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Windows XP won't boot, can only start in fail safe mode!

Q: Windows XP won't boot, can only start in fail safe mode!

Hey guys.

I run a WinXP with SP 3.

My computer has been running fine until yesterday when I got a couple of error pop ups, which I clicked by fast, followed by a bluescreen. I restarted my machine and now WinXP can't boot. It gets to the loading screen, but when the loading is done, the computer just restarts itself. Then i'm prompted to chose if I want to start windows in fail safe mode. In fail safe mode everything runs fine. I ran through my computer with Kaspersky once, then once with Avast. Also I ran it through once with Anti-Malware Bytes. All done in fail safe mode, but with no results.

I got prompted to use WinXP system restore when into fail safe mode. But apparently I have no old configurations from a past date to use!

I turned off auto reboot to be able to see the error message, and I got the following:

STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xB9F92091, OxBACC7384, 0x00000000)

k71.sys - Adress B9F92091 base at B9F90000, Datestamp 48849e41

I still can't get windows to work normaly, i'm writing this in fail safe mode. I'm not really sure what to do from here. It's very frustrating!

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

Preferred Solution: Windows XP won't boot, can only start in fail safe mode!

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A: Windows XP won't boot, can only start in fail safe mode!

Disable or uninstall Kaspersky and try booting in Normal Mode again. k71.sys is related to Kaspersky.

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Hi, i am suspecting computer got hit by a trojan. After entering the loading screen with the XP LOGO and the loading bar, the system hangs.
Same thing happens when i boot using last known good settings.

Below is the HJT
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:21:52 PM, on 03/02/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16981)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Ower\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\3TCJF1SU\HijackThis[1].exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://g.msn.com/0SEENSG/SAOS01?FORM=TOOLBR
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://g.msn.com/0SEENSG/SAOS01?FORM=TOOLBR
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = ... Read more

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Hey guys.

I run a WinXP with SP 3.

My computer has been running fine until yesterday when I got a couple of error pop ups, which I clicked by fast, followed by a bluescreen. I restarted my machine and now WinXP can't start. It gets to the loading screen, but when the loading is done, the computer just restarts itself. Then i'm prompted to chose if I want to start windows in fail safe mode. In fail safe mode everything runs fine. I ran through my computer with Kaspersky once, then once with Avast. Also I ran it through once with Anti-Malware Bytes. All done in fail safe mode, but with no results.

I got prompted to use WinXP system restore when into fail safe mode. But apparently I have no old configurations from a past date to use!

I still can't get windows to work normaly, i'm writing this in fail safe mode. I'm not really sure what to do from here. It's very frustrating!

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

A:Can only start computer in fail safe mode, help please!

Do you recall any of the error messages? You can go into event log in device manager to see them. You may be having driver conflicts.

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deleted "best malware" from my computer in safe mode and now it wont boot, any suggestions?

always gets stuck after checking both dvd drives, just blinking underscore at bottom of page, you can tell it wants to try the hard drive but something is not happening.

ignores my attempts to use F8

tried changing bios settings boot HDD first, just got stuck 2 seconds sooner

any ideas appreciated

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So today my pc can't start up on normal mode! I always get BSOD! It works in fail safe mode only!
I tried to uninstall the video card drivers and after that it was good on normal startups too! But after i reinstalled the drivers it went back to the same!
Can i get some advice how to fix it?
I also ran SF_Debug_Tool.bat which was linked on:LINK don't know if this helps or not! I attached the file that it generated!

A:BSOD on every start! Only works in fail safe mode! BBcode:116

All the BSODs are stop 0x116, caused by display.

As you cannot boot in normal mode without this BSOD but can boot in safe mode without any BSOD, it makes one thing clear that without the nvidia display the computer works fine. Cause, Safe mode uses the generic display only.

DAC type:
Device Key: Enum\
Display Memory: n/a
Dedicated Memory: n/a
Shared Memory: n/a
Current Mode: 800 x 600 (32 bit) (1Hz)
Stay in safe mode. Uninstall the installed display driver using Display Driver Uninstaller.
Then boot back to normal mode, download and install 340.52 WHQL.
Follow NVIDIA Drivers - Avoid Problems to have a perfect and clean driver installation.

Is the computer is able to take this driver? Let us know.

If you have any other graphics card, or if you can borrow one from friends or family, apply it there and see how the computer behaves with another card. This test will give you important conception about the issue.

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I searched on the internet for a solution to this with no avail.
First off, I have only one partition, drive C, which has the OS (win xp sp2) and very valuable important data. I have no floppy, but some usb slots and a cd-rom drive. Other specs are in my profile.

The problem:
If I try to run windows normally or with the Last Known Good Config, the screen just gets black and the screen just hangs there, instead of showing the windows logo and loading bar.
If I try to run in safe mode (or with command promt and all the others) it will stop loading at TDI.sys
So I thought a nice repair from the windows cd will fix the problem, but that fails too. Blue screen hangs when the message "Setup is starting Windows..." appears (that's before I can choose any option). I have no SATA and BIOS settings have been defaulted recently.

