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I am having some problems with installing the 2018-04 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x86 based systems (KB4093108) and 2018-04 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x86 based systems (KB4093118) on my test PC's using WSUS
prior to rolling out to our estate.

The updates appear to install correctly and then states that it requires a reboot, it starts configuring the udpates, gets to 30% and then reboots, on reboot it then starts in the Windows Error Recovery console and once I boot into safe mode, it
states that it is reverting the changes and then boots successfully into Windows.

I have tried downloading the updates from the Windows Catalog and installing manually rather than by WSUS and this does exactly the same, as do the updates for May. The error message for the Update is quoting Code 80070643.
I have read a post which details disabling the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, however this had no effect. These updates are due to rollout to over 4500 PCs so I need to ensure that it is working as expected prior to pushing this out.

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Hi folks!Unfortunately, my 2 year old pushed some buttons on my Lenovo B590 laptop and something isn't right. Upon start up (Windows 7 64), I get a black screen with a moving cursor. Ctrl+alt+del doesn't bring up the task manager.I double checked the boot order in BIOS and that looks OK.Restarting in Safe mode works.I also updated the video drivers, and (strangely) I was able to restart in normal and everything looked fine. However, when I restarted again after that, I was back to the black screen in Normal.I've been Googling all morning, and done what I've found. If anyone else has any other suggestions, I'd be grateful for them. And if you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to ask.Thanks!

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Pardon me, I'm a bit of an interloper here, but I came across some advice that I think needs correcting. Even though it was posted two years ago, it was posted by an MVP (gregrocker).

I was looking for some info on removal of Google Updater and came across this thread from a couple of years ago -- "Windows 7: How do I remove Google Update Service (gudate, gudatem) from services?" In that thread, gregrocker suggests that the proper way to use MSCONFIG during uninstalls is to disable the relevent items in MSCONFIG first, then restart (I presume, though it isn't specified) and then proceed with the items to be uninstalled now disabled and, according to gregrocker, able to be uninstalled becasue they aren't in use. This advice shows a fundamental misunderstanding of way installers, uninstallers and systems controlled from MSCONFIG work. The proper sequence is as follows:

1. Run MSCONFIG, disable all Startup and non-MS services, leaving only anti-malware and any possible hardware support that might exist and that you think you'll need during the procedure. Click OK and reboot.
2. Go back to MSCONFIG and re-enable everything, but DO NOT restart.
3. Do your installing or uninstalling, reboot (even if not told to do so.)

Why? First, It's not needed. If an installer/uninstaller can't do something, delete a file because it's locked, for instance, it's put on a list to delete during restart. IOW, there is no need to stop the item first. The installer is perfectly capable... Read more

A:Regarding the use of MSCONFIG during installs and uninstalls

I have never, ever used msconfig during an install or un install of a program, you`re right, it`s not needed.

Greg was just trying to convey his expert advice, which we`ve all come to appreciate.

He has personally helped me out with problems and has always been courteous and professional

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when i go to uninstall java,it comes back saying i have error on my wizard install,how do i correct this problem

A:[SOLVED] uninstalls and installs

and welcome to the Forum

Try using Revo Uninstaller . . Revo Uninstaller - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Downloads

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Hello all.

I have an odd situation. I just purchased a Samsung YP-U2J 512mb flash mp3 player from Future Shop. I take it home and plug the unit right in my USB port. It charges up fine (it has an internal battery) and the player itself works and plays the demo's songs great.

However XP refuses to acknowledge this storge device when plugged in the USB port. You know that sound you get when you connect a USB device? Well my other USB storage devices work fine when i plug them in and you hear the Windows "ding". But with the new Samsung it dings and dongs right away, that is the sounds indicates that you disconnected it immediately even though i did not. Took it back to Future Shop and they plug it into their windows computer and it works no problem.

Tried the samsung on on all my different ports with no success. It connects and immediately disconnects even though it works on other computers. Plus my other USB devices, (USB storage, mouse, keyboards etc) all work great on my system. My system is updated with SP2 and all the latest patches from Autopatcher. Also i do have USB2

Any ideas?

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Hey guys

Is there a free software out there that will monitor when software is installed on a computer and uninstalled? Also when things are deleted?

