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Cant safe mode boot into xp with vista installed!

Q: Cant safe mode boot into xp with vista installed!

I am currently getting help in the virus section of this forum as my pc has currently crapped itself.
I need to boot into xp safe mode to finish some more of the procedures I have to go through and when I press F8 it will allow me to safe mode boot into vista but not xp. Even if I go to the screen to choose which os to go to the F8 options of F8 wont show anything for xp. This has nothing to do with my other viral problems as I have tried safe mode into xp before and it wouldn't work then either.
Please someone help me. I am so close to getting rid of the virus problems.

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A: Cant safe mode boot into xp with vista installed!

my pc has currently crapped itself.Click to expand...

and who is going to believe you that?
Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG
Select the Boot.ini tab
In the Boot Options section at the bottom, check /SAFEBOOT option
Click OK
Restart Windows

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I've had the Vista RC1 installed on my second hard drive for some time now and it's been working great along side with Xp on my main hard drive. Now for some reason Xp has become a mess and because the boot utility only allows for safe mode in Vista I was wondering if there was a way to run Xp in safe mode. Any solutions?

*When I try and run Xp it freezes at the log-in screen for a long time, then allows me to enter my user name password then says "to continue you must authenticate your Windows version" even though my Windows version has already been authenticated. After doing that it goes to my desktop but without any toolbar at the bottom of the screen and no icons.

Any ideas/solutions would be appreciated!

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I have an Acer laptop that came with Vista and crashed recently. It was upgraded to the trial version of Windows 7 64bit and has run great with no problems at all for a couple of weeks. Saturday morning I started it up and can no longer run normally. I can open up in normal mode but can't open anything and if anything does open, it takes many minutes but usually get the "not responding" message before then. I have only been able to run in Safe Mode with Networking. Could this be a driver problem? The only downloads I have done since the upgrade are Mozilla Firefox with a couple of add ons and Adobe Reader.

I have run CCleaner and the following is all that came up on it.....
Details of files deleted
Internet Explorer - Temporary Internet Files
5 KB 3 files
Internet Explorer - Index.dat files 0 KB 3 files
Windows Explorer - Thumbnail Cache 1,027 KB 6 files
Windows Explorer - Taskbar Jump Lists 4 KB 1 files
System - Temporary Files 1,950 KB 91 files
System - Windows Log Files 55 KB 5 files
Firefox/Mozilla - Cookies 0 KB 41 files
Firefox/Mozilla - Download History 2 KB 1 files
Firefox/Mozilla - Internet Cache 20,327 KB 221 files
Utilities - Windows Defender 6 KB 1 files
I tried to download and install ZoneAlarm but during set up a message comes up that says "An error occurred installing the package. Windows installer returned '1636'.

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A:Installed Win7 after Vista crashed, now can only run in Safe Mode


Originally Posted by KellyannD

I have an Acer laptop that came with Vista and crashed recently. It was upgraded to the trial version of Windows 7 64bit

Did the system run Vista x64 or Vista x86 previously?


Originally Posted by KellyannD

. . . usually get the "not responding" message

This is known as an APPHANG; if the problem cannot be resolved, the app times-out, then becomes an APPCRASH (about 30 secs). The 3 symptoms...

- "Not Responding..."
- Blue circle spinning endlessly
- fading white background on IE or Windows Explorer
- Did I miss anything?


Originally Posted by KellyannD

I have only been able to run in Safe Mode with Networking. Could this be a driver problem? The only downloads I have done since the upgrade are Mozilla Firefox with a couple of add ons and Adobe Reader.

Given that you can run in SAFEMODE tells me it is probably a driver issue. I know that my Vista x64 has been updated with Firefox, although not used (IE 8 fan here!).

Then there is Adobe.... I gave up on running the Adobe Reader -- it caused constant hangs, crashes and I believe at least 1 BSOD. Why... I don't yet know.

You can easily see what installed/ un-installed & when - The Reliability Monitor -
START | type perfmon /rel | check the acti... Read more

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Please, can somebody assist me. When I try to log into vista normal mode all I get is 'Please Wait' where the 'welcome' logo used to be and it just sits there saying "Please Wait . . . ." forever. When I could login to safe mode I enable the verbose command and restarted and tried normal mode again and it would say "Please wait for the Local Session Manager . . ." and never get past that screen. Now, for some reason, I cannot even log into any safe mode options. After the safe mode drivers load, the computer just hangs at crcdisk.sys after it's loaded and not proceed. So, then I tried to boot to the cd to use the repair utility and my computer won't even acknowledge it, it just takes to me the three safe mode options. In the past I could boot to the cd and use the repair disk and now I can't. Please don't tell me I am screwed. I have so much valuable info that I would really not want to lose. So if anybody can please help me to try and resolve this, I would be greatly appreciative. Thnx

A:Windows Vista cannot boot into normal mode or safe mode

How do you normally boot from your DVD? Is there a key you must press in order to select the boot drive?
Also, what's the exact make and model of your system?

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Just got a GTX 980 (Asus reference) and when I've got it installed it freezes at "Starting Windows" and I have to hold the power button it to restart it.

When trying to boot to safe mode, the computer hangs on classpnp.sys

I know it's not the graphics card as it boots on my friend's computer and I know it's not a huge deal with the computer as when I reinstall my EVGA GTX 660ti the computer boots fine.

Any ideas? I've made sure it's properly seated with the 2x6pin inserted correctly. I've also tried reinstalling the geforce experience drivers.

