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How to run XP in Safe mode after Vista installed

Q: How to run XP in Safe mode after Vista installed

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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Preferred Solution: How to run XP in Safe mode after Vista installed

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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.

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 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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I installed sp 3 and my computers constantly rebooting, I can't log into safe mode at all. I tried xp recovery disk but it tells me I need an administrator password in which I never set one up and can no longer continue to try the sp3 removal? Is there a way to get past the password?

A:Installed Sp 3 Now I Can't Reboot Not Even In Safe Mode

If you dont have a password set, try hitting enter. (I think thats the default for no password)

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I have dell computer with following:
Microsoft Wndows xp
home edition
Verson 2002
Pentium 4 cpu 3.00Ghz
2.99 Ghz, 2.00GB of Ram
Hard drive 149 GB ( I installed new SSD drive 120GB)
Use 35.00GB
Free 149 GB

I recently clone my c:/ drive and installed new SSD drive.

I have following problems:

Problem 1.

At the start before loading operating systems I get following message:

Once I strick f1 it loads operating system.
I do not have floppy drive installed in my computer why do I get this message.

Problem 2

I can not go to safe mode, I tried F1, F2, F8 and F12 to go to safe mode but it doed not work.

Can any one help.

A:Floppy shows up when not installed/ cant go to safe mode

it sounds like your hard disk crashed, and it's looking for alternative devices to boot up from.
reinstall / buy new hard drive

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Have just put together a new PC. Installed WinXP Home edition (an upgrade version) with no problems, but it will hardly ever boot properly. It always gets to the Windows XP logo screen; then goes black, showing me the cursor; then just waves goodbye with a tiny little circular dot fading into black in the middle of the screen (sometimes varies this with a screen of fragmented blue lines. Nice.)

So I hit restart and thankfully it recognises it didn't shut down properly, giving me all the options of how I want to restart. I can always restart in Safe Mode, and XP works fine and allows me to do what the hell I want. I have, literally once or twice, managed to start XP normally but it's always crashed after about 5 minutes.

If Safe Mode didn't function so well I'd assume I'd somehow damaged something on the motherboard or hard drive. But who knows... There's a couple of ideas I've had as to what the problem is:

1. I do receive the message "No drive attached to FastTrak controller, The BIOS is not installed" on starting up - I've discounted this as the problem as the BIOS is very much installed (it's cos my moboard can control a RAID configuration if I want it to). I don't think this has anything to do with it.

2. There's something screwy with my floppy drive. On turning on the PC the light goes on and stays on - the way it does when it's looking for a floppy when there isn't one in it. It's detec... Read more

A:[Resolved] Installed XP; can only start in Safe Mode

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So my laptop only starts up in safe mode and when I try to access it through normal startup, a blue screen appears for a short amount of time and then attempts to startup again going on and on in a never ending cycle.

However, I got it running on safe mode and ran Malwaebytes Anti-Malware on safe mode (with networking). However, it didn't pick up anything wrong. What can I do to fix this???

A:Vista only starts in Safe Mode and blue screen appears in normal mode

Hi There ghostOnthestage!For a rather lengthy but very informative article on stop errors and what may possibly cause them go here: http://www.updatexp.com/stop-messages.html Perhaps this will help a bit until someone more knowledgeable on this subject can come along. Good luck!

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I just did a clean re-install of Vista x64 on a new hard drive (old drive crashed). Here's the problem:

Using my ISP (Roadrunner Carolinas) speed test site; I get around 200 to 400 kbps download speeds using IE in normal mode. If I boot to Safe Mode, I get around 3500 to 4500 kbps, which is what it should be (this is what I used to get in normal mode before I re-installed Vista).

Running the same speed test with Firefox, I get around 1500 to 2000 kbps in normal mode, but if I try to download a file it transfers at only the 200 to 400 kbsp rate (if I'm lucky).