A:Software to Monitor Installs and Uninstalls

Norton has a tool for monitoring registry changes but I recommend 3 freeware : Total Uninstall which has an uninstall option or Regshot or Inctrl5 (from Zdnet) which produces a html report with all modifications.

1) Regshot : 34 Kb ( http://regshot.yeah.net/ ). Reports in HTML format. Enough if you just want to see the updates in the registry an on your disk.

2) Inctrl5 (no more free download from ZDNET )

Same as Regshot. By default InCtrl5 checks for the existence of several specific files. Under Windows 9x, it seeks AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS in the root directory of the boot drive, and WINSTART.BAT in the Windows folder. Under Windows NT4 or 2000, it seeks AUTOEXEC.NT and CONFIG.NT in the Windows System folder. With this feature, you will not only know that a critical file has changed, you will see the differences between the saved file and the new file.


3) Total Uninstall : has a "Undo" function and a "regedit" look to show new/modified keys. Cares for the SharedDLLs. Reports in txt format. Able to uninstall an application. Can exclude some folders (TIF, e.g.), not possible with RegShot or Inctrl5.

http://www.geocities.com/ggmartau/download/download.html (homepage)

I must say that some applications create keys when you use them for the first time and even later, depending on the options you use. It's maybe interesting to record the second snap... Read more

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I am running using Dell Inspiron with windows vista. A couple days ago, I got on the computer and then it froze, at fist the program I was using froze, and then I got a circle next to the arrow, but could still move the arrow, then the arrow stops moving. CTL ALT DEL does not work, so i must do a hard reboot, try to boot in safe mode and all the files come up but then it goes no where and the computer either restarts or I reboot it.

I have run all types of tests and nothing comes up. Today I got the blue screen of death twice, but after reboot, it goes away. I do not have a Boot Disk and have tried all the tests in the F8 command. Currently I am running an expanded memory test, but figured I would get this out there before I go insane.

Any ideas would be MUCH appreciated.

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I am using Compaq Pressario P4 PC with ?Windows XP Home edition? Operating System installed on it. The issue that I am facing is as follows:
- One day, audio was not working with PC. My hard disk drive was close to full, so, I thought of uninstalling couple of unnecessary programs. While doing so, I stopped uninstallation in middle by pressing back button, then, uninstallation process hanged. After that I also tried rollback of soundMAX digital audio driver and again I selected back button and this also hanged. Please note that I had inserted the restore CD in upper CD drive to search the audio driver file. Then, I started the computer through hard reset. After that first it went in restore mode, exited that, Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner and nothing would happen after that.
- Then I called one PC technician for data recovery from my hard drive. He took my hardrive out of the PC and connected it via USB adaptor to my laptop. The hard drive could be detected and we started data copying from hard drive to laptop. However after every 3-4 minutes, hard drive used to hang and then we had to take out the hard drive cable, again reconnect. This we repeated multiple times to recover the important data from my hard drive.
- After that, hard drive was re-inserted in the PC. Since, after restart PC was not booting up (Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner ... Read more

A:PC doesn't boot in normal mode even after OS reinstallation,though,boots in safe mode

Yes, the hard drive may have become faulty and unreliable and therfore will soon fail completely. For confirmation, test it with the drive maker's diagnostic software for DOS.
The links are here: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools

In Safe Mode, no third-party drivers are loaded. In Normal Mode, all those extra drivers being accessed on an already flakey drive is causing it to crash.

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My laptop does not starts on normal mode it freezes on Booting. But it starts normal on Safe mode. I tried installing new windows 7 also but it freezes on the starting windows screen after installation file copy. I even tried Ubuntu 10.04 , it freezes on installation screen.

I need a solution for this problem

My Notebook details :

Model: Acer extensa 5230E (But in BIOS I can see 5630 - I have no idea about this because I bought this laptop on ebay)
OS : Windows Vista basic (32 bit German)

A:Acer extensa 5230e doesnot boots on normal mode but world on safe mode

Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The make and model of your hard drive, Seagate, Maxtor, Drive Fitness which is Hitachi, Or Western Digital. Perform a short and long test. Could also be called "Standard" and "Extended" test or also "Comprehensive" test. The Seagate hard drive test will work on most drives.

Seagate tools will work with some hard drives. If it doesn't with your hard drive try another.