A:Newly installed 980, unable to boot (safe mode freezes at classpnp.sys

Have you tried running a Starup Repair

Startup Repair

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Good evening, one and all. I will try to include as much relevant info as possible:

trying to fix a toshiba satellite a135 for a friend. has vista (version unknown), and i have no idea if it has any SP, as I have yet to be able to get it to boot in anyway to a desktop. have not been able to get it to boot past the loading animation/copyright splash (goes to a blank screen instead of the desktop). safe mode /w networking was failing on a .sys entitled AVGIDSEH.sys. google got me to here: http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19703_102-508463/avg-update-today-comp-won-t-boot/. I made the USB version of the Rescue CD and changed all AVG*.sys to .bak as directed. thinking there was 6-7 files renamed in the specified file path. tried to reboot, still no advancement. did safe mode w/networking again and it now locks up at crcdisk.sys. at this point, i popped in a hiren's disc and got it to run Startup Repair since I don't have any kind of Vista disk laying around. I initiated the attempt about 2.5 hours ago and it doesnt look like its doing anything. i see no hdd activity lights and the progress bar looks like more of a sliding progression bar than one that is actually moving forward in progress.

really, really trying not to reformat. (she needs this due to academic papers she doesnt have backed up anywhere else, plus the standard media (music/pictures/etc)

also, when do I throw in the towel and attempt to cancel Startup Repair. I see a number of topics on the internet where SR s... Read more

A:Vista cannot boot, locks up on crcdisk.sys in safe mode boot attempt

ok sitrep: went to bed, woke up, Startup Repair is still running. Tried to cancel it, got a notification of "The current repair option cannot be cancelled". Does this mean its actually doing something or am I just wasting my time letting this run?

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After 2 wipe and re-installs vista still will not boot to normal mode. I just am so lost on what the problem could be, any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:After 2 Clean re-installs vista still won boot to normal mode but will boot to safe M

at what point exactly does the pc fail to boot? loading bars? does it bluescreen? reboot? we need much more info to help

there is a way to turn off the loading bars so we can see whats going on behind if thats the case , then you can let us know exactly whats written on screen when it [email protected] out this may help us determine which driver is loading and causing the crash

click start / all programs / then acessories and select run

type msconfig and hit return

click the BOOT tab

check the "os boot information" box

check "make all boot setting permanant" hit apply then ok

obviously you can do this in safe mode

then boot into windows and watch , take a pic if you have too

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I'd like to get this Safe Mode only HDD back to good working order, if possible.Here's the history of the problem:My problems began when my HDD failed to come out of sleep mode--and was no longer recognized as existing in the BIOS.It was caused by a known firmware defect with my Seagate HDD and that problem was resolved.I thought that I had better backup the data immediately before anything else could go wrong.I put the HDD into another same make and model computer, which has a disk cloning program installed (Acronis True Image Home 2011) and it booted up--but to the drive that had been unrecognized before, instead of the computer's own HDD.Upon booting the message appeared that windows had not been shut down properly earlier (since it hadn't).I left the room for a few minutes and returned to find it running checkdisk. Checkdisk reported that there are only 4KB of info in bad sectors and 0 bad file records.I let it finish running and next it claimed to need to run Startup repair, so I allowed it to do that.Apparently, my choices were unwise and I rue the fact that I didn't just put the HDD back in it's own computer first.The result of this is that the computer with the HDD cloning program's HDD wants to continually reboot and the HDD that recovered from the firmware problem will only boot into safe mode. (I killed 2 HDDs with 1 stone!)I was able to clone the "Safe Mode only" HDD, just so I have a copy of all the data to work with, sho... Read more

A:Vista SP2 won't boot, except to Safe Mode

Can you access the log file created by Malwarebytes?

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I'm having yet another problem with my new Asus N80 laptop. The second one today! I tried getting on it a couple of hours ago but instead of booting Vista it took me to a blue screen that said it was performing a memory dump and it gives me suggestions but all I can remember is it telling me to do something in safe mode. Then it restarts, tries to reboot Vista again but just shows me the blue screen yet again. Sometimes it asks if I wanted to boot into safe mode, normal, or whatever. If click normal, or last good conf. it just goes to the blue screen and then starts over. When I choose safe mode, it loads all the core files and what not but instead of entering safe mode it restarts the computer. WHAT DO I DO?!!!


A:Can't boot Vista or get into Safe Mode

Where are your memory dumps.. I could get a mod who specializes in them help you.

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A few weeks ago, my HP notebook stopped booting all together. I think it happened after allowing it to download some windows updates. It won't get past the black microsoft screen with the frozen green traveling bar. I can boot in normal or any of the safe modes, last system config, etc. or run startup repair. When booting, stops at crcdsk.sys. I ran a hard drive test and it checked out OK.

After doing some searching in the forums and consulting with a few HP chat support reps, I ordered and received an OEM recovery disc. I changed my boot order to boot from the OEM recovery disc first, saved the setting, and turned the computer on to run the disc. The disc seems to have no effect. I still can't get it past the black screen with microsoft and the frozen green traveling bar. Any other suggestions PLEASE?!

A:Can't Boot Vista Or In Safe Mode

Has Startup Repair completed successfully - or did it report that it was unable to repair any problems? In which kind of boot (Safe/Normal mode) does it stop at crcdsk.sys?

When the first HP screen comes up when first booting the computer, press the "Esc" key. That should get you to a boot menu where you can force the system to boot from the OEM Recovery disk. What happens when you try that?