Here's more detail about the system and what I've done so far:

Installed all updates including SP2.
Using Windows Firewall, no anti-virus.
Updated network drivers directly from NVidia (Chipset is nForce750i)
Updated graphics card drivers directly from NVidia
Disabled all LAN protocols except for Client for Microsoft Networks and IPv4
Connected via ethernet cable directly to cable modem, no router.
I've deliberately refrained from loading anything but the basics until I can get this sorted out.

This really the second clean install I've done in 24 hrs. After the first one, I upgraded and added a lot of software and add-ons before I figured out the connection problem; so I decided the easiest fix would be to re-format and start over, checking each step to see what caused the slow-down. Unfortunately once I did the second clean install I tested right away and I had the connection problem from the get-go. Since then... Read more

A:Vista x64 new install: Slow internet connection in normal mode; fast in safe mode

run msconfig and uncheck startups that you are POSITIVE are safe to do so. See if your speed picks up. Then allow one startup at a time.

MSCONFIG: speeding up Windows Vista startup

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When I open IE it just stays as a blank screen a warning use to appear saying something about an appcrash but I messed around with it reset the settings. Also system restore wont work neither will a recovery, Im really in need of some help here.

A:Help Internet explorer wont work in normal mode, only in safe mode Windows Vista

Please post the exact warning. It should mention a particular App.

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I have a Toshiba A135-S4467 laptop that would freeze on the windows load screen so I replaced the hard drive after several attempts at formatting and reloading that were unsuccessful. I put in the new hard drive and completely installed windows but it still freezes at load up, I did get it to start a couple times but the CPU would peg at 100% and would freeze up after about 20 seconds. It will however start and run in safe mode.

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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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Ive been having this problem for a few days now,when I start the computer,after a few minutes,no matter what I am doing or if I am not doing anything,it will freeze,the mouse and keyboard wont work and the clock stops,the 2 little monitors that show my internet connection stop flashing too...sometimes,it freezes for a few seconds and then works,and the same thing happens over and over again until it finally freezes forever...other times,it just freezes once and stays there,Ive waited hours for it to work and nothing...

the only solution is to shut down using the button,and I know that is not a good thing to do..I did a system restore,I restored it to a day before the problem started,but when it restarted to finish the restore it froze again and the restore wasnt completed,I had to shut it down pressing the button and I realized later that I lost all the restore points I had...

in all these days,Ive done everything we are supposed to do,Ive had problems with other computers,so Im used to it,this computer is about a year old and these are the specs:

HP Pavilion Slimline s3041la
Vista Home Premium Edition
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+
2.00 GB ram
400GB HD
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
AVG Antivirus
I have both Firefox and IE, they are both used,because these computer is shared with other people..
when the problem started I hadnt installed anything new...

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A:vista freezing in normal mode,safe mode works ok

Liliana325 said:

computer is shared with other people..
when the problem started I hadnt installed anything new...Click to expand...

But one of those other people certainly could have, right?

You might look through Add/Remove programs for installs with dates in that range.

Also, look in the STARTUP group.

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I installed a 20 gb hard drive disconnected my old one that didn't work, installed winxp and it boots only to safe mode. From there I can access the net ( I am now) and I have tried to change startup items in msconfig, but it still only boots to safe mode. I cannot revert to an older startup that worked successfully, as it hasn't happened yet. What can I do?

TY, Kelly

A:win xp installed on new hard drive...has only ever booted to safe mode

Althought this sounds like a hardware incompatibility, since it's a new install, you might boot the CD and run a system repair.

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I installed my new video card through safe mode and rebooted, but If i try to go to normal mode, the screen turns black... now I'm using safe mode, but what do I do to get out of safe mode and use the video card

A:I installed a new pci video card through safe mode and rebooted...now what?

What type of card is it? Did you install the latest drivers?

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I was trying to install Norton 360, but I got a message saying that it couldn't successfully install the components for setup, and linked me to their tech support page, which gave me a link to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x 86). Tried to install it, and got this message:

"The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows installer is not correctly installed."

How check if my Installer is installed properly? How do I get out of safe mode?

My computer: Dell Opti-Plex GX260, running Windows XP Home Edition SP2.

