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windows xp will not start in safe mode/normal mode

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rr10, Sep 17, 2009.

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  1. rr10

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    guys, i am stuck in an infinite loop it seems. i was trying to start my pc in safe mode, to delete a .exe file from C:\Windows\System32 which was suggested by a post to fix the "windows not genuine problem". To be able to do that, i ran msconfig and selected /safeboot under BOOT.INI tab. now everytime i try to reboot my pc it asks me to select an operating system (windows xp pro/microsft windows) if i select windows xp then it asks me to select a startup mode (safe/normal/last successful) and then no matter what i select it will reboot it self, and do the same again. If i select microsoft windows (instead of xp) then it shows MS Windows 98 screen and then goes into DOS prompt. from what i have read in some of the threads is that, i have a virus which is preventing my pc to boot in to safe mode, and because i have selected /safeboot from msconfig windows will only boot in safe mode, meaning i am stuck. the workaround these threads were suggesting was to find the boot.ini file and rename it to something else, which would fix the problem, because this file holds the info about in which mode your pc should boot. i tried to rename this file from command prompt (i cant get into windows, thats why), using "ren c:\boot.ini boot.ini" but it says file name invalid. i think this is because its a hidden file. then i tried "attrib -h boot.ini", but it says attrib cannot be used in DOS mode. urghhh. anyone has any ideas?
     
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    Well boot into safemode. Go to MSCONFIG. Un-check the tick you did?

    Open Explorer and then Tools\Folder Options. Then select Tab with 'View' then Select Folder 'Hidden files and Folders" Then select 'Show Hidden files and folders'. Hit OK and browse to C:\ there you will see boot.ini. In your post you are renaming the file to the same (boot.ini)?

    However, after saying this it is unwise to play with this file, unless you know what you are doing. As you could end up trashing the boot up of the OS. Perhaps you can copy the link that you are following?
     
  3. rr10

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    Hi tagware,

    thanks for your response.

    I can not boot with safe mode, when i select start with "safe mode" then my pc reboots itself, as i mentioned in my previous post. I can not get into windows basically. It only takes me to a DOS prompt when i select "microsoft windows" from the list of operating systems (windows xp is the other option), and if i select windows xp then it asks me to select a boot option (safe mode/normal mode/last successful mode), then no matter what i select it will reboot itself and back to the start again.

    sorry, that was a typo, i was meant to type, ren c:\boot.ini boot.ini.bak

    this is the post i was following to start windows in safe mode:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial61.html
    windows xp section
     
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    thanks david
     
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    I'm starting for the begining then. Can you not press F8 on system booting to use Las Know Good? If you are not sure what I'm talking about then say.
     
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    Hi David,

    I can press f8, and then select last known good config, which then takes me to "select the OS to start" and if i select MS windows XP, it then reboots.
     
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    Do you happen to have the original XP CD?
     
  8. rr10

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    i do not have the original xp cd :(
     
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    so is there any way out of this mess?? anyone??
     
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    yeaaaaaa, solved the prob, thanks to STITCH(bumped into this guy at a chatroom). ok here is what i did:

    1.started my pc
    2.chose microsoft windows as the OS (options were MS windows XP and MS windows), i am not sure if this is the usual case when you get into this sort of trouble
    3. this then took me straight to a DOS prompt
    4. then i opened boot.ini file using edit.com
    c:\windows\system32\edit.com c:\boot.ini (verify path for your OS)
    5. this file had a switch "/safeboot:minimal"
    which was telling the system to boot in safe mode
    6. i removed this entry from the boot.ini file
    7. saved the file and exited out
    8. rebooted the machine, and there we go, i was able to boot using "start windows normally"

    So, the problem was the conflict between the boot.ini file and whatever "virus" was preventing it from execute properly. Boot.ini file was trying to boot the system in safe mode and an alien program was stopping it from doing so.

    now i need to clean up my machine before i attempt to boot in safe mode again.
     
  11. Tagware

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    Sounds like you had a FAT32 system which would allows you to modify files on your C: drive.

    However, for those who have NTFS drives which are more secure. We have used the XP Boot floppies to get us in. As this has a Boot.ini and associated files.

    It's here http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm download XP Quick Boot Diskette. This assumes that you have a floppy drive. Other options on the site.

    Or edit the original with this util http://www.free-av.com/en/tools/11/avira_ntfs4dos_personal.html

    However, pleased that you have sorted yourself out.
     
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