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My girlfriend's sister gave her a Toshiba P205D-S7438 free since it "doesn't work". Now I'm no genius but I've fixed a few computers in my day... ;) All I can get is safe mode. Tried some system restore points but didn't have any luck. They completed successfully and everything just didn't change it's boot-up process like I'd hoped. Don't have a Vista disk so that's kind of out of the question at this point. Anything else I can take a look at? How do I see the boot as it's happening? It's getting stuck at the black screen with the cursor, right after the little green bar goes across for a while... Thanks all!

A:Vista Won't Boot (Except Safe Mode)

So when you try to boot into normal windows what are you getting or seeing? "doesn't work" is sorta vague to explain your issue.
Try this

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It appears that I was struck with the Vista internet security 2012 virus. I kept getting pop ups and web site redirects until I was no longer able to do anything. I had made numerous attempts to run in safe mode without success.
The laptop boots into a windows user and password page, I've tried my admin username and password without any success.

I've tried a number of rescue disks and no luck.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

A:Can't boot to safe mode in Vista

Hello please try this..Let us see if we can get Safe mode to run.Vista users my need to save it to the desktop first then right-click the icon and choose "Run as Administrator".Please download and run SafeBootKeyRepair.exe. Once it has completed, please try booting into Safe Mode. Next run Superantisypware (SAS): Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home UsersDouble-click SUPERAntiSpyware.exe and use the default settings for installation.An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.Click the Scanning Control tab.Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):Close browsers before scanning.Scan for tracking cookies.Terminate memory threats before quarantining.Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen.Back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.On the right, under &quo... Read more

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Hello again,
It's been some time since my wife's computer was last infected, and the help I received here was great.
I need your help again.
Yesterday the computer would not load. I couldn't get past the Microsoft load bar.
After several attempts I finally got into safe mode. I started to run Malwarebytes (full scan) and after about 10 minutes of scanning everything went blank. Several more attempts and I got safe mode back. I ran MB Chamelion and again, after a few minutes everything died again.
The System restore discs won't completely load. There is a message that says "loading files" for disc 1 but then everything goes black again.
Today I tried Knoppix. The initial screen showed, it started to load but then stopped. Tried this several times with no luck
I also tried Seatools (several times) but it did not load. Same with Optimumboot CD.
Now I can't even get into safe mode.
The F2 key worked once but did not let me choose any options before going blank.
So is it hard drive failure or time to go to Best Buy?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
Bill  Morse

A:Vista won't boot normally or in safe mode

The computer is an HP Pavilion desktop running Vista home premium. Forgot to mention that!

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So when i try to boot it it will look fine, then gets to the user accounts and when i press the one and it should start loading my desktop it does nothing except show me the mouse arrow.

specs: its a laptop Compaq presario Cq60
Model Cq60-417Dx
RUnning on vista..

I can put up task manager, as well as ms config and safe mode still works, so it seems the explorer isnt working

I've run malware bytes andit found alot of stuff though im not sure if it deleted it since it still doesnt boot up.

This computer had no real antivirus until i tried to install Avast and malwarebytes...and the updates were never done so about 2 days ago she decided to install firefox and when she did, she let all the updates that were pending which were alot as well as some random bloatware programs updated. After this the problem occured... please any tips would help.

I've tried restoring in safe mode and it fails after restarting...i dont see anther option other than using the recovery partition to start fresh... though there is one program on there that she needs to study in the next couple of days so that wouldnt exactly ideal.

Thanks in advance!

A:Vista, will only boot up on safe mode.

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Please bear with me, as I'll try to be as thorough and informative as I can be in regards to my problem.

I'm a new Vista user, I purchased and installed Vista for the first time about a week ago, and I've had nothing but problems with it. I don't know if this is something common with Vista, or if I'm doing something wrong. A basic list of problems I've encountered with Vista:

After 2 days, I came across the 'Configuring Update' problem, where it would take 20-40 minutes to shut down, and start up my computer. I found out that this was a very common problem amongst Vista users, so I tried out the suggestions to fix it (IE System Restore). System Restore wouldn't work, saying something along the lines of it couldn't restore to the chosen point, and to pick a different point to restore it, which wouldn't work as well. I tried System Restore both from Safe Mode, and from the Vista disk itself, neither worked. I ended up reformatting Vista all together. I removed it from the HD, and made a new partition and installed it fresh. This time I turned off Window's Automatic Update, and just manually installed everything that way.

The second problem I came across was a couple of days after I reinstalled Vista. I'd start up my computer, and I'd get an error screen, something along the lines of Window's couldn't start up properly due to a software install perhaps, and suggested that I restart my computer with the Vista disk to repair it. I restarted my computer with the Vista disk... Read more

A:Vista won't boot up, won't reinstall, can't get into safe mode, etc.

hi there what is your Vista score and turn ON autoupdate there is vista SP1 you need to have on it

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Running an Evesham pc so can't contact them ! Vista was installed as standard.

Been taking automatic updates for some time. Foolishly went to download Service Pack 1 yesterday and it's now crashed, won't boot up, even in safe mode, and the only restore point it's offering is the point at which it started installing SP1 so no use.

Going into safe mode suggests loading files but just hangs (2.1/2hrs+) part way through.

I'm also getting an error 0xc0000034 when just booting normally (non-safe mode)?

Any tools out there that will enable me to boot this machine up? or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!



