cannot start in Safe Mode

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  1. Henry Stable

    Henry Stable Guest

    I use Windows XP and I cannot start in Safe Mode. After pressing F8 &
    selecting Safe Mode the pc starts to load driver files, reboots and
    presents the following message with "Start Windows normally" highlighted.

    "We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start
    successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused this.

    If your computer stopped responding,restarted unexpectedly, or was
    automatically shut down to protect your files or folders, choose Last
    Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

    If a previous startup attempt was interropted due to the Power or Reset
    Button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem chose
    "Start Windows Normally"

    Safe Mode
    Safe Mode with Networking
    Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    Start Windows Normally

    Use your up & down arrow keys to move the hightlight of your choice"

    Selecting Safe Mode brings be back to this message

    Selecting Last Known Good configuration starts Windows normally but if I
    later attempt to start in Safe Mode I'm back to this message.

    Similarly if I start Windows Normally, Windows starts up ok but
    attempting to start in safe Mode later brings me back to this message.

    Sytem restore doesn't help as which ever restoint point I use I
    eventually, when trying to start in Safe Mode, end back at this message.

    Any ideas please?

    HS
     
    Henry Stable, Oct 20, 2004
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  2. Henry Stable

    Thor Guest

    "Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    news:cl5uab$n1r$...
    >I use Windows XP and I cannot start in Safe Mode. After pressing F8 &
    >selecting Safe Mode the pc starts to load driver files, reboots and
    >presents the following message with "Start Windows normally" highlighted.
    >
    > "We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start
    > successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused this.
    >
    > If your computer stopped responding,restarted unexpectedly, or was
    > automatically shut down to protect your files or folders, choose Last
    > Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that
    > worked.
    >
    > If a previous startup attempt was interropted due to the Power or Reset
    > Button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem chose
    > "Start Windows Normally"
    >
    > Safe Mode
    > Safe Mode with Networking
    > Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    > Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    > Start Windows Normally
    >
    > Use your up & down arrow keys to move the hightlight of your choice"
    >
    > Selecting Safe Mode brings be back to this message
    >
    > Selecting Last Known Good configuration starts Windows normally but if I
    > later attempt to start in Safe Mode I'm back to this message.
    >
    > Similarly if I start Windows Normally, Windows starts up ok but attempting
    > to start in safe Mode later brings me back to this message.
    >
    > Sytem restore doesn't help as which ever restoint point I use I
    > eventually, when trying to start in Safe Mode, end back at this message.
    >
    > Any ideas please?


    If windows won't even run in safe mode, considering the basic environment
    that it is, you should probably just do a repair install. Put in your
    windowsXP cd, and boot your computer to it. Choose to setup windows, and
    then pick the repair install (not repair with recovery console). If you have
    a branded PC with a recovery disc, or other recovery method, then try using
    that to restore your PC, if it offers a non-destructive or repair-type
    reovery option.
     
    Thor, Oct 20, 2004
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  3. Henry Stable

    Henry Stable Guest

    Thor wrote:
    > "Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    > news:cl5uab$n1r$...
    >
    >>I use Windows XP and I cannot start in Safe Mode. After pressing F8 &
    >>selecting Safe Mode the pc starts to load driver files, reboots and
    >>presents the following message with "Start Windows normally" highlighted.
    >>
    >>"We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start
    >>successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused this.
    >>
    >>If your computer stopped responding,restarted unexpectedly, or was
    >>automatically shut down to protect your files or folders, choose Last
    >>Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that
    >>worked.
    >>
    >>If a previous startup attempt was interropted due to the Power or Reset
    >>Button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem chose
    >>"Start Windows Normally"
    >>
    >>Safe Mode
    >>Safe Mode with Networking
    >>Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    >>Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    >>Start Windows Normally
    >>
    >>Use your up & down arrow keys to move the hightlight of your choice"
    >>
    >>Selecting Safe Mode brings be back to this message
    >>
    >>Selecting Last Known Good configuration starts Windows normally but if I
    >>later attempt to start in Safe Mode I'm back to this message.
    >>
    >>Similarly if I start Windows Normally, Windows starts up ok but attempting
    >>to start in safe Mode later brings me back to this message.
    >>
    >>Sytem restore doesn't help as which ever restoint point I use I
    >>eventually, when trying to start in Safe Mode, end back at this message.
    >>
    >>Any ideas please?

