windows what start in safe mode

Toshiba Satellite m55-s139 notebook
August 27, 2009 at 12:58:41
Specs: Windows XP SP2
I was tryin to clear all the spyware off the computer, and one of the sites i looked at suggested to do it in safe mode. i tried to restart and hit f8 and select safe mode. it popped up the blue screen. i went back and started windows normally, and searched some more. i saw another forum where someone said to run msconfig and check the box to start in safe everytime i turn it back on, it tries safe mode, which wont start and i dont know how to get it back to run not in safe mode. i've ran in safe mode before with no problems, and i didnt do anything with spybot or anything before i tried to restart. the stop line says 0x0000007B (0xf7973528, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) thanks in advance guys

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August 27, 2009 at 19:42:15
Msconfig will have set your Boot.ini file to always boot into Safe Mode. Provided that your Windows version is installed in C:\Windows give this a try:

Boot into the Recovery Console (you'll need an XP Setup cd for that) then CD to C: and rename Boot.ini to Boot.bak - depending on how your system is setup you may have to reset the Attribs for Boot.ini before re-naming.

Then reboot.

Boot.ini is not required during the bootup process, if it is missing, (as it will be after the renaming), NTLDR will automatically attempt to boot into the OS which exists in C:\Windows after displaying the advisory message "Invalid Boot.ini file - booting from C:\Windows"

The above will not cure your underlying malware problems but might allow booting into XP.

If the boot is successful the first consideration must be to backup critical data files before attempting to restore the system files.

Good luck

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