A:vista unable to boot, even in safe mode

is this a laptop
chkdsk /r

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I have a big problem with my Dell c521 desktop and believe the windows vista to be majorly corrupt this appeared to happen after a windows update but not sure.
The machine would only start in safe mode and not normally, so I tied all the usual things. ie system restore, diagnostic from prompt C:/ sfc scannow , chkdsk f/r , regedit, I mean I have been trying anything suggested on the web that others with a similar problem have tried, I am at the end of my tether, I do not have a vista boot disc as it is a OEM machine and had a recovery drive D this has been wiped out when I tried to revert the machine to factory condition (that did not work either).
Diagnostics of the HDD and all the other hardware says it is all ok
Hope this give a overview of the problem as I believe this is not irretrievable but do not have enough knowledge to sort it.
Please help me

A:Windows vista will not boot either normally or safe mode,.

Hi, without the install DVD you do not have many options unless you can borrow a Vista DVD.
chkdsk c:/f - should fix any errors it finds.
Try sfc /scannow [without the C:/ ]


Vista repair options.

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I have tried to boot my Windows Vista in safe mode and it asks for a system password but it won't let me type anything. I had already run the test to make sure my keyboard is working alright and it is. Can someone please tell me how to get back to the screen where you type in the user password. I have tried putting the installation disk in and turning off the computer and then turning it back on and it does nothing. It also does nothing when I press F10 or any of the other F's. I really hate to pay someone for something that I might be able to do myself. I just don't know what to do.

A:Solved: cannot boot Vista in safe mode

When exactly does it ask you for a "system password"?

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This is my first time posting here and I must say that I've felt very welcomed and I have been learning a lot through reading through all of the knowledgeable things that you guys have posted. My problem has been going on for a while but has recently gone over the edge and caused me some big problems. I play Second Life and from time to time, it would freeze up my computer but yesterday, the screen of the laptop just went black and I had to hard reboot my computer, only for it to come up with the Vaio screen looking horrible graphically. Then it would commence to the normal boot up and then to a black screen and it stayed there all night. I've tried removing everything with Second Life off of my computer and it still won't boot up completely. I tried leaving it on overnight to see if would bypass the black screen but it wouldn't. How should I go about fixing this? I can try getting my hands on the Vista DVD and or the recovery disks from my girlfriend. I would honestly just like to know what caused the problem and how to fix it because you can easily learn from your mistakes by fixing it. Oh, another interesting tidbit is that my brother used the computer beforehand to do some research then left it on and when he came back, the screen was black and when he rebooted it, the screen was messed up and he did a system restore to bring it back to normal but if I tried that now, it would still only boot up in safe mode and not regularly.

A:Vista won't boot up normally but safe mode will work.

try updating your video card drivers, also since you can get into safe mode you could try to do a system restore to an earlier date when you know it worked..

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Hi I'm in need of help!
I have a Hp pavilion dv5. Last week I encountered the chesire police virus. I managed to remove it I think well at least get rid of the locked screen by using system restore. I also downed shortly after a PDF reader which I later uninstalled due to my computer getting BSOD. The message given was irql less or equal.
For the past couple of days I have been using using rstrui.exe on safe mode with command prompt to restore the system and it would work fine until you **** down and had to go through the whole process again. I now can't even get safe mode with command prompt to load it just freezes on loading files. I just ran start up test in Hp diagnostics it said harddisk test failed hard disk 1 smart (301) hard disk 1 quick (303). I really need to use the laptop ASAP for work! I appreciate this won't be solved over night! Any help I'd be eternally great full xxx

A:Vista won't boot in normal or safe mode

If it indicates that the hard drive is the problem, it may have died on you. If so your stuff is lost. You will need a new hard drive and need to back up your stuff in the future.
If YOU feel that the hard drive has died you can try these methods to save your stuff
3 Ways to Recover Data from the Hard Drive of a Dead Laptop

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Dear Anyone,

I have a problem that has completely thrown me, I cannot even find a way to diagnose the problem myself. I have had various problems with vista but all have been driver compatibility issues so far and I have always managed to solve them.

Currently Vista had been working smoothly with no problem for a few weeks when it suddenly started to hand on the boot screen with the scrolling green bar. It stops and never continues (no matter how long I leave it). The main problem I have is that I cannot even boot in safemode either (it stops at crcdisk.sys).

I have no external USB devices plugged into my computer, just speakers/headphones and mouse/keyboard(PS/2).

The only change I can think of that I had made recently was updating the gfx card drivers to the latest version from the ATI website (2 days ago). I however cannot find any way to confirm this or attempt to fix it as I cannot even boot in safemode to check the event viewer.

I find this incredibly frustrating as I have never had problems I cannot solve myself before and I do not want to have to format the driver and reinstall windows, as I only have the single drive in that computer and need the files on the disk.

If anyone has any suggestions for information I can supply or steps I can take to troubleshoot the problem please say.

A:Vista hangs on boot (safe mode too)

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Hello All . I had a few viruses on my Dell Laptop running Windows Vista, so I installed and ran Dr. Web CureIt. Once the scan was finished and viruses deleted, The program told me to reboot my computer. Once I did this, my computer keeps restarting over and over unless I put it into Safe Mode. I have no idea how to start up my computer now in regular mode. I could really use some help.

Thank you,


A:Vista will only boot in Safe Mode after using Dr. Web CureIt

With the information you have provided I believe you will need help from the malware removal team. I would like you to start a new thread and post a DDS log HERE and include a link to this thread. Please make sure that you read the information about getting started before you start your thread.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient. Help is on the way!

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I have a friend that brought me their Dell Inspiron 1545 that is only a month old. She downloaded a program called
"My faster PC" and now it will only boot into safe mode. I have tried system restore back to the day she first fired it up. also tried system repair by booting from the vista dvd. tried running MBAM but still will only boot into safe mode. BTW First thing I did was uninstall "My faster PC" Any ideals on how to get this thing to boot normally?