    >
    >
    > If windows won't even run in safe mode, considering the basic environment
    > that it is, you should probably just do a repair install. Put in your
    > windowsXP cd, and boot your computer to it. Choose to setup windows, and
    > then pick the repair install (not repair with recovery console). If you have
    > a branded PC with a recovery disc, or other recovery method, then try using
    > that to restore your PC, if it offers a non-destructive or repair-type
    > reovery option.
    >
    >

    Thank you. Strangely Windows works perfectly well in normal mode it
    just doesn't start in safe mode. I am anxious not to reinstall windows
    as for some reason it buggers up my ISP - BT-yahoo broadband. They do
    know about the problem & the only advice thet give is to format the
    drive & do a clean installation.

    I do have the Windows XP cd but am a little worried about trying the
    repair install route in case of a possible effect on my broadband.

    Henry
     
    Henry Stable, Oct 20, 2004
    #3
  4. Henry Stable

    Thor Guest

    "Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    news:cl686p$lam$...
    > Thor wrote:
    >> "Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    >> news:cl5uab$n1r$...
    >>
    >>>I use Windows XP and I cannot start in Safe Mode. After pressing F8 &
    >>>selecting Safe Mode the pc starts to load driver files, reboots and
    >>>presents the following message with "Start Windows normally" highlighted.
    >>>
    >>>"We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start
    >>>successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused this.
    >>>
    >>>If your computer stopped responding,restarted unexpectedly, or was
    >>>automatically shut down to protect your files or folders, choose Last
    >>>Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that
    >>>worked.
    >>>
    >>>If a previous startup attempt was interropted due to the Power or Reset
    >>>Button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem chose
    >>>"Start Windows Normally"
    >>>
    >>>Safe Mode
    >>>Safe Mode with Networking
    >>>Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    >>>Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    >>>Start Windows Normally
    >>>
    >>>Use your up & down arrow keys to move the hightlight of your choice"
    >>>
    >>>Selecting Safe Mode brings be back to this message
    >>>
    >>>Selecting Last Known Good configuration starts Windows normally but if I
    >>>later attempt to start in Safe Mode I'm back to this message.
    >>>
    >>>Similarly if I start Windows Normally, Windows starts up ok but
    >>>attempting to start in safe Mode later brings me back to this message.
    >>>
    >>>Sytem restore doesn't help as which ever restoint point I use I
    >>>eventually, when trying to start in Safe Mode, end back at this message.
    >>>
    >>>Any ideas please?

    >>
    >>
    >> If windows won't even run in safe mode, considering the basic environment
    >> that it is, you should probably just do a repair install. Put in your
    >> windowsXP cd, and boot your computer to it. Choose to setup windows, and
    >> then pick the repair install (not repair with recovery console). If you
    >> have a branded PC with a recovery disc, or other recovery method, then
    >> try using that to restore your PC, if it offers a non-destructive or
    >> repair-type reovery option.
    >>
    >>

    > Thank you. Strangely Windows works perfectly well in normal mode it just
    > doesn't start in safe mode. I am anxious not to reinstall windows as for
    > some reason it buggers up my ISP - BT-yahoo broadband. They do know about
    > the problem & the only advice thet give is to format the drive & do a
    > clean installation.
    >
    > I do have the Windows XP cd but am a little worried about trying the
    > repair install route in case of a possible effect on my broadband.


    The repair install *shouldn't* affect it.
     