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I booted into safe mode to delete something but my safe mode was black with safe mode writings on every corner I cant access task manager or anything and I cant boot into normal mode...help

A:Automatically boots me into sage mode (but safe mode is black)

Have you try proper procedure to enter in safe mode try the link below to enter in safe mode you will be able to delete stuff which you want

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I'm down to simply trying to install Java 7u45 i586 but every time I run it I get a Java Setup error message "Error 1336. There was an error creating a temporary file that is needed to complete this installation."
That's just the most recent of many errors related to creating or accessing temp files.  This system definitely has plenty of room in the temp folders, which are empty to begin with.
The first time temp files were mentioned was when I let Windows Update install a bunch of updates. About 15 installed fine but when a .NET Framework 4 update tried to install it never finished. Ultimately I'd close the updater and stop the update service.  The Event Log showed a long list of the same error:
"Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile -- Error 1711. An error occurred while writing installation information to disk.  Check to make sure enough disk space is available, and click Retry, or Cancel to end the install."
I restarted the system, ran Windows Update, unchecked all NET Framework-related updates and successfully installed a number of remaining updates. 
I then tried repairing the NET Framework 4 installation (an uninstaller option) but it too eventually threw a temp file-related error. Haven't tried uninstalling it because I suspect it's needed by Quicken or some other program.
Besides these Windows Update problems I got temp-file related errors when I tried to install the old version of Java (v7u5)... Read more

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windows xp sp3 boots in normal mode ..However when I boot in safe mode I get the blue screen of death.
When i ran the chkdsk /f or chkdsk /r command in normal mode it tells me the volume is in process and prompt me whether i would like to run the chkdsk on next restart. However chkdsk never gets started on next restart.

I ran the chkdsk (read only mode in the normal mode) and it says there are errors at stage 2 and cannot continue.
Before all this happened I was affected by malware/spyware. I ran the antispyware/antimalware and was able get rid of them..

Any help greatly appreciated...

A:windows xp sp3 boots in normal mode but not in safe mode

Phase 2: Checking indexes (directories) During this pass, Chkdsk examines each directory that is on the volume, checking for internal consistency and verifying that every file and directory that is represented by a file record segment in the MFT is referenced by at least one directory. Chkdsk confirms that every file or subdirectory that is referenced in a directory actually exists as a valid file record segment in the MFT and also checks for circular directory references. Finally, Chkdsk confirms that the time stamps and file size information for the files are up-to-date in the directory listings for those files. Just a guess...but the fact that chkdsk cannot run could mean MFT problems.http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/archMFT-c.htmlhttp://www.ntfs.com/quest14.htmSee data under Repair NTFS MFT at http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Advanced_NT..._and_MFT_RepairI've had one bad MFT experience, I just did a clean install after deleting the partition. Some things cannot be repaired.Maybe others have better ideas...Louis

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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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Hi all,

Windows 7 x64 does not boot into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with command prompt. Normal mode boots perfectly. Are there any suggestions on how to resolve this? I've tried startup repair and attempted fix boot, etc. No affect. The unit is free of infection. I also tried using SFC, but it said everything was fine. Any suggestions? Thanks


A:Windows 7 only boots in normal mode, not safe mode

Download SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users:http://www.superantispyware.com/SUPERAntiSypware has a built in "Repairs" feature to fix policy restrictions and certain Windows settings which are sometimes targeted by malware infection. To use this feature, launch SUPERAntiSypware. Click the Preferences button. Click the Repairs tab. Click on (highlight) "Repair broken SafeBoot key" and then click the Repair button. You may be asked to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.If you upgraded Superantispyware to version 5.0, the instructions are a little different.From the Main Menu, click the Repairs button at the bottom.Scroll through the Repairs list and click on (highlight) Repair broken SafeBoot keyThen click the Repair Selected Item button.You may be asked to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

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I am running a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP Home SP2. Was working flawlessly until this a.m. when it would not reload icons after I tried to get back on from log-in screen. Shut it down and then found it would hang when trying to load windows on reboot. I get a black screen with only a mouse cursor visible when log-in screen should be coming up. No BSOD's or error messages seen. Boots fine in Safe mode, however. I have tried two systems restores and two "return to last working configuration to no avail. Scanned with McAfee Antivirus and Counterspy V2 antispyware - nothing bad detected. Very frustrating.

