Can't Boot Into Safe Mode

February 17, 2009 at 11:14:12
Specs: Windows XP
I have a friend's computer I'm trying to fix. He had several viruses and I was able to clean them using a linux live cd and anti-virus. Windows XP is running great again thankfully, except I still can't boot into safe mode for some reason. I'm using Avast to clean the viruses, maybe I didn't get them all? Any takers as to why I still can't get into safe mode?

Oh and when I can't get into safe mode, it starts to boot but then just stops and restarts the computer.

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February 17, 2009 at 11:47:01
Did you Disable System Restore before cleaning the virii? Can you boot to Windows?

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What a shame
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February 17, 2009 at 12:23:25
If the computer is running ok, I don't understand why you need to boot into safe mode.

Start > run and type
press enter
under the boot.ini tab select safe boot and save and exit.The next reboot will boot you into safe return to regular booting uncheck the option save and exit.

If the option is greyed out then you must highlight the boot partition in the window above the safe boot option and it should becone available to be checked then.

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February 17, 2009 at 15:52:01
@Jennifer: No I did not disable system restore before cleaning, I can try that. But at the time I couldn't get anything in Windows to work until I live-booted into Ubuntu and did a scan from there. Windows is running now.

@lurkswithin: I just feel that you should be able to boot into safe mode... I just don't feel like I've completely fixed things unless I can get that working as well. I just tryed booting into safe mode as you suggested using msconfig and now I'm stuck in a continuous reboot cycle... I tried doing F8 and going back to last settings that worked but that didn't bring me back. Anyone know how to disable /safeboot without going into windows? I'll try doing a memtest for now, who knows, might help.

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February 18, 2009 at 05:27:08
For if no Safe-Mode:
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP

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