How did I get into this mess:
I was innocently watching a youtube video on Yahoo msgr while also having a youtube page opened in a browser. Everything stopped responding (tried ctrl+alt+del a million times) so after waiting 10 mins, I pushed the restart button unaware of what it will cause.

So I cannot do anything other than using bootable programs. I was thinking of getting by hdd nuked and do a fresh install, but the data stored is too important and occupies large amounts of space so backing up is a pain. Any ideas of a workaround?

A:Solved: Win XP does not boot from hdd nor cd + safe mode fail

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#1 Hi, basically this probem arose from nowhere. I came back from holiday 6 days ago and my pc took longer than i remember to boot. Only till i realised the next day and day after it was getting longer and some times not loading past the 'Windows' screen. Each time when it hasn't loaded fully, I turn it off and re-boot pressing F8 to get up safe mode, which doesn't work at all.
It gets stuck on '/avgdiseh' doesn't load past and will stay like that till turned off. Start up repair does absolutely nothing, it asks to do System restore which then errors and reboots, if i press cancel it stays on the 'Scanning' screen for hours.. (8 hours today)

#2 I've now seemed to run into another problem trying to boot from my CD drive. First time I loaded everything correctly got to 'install windows' screen clicked start up repair which did nothing. Ever since that windows won't detect my CD drive even though it opens and did read CD's.(watched a film on it the other day)

I've looked online and other people have had the same problems and clearly i haven't found a solution yet. I've tried cleaning the inside of my case, double checking connections, changing boot options. From what i've read its either a failed HDD, failed RAM (, or failed CD drive in the case of my second dilemma)

I'm just curious as to whether anyone can pin point what the problem is. If its an easy fix or whether it is possibl... Read more

A:Windows wont boot past Start up Screen, and won't boot safe mode

it's the one following avgdiseh that is the problem

d/load and run the h/drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive


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First post here so apologies if I do some stoopid newbie thing - I'm a little frantic right now because I was to send a resume to a potential employer and my computer has croaked out on me.

I somehow acquired the "Antivirus Live" virus. I had a fix to try but when I tried to start in safe mode, I just get a list of drivers and nothing else happens. - no prompt, no desktop, etc.

I then tried to start in safe mode using the system configuration tool, and now I get just a black screen when I boot up normally. I can still get to the list of drivers if I try to start in safe mode but nothing happens beyond that.

I have my Windows XP CD but not a boot disk. I'm horrified that of all the stoopid things, I somehow can't find my boot disk.

I can't get my computer to boot from the CD. Tried to look up info on the forum and in my documentation but no luck.

Any suggestions?

A:How to boot from Windows CD - cannot start in safe mode

Hi .Boot disks...are not necessary if you have a MS Genuine XP CD...the CD is bootable.<<I then tried to start in safe mode using the system configuration tool...>>Exactly what did you do? See Problems That Can Occur By Forcing Safe Mode, near the bottom of http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/Louis

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I'm working on a Compaq Evo D51S, now when I start the computer it imediately gives me the normal Safe mode/normally but once I select that option the computer restarts shortly after. No errors or blue screen and I don't see any loading bars, also it ignores any cds I insert and throws up the "start windows in safe mode/normally" as soon as I press any key to boot from the cd. I've checked the cables, fans and other bits and they are installed correctly and they appear to be working (e.g. fans spinning, no beep errors, ect...) So far I'm throughly stumped as to how to proceed. The computer has windows XP Pro installed and the boot devices boot up in the following order:
Hard drive

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This is occurring using two different monitors. Both monitors had been working. Brought PC to a live music gig, hooked it back up in studio and it won't boot any operating system into desktop.

PC has an nvidia 9300 and both DVI and VGA outputs work on boot. The drivers were installed on windows, and it worked before the drivers were installed.

I tried booting into Ubuntu and it never loads the screen. If I try booting into Windows XP it at least shows the login dialog.

I can access the bios, and boot menus and there appears to be no hardware errors. Fix this problem and you are a saint to me.

A:Monitor Fail after Windows XP Login Screen (already tried Safe Mode w/ VGA)


is this a laptop?

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I am writing from my own laptop, but the problem I am having is with another laptop.It is a Sony Vaio running Windows Vista.I am getting an error message when trying to turn it on--Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:1. Insert you Windows installation disc and restart your computer.2. Choose language settings, click next3. Click "repair your computer"If you do not have the disc (of course, I don't!) contact your system admin or computer manufacturer for assistance.File: \Windows\system32\config\systemStatus: 0xc000014cInfo: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt.

A:Windows VISTA: Failed to start...won't start in safe mode, or any other mode!

Typically the system32 Files I would simply replace and expect to get back in to Windows, but with The Registry file being purported as Damaged or missing I would recommend re-installing windows. You can get restore CD's from your manufacturer.

If you tap the F8 key on boot and get options to boot into other modes, I would pick Last known good configuration as you might fix the problem this way.
Not likely, but it's worth a shot.
Good Luck

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Last night I updated windows 8.1 from windows 8.
It got to the stage where it needs to restart so it done that started the configarations and once it reached 100% it restarted.