A:[SOLVED] XP boots in Safe Mode but not Normal Mode

in safe mode go into msconfig/startup
unticl all the boxes not m/soft related and see if it then boots normally
check the device manager for any yellow alongside of anything

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To sum up: I can't install or run Dropbox anywhere but in safe mode. Something I'm running in normal Windows 8.1 mode is conflicting. I have searched logs my, but have found nothing, at least nothing I can decipher. Dropbox support couldn't help. Dropbox is the only executable installer I have that won't start. My dropbox account is running like a champ on various other Mac and Windows 7 and 8 machines at school and home. How can I resolve this? 
I've had Dropbox 3.03, pro account, Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. Beginning two weeks ago, Dropbox's status had been stuck on "Upgrading Dropbox" and Windows Explorer was using up to 35%  CPU constantly. (I still was able to sync.) The status bar icon finally stopped loading about a week ago. The current Dropbox version is 3.2.9.
I have scanned and continue to scan daily using Avast 2015 (paid version, but usually not installed), Emsisoft, Malwarebytes, and ADWCleaner, all of which say I'm clean. 
I uninstalled Dropbox to see if a fresh install would help, including removing all Dropbox folders and, of course, a restart. But, when I download a current version, it won't install. Nothing happens when I click the downloaded file except an increase in Windows Explorer CPU (25%) usage. This happens with both the online and offline downloads. This happens no matter what disk or portable device I try to run the downloaded installation files from. 
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A:Dropbox no longer installs or runs in Windows 8.1 - (except safe mode)

I have the same problem. Dropbox wont finish installation, only if I do it in safe mode. 
It also won't start unless in safe mode. 
Have you found any solution to this problem?

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Hi Good day
I was able to boot in safe mode but when a boot my laptop normally it hangs up after the welcome logo appear..
it hangs in a black screen view with my cursor visible...
thank you in advance.......
I did some malware cleaning from the last week of July and then this symptoms happened...
as I suspected it happens from the start up app base to my own understanding on how it works fine when I disable some start up files
FWIW:  Link to prior Win 7 topic, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/504314/boots-in-safe-mode-but-not-normal-mode-please-help/ - Hamluis.

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Hi Good day
I was able to boot in safe mode but when a boot my laptop normally it hangs up after the welcome logo appear..
it hangs in a black screen view with my cursor visible...
thank you in advance.......

A:Boots in Safe Mode - but not normal mode! Please help

Operating system? What was the last thing you were able to do in normal operation? Do you have the installation disks?
Keep us posted

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I am having Dell workstation with PIV 3.2 GHz,1024 RAM 80 GB SATA HDD with Win XP Prof on it. When I boot the system, it function smoothly upto Windows logo after that only blank screen will appear and keyboard hangs.

When I started in safemode it works fine. I THOUGHT that it may be problem with AGP drivers and removed drivers from safe mode but still problem continues. Also I cleaned RAM slots & AGP card, but there is no use.

PLease help me to resolve this problem

A:XP boots in safe mode but not in normal mode

Warm welcome from TSF vnagendraprasad!!!

Well, definately sounds like a driver issue to me :P

boot into safe mode, and when it asks you for the option to do a system restore, click NO (clicking the no key brings you to system restore). do a system restore and try to revert back to before the problem started.


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My computer was running very slow and after calling the tech guys at the manufacturer, I was advised to use the Cisnet's System recovery solution and do a destructive recovery which does a quick reformat of the hard drive but recreates the original production configurations.
I did that and the process went ok till I got to the final reboot and then the system hung on the between the Windows XP screen and the log on screen - all I had was a black screen.

I rebooted in safe mode and got it to boot up and tried to get it running in normal mode but could not. Got an error message that said that the system config file was corrupted.

The computer will boot in safemode but not in normal mode. I don't have the windows Xp installation cd

What can I do?

A:only boots in safe mode

Sounds like you need a new hard drive....reformatting did not fix the system32 config error.

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Hi Tec guy i have a MEDION XL PC
P4 CPU 3.00 GHZ


A:only boots in safe mode

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Hi, i recently bought a system second hand, which worked ok for a while. About a month ago, it started having problems if I had a couple of things open (e.g. Firefox, notepad and My Documents) I would start 'remembering' whatever was open even if I closed it , it would still show on the screen even if the file or aplication was closed. When that happens windows explorer disappears.
A few days ago, my system would only boot into safe mode, however once it was up and running if I restarted it, it would boot normally. Now this happens every day - it's will boot normally after a boot into safe mode. I have tried restoring to a previous state but no luck.
I have Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware and the systems clean and I run my browser Sandboxed with Sandboxie.