Thanks for the help.


A:Solved: Vista will only boot into Safe Mode

Hi does it have service packs installed as that can cause a problem when trying to run a repair,have you tried to run system restore from the install or recovery disc

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Windows Vista will not start. Starts only in Safe Mode. Even system recovery doesn't go back in date

A:Windows Vista does not boot up - only Safe Mode

Press F8 while powering ON the notebook.
Then choose first option: repair by computer and try to repair the OS automatically.

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I am running WIN VISTA SP1 HOME PREM 64 BIT and it will Automaticaly restart in safe mode- I have checked in msconfig under boot and safe boot is unchecked. Yet the system will go to safe mode. Is there any thing else that can be done to resolve this or will have to reinstall windows on the system.

Thanks and regards,

A:windows Vista will boot in safe mode

Read method 2
Safe Mode
Is this what you did?

If this is what you did it means that there is a problem which prevents Vista from starting correctly, most likely a driver.
Try using system restore from before the problem
Try a start up repair
Startup Repair

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I've gotten various errors such as "machine check exception" and "uncorrectable hardware error" and 0X0000009C as well as 0X00000005 and 0X00000124 and others. I tried reseating the ram and cleaned dust from the motherboard and heat sink in case there was any overheating and now I can't even get anything to show up on the monitor at all (and I did check the monitor connections)

Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks !

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A:Vista can not boot in either regular or safe mode

I think this should explain what the error means-


Not much help in regards to which component it is. If you could see the POST, that would be helpful.

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My PC has developed a problem where, in order to either boot up or reboot, I have to boot to safe mode and then select a restore point in System Restore. It then doesn't matter which restore point I use, it then boots perfectly. Even using Norton Ghost to return to a point where I had done a fresh install of the OS, with just the main programs that I use installed, the problem exists, though it did not before I created that Ghost backup, and it didn't the first time I used it (this is the second time I have used that backup facility).

I've run the repair options on the Vista cd, which informs me that there is no repair to be done.

For the record, I am running Vista Home Premium x86. I know this seems a bit sketchy in detail at the moment, but if anyone out there can think of a way of identifying and solving the problem, it would be much appreciated.

A:Vista won't boot without using Safe Mode/System Restore

hi and welcome to TSG once you have logged into windows try running sfc /scnw and chkdsk

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Alright so just now I'm getting a blue screen. It's custom made running Windows Vista Home Premium. I've hade blue screens before and I've just restarted my computer and it goes away, however now I can't even boot back up in safe mode.

I'm not sure how it happened as I was not on my computer when it started rebooting. It was just running as it always does until I heard it start to reboot and found this bluecreen. I have no clue what it could be and need some help trying to figure this out.

Much appreciated,

A:[SOLVED] Vista Crash. Can't boot in Safe Mode.

Please provide us with the information displayed on the Blue Screen.
If it goes away too fast, please proceed as if trying to get into Safe Mode.
Below the Safe Mode selection will be an entry to Disable Automatic Restart, please select that.

The system will then stop on the Blue Screen and you'll be able to copy down the information.

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My PC is a HP computer with Vista (home).

I've had several problems recently:
Slow loading.
Slow loading of programs.
I try to open certain .exe but it never opens them and Windows Explorer just hangs even though a few days before it opened them fine.
I've attempted system restore however it complains disk corrupted and needs disk check, but the disk check cannot be run when the computer is busy or something so it asks if I want to do it next time I boot up PC. I click yes, but no matter how many times I boot up the PC it never does it! So it's a vicious circle going nowhere not allowing me to System Restore.
I was going to try SR in safe mode, but when I try to boot safe mode a long list of files loads and it says on the bottom "Please Wait" and it never ends up going into safe mode, just hangs.
So I'm at a lost what to do?

If someone could tell me how to find out the exact computer model number and vista type I could then post them. Any other information I need to provide? I read the sticky thread but it was a bit daunting O_O

A:Can't System Restore, Boot In Safe Mode, etc. Vista PC.

Hi and welcome to TSF please try check disk from the command line second option here
http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-v...windows-vista/ and use the /f or /r command also try running sfc /scannow http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66...c-command.html if you have a latop the model number will either be on the palm rest the bezel on your screen or the underside,if it is a tower there will be a sticker either on the front or the rear of the machine,your other info you can get by going to control panel, system

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Just ran into this problem tonight on my wife's laptop. Cannot boot into Safe Mode as per instructions on this site to begin removal of AV Security Suite. Have not attempted using System Config since that may lead to other problems.

Where do I start?

A:AV Security Suite on Vista - can't boot to Safe Mode

Never mind, fixed it myself.

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I was attempting to boot my Dell windows vista business in safe mode to fix a virus. I turned on my computer, waited for the Dell loading screen to go black with a blinking cursor (I have no "beep" to go by), and tapped F8 repeatedly, which gave me the boot menu as per normal. However, the menu appears to be frozen. The screen will not respond to my wireless keyboard in any way. I know it's not a problem with the keyboard, because I tried allowing the computer to boot normally and the keyboard worked. I have successfully used F8 to boot my computer in safe mode in the past- this is the first time it hasn't worked. Any advice on how to unfreeze the menu would be great.

