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xp setup cannot run under safemode--Plz HELP!!!

by henricks4 / December 7, 2006 11:39 AM PST

Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum, so plz bear with me. I have the same problem as a previous poster with win xp. I was attempting to repair a flooder virus in my winlogon file(I know now it was an AVG glitch) and when restarting the computer my system went into a continuous start up loop. When I attempted to repair the os by replacing the file using the XP Cd; the computer goes into safemode, I get the error "xp setup cannot run under safemode", and the system reboots (repeating the process over and over).

I don't want to do a clean install of xp. I've searched the web for hours trying to get answers and nothing.

Please help


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I've read it, thanks
by henricks4 / December 8, 2006 1:04 AM PST

It helped me figure out the original problem. I only wish that I had read it before trying to clean my system. The problem now is that I tried to repair the OS in safe mode, now it is on a loop, continuously restarting just before the login screen. I've tried to boot it with the xp disk, no luck. I doesn't give me the option of going to the recovery console. It just tells me I can do a clean install, continue to setup or quit setup (which puts me back in the loop)

My next step was to put the HD in another computer and try to get the info out that I need. Then do a clean install. But I'm trying to avoid that if at all possible.

This is sooooo Frustrating!!!

Thanks again

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What XP CD is that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2006 1:22 AM PST
In reply to: I've read it, thanks

I only see that happen on non-Microsoft CDs. The Microsoft made CDs have the recovery console and more.

But such detail is missing from the post.


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Microsoft XP CD
by henricks4 / December 8, 2006 2:47 AM PST
In reply to: What XP CD is that?

I've used the recovery console before from this CD. I thought that because I already started the repair process, it wouldn't let me get past the installation setup. I've tried to finish the repair, but I get a blue screen that says..
"Setup has already attempted to upgrade the following Windows installation.
C:\Windows "Microsoft XP Professional"

It then gives me the option to retry upgrading or quit

I've tried to continue the upgrade, it went through the process and restarted repeating the problem.

The disk never gives me the opportunity to start the recovery console.

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Quite the stumper. Never had this issue with the MS made CD
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2006 2:52 AM PST
In reply to: Microsoft XP CD

Since you didn't reveal the make of the CD my bet lies in that clue. Even with a partially installed, aborted install I've used Microsoft's XP CD (home and pro) to get to the recovery console.

It looks like data recovery is the next step.


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Try these discussions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2006 2:57 AM PST
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Cd is copy of the original Windows XP installation disk
by henricks4 / December 8, 2006 4:19 AM PST
In reply to: Try these discussions.

Thanks for the link

I've tried to unplug everything, it is usually what i do when i can't figure out where a problem is coming from.

I think that I am going to have to do a clean install.

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