Anyone have any ideas?


Sorry, no error messages received>

System Information:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer: ECS
System Model: K7S5A
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1295 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T, 02/04/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Memory: 384 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Windows Directory: C:\WINDOWS
System Directory: C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer; Version = "5.1.2600.2180

A:Boots in Safe Mode then OK

Error messages?

System manufacturer and model?


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Hi I'm new here.
I have problem whit my pc... When I want to start it normally it's shuts down, but I can start it in safe mode?

windows xp prof sp3
AMD athlon 64 dual-core 4000+
ecs mcp61sm-gm mainboard
2gb ram
Please help me

A:Pc boots only in safe mode

Have you installed any new programs or hardware recently just before this happened?

Do you run a firewall and anti-virus?

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I bought my dell xps 8900 about a month ago and the pc will only boot into safe mode. I do not know what to do, could anyone help?

A:Only boots into safe mode

Version of Windows?

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Bought a 45g IDE drive. FDISK'd, Formated, and SYS's it, then ran in my backup tape, setting it up as a new C drive. Win 98 SE. Hangs during boot, but on re-boot, goes into Safe mode and works okay. Am I on the right track to think the problem is with a hardware device? Why would a device work on the old drive, but not on the new one? Old one is 2g, fat16. New, fat32. Tracking the bootlog, it hangs right after calling vmtd.vxd, which is a program for a parallel port camera attached. Don't understand why it all works on one drive, but not on the new one. Any ideas welcome. Thanks.

A:New HD only boots in Safe Mode

will it boot all the way up if you disconnect the camera? it's PnP, right?

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Hi all,

New to this site, but found at least one fix for the above problem. My computer was able to start in safe mode but not in regular Windows mode. I would see the Windows XP splash screen but as soon as it was suppose to load the desktop, the monitor would shut off as if it wasn't recognized. Here's what I did to solve it....

--I booted up into Safe Mode (F8 during startup)
--Once in safe mode, I went to the Device Manager (Control Panel, System, Hardware Tab, Device Manager Button)
--Click on Display Adapter
--Right click on the Display Adapter(s) listed and select Uninstall (I would suggest having your original Driver CD as a backup in case Windows cannot automatically reinstall the drivers...if you don't have a driver CD, I would suggest downloading the Drivers from another computer and creating a CD--again, just in case Windows can't reinstall the drivers)
--Once you click to uninstall, close the window and restart the computer
--The cpu should boot back into regular Windows and reinstall the Display Adapters automatically. If it prompts you for your CD, insert it and load the drivers from there.
--Once it is loaded correctly, restart the computer to see if it fixed the problem permanently.

I have a newer LCD monitor on an older XP Home computer and this fixed the problem for me. Good luck and hope this helped.

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I am using Windows XP home edition on a Dell Dimension 1100. When booting up in the normal mode, the Dell logo comes on, the scren goes black, then the MS windows logo. This happens repeatedly. While this is occurring there is a clicking noise. When the screen is black, there is a brief strek of a thin whitish line and a brief appearance of a cursor in the lower left. The PC boots up fine in the safe mood.
Grateful for any help.

A:Pc Only Boots Up In Safe Mode

Hello vawn,

Do you have the windows XP CDs that came with the system?

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Several months ago the computerstarted randomly turning off. At first only about once a week but then started shutting down in shorter and shorter times. Now it shuts down at the welcome screen in normal start up. It will only start in safe or safe with networking. I was told to download and run a utility called "combofix" which I did. This site was listed as where to post the log once it finished. The operating system is windows xp home-sp3. Below is the combofix log:

ComboFix 12-01-16.05 - Administrator 01/17/2012 0:19.1.2 - x86 NETWORK
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3071.2684 [GMT -8:00]
Running from: c:\documents and settings\Administrator\Desktop\ComboFix.exe
Command switches used :: c:\documents and settings\Administrator\Desktop\WindowsXP-KB310994-SP2-Home-BootDisk-ENU.exe
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {BCF43643-A118-4432-AEDE-D861FCBCFCDF}
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
c:\documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\TEMP
c:\program files\FunWebProducts
c:\program files\FunWebProducts\Installr\1.bin\F3EZSETP.DLL
c:\program files\FunWebProducts\Installr\1.bin\F3PLUGIN.DLL
c:\program files\FunWebProducts\Installr\1.bin\NPFUNWEB.DLL
c:\windows\system32\freecell.exe . . . is infected!!
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A:only boots in safe mode

hi, I'm afraid only the people on the malware section of this site can help with combofix, so you may prefer to start a post there with a link to this one if you think there is evidence of malware. Was it someone on this site who recommended using combofix?
There are various reasons why a pc will only start in safe mode, have you looked in event viewer (system) to see if there are any errors noted?