    Thor, Oct 20, 2004
    #4
  5. Henry Stable

    mark mandel Guest

    "Thor" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    > news:cl686p$lam$...
    > > Thor wrote:
    > >> "Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:cl5uab$n1r$...
    > >>
    > >>>I use Windows XP and I cannot start in Safe Mode. After pressing F8 &
    > >>>selecting Safe Mode the pc starts to load driver files, reboots and
    > >>>presents the following message with "Start Windows normally"

    highlighted.
    > >>>
    > >>>"We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start
    > >>>successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused

    this.
    > >>>
    > >>>If your computer stopped responding,restarted unexpectedly, or was
    > >>>automatically shut down to protect your files or folders, choose Last
    > >>>Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that
    > >>>worked.
    > >>>
    > >>>If a previous startup attempt was interropted due to the Power or Reset
    > >>>Button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem chose
    > >>>"Start Windows Normally"
    > >>>
    > >>>Safe Mode
    > >>>Safe Mode with Networking
    > >>>Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    > >>>Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    > >>>Start Windows Normally
    > >>>
    > >>>Use your up & down arrow keys to move the hightlight of your choice"
    > >>>
    > >>>Selecting Safe Mode brings be back to this message
    > >>>
    > >>>Selecting Last Known Good configuration starts Windows normally but if

    I
    > >>>later attempt to start in Safe Mode I'm back to this message.
    > >>>
    > >>>Similarly if I start Windows Normally, Windows starts up ok but
    > >>>attempting to start in safe Mode later brings me back to this message.
    > >>>
    > >>>Sytem restore doesn't help as which ever restoint point I use I
    > >>>eventually, when trying to start in Safe Mode, end back at this

    message.
    > >>>
    > >>>Any ideas please?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> If windows won't even run in safe mode, considering the basic

    environment
    > >> that it is, you should probably just do a repair install. Put in your
    > >> windowsXP cd, and boot your computer to it. Choose to setup windows,

    and
    > >> then pick the repair install (not repair with recovery console). If you
    > >> have a branded PC with a recovery disc, or other recovery method, then
    > >> try using that to restore your PC, if it offers a non-destructive or
    > >> repair-type reovery option.
    > >>
    > >>

    > > Thank you. Strangely Windows works perfectly well in normal mode it

    just
    > > doesn't start in safe mode. I am anxious not to reinstall windows as

    for
    > > some reason it buggers up my ISP - BT-yahoo broadband. They do know

    about
    > > the problem & the only advice thet give is to format the drive & do a
    > > clean installation.
    > >
    > > I do have the Windows XP cd but am a little worried about trying the
    > > repair install route in case of a possible effect on my broadband.

    >
    > The repair install *shouldn't* affect it.


    Right, and the only thing he would need to do after this is to re-install
    the updates and perhaps other software he had.
     
    mark mandel, Oct 21, 2004
    #5
  6. Henry Stable

    Henry Stable Guest

    mark mandel wrote:
    > "Thor" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >>"Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    >>news:cl686p$lam$...
    >>
    >>>Thor wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>"Henry Stable" <> wrote in message
    >>>>news:cl5uab$n1r$...
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>>I use Windows XP and I cannot start in Safe Mode. After pressing F8 &
    >>>>>selecting Safe Mode the pc starts to load driver files, reboots and
    >>>>>presents the following message with "Start Windows normally"

    >
    > highlighted.
    >
    >>>>>"We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start
    >>>>>successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused

    >
    > this.
    >
    >>>>>If your computer stopped responding,restarted unexpectedly, or was
    >>>>>automatically shut down to protect your files or folders, choose Last
    >>>>>Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that
    >>>>>worked.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>If a previous startup attempt was interropted due to the Power or Reset
    >>>>>Button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem chose
    >>>>>"Start Windows Normally"
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Safe Mode
    >>>>>Safe Mode with Networking
    >>>>>Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    >>>>>Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    >>>>>Start Windows Normally
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Use your up & down arrow keys to move the hightlight of your choice"
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Selecting Safe Mode brings be back to this message
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Selecting Last Known Good configuration starts Windows normally but if