Since then what happens is when i press power on the samsung logo comes on the screen then the black screen with the windows picture then the bsod comes up for around half a second and it restarts. then it constantly does this.

The whole cycle only takes a few seconds.

Ive tried booting in safe mode but this isnt working so I downloaded kav rescue on another computer and saved it on a flash drive, But it wont boot off this either.

Any ideas?

A:Windows wont start after 8.1 update wont boot in safe mode

What does the BSOD state? Most times it is a driver issue with the Display drivers. Other times it is hardware.

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Hi Guys n Gals , my name is Mark , I have an old laptop I am trying to get going , it has never been online so its not a virus , and the cd rom does not work , and no USB sticks have ever been plugged in all it was used for was playing bejewelled the old one and windows games , not pad then kind of tasks . once shut down moved to new place , unpacked , it would not start up.   by this I mean ... the screen that shows up usually after a improper shut-down .... Safe mode ... Safe mode with network .....  Start windows normally ... that screen ...  no matter what selection I make it freezes there and I can no longer move or alt cntr del ... nothing works .. power button . also Its so old i cant figure out how to boot from usb as the cd rom does not work . I thought I figured it out , but it kept bringing me to the start normally ,,, safe mode ... safe mode with networking screen after 15 seconds of black screen , witch is the reason I thought it was working because generally when I boot other computers the screen goes black with the small flashing thing in the corner for a few seconds then starts booting windows , but this one brought me to that menu then froze ...   
here is a pic of the menu i speak of .
 ACER TravelMate 4000 Series MODEL: ZL1
Thank you very much for reading my post!

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Acer AO522

64 GB SSD by Transcend

0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003 , 0xFFFFFA8003418B30 , 0xFFFFFA8003418E10 , 0xFFFFF80001D9B8B0 ) BSOD ( disk drive related I guess ? )

Like in the topic - BSOD shows up at startup, even in safe mode.
I don't have any minidumps - just the memory dump.

A:BSOD during boot - cannot start even in safe mode

Quote: Originally Posted by komoornik

Acer AO522

64 GB SSD by Transcend

0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003 , 0xFFFFFA8003418B30 , 0xFFFFFA8003418E10 , 0xFFFFF80001D9B8B0 ) BSOD ( disk drive related I guess ? )

Like in the topic - BSOD shows up at startup, even in safe mode.
I don't have any minidumps - just the memory dump.

Memory dump would be fine. What you have is just the error code. there are many possibilities with an F4

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Hello ! yesterday i have installed Mirrors edge to my laptop Asus k50ab , i have windows 7 64 bit, after playing the game, i restarted pc, and then it just failed to start and pc restarted, same thing in all safe modes.

I have searched about a 5 hours about this problem,I did try almost everything!
but didint find the solution...

i think its problem with graphic card update, i have ATI , and probably installed Nvidia update...

Always writes this error:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut dow to prevent damage to your computer.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xFFFFF88009A9928, 0xFFFFFFFFC0000034, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)"

Please help! , i tried almost everything, but i think if i will delete that update or something , it will run..

A:Failed to start , boot, or even safe mode

Hi, welcome to the forums

You may want to try the 1st 8 steps in The following Tutorial to see if the Startup Repair fixes the issue.
Hope it helps

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I am running Windows XP Professional (SP3). It shut itself off and Windows won't restart; it goes to the logo/splash screen and hangs there.

I get a choice of several options, all of which don't work:

- Last known good configuration and Start windows normally; these lead to it hanging at the logo screen (for hours).

- Safe Mode, three kinds (plain, with command prompt, with networking) -- a series of commands or file names scroll down the screen, then they freeze; nothing else happens The file names are all in windows\system\drivers, and the last one (where it hangs?) is Mup.sys

I tried booting from the original Win XP CD to get to the Recovery Console or do a repair installation. When I did this yesterday, it copied files and tried to start windows and then gave me an error message (windows has detected an error and needs to shut down), but then when I tried to restart Windows normally, Win XP started up fine. So that seemed like the solution. Except -- today WinXP shut itself down while I was working again and couldn't restart itself, and now the "fix" via booting from the Win XP CD doesn't work. I get stuck at the logo screen. I've tried repeatedly, but it doesn't work.

I can get into the BIOS by pressing "Delete", but don't know of anything to do in BIOS to help Windows start up.

Some background: I did not add any new hardware or software recently. I don't think it's a virus or malware. I ha... Read more

A:Win XP won't start up (boot up) or enter safe mode

System manufacturer and model?

If custom desktop...consider the PSU as a suspect.

Have you tried running the chkdsk /r command from the Recovery Console? If not, please do so.

If chkdsk /r completes with no errors/interruptions...I would follow that up with the appropriate hard drive diagnostic, long test.

I suggest...that you refrain from your inclination to run multiple AV programs...and uninstall all except one.