A:Getting out of Safe Mode/checking if Windows is installed properly

In Safe mode the graphics uses native drivers for the graphics which usually mean that the icons are larger than normal and look grainy. The real give away though is that the background behind the icons is black. If your desktop appears normal with its normal background then you aren't in Safe Mode. I suspect that you aren't running in Safe Mode, you would have noticed the difference.Microsoft suggest the following as potential causes of this problem.This issue may occur when both the following conditions are true: * You are using Windows XP in Normal mode. * The Windows Installer Service that is included with Windows XP is unregistered or damaged.Microsoft goes on to suggest a resolution for this, I would suggest that you copy this and print it so that you have the instruction to work from as you go through the process. The link below will take you to this site.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315353This procedure will make changes in the registry, for this reason you should back up the registry before making any changes.Backing up the Registry with ERUNTBackup Your Registry with ERUNTPlease use the following link and scroll down to ERUNT and download it.
http://aumha.org/freeware/freeware.phpFor version with the Installer:
Use the setup program to install ERUNT on your computerFor the zipped version:
Unzip all the files into a folder of your choice.Click Erunt.exe to backup your registry to the folder of your choice.Note: to restore your registry, go to the... Read more

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This morning I saw the latest Windows 7 updates on an old computer I have (A VM running in XCP-NG) to run an old version of Confluence Wiki but that's not really important.
After installing the updates and rebooting the VM is so slow that it looks frozen at times. I restarted it in safe mode to remove the updates but when I access the Windows Updates list from Programs and Features it shows "No updates installed."
Has anyone else seen something like this? I have backups of this VM so I'm working to restore from a backup and before you ask, I know - I have to update that Win7 machine to a more recent version of Windows.
Thanks in advance and best regards.

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The only changes I have made recently was installing some adobe products, I am currently unable to uninstall them completely. When attempting to boot normally the login screen appears and then the screen just goes black after a while to a flash of the blue screen and then restarts automatically. Any recommendations as to what I can do to work through this.

A:Vista boots up in safe mode but not in normal mode


The eventviwer (goto start then type eventvwr) system option would be giving a reason for the problem.
Most probably a driver update like display would be the problem.
Please do not try to delete any driver yourself as it may stop you from using the computer totally

you can go and try a system restore by restoring it to the date where you last remember all as working
System restore is accessible by clicking start and typing system restore.
There is no risk of loss of data when you run system restore(but avoid using a very old date as that will kill any new softwares installed)

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Hello and thank you in advance for reviewing my support request.

My computer components are...
EVGA x58 SLI motherboard with Core i7
EVGA GeForce250
6gb Corsair Ram (3 sticks of DDR3)
750watt standard Powersupply from ULTRA
Hitachi 1TB 16Mb 7200rpm Sata hdd
Vista Ultimate 64-bit

My case...
After 3 months of no problems after building the computer from scratch. The power supply decides to blow up. Not literally blow up but there was a ton of toxic smoke and i did notice sparks flying out from the power supply. So i shipped it back for an exchange, and now i recieved my replacement and installed it. Everything seens fine until the Windows loading bar shows up. It seems to be taking forever which it did use to take only seconds to get past this. Then once the Windows Icon shows up and makes that classic Vista soundeffect, the screen turns to no-display-esk status and the motherboard seems to be hard at work (literally seems like its struggling to run something but it clicks, slows down, and restarts to struggle constantly) In an attempt to revi3ew the problem i turn off the comp, reset the cmos again, check all specs in setup, and try to run it in safe mode. Windows Vista 64 succesfully runs in safe mode... so i think it just needed to be reset, so i turn it back off and on again, and run normal mode... and the same no display with struggling system.
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A:Vista 64bit Safe Mode ok/Normal Mode not ok

Motherboard drivers are a possibility. Please go to your manufacturer's website and make sure you have the most recent drivers installed, specifically your chipset.

