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Cannot start computer after selecting safe mode in boot.ini

by novicedusk / October 19, 2008 5:21 AM PDT

I would greatly appreciate any help - my computer was infected with -powered by Zeno' spyware and I was advised to start in safe mode to remove some files. I ticked safemode under boot.ini in msconfig and my computer restarted, but only got as far as the Windows XP loadup page before rebooting itself. I have tried 'last known good configuration' etc, but to no avail... the computer simpl will not get past this point. I decided to reinstall (repair) Windows XP, but unfortunately, I cannot do this because it reaches a screen where it says setup cannot complete under safe mode. I can't turn this (safemode) off though, because I can't get the computer on to reaccess boot.ini. Any help for this problem, i.e. deselecting safe mode under boot.ini in the recovery console (which I have access to) would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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For your research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2008 5:35 AM PDT
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Thank you, but...
by novicedusk / October 19, 2008 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: For your research.

Thank you so much for your swift reply. I found a solution which I am confident to use, and feel quite positive about, however, I have just entered the recovery console and when I select C:windows, a blue screen comes up with the error message:


Stress... I now can't enter the recovery console. Any ideas? I just hope I can still do a clean install if all else fails, otherwise it's done for.

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The recovery console is run from the XP CD?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2008 6:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you, but...

Small details are needed here.

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