In the event that chkdsk /r cannot complete...please write down any onscreen error message exactly as it appears.


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hi, window will not boot goes to blue screen that says process 1 initizaltion failed and starts dumping, then reboots to reapir, wont repair, tried booting to reapir disc and used bitdefender rescue which showed no virus, then tried booting to my winodws 7 upgrade disc, it says loading files then goes to a windows screen and nothing, tried recovery and it only shows one date may 6th, recovered to that date and does the same boots then goes to blue screen, in advanced i went to promt screen and tried chkdsk c:/f/r and it said failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50, so now dont know what to do if i need a new hard drive or what bios looks the same as always please help mike

A:windows 7 wont boot, wont go to safe mode or start on windows 7 disk

Have you followed these steps - Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Hello! Hopefully someone can help me

Basically everytime I try to start the computer it gets to the black screen with the white text and it looks like it's going to start normally but then it stops and I get the message

Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

I have tried to restart it and start the computer in safe mode but pressing/holding F8 does nothing in this situation! I think this is happening because my norton antivirus deleted something during a full system scan but not 100% sure. I think starting the computer in safe mode and then restoring the system to a previous restore point may fix the problem but I can't access safe mode!

Can somebody help?

A:Disk boot failure and can't start in safe mode!

It might be that the harddrive or motherboard has failed.

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I installed latest Ubuntu last year on my Win XP machine. All things seem fine in either OS. But the other day I wanted to start XP in Safe Mode and could not. PC starts and I get the normal menu options to select Ubuntu or Windows. I select Windows and press F8 for Safe Mode, I get a very quick (unreadable) view of a blue screen, system shuts down. On restart I select Windows it gives screen saying "system did not properly shut down, how do you want to restart, blah, blah." I select Safe Mode, screen crashes again. On restart then Windows automatically starts 'normally.' So I can't get to Safe Mode. I have Avast Pro and nothing shows there on a scan. Nothing on MalwareBytes nor using Housecall. Microsoft Security Scanner did find some exploits which it supposedly removed. Actually everything seems and has seemed to work well, I just cannot get to Safe Mode.

I did ask at Ubuntu and there was a suggestion for some payware http://www.moonvalleysoft.com/safe-mode-fixer-p-29.html
I don't know if that works with a dual boot and WOT gives it an "unsatisfactory" rating. Is this me? Or am I missing something? Thanks.

A:Dual boot XP/Ubuntu can NOT start Safe Mode

The weirdest system I've built (for myself, would NEVER give it to anyone) was a triple-boot XP, Win7 and Ubuntu. Absolutely don't like the way Ubuntu wraps itself around Win7 which in turn wraps itself around XP. Disliked it so much, I blew it all away again. Have a buddy who runs straight Ubuntu and runs XP in VirtualBox when he needs XP. He seems happy with it.

The main question I would have is this... did you EVER have a successful safe mode boot to XP in this configuration?

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I haven't done anything to my computer recently to cause this as far as I am aware. No new hardware, no new software.

I'm using Windows XP Home Edition.

My computer boots to the windows splash screen, and a black screen after that. Can't do anything, no cursor, nothing.

My computer can't boot into safe mode--upon trying, it loads the drivers and stops at a certain one.

When I try to access the system recovery console, the system freezes when I go into the console and type 1 and then enter, signifying to use the windows partition (1).

When I try to reformat and set up windows XP, it takes a long time to get to the agreement, and upon acceptance, it locks up.

Any help?

A:PC will not boot, can't start from safe mode, can't boot using CD

Sounds like a failing hard drive. If you have a XP installation disk boot into that, select Recovery Console and run Chkdsk /r.

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Hey guyz,

I am really in a great trouble. I wonder if some one could help me out with this issue.
My os details: Windows XP service pack 2.

My machine is unable to start normally. It always shows me the black screen with mouse pointer on it.
When I restart my machine it shows me the options to start my windows in:
Safe mode
Normal mode
last known good configuration

I am only able to start my windows If I select 'last known good configuration'. With the rest two I again go back to black screen.
I really cant continue my work like this any more.

Can any one give me a good solution for this?


A:Unable to start windows XP either in safe mode nor in normal mode

What is the brand and model of your computer, or motherboard, and what sort of Windows operating system disk you you have... OEM, Dell, Gateway, HP, or other recovery disk?
And how old is your system?
You either have a bad infestation, or a defective hard drive, video graphics, or memory module.
We can perhaps help more when we know what you have available.

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from another thread i read to download the service pack 4 for my windows 2000 pc.....i downloaded it and attempted to load it into my harddrive......there was some error on my pc so the entire service pack would not load at all but it was still on my computer sitting there. i looked and tryed to delete it since it was unusable....it told me that my computer might not run properly if i deleted it.....but since it never really was loaded onto m hardrive correctly i did not think it could do much damage....i deleted it....i logged off my computer.....a few hours later i came home and turned my computer on....within about 15 seconds of turning it on a blue screen popped up saying it could not find the source or the entry to the computer?? ...bottom line is that it would not boot correctly at all. i attempted many times yet the same thing happened. it also prompted to boot in safe mode. i did that but the blue screen popped up again. i am typing this on back-up computer that we have. i was wondering if anybody knows what i can to with my computer to fix it or get it fixed professionally which is a strong option. But I was wondering to see if there was anything that I could do before bringing it to a computer pro.i am fairly advanced with computers but this boggles my mind and I do not know what to do. if anyone knows anything to help me it would help alot.....thanks...