If that doesn't work, try following the instructions here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/1871981-post2.html

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I have recently installed a new hard drive and re-installed all my old programs.
Everything works fine except InCD packet writing utility. With InCD installed my PC gets through the POST test then hangs on the Autoexebat file before booting into Safe Mode.
If I uninstall InCD the PC boots ok and is stable.
Any ideas for a cure would be appreciated.
My OS is Win98SE. My Anti virus and spyware programs are up to date.
I have defragged the HD and generally cleaned up elsewhere.

A:Solved: With InCD installed computer boots to Safe Mode

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A:BSOD Fresh Installed Window's Startup not in safe mode Videocarddriver

Hello and Welcome to seven forum

Please read these instructions first so we can assist you further:

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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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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On Sunday, my computer did its normal automatic windows update, it restarted and then began looping. I have tried everything, running my Norton Anti-virus, nothing found. I have gone into msconfig and disabled everything, it still will not start and stay on. I have gone into the registry and changed a value from 1 to 4 following directions to fix this, to no avail. Since I have run out of ideas and my laptop will not go on the Internet for some reason, I can go into Safe Mode, but not Safe Mode with Networking, I cannot back up my machine. So my question is, if there is no solution to this, how can I use my external back up in Safe Mode if it will not recognize my Maxtor 1 button back up? I am a photographer and I have not backed up my info in over 2 weeks and I have purchased a ton of iTunes over Thanksgiving that is not backed up. I need to back up my machine before I restore it if that is the only solution.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


A:How can I bacup my computer in Safe Mode. Blue Screen after Microsoft SP3 installed

Hello ,

here is a link that does a great job of doing back ups


you should beable to install it from a cd or thumb drive

it is very user friendly

but when you start to go into safe mode do you see the entry for (Last Known Configuaration That Worked )

well if your system just did updates then this would restore your system back to just befor the updates were installed and you wont loose anything

now your system / is it a store bought as in a HP/Dell/Acer ?
if it is and you installed SP3 to wich caused this loop cycle then you need a patch that you need to run befor installing (SP3) to shut certain drivers down so that you can install SP3

does your system have a AMD processor ? normally this issue happens with mobo's with these processors But its not the processors fault it is the manufacturers fault as with HP put both driver files on their systems for AMD & Intel to wich is the culprit to this issue

I have lost my link and will get it from one of my other techs for i have upgraded to a new system and having to transfer files & links to it but that link got corrupted

let me know

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I'm running windows xp home edition version 2002, Service Pack 3. My display device is NVIDIA Geforce4 Ti 4400. I installed Windows XP update KB967715 and after I rebooted, once windows xp started, my display flashed about 6 times then went dark. I'm able to use the internet via safe mode. I've uninstalled this windows update and all the ones from Feb: KB958687 and KB960715. I've also reinstalled all my display drivers.

The error messages I received are:
Error code 100000ea, parameter1 835d17e0, parameter2 83465008, parameter3 f79aacb4, parameter4 00000001.

Error code 100000ea, parameter1 834f74d0, parameter2 834ea768, parameter3 f42ffcb4, parameter4 00000001.

Error code 100000ea, parameter1 82dac4f0, parameter2 834b4b10, parameter3 f79aacb4, parameter4 00000001.

I'm at a loss, the next options I can think of are re-installing Windows XP and I'd rather not if I don't have too.

Anyone have any other ideas?


- Rachel

Standard Question Answers:
- Were there recent crashes that could have caused this problem? No
- Did you install new software recently? If this is the case: Which software? (Brand, version, build) - NO
- Did you do any of the following:
- Run a scan with an updated anti-virus program? - NO
- Run a scan with an updated anti-Trojan program? - NO
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A:Installed most recent Windows update; display no longer works except in safe mode

Hi Rachel and welcome to TSF

You didn't say, but I'm assuming that after the uninstalls the problem is still there.

Try doing a system restore to a time before the updates.

If you can boot in the safe mode and get video, then it must be something that is booting up in regular mode that is messing up the video. Before doing a re-install, look in the msconfig and see if something was installed there that might be the culprit. Under the start tab, the check boxes will let you selectively disable applications that install during normal boot. See if one of them is problematic. What each of those items do can be seen here:


Do you have any red or yellow marks in the Device Manager? That almost always means a device driver problem.

