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Can't get out of safeboot.

April 6, 2011 at 09:41:18
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I went into msconfig, then selected, 'safeboot' from the boot.ini tab. Then I restarted my laptop. It comes up with a login screen. None of my user name and password combinations will work, also tried administrator with a blank password, and admin and blank password. The problem is now that I can't get this to boot in the normal mode. I'm am just trying to get rid of MS Removal tool program. If I can get this to boot back to normal mode and get into msconfig (system config utility), I can get it out of 'safe mode'. Is there a way to do this? Any advice would be sooo helpful.
Thank you!

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April 8, 2011 at 16:18:29
Here is my info, the tricks used to get MBAM to run, can be used on any program.

Windows XP defaults to Safe Mode at every startup

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware ( MBAM )
Error codes
Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, Frequently Asked Questions.
VIPRE Rescue Program
Try it in Safe mode with Networking.
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run, navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
At the top of the page, Tools > Folder Options > View, click > Show hidden files and folders and untick > Hide extensions for known file types.
How to see hidden files in Windows
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
When it opens, update 1st.
If it won't update after installing, update manually.
Download & install.

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April 9, 2011 at 07:35:48
Thanks for the info! The trouble is, is that I can't get into my PC at all, because it won't accept any of my passwords etc. If I could somehow get back into msconfig, or the files to my boot.ini file, I can get back in to normal mode, and then proceed from there. Any ideas?

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April 9, 2011 at 11:52:54
if you have an install CD I would say to try a repair install, that should work

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April 9, 2011 at 15:46:37
have you tried pushing F8 during while the computer is booting? That may allow you to boot into safe mode with networking. You can then install a virus scanner to get rid of MS Removal Tool.

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April 9, 2011 at 16:37:42
rsavage, the poster said:
'The trouble is, is that I can't get into my PC at all, because it won't accept any of my passwords etc.' so how can he get into safemode?

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April 9, 2011 at 18:27:24
You can use a boot cd & edit the boot.ini

Avira AntiVir Rescue System

AVG Rescue CD
Download Rescue CD (for CD creation)
Download Rescue CD (for USB stick)

Rescue CD

Kaspersky Rescue Disk
Create Bootable Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk

Dr.Web LiveCD

Other possibles.

What to do if Windows XP won't boot and you don't have an XP installation CD and you don't want to use the Recovery CD provided by the PC's manufacturer

Slave your HD to another HD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) You may have a choice of jumper settings on the master HD, such as master with slave or ms.
Now run all your infection tools.
When you are 100% sure you are clean, copy your stuff ( don't forget your emails & address book ) onto the host HD or other media, just to make sure you are covered.
Notebook / Laptop Hard Drive to Desktop Adapter (2.5" to 3.5")

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April 9, 2011 at 18:45:55
Another possible.

Method 2
Use the boocfg utility in the Recovery Console to correct the Boot.ini file.
1. Start your computer with the WinXP CD.
2. When you receive the message to press R to repair Windows, by using the Recovery Console, press the R key.
3. Select the Windows installation you want, and then type the administrator password, if you have established one. Otherwise press Enter.
4. Type bootcfg /rebuild, and press Enter.
When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed:
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All).
Type Y in response to this message.
Enter Load Identifier: This is the name of the operating system. Type Window XP Professional or Windows XP home Edition. (See above example)
After WinXP has successfully loaded, the Boot.ini can be modified to remove the incorrect entry.

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