A:Vista can't boot in safe mode- menu frozen

Welcome aboard Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList last 10 Event Viewer logList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan. * When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. * Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. * When completed, a log will open in Notepad. * Post the log back here.Be sure to restart the computer.The log can also be found here:C... Read more

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Trying to install an app, and it fails each time ... manufacturer wanted me to install from safe mode.
I have Vista 32 bit on Dell 9200, it has 2 HDD but no RAID

I boot up using F8 .. and get Safe Mode option, but when I select it ... trundles through a load of files on screen then stops ... the last file is always the same crcdisk.sys
I can leave it for ages .. loads of HDD activity but never completes boot up.
Now PC will no longer boot up in normal mode. (arrrrgh!)

Only other odd previous ‘boot’ issue is that about 1 in 5 boot ups Vista will just sit there in black screen for 5min or so then complete boot as normal.

I used VISTA disk to try ‘startup repair’ ... no difference

A:Vista 32 bit fails to boot into safe mode - crcdisk.sys

Update on testing ..
Booted up and ran from Vista disk:

X:\Sources>bootrec.exe /fixmbr
X:\Sources>bootrec.exe /fixboot
X:\Sources>bootrec.exe /fixboot

Then run Bootrec /rebuildBcd

All run sucessfully

However still does not boot up ... exact same fault .. i.e

Starts ... Dell Splash screen - Bios ... then get MS green progress bar, this runs for a while then PC reboots .. then Windows recovery screen.

If I select "Normal" ... just goes around the same loop again.
If I select "Safe mode" ... it starts then stops when it reaches crcdisk.sys

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Hi, everyone. I'm begging for help here, so frustrated. I apologize in advance for the length of this post.

First some background on what I THOUGHT the problem was.

Last year, we purchased a custom system from a guy I know at work (big mistake), and it was set up with 2 SATA hard drives in RAID. When I went in to add a third drive (IDE) from my old PC, I knocked one of those touchy SATA cables loose, the one to my C: drive, and chaos ensued.

For a few hours, I was stuck in a loop of jiggle the cables, reboot, drive doesn't show. jiggle, reboot, jiggle, reboot, etc etc. Eventually, the guy I bought the PC from suggested I pull the a battery from the mobo and reset before rebooting. Finally, that did the trick, and all was fine since then. (The drives are no longer in RAID, I use them separately now)

I generally leave the PC on, and it will sometimes reboot itself from Windows updates and whatnot. So last night, I get home and the pc is frozen in the middle of a reboot.. it can't find the operating system because the PC is once again not recognizing my 2 SATA drives.

Grrr... so here we go. open it up, jiggle cables, pull the battery.. no success. Then, on a whim, I open up the BIOS when rebooting. Searching for the drives manually in the BIOS is also a no-go... but without changing anything else, I reboot the PC, and there my SATA drives are! Woot!

So, glowing with satisfaction, I watch the system boot. It hangs for a little bit at the windows logo screen with... Read more

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Hi All,

I have issue with my dell inspiron 1525 running vista, for about a week I cannot boot anymore in standard mode, it freeze on the progress bar (fuzzy video, blurry and green... most of the time after several revolution of the progress bar).

I can boot in safe mode no issue.

I tried several stuff (after reading other threads):

- tried chkdsk but it freeze in step 2
- Then tried the WD diagnostic/test tools, no problem found...
- I tried to restore system in previous known working checkpoints, but restore failed (at the reboot step...)
- Tried to boot from windows CD but got same progress bar issue, not even got the chance to have the selection menu to select repair install...

What Else can I do???

Thanks ahead for yout advices.


A:HELP!!!: Vista freeze on progress bar, but boot well in safe mode

Additional info... I also ran my virus check and everythings look clean



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I'm running Vista ULtimate on a Compaq Presario C700 (C770TU) and on startup I get a BSOD.

It makes it to the logon screen and about 5-10 seconds after I hit enter I get a STOP message with the following codes:


On booting in safe mode I get flashed by the BSOD and it restarts. In Last Known Good Configuration I get a BSOD, it performs the physical memory dump and stays.

Don't have the installation disk.

A:BSOD on Vista startup, can't boot Safe Mode

Most likely bad memory or a bad hard drive... Or even a bad power supply. There's not much you can do except start replacing parts at this point. Do you have a friend that can help you with this?

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I have Bitdefender on my PC and I did a scan and it said I had a rootkit and needed to be restarted to remove so I restarted and now normal boot goes to blue screen every time stop 0x0000007E, and safe mode works. I tried scan with updated malwarebytes in safe mode, and it comes back clean. I have ran Defogger and attached DDS log:

DDS (Ver_2012-10-14.05) - NTFS_AMD64 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_35
Run by Matt at 22:31:43 on 2012-10-17
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3837.2900 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Bitdefender Antivirus *Disabled/Outdated* {98CD50CE-5097-4098-9669-6C401FB3969C}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Bitdefender Antispyware *Disabled/Outdated* {23ACB12A-76AD-4F16-ACD9-57326434DC21}
FW: Bitdefender Firewall *Disabled* {A0F6D1EB-1AF8-41C0-BD36-C575E160D1E7}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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A:Rootkit Removed Now Only Safe Mode Boot Vista

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Let see if we can restore your computer to a date prior to running Bitdefender and restarting your computer.Follow the directives listed here.http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Start-System-Restore-from-a-command-promptSelect a restore point prior to running Bitdefender. This should possibly restore the infection but will take care of it.If successful please run the DDS tool and post a fresh log for my review.Wait for further instructions.