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I just recently had to do a full restore due to a virus infection. After finally recovering files, docs, etc., I downloaded SP2 (I HATE SP3 - it has never failed to crash my system), and installed it. Now, Windows refuses to run normally - only in safe mode.

A:XP boots ONLY in safe mode

1) EXACTLY how did you do a full restore?
2) You absolutely should ALWAYS have the most recent service pack installed.

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My wife has a desktop with a lot of programs on it. She has numerous quilting and sewing designs and also internet games. The Pc operates on WinXP. The problem arises when she needs to reboot. The PC usually reboots in "safe mode" and then requires a number of attempts to restore it by going back to earlier dates until it is successful. When successful is shows that it has renamed a number of files. She also runs BounceBack system backups but we have never used it as "restore" eventully is successful. The tech at my computer store suggests re installing Win XP but that is not a preferable solution at this time. I have thougt of installing Registry Mechanic and running it but do not know if that is wise. I am willing to take the unit in for repair, other than re installing XP and do not know where to take it or whom to trust. Any suggestions appreciated. I live in Orange County, California and will supply additional info as reqluested.

A:boots up in safe mode

Hi there and welcome to TSF.
The first thing you could try is making sure all your core files are intact and in the right place. Provided you have an SP2 disc, follow these steps (coutesy of Chauffeur2). If you don't have an SP2 disc you can find the instructions here.

Insert the Windows? XP CD in your drive. (Hold down the Shift Key to prevent it from starting.)

Go Start > Run ...in the box type in sfc /scannow ?please take note of the space between the sfc and the /.

This is the System File Checker...it will scan all the Windows? core system files to ensure that they are in their respective correct places, and if not replace them from the CD.

During the scan you may be asked to Insert the CD, if this happens just go retry and let it do its thing.

One important point: While sfc is running, it is not advisable to do any other work, or have any browsers/programs running on the computer, until the scan is complete. (This process will generally take around 45-65 minutes to complete).

Once finished, remove the CD and reboot your machine...all should be "Normal" (hopefully).

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My laptop (XP pro) will only boot into safe mode. No matter what restore point I choose, as far back as three weeks ago, when I know it was booting correctly, it will not boot normally.

I suspected a particular software of causing the problem, but even when I have uninstalled it, I cannot start windows normally.

How can I fix windows so it boots?

A:boots to safe mode only

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I just moved my computer to a new apartment and now it won't boot normally. Only boots in safe mode. When I boot in normal mode the system gets to the point where it normally goes to "Select User" but instead the screen goes blank for about 5 seconds and then my monitor turns off to power save mode. The hard drives continues to spin for about 30 seconds but nothing happens.

Here's what I've done to try fix:

Ran MSconfig and turned off all services, and all startup items.... Still freeze during boot.

Ran MSconfig again and turned everything off, booting in "diagnostic mode" with no services, no startup, no nothing.... still freezes during boot.

Ran Spybot search&destroy in safe mode. Found a couple of spyware, removed them... still freezes in startup.

Ran chkdsk from command prompt. No problems found.

Booted to Linux on second hard drive.. no problem.
The computer was working normal at the old apartment. No new devices, no new drivers, nothing different except the machine has been moved.

My next step is to copy everything important to a second hard drive and re-install XP. Unless someone out there knows a solution.



A:XP only boots in safe mode

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Hey Guys,
I'm a newb here so dont bash me too hard haha
ok my problem is that i cant get WinXP to boot in normal everyday run of the mill windows.... it'll start in safe mode/s.m. with networking/etc etc...
When it goes to start it'll get to a point and then "blue screen of death" will appear for a split second then it'll reboot...i had this problem previously and fixed it(virus!)... but i have run everything i can think of Norton/Ad-Aware/etc etc and everything comes up clean...
I've checked a few things out from reading other posts (i.e. msconfig stuff) but nothing seems to work! Any help would be GREAT!!

