Dell windows vista! Can't get out of safe mode!

I just got this desktop for free and it will not get out of safe mode. I have tried the f8 thing and also the msconfig. No luck. Anything else I can try?

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Well, it is free...

I, perchance, think you now know why.

You can take the hard drive out of the computer and use an USB enclosure and attach that external USB drive to another good computer with an up-to-date antivirus program and scan it see if it is infected with malware. Do not turn off or disconnect the external usb until the scan is done, as doing that can cause damage to the operating system on the usb drive. If that happens, Ubuntu would be your only and best choice here.

Other steps can be taken once the hard drive is known to be clean.

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If you can boot into safe mode, do so with "networking" option during a reboot. Once done, you've have access to CD drive after safe mode with networking is compete. If you haven't yet, use the AV pgm. and do a scan, allow it to finish. using the CD drive, access any pgms. required. You should also be able to access the WWW, depending on your type of access. Try to access the WWW and able, then update the AV and then re-run a scan again. providing it finds anything take action. if nothing is found then try this, do an OS repair. You need the OS install disc, and select "repair" and allow it to boot into repair console. Once there, type: chkdsk /r and allow it to run, it will take much time, so enjoy whatever. Once, it is finished or requests your input, do so until done. Check the results. If nothing seems to work, then you need access to a "REPAIR DISC", which if not part of the OS install disc, then one generated for your OS(Vista, 32 04 64-bit), any similar Vista. This acts on its own to repair the OS of errors, issues, etc., and is different from OS recovery/restore or full OS(retail) discs. If you like, you can buy for small cost usually these discs from online vendors, just pick one to trust. Excluding any malware problems, these repair disc help recover your current install of OS issues and may a fix, thus a clean boot-up. You can generate a "repair disc" from another similar Vista PC under the control panel, see link.

Understand you want to "repair" NOT reload the OS, though it may appear that's what it's doing. Just use common sense. Also save the repair CD for next time.

You can create this System Repair Disc in Windows Vista or 7:
Click Start > All Programs > Maintenance > Create a System Repair Disc

tada -----Willy Happy

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You say you got it free so ...

it probably has Windows XP installed. If the OS is Vista or Win 7 the same process will work but the exact steps may vary.

1. After Windows starts right click on the My Computer icon and select Properties.
2. Now the select the Advanced tab and you should now see a section labeled "Startup and Recovery", Click the settings button.
3. In the window that opens you should see System Startup near the top and a dropdown box labeled Default Operating System. Select the one that doesn't have anything about SAFEBOOT and OK your way back to the desktop.
4. When you re-boot the computer should boot into the normal OS providing there is not a software or hardware problem.

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