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My Acer Aspire 5100 Laptop will not boot up. It will stay in loading screen forever, and when i try and boot up in safe mode, it will stop at \Windows\system32\DRIVERS\AtiPcie.sys and do just stay there. My disk tray currently does not work and i do not have the recovery disk anyways. I have a second computer that i could download proper files to and save to my flash drive and transfer to the broken Acer if needed.

None of the options work when i press f5 or f8 when the first screen loads up. I've seen other threads with the same AtiPcie.sys problem, but i do not know how to delete this file if none of my menus work in the f8 thing (i.e. i do not know how to get to the command prompt to delete it).

If anyone could help me I would really appreciate it because i would like to be able to do my school work on the go (i do online schooling).



A:Acer Aspire 5100 Vista will not boot up (not in safe mode either)


Keeping it simple, you could boot up on start-up repair, but if that doesn't work, pm me.

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Hi, first post, woot woot!

I'm getting the BSOD Vista Ult. x64, related to netio.sys, and I can only boot Safe Mode (no network). Not sure how to even debug this stuff. I'm on my WHS, so I've got some internet access obviously. I'm doing a System Restore, going back 2 days, won't have time to see if it works this morning, have to leave.

How can I debug this? Just post my mini dump? How can I read my mini dump myself, I don't know what program to use to read the .dmp file. I would attach it, but the System Restore is running on the bsod computer right now.

Thanks for any help,

A:BSOD Vista Ult. x64, netio.sys, can only boot Safe Mode (no network)

NETIO.sys is a Windows OS driver and it has to do with networking/internet.

My suspicion is your NIC card either with its drivers or the card itself. But this is only a guess at this time. When you are able attach your minidumps at your next post.

How to find your Minidump Files:

My Computer > C Drive > Windows Folder > Minidump Folder > Minidump Files.

It is these files that we need (not the folder). Attach to your next post the five most recent dumps. Notice the Manage Attachments button at the bottom when you go to post the next time. You can Zip up to five files per Zip. Please do us a favor and don?t Zip each one individually

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I'm trying to fix a friend's Toshiba Satellite laptop (Vista). Since it's not my computer I'm not sure how the problem started but when booting normally it goes as far as the initial options screen (press f2 for settings, f10 for boot options) and then goes black. It won't boot into safe mode, from a restore CD or from the recovery discs (they were burned from a recovery partition right after install, I guess it's possible that they weren't set up properly). When booting from the cd it gets past loading files to the blue loading bar, and then goes black. Any suggestions? I'm guessing it might be hardware but is there any way to troubleshoot it before taking the whole laptop in? I'm assuming it's not the HDD because it won't even boot from the CD.

A:Vista Black Screen (no safe mode or boot from disc)

Have you tried using the screen toggle? Most laptops are able to toggle the screen to an external monitor. Normally hold down the Fn key and hit F5 or F8 or something like that. When it boots it may be trying to switch it to an external monitor.

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Yesterday, whilst playing COD4, my computer suddenly froze (still don't know why). After re-booting the pc, everything seemed normal, until it crashed again, but this time with red dotted lines sprawled across the screen.

I rebooted the PC, and my first thought was to run my anti virus (AVG) to check for anything unusual.

Half way through the scan, we had a power cut. When the power came back on, everything still seemed normal on the PC, so I ran the virus scan again.

Whilst this was running in the background, I was surfing the web, when suddenly tiny red dots started to reapear and flash up on different parts of the screen. Then before I knew it, the whole screen had red lines across it, and the PC crashed again.

After another reboot, I was met with a BSD! But it was gone before I could get the code...

I rebooted into safe mode, but was still met with the red lines across the screen. (this leads me to suspect it could be a physical problem with a component...) I ran the anti virus again overnight, and it came up with nothing.

I reckoned it must have been a driver issue with my graphics card, so I uninstalled the driver, and installed an earlier version. However, when I rebooted into normal windows, it would crash and hang on a black screen before the logon page had loaded.

So back into safe mode I went, but dispite the driver change, there were still red lines!!!

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A:Red lines across screen, won't boot unless in safe mode - Vista 32bit

This absolutely sounds like a display card issue -- not the drivers, but the card itself. Check for warranty support -- most are good for 3 years.

If you are using multiple cards -- test one at a time and disable SLI in the BIOS

Make sure nothing is overclocked !

Does booting in VGA mode make any difference (I doubt it will, but try it).

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I am using Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2, 32-bit, on a lenovo T400 Thinkpad.

Every time I restart my computer, it boots into safe mode. F8 has never worked on my computer, for whatever reason, so I wasn't able to change it that way. I created a Recovery Disk and performed a startup repair, but it found no problems. And this is what happens when I go through msconfig -

Under the "General" tab, "normal startup" is checked. If I click the "Boot" tab, "Safe boot" is checked. I uncheck this, and click apply.

Now, I click the "General" tab, and "Selective Startup" is checked! Load system services and load startup items are both checked. What is going on here?! If I re-check "normal startup," and click apply, and then go back to the "Boot" tab, then "Safe boot" is checked once again! It seems that I can't have both "normal startup" checked and "safe boot" unchecked.

I am really at my wits end. I hope I am just being stupid and that there is something obvious that I'm missing, because I would rather not have to reformat.

Thanks so much for your help!