A:Blue screen before boot...won't start in safe mode or anything..nothing works.HELP!

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Problem: when restarting a Compaq Presario CQ61-411WM, the first thing you see after red Compaq logo screen is:
Windows Error Recovery:
and options of

Launch startup repair (recommended)
Start Windows normally

After choosing either option, here is what happens:
Starting Windows
Windows is loading files
the blue windows logo background screen begins to load with arrow and active circle,
another window tries to pop up then goes away (about 1/2 the size of the screen),
then the screen stays on the windows logo background screen with the cursor arrow actively moving when moving the mouse.

We have tried multiple forums on fix options, using either options of F8 to try to enter into safe mode, or resolve, or restart as last safe (or similar verbiage) results the same.

A:Start up blue screen with arrow, can't boot safe mode

hi,if you have windows 7 install disc or you created a repair disc then set BIOS to boot from the DVD rom drive,pop in your disc exit BIOS saving settings.when the pc starts watch for the "press any key to boot from dvd" loading files will appear on screen.select language/keyboard settings on next screen,on the following screen click on the "repair your computer" line which will take you to the System recovery options,DO NOT CLICK ON INSTALL NOW. next screen System rcovery options will search your hard drive and insllation,next select the windows 7 installation to perform the startup repair on and click on next.on this screen click on the Startup Repair line.
The Startup Repair tool will now search for problems with files that are important to the proper functioning of Windows 7.

If Startup Repair finds a problem with an important operating system file, the tool may suggest a solution of some kind that you have to confirm or may solve the problem automatically.

Whatever happens, follow the prompts as necessary and accept any changes suggested by Startup Repair.

Important Note:

If you want the Startup Repair to work properly, you must remove any flash drives or other USB storage devices, like external hard drives, from your computer before running the tool. Due to the way some computers report the storage space on USB connected drives, the Windows 7 Startup Repair may incorrectly report that it found no problems when in fact there may actually be an iss... Read more

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guys, i am stuck in an infinite loop it seems. i was trying to start my pc in safe mode, to delete a .exe file from C:\Windows\System32 which was suggested by a post to fix the "windows not genuine problem". To be able to do that, i ran msconfig and selected /safeboot under BOOT.INI tab. now everytime i try to reboot my pc it asks me to select an operating system (windows xp pro/microsft windows) if i select windows xp then it asks me to select a startup mode (safe/normal/last successful) and then no matter what i select it will reboot it self, and do the same again. If i select microsoft windows (instead of xp) then it shows MS Windows 98 screen and then goes into DOS prompt. from what i have read in some of the threads is that, i have a virus which is preventing my pc to boot in to safe mode, and because i have selected /safeboot from msconfig windows will only boot in safe mode, meaning i am stuck. the workaround these threads were suggesting was to find the boot.ini file and rename it to something else, which would fix the problem, because this file holds the info about in which mode your pc should boot. i tried to rename this file from command prompt (i cant get into windows, thats why), using "ren c:\boot.ini boot.ini" but it says file name invalid. i think this is because its a hidden file. then i tried "attrib -h boot.ini", but it says attrib cannot be used in DOS mode. urghhh. anyone has any ideas?

A:windows xp will not start in safe mode/normal mode

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After encountering a couple virus, I was suggested to sue ComboFix and after the program took control of my system, it had to restart and when it did, it wouldn't let me back into Windows.

I'm using a cracked copy of Windows XP and there is information in the computer that I don't want to lose. However, every time I try to start safe mode, it will just load all the drivers and restart the computer and when I boot the computer in normal mode, it asks me for product key which I do not have. I used to patch it when I was able to get into Safe Mode.

I'm stuck in the normal mode, looking at the popup that states.

"Windows Product Activation"
This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on.
Do you want to activate Windows now?
Yes No"

I do not have a bootable Windows XP to access Recovery Console and I'm not sure if it will help me either, will it? Please help, as there is data I need.


A:Cannot start in safe mode nor normal mode [Windows Xp]

Makes me laugh when people request help for cracked copies of Windows.

Get a genuine copy.

Get a life.

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I have a Windows 8 laptop and I just ran into a problem where it will not start at all. I need to fix it because it is my main PC.

A:Windows 8 will not start in normal mode or safe mode

What is it exactly that the laptop's doing, just prior to its: not starting at all?  What is on display?  What happened when you tried troubleshooting by booting from either a DVD or USB stick?