If you have to resort to a re-install of XP, I would suggest a Repair Install which will leave your normal applications and data in tact. Guidance for that can be seen here:


Hope this helps,

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Hi,My Computer which has Win Xp Sp3 is behaving like it is in safe mode , eventhough it is in normal mode .I noticed this because ,1. Avira Antivir Guard and Update cannot be launched bcz Scheduler is not running.2 . I tried to start scheduler ( under services.msc ) , but can't start it bcz of error 1084 ( safe mode situation ) .3 . I can't use Windows Update , bcz of error Error number: 0x8007043C ( same safe mode condition )4 . I ensured that BITS was set to automatic , but it can't run bcz of 1084 error.I have scanned with Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D , SuperAnti Spyware ( in real safe mode) - No DetectionHere is the dds log ,DDS (Ver_09-09-24.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Administrator at 16:45:23.03 on Mon 09/28/2009Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_12Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.510.112 [GMT 5.5:30]AV: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {5D467B10-818C-4CAB-9FF7-6893B5B8F3CF}AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}FW: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop�... Read more

A:Safe Mode Error, WinXpSp3 behaves like it is in safe mode even in normal mode

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I installed WinXP on a Dell laptop that had come with Vista. Now the old Vista system folders/files are taking up 10 gigs of disk space. I'd like to delete them (have NO intention of EVER going back to Vista!!!!) but want to be sure it's safe. Am I forgetting something?
Thanks for your thoughts.

A:safe to remove Vista files with WinXP installed?

Yes...the Vista files replaced boot.ini as the bootloader when it was installed.If you try to delete it, you will either find that you cannot...or may shortcircuit your ability to boot.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529, see Removing Windows Vista from a Dual-Boot Configuration.The link I posted also includes a more explicit explanation of the points I alluded to about the boot files.Louis

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Im running windows vista in safe mode because when i run it in normal mode programs like ventrilo wont connect to servers. Its working out so far i dont mind running it like this, but how do i enable sound and a wallpaper and all that kinda stuff in safe mode?

A:Vista in safe mode HELP!

Hi Steve

Forget about working in Safe Mode, & get things working normally. Safe Mode is not in any way designed for everyday use: it's for troubleshooting and system maintenance.

Trying to run a program like Ventrilo in Safe Mode is just not a good idea. Not sure that I'd recommend a program that doesn't officially support Vista either. But it can be made to work, with Vista booted normally. If there are specific games that you'd like to get Ventrilo working with, visit their forums for specialized tips for each game. For general setup, it helps to have the main executables set to "run as administrator" (it generally helps to right-click and select this when installing software not explicitly written to be compatible with Vista --- select "run as administrator" for the installer, too).

Other hurdles are getting your firewall settings squared away - but that's fairly basic stuff. I would imagine the connection issues you mention are related to firewall setup. Check out the help files if you are using the built-in Windows Firewall --- it's fairly simple to set up exclusions for traffic to be unblocked for certain sites and servers. (I'll assume the trouble was in your firewall setup, and not in the setup for a hardware firewall in either a router or a gateway device with a router built-in = because you were able to connect from "Safe Mode with Networking"). If you've a third-party firewall, refer to the manual for guidan... Read more

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I had a request from a friend to find out about safe mode in Vista. He works for Circuit City and he was attempted to clean up a machine with spyware, but when he went into safe mode, the programs and drivers still loaded whereas normally safe mode did not load up programs in startup, nor the drivers.

Any ideas on why that is?

A:Safe Mode in Vista

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dose vista have a safe mode and how do i excess it if it has, i am trying to help a friend which is vista on a laptop, he has been running trend micro for his av whitch has expired and he tried to install norton trial as well and now the unit is shutting down all the time and asking for passwords, i have gotten passed the shutting down all the time and have it up and running but it seems to be freezing up i have uninstalled trend as well as norton through add and remove programs now it wont log on to the internet it is asking for passwords as well he is useing a wireless card or stick not to sure only helped him over the phone anyone have any idears to help me he is bringing it around tomorrow so i can check it out for him better to be prepaired.