(For further information: This all started when my computer came down with some rogue fake anti-spyware virus called "Vista Anti-Virus 2011." I was able to get rid of it through downloading a fix and using Malwarebytes, which required me to boot into safe mode. ... Read more

A:Can't Boot Vista out of Safe Mode, already treid Startup Repair

Hello, Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking How to enter safe mode(XP/Vista)Using the F8 MethodRestart your computer. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Select the option for Safe Mode with Networking using the arrow keys. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode. Please download the TDSS Rootkit Removing Tool (TDSSKiller.exe) and save it to your Desktop. <-Important!!!Be sure to download TDSSKiller.exe (v2.4.0.0) from Kaspersky's website and not TDSSKiller.zip which appears to be an older version of the tool.Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it. To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extension (i.e. 123abc.com). If you do not see the file extension, please refer to How to change the file extension.Click the Start Scan button.Do not use the computer during the scanIf the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.If malicious objects are found, they will show in the Scan results - Select action for found objects and offer three options.Ensure Cure (default) is selected, th... Read more

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okay... so i was trying to get into safemode so i could run an antivirus scan, problem is whenever i tried going in safemode the blue screen would pop up and computer would restart. now for some dumb reason i thought maybe i could get in safemode if i used msconfig and selected safe mode from the boot menu. so the computer restarted and now it boots in safemode but the blue screen and restart happen everytime now. ive tried "start windows normally" but that boots in safemode.... ive tried "last known good config..." and that too boots in safemode. so now im stuck, i cant get on windows. any help please?

im willing to start over but i dont know how to do that from here

A:STUCK in safe mode boot, safe mode doesnt work and restarts, REPEAT

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A few months ago I seemed to have picked up a google redirect virus. I ran Malware Bytes and it didn't seem to identify anything out of the ordinary, and since it was more of a nuisance than a crippling virus, I ignored it.

Bad idea.

Tonight, while clicking on a Google link, I was redirected to a site that instantly installed a program that called itself Malware Defender. It appeared on my desktop, and the shortcut led to c:\users\MYNAME\appdata\roaming\defender.exe. Comodo firewall informed me that it was trying to access other files, and I denied it access. I then tried to delete the file but was unable to, Vista gave me warnings about not having permission to delete that file. I re-opened Malware Bytes and clicked "update". The program told me to reboot to finish the update.

So now, when I reboot, after the windows loading bar is finished scrolling back and forth, I am left with a blank black screen and a mouse cursor. If I turn off the PC and turn it back on again, it gives me the option of booting into safe mode, but my keyboard will not respond at that time. The keyboard DOES respond prior to that, as I can still enter BIOS, but as soon as I'm given the option to enter safe mode (along with the 3 other options), the keyboard is unresponsive and the PC automatically boots into Windows normally, which then leads me back to the black screen.

I previously had Avira and Comodo active, and am honestly surprised that I was infec... Read more

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Hello all I have an acer aspire 9410z with windows vista home premium on it and I recently wanted to do a clean install because it had alot of junk on it so i tried to do a clean install and it did everything but now when I try and turn it on it just gets stuck on the loading screen with the green bar on the bottom. If I boot up in safe mode it loads nicely with no problem. I have been working on this problem for about a month with no solution. Any help I get will be very appreciative so in advance I thank you all.


A:Windows vista freezes on boot up, only safe mode works perfect

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As the title says,Windows Vista SP 2 will not boot on a Dell Inspiron desktop computer.  As Vista is going out of service in a few days, a friend asked me to upgrade the system to Windows 10.  Stupidly and regretfully I did NOT perform a system backup.  (BTW however, I have installed a minimal Windows 10 on another hard drive on this same computer and it works fine, which should prove that the hardware is OK.)
Specs are:Pentium CPU, 3GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive of which about 300 GB are reported to be free.  
I have tried every possible technique I could find to attempt to repair it, including running Startup Repair and attemping to roll back to a previous Restore Point,attempting to boot into SAFE mode, and from the Windows Vista Repair Disc running bootrec.exe /FIXMBR, bootrec.exe /FIXBOOT, as well as  CHKDSK /F /X C: from the command line.
After the computer is turned on, the green and black Microsoft Corporation logo comes up and runs for some time, before giving up and going to Startup Repair.  (This has been tried numerous times).
By the way, I am a retired computer support professional with experience with various versions of UNIX, as well as experience with Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, mainframes, etc.  I am comfortable working from the command line and with scripting etc.
I would appreciate help in getting the system to boot.  Thanks.

A:Windows Vista Won't Boot - Can't Use Safe Mode, Startup Repair or Restore Point

If upgrading to Windows 10 why not pull the personal data with a live linux disk to a USB external drive then do a clean install of Windows 10? A Vista computer cannot be upgraded to Windows 10 as far as I know, only from Windows 7 and 8.

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My fiance's computer randomly crashed while he was renaming files. He didn't install any new software or add any new hardware just before this problem occurred. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 530. It's running Vista Home Premium 32-bit. It has 4 gb of ram installed (which has been in the computer for approximately a year now).

Upon restarting the computer, Windows tried to start, and when he logged on, it told him there was limited functionality. Programs wouldn't start, and it gave him messages about all of the startup programs that would not run. He restarted again, and it won't even go to the log in screen now. It will go to a blue screen with "STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} Registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log of alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable."

From there we have tried booting into Safe Mode, where it will just restart. (We did manage to get into it once somehow, and he tried system restore, but upon restarting, it said that it could not complete the restore process.)

We also tried booting using the Last Known Good Configuration, but that still didn't work.

We ran Startup Repair from the computer which gave the following message: "Root cause found unspecified changes to the system configuration might have caused the problem. Error code = 0x2", as well as "Error code 0x4005".

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A:Cannot boot vista, chkdsk /f or/r, restore, safe mode, last known good config, or repair

No need to help now. Just reinstalled Vista instead. Working ok now. Thanks anyway.

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