Reset msconfig

May 20, 2010 at 10:10:03
Specs: Windows XP
I got the antivirus soft virus on my computer,
so to get rid of it I tried to boot in safe mode
with networking. However, it would not start,
so I ran 'msconfig' and selected the option
which boots it in safe mode automatically. The
problem now is that it still won't boot in safe
mode, but I can't get back into the OS to
change the msconfig back so it loads
normally. Is there some way to change it
without booting?

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May 20, 2010 at 11:01:57
Press the F8 key when booting this will get you a menu that will allow you to boot regular mode. As for the virus you may have a root kit which is very hard to get rid of. Try Malwarebytes....

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May 20, 2010 at 11:05:31
I try booting in Normal Mode but I believe it is still using the Safe
Mode configuration because it still won't jump in like it did before
I changed it. I don't get a screen with a message or anything, it
just loops.

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May 20, 2010 at 11:24:48
If it has the words Safe Mode at each corner of the screen then it is running in safe mode. Anything else means it is attempting to run normally but maybe looks rather like safe mode.

What does this mean:
"it still won't jump in"

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May 20, 2010 at 12:45:01
Allow me to re-establish the problem. When I now boot, it
comes to a screen saying;

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not
start successfully. A recent hardware or software change
might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly,
or was automatically shut down to protect your files and
folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to
the most recent setting that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power
failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or
if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start
Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration

Start Windows Normally"

I've selected all of these options but it just re-boots. I believe it
is because I turned on the /safeboot from the boot.ini in

I have also tried using the boot disk to repair using a recovery
console, but again, it just re-boots to the same screen.

If I could find a way to get the msconfig back into it's previous
state without booting I believe it would fix this problem. Any

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May 20, 2010 at 13:39:44
Just thinking aloud on this.

Presumably this action has changed the contents of the boot.ini file. If this were to be edited or replaced then it should boot normally. Information on the standard boot.ini file text is available on the Internet.

You need a way to access the file and one way would to boot your system with a Live Linux CD (such as Puppy Linux), then go to the HD and modify the file. Remove the CD then boot to Windows.

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May 20, 2010 at 14:13:39
This Puppy Linux will allow me to change the msconfig?

If there is some way you could step me through the process I'd
REALLY appreciate it. I have downloaded the Puppy - 5.0 .iso.

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May 20, 2010 at 15:16:56
It will not allow you to access msconfig because that is Windows (you would be running Linux). Because you have altered the boot.ini file in msconfig the idea was to replace or edit your current file back to normal.

However, here is a method of rebuilding the boot.ini file which might suit you better:

The rebuild should result in a virgin boot.ini file so safeboot will no longer be applicable - ie msconfig will be normal again. I've never tried this but it looks like it should work and might be easier than fiddling around with manual edits using Linux.

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May 20, 2010 at 20:33:41
I've tried those both now.

I attempted to use two versions of Linux, neither would load.

I also attempted using the recovery console, but it just re-booted.

I appreciate any other idea's.

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May 20, 2010 at 20:53:39
I finally got it using BootIt Next Generation.

Thank you so much for your help!

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May 21, 2010 at 09:29:29
Glad to hear you found a way to fix it and thx for popping back to let us know.

Your link to BootIt lost a bit - think this is what you meant:

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