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Hi, today I decided to restart my PC but it got stuck at the "logging off" screen, so I just held down power button to turn it off.
When I tried turning it back on, it got stuck at the windows logo. Safe-mode won't work, nor will system recovery.Note: I had not made any hardware changes in the past 3 years. I also don't think I have made any big software changes in the past couple of weeks.
What I was doing before I decided to reboot:
I was reinstalling different versions of firefox because I was having flash issues (FF and Flash arent very compatible on some of the newer FF versions)
So I installed 30.0 and it asked me reboot to finish the installation and here I am. I don't think it's related, might be just a coincidence.
Full details of what is happening:
Normal boot-up freezes at the windows7 logo. The animation freezes too. PC does not auto re-boot.
Safe-mode gets stuck while loading components. Notably at storport.sys (not sure if I spelt that right) PC does not auto re-boot.
System recovery freezes after a while during the © Mircosoft Corporation screen with green loading bar. PC does not auto re-boot.
The little light that flickers when the PC is doing something is not lighting up during the loading screens. It flickers for the first couple of seconds and then just stops (or very faintly flicks every 3-4 secs) The loading screen animation then freezes after ~10-15 seconds.
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A:PC/Safe-mode/recovery mode won't boot (stuck at windows logo)

Sorry to double post...
Tried reseating the RAM, no luck...
Tried booting recovery mode from a rescue disk I made a couple years ago, same result...
Freezes right there after 15~20 seconds...

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I have a Sony VGN-FW139E with window vista. When my computer tried to boot into Windows, it just hangs on window vista loading screen.
If I selected Safe mode or Safe mode with Networking, I got this message.

Loaded: \windows\system32\drivers\crdisk.sys
Please wait?
Then it did not get any further. Is there any solution to fix this problem? Thx..

A:Problem can't boot into eithre normal Windows mode or safe mode

See if selecting Last Known Good Configuration helps.

If that doesn't work then try this Repair Install For Vista - Vista Forums

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Ok, so I'm helping someone can help me on here. I was origionally running Windows 7 but had to install Ubuntu alongside it. I was installing a game, then started playing it while it continued downloading (it was a streaming download.) It ran fine for about 10 min, and then the computer froze. I decided to restart it and now it wont boot back up. Everytime I try booting it into either safe mode or regular mode it gets to the windows loading screen and then goes to the bsod and restarts. When I try booting it in safe mode it will load all the drivers until it reaches aswrvrt, then bsod flashes and it restarts. I tried booting it into recovery mode but it will reach a gray screen and then hang. I can move the courser around but nothing loads. I installed Ubuntu on a sd card so I can try and fix the problem. I can access all the data on the hard drive, so I tried uninstalling avast and the game. I dont think it worked since I can still see the files.Does anyone know what I am talking about and can help me?

A:Windows 7 wont boot into safe mode or recovery mode

Your Windows installation has corrupted in some way. If you cannot enter the "Last Known Good" option from the recovery screen you should then be looking at booting from a repair disk and repairing your file system.
EDIT: that is a windows repair disk specific to your OS that I am talking about.

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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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MALWARE issues!!!I was having trouble staying in SAFEMODE to try to do some cleanup on my Laptop. The malware prevented my getting into safe mode and would cause the pc to just reboot normally. Because of this, I went into the msconfig>system config utility > boot.ini> then placed a check in the safemode box. I rebooted. Now its worse because it is now stuck with the BLACK screen safe mode choices. But It still wont go into safe mode and wont even reboot normally to reg windows mode.It trys to reboot on its own after a countdown of 30 seconds. But a blue screen quickly flashes once. Then it tries to reboot over and over again no matter which option I pick (last known config, safe mode networking, safe mode, safe with command, etc), it just tries to reboot over and over again like a broken record.I can get into phoenix BIOS by pushing F10 (or F12 I think), but I dont know what I can do there.At this point, i just want my pc to be able to boot normally into Window, and I will see what I can do in reg windows mode as far as cleaning the malware off my pc.Please help in easy terms.Thanks for your help in advance...PS: Windows Home edition OEM sp2 IE7-HP pavillion 8100 laptop-I have the original sealed discs that came with my 4 or so year old Laptop.I just need to be walked step by step if I need to boot from them. I dont want to have to wipe everything out or have to do a fresh install, if I can at all avoid this....Sorry for the hassle.My original main goal... Read more

A:HELP! My Laptop wont do safe mode or boot into reg Windows mode-

Hello and welcome. I am moving this from XP to the Am I Infected forum for scans.Lets do these from normal.Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop. alternate download linkSave any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser! Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator. Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion. Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and yo... Read more

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Let me open by saying I'm too old to understand most of the jargon and directions found in a technical forum like this. I've been trying to fix this myself for about two weeks, and have made so many changes, I've probably made a complete hash of it.

The latest thing I did was to attempt a fresh install of Windows from a DVD. I had to format the C drive to have enough space for the installation, so I did. The installation seemed to running normally, so I took our dog for a walk. When I came back, there was this error message: "Installation was cancelled."