Comp Specs(yes its an old turd! LOL):
Dell Dimension 4100 Series
Pent 3/1.10Ghz
128Mb Ram
Dual 40 Gig HD's (Seagate/Western Digital)
Geforce2 MX400
With DSL Internet

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XP Pro, version 2002 SP3 Pentium D 3.2GHz, 2GB RAM

stops to black screen before logo or choices. This is my grandson's computer that is remarkably free of programs other than the game, Diablo, that he has used the machine for over several years.
I have:
tried last known good configurationmsconfig, disabled everything but MS
removed AVG free with remover tool
installed and run ComboFix
installed and run Malwarebytes (several files cleaned)
disabled all sound, video and game controllers
run chkdsk /f
restored to a point 6 months ago
removed dual monitor video card, using on-board video, there are no other cards
both sides off case, no heat build-up
fix mbrand as long as I fought this, I must have tried other stuff. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

A:XP only Boots Safe Mode

if you could where exactly does it stop? You mean directly after the POST or somewhere later, then reboots and goes to the boot menu? At which stage exactly it drops the loading of the system? Does the pc freeze or boots up again after getting to the stop point?

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I am using windows 7 home premium. Since last day my PC is boots directly into safe mode only. I can switch to other mode by pressing F9. when I try to boot my OS normally, just after windows logo it goes into hibernate mode without any warning, and does not come back, I have no other option than restart the system. So yesterday I restore my system to last restore point and system was running fine, but today when I try to boot in windows it boots into safe mode only.

A:PC boots in safe mode only

Have you made any hardware changes lately or installed any software recently?

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windows xp will not format c: very slow 3 hours 1% completed.
windows xp loaded but need cd to boot.
cannot boot in safe mode.
downloaded avast antivirus update disabled.
tried repair from windows xp no directories in c:, but c:\windows has directories, when I get to this point windows loads again.
this is a gateway md-stm200 LAPTOP.
I think it is a win32 virus not sure, I did a disk defrag and that is when it went all bad. here is my log

Logfile of random's system information tool 1.04 (written by random/random)
Run by Saint & Trish at 2008-10-14 11:34:08
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
System drive C: has 55 GB (97%) free of 57 GB
Total RAM: 375 MB (53% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:34:14 AM, on 10/14/2008
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\ErrorSmart\ErrorSmart.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Saint & Trish\Desktop\RSIT.exe
C:\Program Files\trend micro\Saint & Trish.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = htt... Read more

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I have recently been trying to fix a pc that hasnt been used in a few years. We built it in 2003; AMD Athlon, 1.14 GHz, 2.5 gb RAM, Windows XP Pro v. 2002, service pack 3 v. 5755.

When I tried to turn it on It would power up, but the monitor would stay blank, this was fixed by rearranging the memory sticks and now it will boot up in safe mode, but if I try to boot it normally it gets stuck on the blue 'windows loading' screen indefinitely.

Any solutions?
(I have not hooked the above system up to the internet and do not intend to until I get a virus software installed)

A:pc only boots in safe mode

Select Safe Mode with Networking. Download Malwarebytes install update and perform a full scan.

Also in safe mode go to control Panel administrative tools "Event Viewer" look through the System Error logs look for any errors also in Application logs.

Post logs.

If you have a Windows Xp disk in safe mode put the disk in. In run type in.

let it run.

When done reboot. Report back if or if not this has helped.

Good luck.

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Hi, I have an older PC running XP, I can only get it to boot correctly in Safe Mode. If booted normally, it just cycles through the booting process over and over. Any ideas to resolve this problem? Thank you anyone.

A:XP only boots correctly in Safe Mode

Any drivers installed or changed lately?

Any changes to the system?

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Hi all,
Firstly, i am new to this site.
I am having the following problem:
My system boots only in safe mode and not in normal mode. A blank screen appears, when i try to boot in normal mode.
I went to authorized service center and found that there's a problem with my hard disk.
I got a new one. System worked good for around 10 days and the problem reappeared again.
I donno what to do. Kindly suggest me a way to get rid of this problem.
My system configurations:
Lenovo Idea Pad Y560
i7 processor, 8 GB Ram, 500 GB Hard disk, 1 GB ATI Graphic card.
I can provide any further details.