A:vista safe mode

Hi -

To boot into safemode, tap the F8 key repeatedly during boot-up.

Remove both Trend Micro & Norton or your friend will be stuck in safemode forever. Use the respective removal tools.

Trend Micro (use PCCTool.exe method) - http://esupport.trendmicro.com/9/Uni...rity-2007.aspx

Norton - ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/englis...moval_Tool.exe

Download both to the desktop. Then 1 at a time - RIGHT-click on the icon, select "run as administrator". Then re-boot. Now do the same for the other.

Re-boot again. Then reset the Windows Firewall to its default settings -
START | type FirewallSettings.exe into the start search box | click on FirewallSettings.exe above | select the Advanced Tab | click on "Restore Defaults" | Click Apply, OK

Since Internet a problem, reset Internet Explorer -
START | inetcpl.cpl | Advanced tab | reset

Boot into normal Vista and have your friend come in to explain the rest of his/her problems.

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Is there even a safe mode in Windows Vista? I can't find out how to get into it...none of the F keys seem to work and "delete" is for the bios....anyone have any ideas?

A:How do you get into safe mode under Vista?

You should be able to get into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key repeatedly during startup.

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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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so I guess no-one knows. I'm going to reformat it then. One question: last time I reformatted I managed to do it so I had a folder called windowsOLD with all of my previous data, can anyone remind how I specifically get that?

A:Vista won't even start, not even in safe mode

If I were you I would probably wait another day to see if anyone comes up with anything...instead of just 10 hours.

As for the keeping a folder during a format. If you did that then you didn't do a truely clean install. Because in order to do so you delete the partition that has all the info from the last install, and start over. You could save the files to an external hard drive or, if it is small enough, a jump drive.

Hope that helps.

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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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Originally posted in http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/6158-build-7068-wont-install.html i thought i'd post details here too as the process is exactly the same for Vista.

This method is very handy if you have a piece of hardware that is causing issue with your installation of Windows Vista. It will detail how to disable the offending piece of hardware during installation.

Here's How:

Step 1, With the Windows Vista DVD in your DVD drive, press any key when promped @ 'Press any key to boot from CD / DVD...', as soon as the message is gone, quickly press F8 to show the boot options list. Select Safe Mode and install 7. It will allow the initial stages & file copying.

Step 2, When Vista restarts for the first time, press F8 and select 'safe mode'. A dialog box will appear stating that windows cannot continue in safe mode 'ok' to restart.
Do not click OK when the message box appears. Instead, just carry on with step 3
Step 3, press SHIFT+F10 to open the command prompt and direct youself to x:\windows\system32

cd system32
then type CompMgmtLauncher (it takes a few seconds to load) you can then access device manager from this console.

Step 4, Select the offending hardware & choose to disable it. Close command window and click ok on the dialog box. Windows will use a standard driver (with less funtionality) when it restarts.

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A:Install Vista in Safe Mode

Nice one, Jeff.

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Hi Guys,

I have a toshiba laptop which has been working perfectly well for the last 5 months. About an hour ago I was cleaning it and accidently I improperly shut my laptop down.

It now won't load. It gets to the improper shut down screen which tells me it was not properly shut down at last use. If I then choose to start windows normally it will give me the toshiba logo but then stays blank. Normally I would then be taken to the password screen but at the moent I am getting absolutely nothing but darkness.

I can enter through safe-mode (with networking) and have attempted a system restore which it will not allow. Instead it delivers the message windows has detected file system corruption on vista (C and says I can do a disk check when I next reboot - except of course I cannot reboot!!

So I am a little baffled as to what to do next? Any ideas?

Many thanks


A:Vista Only Loading in Safe-Mode

Hello telby,

At this point while you are able to access safe mode you should take the time to make any backups that you need.

From safe mode try the following.

Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

type chkdsk /r

It should schedule a chkdsk after restarting out of safe mode. If not you you can use the Vista recovery media to try a repair or your system may have a recovery partition.

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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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Hello. My gradnson's pc Dell desktop will only run in safe mode

he has done a diagnostics and can not repair anything via diagnostics.

I think he is having problems because he let his antivirus expire, but wanted to do everything to rule out any other technical problems before installing new antivirus.

Or should we install antivirus before we do anything else such as system repair, clean install, etc.?

Thanks for your help


A:Vista runs only in safe mode

boot to safe mode
go to START - RUN and enter msconfig
press ENTER

When msconfig opens, go to the BOOT tab and uncheck "safe boot". Now go to the GENERAL tab and make sure "Normal Startup" is checkd. Close msconfig and reboot.

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The times are bad...really really bad...

because of some serious spyware/malware/virus issues .. my homepage was changed to a fake ""trying to load an unsafe page internet security at risk"" message which had a link that led to m? an antivirus site..

i installed spyware doctor to take care of it.. and i noticed while i was doin the scan there was a window tht popped up which had a fake message abt not havin any security..

anywyas.. after i restarted my computer.. everythign slowwed down and then jus stopped.. the mouse can be movied.. but nuin else happs.. i cant click on anything.. and do anything...

this kept getting wors with every restart and now its at a point where my desktop is a white screen and i can see the taskbar with the start bbutoon and nuin happns

so i decided to go into safe mode and thts when the shock came


nuin happns after AFTER THE BLACK SCREEN with safe mode writen on all corners comes...

please tell me what i can do..

thnk you so much

A:Vista Safe Mode not starting

i used the vista restore cd... used the system restore feature and restored the system to an earlier date..

now my start up is really reallly slow.. after teh start up application loads.. the computer jus hangs for abt 2 minutes.. adn then everything goes to normal....

by the way.. thnks so much for ur help.. on my first post..

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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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I have a Sony Viao running vista. Earlier today the laptop froze on the desktop screen. I tried to reboot but it will only go as far as the green progress bar and that will keep going with out moving forward.
It will start up in safe mode but not in safe mode with networking. My suspicion is that it is Internet related. I have ie chrome and safari installed and have uninstalled chrome but cannot get rid of the rest.
Any advice would be good

A:Vista will only start in safe mode

Try Revo Free - http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_..._download.html

See if Hidden Admin user account can get through - http://sysnative.com/0x1/Hidden_Admin_Acct.html

Regards. . .



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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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Hi, I have a dell inspiron about a year old. Yesterday morning my laptop froze (normal functions no new updates or other installs), i did a hard boot, windows repair did its thing, vista started again but within a minute of loging in, it froze. hard boot again, chckdsk ran and fixed some stuff but once again it froze after a minute vista opening.

i tried systerm restore and no point in past would work (error saying it failed and after trying other stuff all points disappeared). i ran in safe mode with networking and did clean boot without any of microsoft stuff or the background/startup programs and it worked without freezing but computer was essentially useless since internet, etc didnt work. once i turned the microsoft services back on, it froze again. i did again without background or startup and with microsoft and it froze. i ran malware, etc and there was nothing. i did checkdsk and it was good, did memory test and it was good, ran sfc /scannow and would freeze at 58% and say it couldnt finish so ran sfc /verifyonly and saw some tcpmon.ini issue but i read thats common and not a big deal. did some tcp flush stuff i saw online didnt work. i tried popping in dell vista dvd but there is no repair option or upgrade since i have sp2, just an install option. unistalled bunch of stuff and still didnt work. there are no warnings or exclamations next to any devices in device manager.

