Can't access Safe Mode in Windows XP

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August 12, 2010 at 11:23:00
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 224 MB
Hello friends! I have a problem recently. My System crashed while my Anti-Virus(ESET SMART SECURITY) was being updated. So I restarted the system and after that, I get an error message telling that it stopped working and it fails to uninstall. So I contacted my Anti-Virus company and they gave me a program which will uninstall the Anti-Virus, but I have to access my safe mode to uninstall the program. They also told me that I have to press F8 to access it. I did as they said to me and I selected Safe mode from the options but here is where the problem starts! The drivers load and when it comes to one driver, the computer screen goes black and then it restarts again.....! That's all.......when it restarts, it will then load windows......! The problem is that whenever I access the safe mode, my computer restarts and will not enter safe mode! How can I solve the problem? Please help me.

P.S.: I also read many posts in here and I came to know that many are stuck in the continuous reboot of their computer. I don't want my computer to have any problems like that.

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August 12, 2010 at 11:48:43

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August 16, 2010 at 23:57:15
The problem is that I don't have the Windows XP CD....! Any other option?

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August 17, 2010 at 00:23:30
A rather "long shot..." Can you boot to normal mode? If so can you access system-restore and perhaps try going back to an earlier time?

What make/model origin is your PC?

Did it come with an XP-Pro disk originally; or did it come with a recovery disk - or not disks at all?

And what type of installation is it - OEM or non-OEM (retail)?

Mycomputer\properties will show license details and if OEM it will have those letters therein. And also sticker detals may indicate type of installation - but not always so clearly; may not show it's an OEM when it is...

Also I'd give first consideration to safeguarding files, data etc... To this end boot with a knoppix or ubuntu disk and copy all files etc to external media/storage; and verify copies are readble etc. on at least one other working system...

Then set about resolving actual problems...

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August 18, 2010 at 02:20:45
Yes, I can boot into normal mode. The problem is that I can't get to the safe mode. The rest everything is fine.

My computer is Windows XP Pro SP 3, 32-Bit OS, 224 MB Ram, Version 2002, There is some thing like User, HM and a Code! User and HM looks like it is empty.

Do you know what is the problem with my PC?

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August 18, 2010 at 05:45:55
All of these diuscuss the problem variously; but in most cases the solutions offered carry the risk of a boot-loop (but not all of them - I think the the one to edit the boot.ini is OK...?)

However can you get yourself an XP setup disk; one that matches the style/version you have installed. By that I mean if you have retail installation you need a retail disk; if you have an OEM installation you need an OEM disk.

this one offers some ideas including a possible software downlod to fix it:

This one describes how to get into safe-mode via msconfig; but I'm not sure if it will then leave with that as only option; and if it will restore the F8 method or not.

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August 20, 2010 at 07:03:36
Thank you! But the problem is that it shows up the window in which drivers load and then it automatically reboots! Did you understand the problem? Please give me a solution. :-)

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August 20, 2010 at 07:34:49

While folks here think a bit more about it... have a read of this site; and check out his assorted sugestions and the links he includes to M$:

Since you can boot to normal mode you may be able to disable the auto/reboot option - as per the M$ article referred to very early in the above information?

And again I have suspicions about both RAM and hard-drive...

Do you have an XP CD - be it either Full or Upgrade version?

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