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Windows 7 won't boot into safe mode, WILL boot into normal mode

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by morgoe876, Apr 5, 2012.

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  1. morgoe876

    morgoe876 Thread Starter

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    Really weird issue. My computer locked up and restarted when I was playing Battlefield 3, not sure why. Then it didn't want to boot up for some reason. Eventually I got an error message about a disk i/o error. I assume this is due to a corrupted USB that was connected to the PC. When I removed that I was able to boot into normal mode, but not into safe mode. I didn't like this, so I went msconfig -> boot -> Safe Boot. And now every time I try to boot, no matter whether I select normal or safe mode, it tries to boot into safe mode and fails.

    It gives me the menu, shows a screen loading all the system files and then says "Booting in safemode - Minimal Services". Then my monitor says "no signal" and remains black. Things are still plugged in - tapping numkey makes the light go on and off on the keyboard - but I can't actually DO anything. And now there's no way I can see to boot into normal mode.

    What do I do?
     
  2. morgoe876

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    I just tried putting in the Windows Install disc, to try and launch the Recovery Console, but I only got 4 options on the boot up screen. 3 variations of safe mode and one "start normally" (which due to my msconfig edits means safe mode, minimal). Tried downloading a W7 64bit repair disc ISO, burnt that.. same deal.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Safe Boot is not Safe Mode. Safe Mode is entered by using F8 at startup. Can you get that menu? Have you tried other options?

    Try System Restore.
     
  4. morgoe876

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    Neither Safe Mode nor Safe Boot work. The only options I have when booting are Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt and "Start Windows Normally" (ie. Safe Boot). They all do the same thing - load up a list of files (the last file it loads is CLASSPNP.SYS, is this right?), then just black screen. "Normal" boot says "Booting into SafeMode - Minimal Services" before the black screen, otherwise no difference.
    Even though I've got the Recovery Disc in the DVD Drive I don't have any other options.
     
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