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A:Vista freezes but safe mode ok

Have you tried booting in debug mode? Instead of safe

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Advent laptop
Vista Home Premium 32bit
1.5G ram

Normal Mode with wireless on - after 5-10 seconds, entire desktop flickers, turns black briefly, then dumped back to logon screen.
This happens continually.
Normal Mode with wireless off - about 20 minutes, same effect as above, then dumped back to logon screen.
Neither of the above causes reboot, bsod or OS crash, just a 'flip out' then back to logon screen. Anything opened, i.e apps, browser gets shut during this process.
Safe Mode - completely stable, wireless/internet on or off.
Driving me nuts, safe mode isnt exactly the best mode to use the laptop in and totally unusable in normal mode.
Any ideas ?
Thanks in advance

A:vista only works on safe mode

Boot in safe mode and set up a clean boot. Then see if it works. If it does we can get you up and running by using the clean boot instructions.

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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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Computer Information:Dell XPS M1530System type: 32 bitWindows Edition: Windows Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 2Background:My computer has always worked fine behind my firewalled home router, but I'm currently 2.5 months into using it in a deployed location where many people share what I believe amounts to an unsecured network for personal use. The connection here is also extremely slow, so I may not be getting required updates from Windows or McAfee. Recently, my computer started having problems shutting down and especially in booting up. This was occuring more and more frequently and I'd have to hold down the power button, wait for it to force itself to power down, then try again. 1 time in 4 it would boot up properly and would work perfectly as long as I didn't shut it down again. Today...it started not booting up at all...no matter how many attempts...Problem:When I power my computer on, it briefly shows the little bar that says it is starting up at the bottom of the screen that I usually get right before I type in my password, then that bar disappears and the password box doesn't come up. The screen just stays blank, as if nothing is happening. It seems that no matter how long I let it sit, it just stops at this point. If I power it down by mashing the power button for a few seconds, I can attempt to reboot again. hitting F8 does allow me into Safe Mode.What I've already done:1. Before I deployed I backed up my entire machine onto my Seagate... Read more

A:Vista will only start in Safe Mode

UPDATE:McAfee concluded it's scan in Safe Mode and did not detect any issues.Following that scan, I restarted the machine and got the same result, the little loading bar was on for a second, then the blank black screen...please suggest additional measures.

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How is it possible, having this PC for almost 3 years, that all of a sudden, 2 weeks ago, everything freezes, no mouse, no keyboard input and monitor screen is frozen. Up until then, I did not add any new hardware or software.
I have to hit power button to shut down. I try a normal start, get message to run startup repair, then it says run system restore and that gets me nowhere.

I then restart and was able to get into safe mode. event viewer shows, consumer ir devices can't find driver and ehome infrared receiver can't find driver.

I open device manager and it show yellow exclamation next to both of these devices. I attempt, update driver and says driver current.

Been going crazy with this problem, have done Google searches and get different responses, both NO response that fixes this problem.

need help real bad.

A:HP Vista sp2 only opens in safe mode

while in device manager, uninstall both drivers (that have yellow exclamation marks) then reboot.. windows will re-install the drivers automatically.. (maybe they are corrupt)....

good luck

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My laptop just had vista basic re-installed and it freezes every minute or so. I have been running it in safe mode with networking to use the internet and it works fantastic! The only problem is limited functionality and horrible graphics. Why does it work so good in safe mode and not normally? Thanks!
Asus X53SR Full Specification

Clock speed 1.66 GHz Processor type Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor manufacturer Intel

RAM installed 2048 MB RAM technology DDR2
Storage Hard Drive

Hard drive size 160 GB
Optical Storage

CD / DVD type HD DVD / DVDRW CD / DVD read speed 24x CD, 8x DVD CD / DVD rewrite speed 10x CD-RW, 4x DVD-RW
Interfaces / Networking

USB 3 PC Card 1 Ethernet Yes Infrared No Bluetooth Yes Wireless networking No
Video Output

Graphics processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD X2400 Video outputs VGA, DVI, S-Video

Display technology LCD Display diagonal size 15.4 in. Maximum resolution 1280x800 pixels

Soundcard Realtek High Definition Audio Audio inputs/outputs Headphone, microphone Built-in speakers Yes
Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) 365x40x270mm Weight 2.95 kg Available colours Black, Silver

Battery technology Li-ion Number of batteries supplied 1 Estimated battery life (mfr) 2.5 hours Max batteries supported 1

A:Vista freezes except when in safe mode


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