A:System boots only in safe mode

1) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)? Problems such as you are describing rarely occur spontaneously.
2) Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.
After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/startup_cpl.html) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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first i tried to install with my graphics card ATI ASUS EAH4350,but i couldnt install win 7. it stopped when "starting for first use" message.

but i found solution to install win7 in vga mode and it worked.

then again i put my graphics card and started win 7. it automatically installed vga driver and asked me to restart before i install ati catalyst driver from cd.after restarting when black screen comes before "win 7 welcome screen" it freezes with mouse pointer.

i have been searching many forums,but found no solution. it only starts in vga mode or safe mode.

by the way i have win xp as well in c drive nad installed win 7 in h drive.

please respond.


A:after installing win 7 only boots in vga or safe mode

Will the card work in WIN XP.

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My computer loads into Safe Mode all the time
I cannot change the boot settings at (BIOS) I need to run at startup to get my computer up and running
please any help would be grateful.

phoenix technologies bios

extensa 5620z

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Good night.

First :
- Hp Pavillion dv6208nr
- Nvdia GeForce G6150
- 2 Gb RAM

Now that we got those details let's describe the problem:

- Last night I instaled 4 themes for my Windows 7, and right before going to sleep I restarted my Laptop, and when it came up, the screen started blinking with the Loading screen and a black screen and it did this until it shutted off, i turned it on again, and it did the same, but it didn't turned off it just stood blinking, then I tried to go in Safe Mode, It worked, As soon as i got in the first thing i did was delete the Themes to see if my problem was solved, but it didn't.

- I've been looking pretty much everywhere and I don't get anything that helps me out, so I'm here to see if someone can help me.


A:My laptop only boots in safe mode Help!

Hi! Karulapara, welcome to 7F

Restart your machine while tapping the F8 key when a menu appears select 'Last known good configuration' and try that. This will load the last normal session you had.

If that does not work, get back into Safe Mode, and click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
Select a date that you know the computer was running and the computer will revert to the state it was in at that time.

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Hello, my computer has only been booting to safe mode for the past day.
Right before it reaches the user screen it reboots, in a infinite loop.
So far I've ran ewido, kaspersky, panda, ad aware, spybot, and trendmicro.
After that I also did chkdsk and fixmbr, to no avail.

A:Windows only boots to safe mode

Do you mean that even in safe mode it enters an infinite loop and it never makes it to booting?

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Hey there,
I've got a pc with Windows XP Professional installed.
When I try to boot regularly, I only see a black screen (no xp logo loading) and nothing happens.
If i press F8 I can boot to safe mode. I tried System Restore, chkdsk and sfc /scannow and nothing solved it.
Thanks in advanced!

A:Windows XP only boots in safe mode

In Safe Mode follow this guide to do a clean boot. If the computer boots normally then there is a conflict that you will need to find by enabling the startup items a few at a time until you get the black screen.
After tapping F8 you can also try Use Last known Good Configuration from the menu.

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Hi i just installed a fresh version of windows xp on my compaq presario 5200SR computer... yes i know its old... but when i turn the computer on it stays at the compaq screen.. when i look at the case the light goes from green to orange... anyone know how i would be able to get out of this mode? help would be appreciated greatly :)

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btw ive tried removing the cmos battery and it still didnt do anything ... i also tried looking for the switches on the mobo.. (i forget what their called.) cant find it... any help would be much appreciated.

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I can't boot windows in safe mode. I just got a computer from monarchcomputer.com and it seems they installed xp pro with SP2, which I think is causing the problem. They didn't install it with the option to remove it, so I can't uninstall SP2 through the control panel etc. What can I do?

A:Windows boots but not in safe mode

I doubt any builder would install SP2 in a way which it would be removable as it takes time to install it seperately, you can build a system CD with service packs 'slipstreamed' into the OS so everything installs at once, therefore the service pack has no system to back up before it installs hence there being no option to remove it. I've not come across this issue with SP2 before and I doubt that's the cause, is it possible you have an M$ or similar keyboard with which you have to press a key to activate the 'F' keys, this would account for pressing F8 having no effect, I do it quite regularly and it's a nuisance having multi function keys.
Or do you get the boot menu from F8 and choose safe mode from which it refuses to boot ?

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