The details of the error message are as follows: "Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restate the installation. Error code: 0x80070070"

My fear is that my hard drive has failed. When it's trying to boot up, there's always a line that says something to the effect that no drives were found. However, when running GPart from a disc, it finds both C & D. I tried to use one of the GPart tools to repair C, but it didn't work. It said I need to "Run chkdsk /f, the reboot TWICE." I can't do that, because I can't get it to boot into a command prompt.

I think I already destroyed all of my data on D, where it was all stored, in trying to install Windows. At one point, it told me that Windows could not proceed with formatting if D was excluded, so I removed the exclusion. I think that was a bad mistake.

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A:Windows crashed. Now can't boot, even in repair mode or safe mode.

You did a few smart things. So do not despair.

As a first measure I would try to save as much of your data as possible. Since you have the Xubuntu disc, try that.

Then you really should run the chkdsk /f. If you load your installation disk and go to "Repair this Computer" (or something like that), there should be a Command Prompt.

If that is all done, try to reinstall again and come back to let us know how you are doing.

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Really weird issue. My computer locked up and restarted when I was playing Battlefield 3, not sure why. Then it didn't want to boot up for some reason. Eventually I got an error message about a disk i/o error. I assume this is due to a corrupted USB that was connected to the PC. When I removed that I was able to boot into normal mode, but not into safe mode. I didn't like this, so I went msconfig -> boot -> Safe Boot. And now every time I try to boot, no matter whether I select normal or safe mode, it tries to boot into safe mode and fails.

It gives me the menu, shows a screen loading all the system files and then says "Booting in safemode - Minimal Services". Then my monitor says "no signal" and remains black. Things are still plugged in - tapping numkey makes the light go on and off on the keyboard - but I can't actually DO anything. And now there's no way I can see to boot into normal mode.

What do I do?

A:Windows 7 won't boot into safe mode, WILL boot into normal mode

I just tried putting in the Windows Install disc, to try and launch the Recovery Console, but I only got 4 options on the boot up screen. 3 variations of safe mode and one "start normally" (which due to my msconfig edits means safe mode, minimal). Tried downloading a W7 64bit repair disc ISO, burnt that.. same deal.

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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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Hi all,
So, A while ago I posted a problem with my ATI 5870 having flashing artifacts on a few games, to fix this, I emailed XFX, which has a nice customer support system. They suggested that I first use Driver Sweeper in safe mode to uninstall all ATI and Nvidia drivers, and then try to install ATI again.
Problem is, when I try to boot into safe mode, (which ive done many times before on my old computer so its not something im doing wrong) It just takes me to another black screen, and a little to the left of the center of the screen, there is just a weird symbol and the letter N following it.
So, I was wondering if there was a fix for this.
Right now I read something about booting into the XP CD (could I use a Bart PE CD instead?) and typing in the command line "Chkdsk /r" and "sfc /scannow".
Would that fix my problem? I will try it anyway, But do you have any other suggestions?

A:Safe Mode Fail Help?

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I recently attempted to clean my brother's computer after he aquired a virus from the torrent file program he uses. Regardless, I cleaned a trojan and a backdoor from his system from safe mode. I can not boot in normal mode. Everytime i try the system gets hung up at the windows loading screen then the screen turns black and sits there. I have to hard reboot. I ahve used a repar CD and i have come across an error 0x800700b7, i have also recived this when i tried to work around this problem "identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}"

OS= Win 7

A:System will only start in Safe mode, Clean virus in safe mode

You can spend a lot of time trying to fix the boot problem and clean the virus from the computer, or you can nuke it and reinstall Windows. I wouldn't bother trying to fix it, personally - I'd back up what I could and then I'd install Windows again.

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Recently my dad's computer had a corrupted hive and boot.ini. Via this website, I was instructed to run a chkdsk /r while in the recovery console. Everytime I used his OS disk to get into the recovery console, it prompted me for a password and I didn't know it (nor could I leave it blank). I decided to use my OS disk from my computer and I could fix the problem. Now, though, everytime I startup the computer, it prompts me to start windows normally, in safe mode, in safe mode with networking... To give further information...on that same screen there is an option for Windows XP and Windows XP Home Edition. Don't know if that has something to do with it. They both work though when I press enter on either one. Could anyone help me stop the computer from prompting me??? Thank you for any help.

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hi..found a computer in the garbage its a pony but it has a soyo motherboard with a pentium III 450mhz and 512sdram.It never would start windows normal but would in safe mode,so now i did a diskcheck and restarted now it gets hung up on the system32\drivers\agp440.sys...at least thats the last one that pops up before it freezes...im new to this and this forum but if anyone can help id greatly appreciate it...thanks..

A:windows wont start...did start in safe mode now cant even do that

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I have a dell inspiron 6400 running vista basic that keeps booting into startup repair and wont system restore or system recover.
The system restore says that there is not enough memory to preform a restore.
Safe mode only boots the first seven drivers and then stalls and the system returns to booting startup repair.
Is there is anything else you that I could try or and more information you need please ask.

