup disks.

    Strangely the problem fixed itself on its own. I worked in the "safe mode -networking environment" for a period of time, shut down, waited overnight and in the morning the start-up took me straight into windows. Everything seems o.k.

    Possible Reasons for this "fix" :

    (1) My system may be set up so that the Windows Recovery environment loaded automatically

    (2) by creating a higher resolution the graphic interface was able to start without the command prompt (cmd.exe).

    (3) Disabling the "alternative" safe mode start (ie safe mode with command prompt). I cant remember which boxes or screens I opened to achieve this - its all a blur!

    (4) After Vista Service Pack1 install, the computer needs to shut down/start-up a few times for it all to take effect.

    Lesson learned: Unknown to me I had no system restore points - it was disabled!

    Thanks again for your response. Much appreciated.
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