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xp setup cannot run under safemode

by dragonfist / July 7, 2004 9:17 AM PDT

I had some problems with my display drivers so I uninstalled them. When I restarted my computer it would not boot properly and said there was a file missing. I used XP disc to try and run a repair. The process did not complete and now I'm completely stuck. Every time I restart it tries to resume the install but it can't boot up normally and then it goes to safe mode and I get an error "windows xp setup cannot run under safemode? and I have to restart. I cannot cancel the install or get into Windows at all. I have tried hitting F8 and starting in safe mode or safe mode with command prompt and the same thing happens. I have tried booting directly from the XP disc and no luck there either. If nothing else works I will just install my hard drive into my other computer as a slave and get all my documents and then format the drive and re-install on my other computer. But I would really like to salvage this install.

Thanks

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Re: xp setup cannot run under safemode = true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2004 9:20 AM PDT

Which is why they offer a Repair option if you boot the CD. Try that.

Bob

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Re: xp setup cannot run under safemode = true.
by dragonfist / July 7, 2004 9:23 AM PDT

Even when I boot from the disc all it does is try to resume setup. I don't get the menu.

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Re: xp setup cannot run under safemode = true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2004 9:34 AM PDT

I've seen this, but in the end, somehow they didn't boot from CD, but it was booting off the hard disk.

You may need to remove the hard disk from bootable devices in your BIOS.

Bob

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I gave up
by dragonfist / July 8, 2004 7:08 AM PDT

I hooked my hard drive up to another computer and checked my Windows directory and it was completely shot. I figured it didn't make any sense to try an fix it anymore.

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Who shot XP?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2004 7:18 AM PDT
In reply to: I gave up

You don't have to answer, but forensics, post-mortems and outright guesses add to the knowledge base of what I'll call.

"Don't do what Johnny did!"

Bob

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