A:Solved: Dell inspiron 6400 start up repair and wont boot safe mode

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I'm dealing with a windows 7 professional 32-bit operating system for a client of mine, ive tried everything to get their profile to boot but it keeps freezing after you put in the credentials. I have tried everything from combo fix to Microsoft root-kit  tools but no luck.    
i have  even cloned the hard drive and thrown it into another machine just to see if it is the motherboard or ram. I'm stumped and need some input.

A:Windows 7 will boot in safe mode but not in normal mode

If you create a new account in safe mode, can you log into it in normal mode?

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My computer has been starting in fail safe mode. I have to hit F1 for it to continue to boot up. I'm thinking there is a simple fix. But what might that fix be?

A:PC starts in fail safe mode...

Any more details you can give? Does it say anything else on the screen?

Whenever I have seen computers say anything about pressing F1 to continue the boot process, it was a bios message alerting me that the system time was off (cmos battery was dead).

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For everytime I want to get into the Safe Mode the PC will restart or reboot and show back the F8 mode lists.

So I can't get my safe mode screen.

This XP Pro pc had been infected by virus.win32.sality.aa (kaspersky). Its bloked Kaspersky so I had install a new Av - Rising.

Rising found Win32.KUKU.GEN. Its cleans and deleted infected files but resulted to some prog can't run. One of it is the Safe Mode.


A:XP safe mode fail - restart

Sounds like you are going to have to do a XP repair from a disk or a clean install.

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On Friday when booting windows failed to start and went into auto-repair. It did start then and again the next day. However this morning it failed again and the auto-repair was not able to resolve the issue, including when I told it to do a system restore.

I have tried to start windows in safe mode but rather than booting and the list of windows files is done I get a blue screen for 1 second and am back at the windows failed to launch screen (repair windows or start normally options). On two occasions while tapping f8 to get into safe mode while the screen was displaying "boot from cd/dvd" an error message came up stating that there was a disk read error.

A:Windows won't start, also won't start in safe mode.

It sounds like it's possible the hard disk has developed a problem. I'd suggest going to the manuf's website and downloading their tool for checking that specific model drive. Hopefully they will have an ISO that can be burned to CD or USB stick and you can boot into the tool and have it check the drive.

To boot from a CD or USB stick this option must be enabled in the BIOS... and sometimes the advanced boot screen that allows one to choose to boot from an alternate device has to be enabled before it can be accessed during boot (usually by tapping F12, but it can be different for different machines). So you might have to boot into the BIOS to enable these things before it will boot from a CD or USB stick.

But maybe someone else has another preliminary, easier option to try first. But a read error sounds indicative of a HD problem.

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Whenever I boot up my computer I get the message that I am booting in Fail-Safe mode and to check uGuru utility. Also, since I started getting this message I would get lag spikes and my computer will lock up, I can't move my mouse, video and sound lag, etc. I have checked to see if there were software issues, and none could be found. Now I believe it is a hardware problem.

I not sure what it the problem is but it is very frustrating...any ideas?

I have checked to make sure all the connections are good, that nothing is unplugged and everything appears to be correct. Here is a thread from another website for reference....


Here are my system stats:

Win Xp Pro
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
ATI Radeon X1950Pro 256MB
OCZ GameXStream 600W Power Supply
2GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 800
Western Digital Raptor 150GB Hard Drive

A:Fail-Safe Mode - Check uGuru

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I am stuck. I have a Dell D610 Latitude laptop. I tried turning it on today and windows would not load. Each time I turn my pc on, windows xp logo page comes on and then goes to a screen where it says the following:
"We apologize for the invonvenience< but Windows id not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this..."
It says more then gives several options of starting in safe mode, safe mode with networking, etc.

When I choose "last known Good Configuration" option, the logo page reloads for a few seconds and then the screen goes blank and nothing else happens.

When I choose any of the "safe mode" options, a list of command lines begin executing and then stops at this command line:

and the computer just freezes. I do not have a Windows XP installation disk as everything came preloaded when I bought the pc. I do not know what other things that I could possibly try. HELP.

A:Windows XP won't start in safe mode

You have a failing hard drive. Be prepared to have Windows re-loaded fresh on a new hard drive. You may loose all your data, but it might be recoverable

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I was trying to delete this program that wouldn't uninstall, so I went to regedit, chose WOW6342node (I think those were the numbers), and clicked delete. I got a message about how I didn't have permission or something of that nature, so I assumed I didn't really delete anything. I realized that this wasn't the right folder after all... It looked liked it had some important stuff in it! After that Google wouldn't open, and my programs stopped responding, so I tried to restart. Now it won't log on at all! My username doesn't show up, just a bunch of triangle, squares, and circles. Then the symbols go away, and there's a blank blue screen. The screen flashes about every 30 seconds but doesn't start. I tried safe mode with command prompt, and it won't let me type anything in. It goes back to the same blue screen. I'm on a different computer now. I don't know how to fix it without getting into Windows. Did I really mess up? Is there some kind of code I can type in while the system is booting?

A:Windows won't start - not even in safe mode :(

Try the steps in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot and post back as you proceed what the results are. Also, let us know if you need any help during that tutorial.

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