    >
    > I
    >
    >>>>>later attempt to start in Safe Mode I'm back to this message.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Similarly if I start Windows Normally, Windows starts up ok but
    >>>>>attempting to start in safe Mode later brings me back to this message.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Sytem restore doesn't help as which ever restoint point I use I
    >>>>>eventually, when trying to start in Safe Mode, end back at this

    >
    > message.
    >
    >>>>>Any ideas please?
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>If windows won't even run in safe mode, considering the basic

    >
    > environment
    >
    >>>>that it is, you should probably just do a repair install. Put in your
    >>>>windowsXP cd, and boot your computer to it. Choose to setup windows,

    >
    > and
    >
    >>>>then pick the repair install (not repair with recovery console). If you
    >>>>have a branded PC with a recovery disc, or other recovery method, then
    >>>>try using that to restore your PC, if it offers a non-destructive or
    >>>>repair-type reovery option.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>Thank you. Strangely Windows works perfectly well in normal mode it

    >
    > just
    >
    >>>doesn't start in safe mode. I am anxious not to reinstall windows as

    >
    > for
    >
    >>>some reason it buggers up my ISP - BT-yahoo broadband. They do know

    >
    > about
    >
    >>>the problem & the only advice thet give is to format the drive & do a
    >>>clean installation.
    >>>
    >>>I do have the Windows XP cd but am a little worried about trying the
    >>>repair install route in case of a possible effect on my broadband.

    >>
    >>The repair install *shouldn't* affect it.

    >
    >
    > Right, and the only thing he would need to do after this is to re-install
    > the updates and perhaps other software he had.
    >
    >

    thanks guys, I'll think about a repair installation; however as the pc
    starts in normal mode, it being only safe mode which doesn't work, I may
    stay as I am pro tem

    HS
     
    Henry Stable, Oct 22, 2004
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    anime_seven

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    why does this happen?

    why does this happen? :hmm2:
     
    anime_seven, Apr 14, 2007
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    anime_seven

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    why does this happen?

    i also got the same prolem,and was just wondering, why does this happen? :hmm2: anybody knows?
     
    anime_seven, Apr 14, 2007
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    N1ck300

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    Unable to start in Safe Mode

    I am also unable to start in Safe Mode, but the computer works perfectly in normal mode.

    I have a branded PC and cannot reinstall Windows alone. i am reluctant to do a 'clean' install of everything as it takes about 2 days to do it and download all the software updates and restore all the settings etc.
     
    N1ck300, May 16, 2007
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    ebjones

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    I'm having the exact same issue. This after recently installing windows xp professional and restoring some backup data. Has anyone found a cause/fix to this? I as others have mentioned, am wary of reinstalling due to the length of time it takes to get al my programs up and running again. Not to mention that I hate to reinstall, not knowing if this is required or will even fix the problem mentioned...
     
    ebjones, Aug 30, 2007
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    DonChino

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    Instal UnHackMe...

    Seems I was afflicted by the same, although I found out WHAT was causing my problems. I still have not tried the REPAIR option since I want to back up my system, but even if I use REPAIR it sounds like I will have to REINSTALL all my programs again which is a "pain in the ..."

    Anyway, install UnHackMe and you MIGHT be surprised by what you find, since I am not sure WHO was running keygens on my machine (tee-hee) but it seems that there are rootkit trojans everywhere. EVERYONE should be checking for rootkit trojans now because Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam DO NOT DETECT all of them... I used UnHackMe since something was attacking my Panda and then I found them hiding (shielded) even when I browsed the registry. COMPLETELY HIDDEN... Crazy stuff...

    This is when I noticed my Safe Mode did not work either and have read that these rootkits are knocking out anti-virus, anti-spam, safe mode, and basically trying to make your machine UNPROTECTED so they can come and pilfer ANYTHING they want ANYTIME they want... So this might answer your question and I will probably have to do a reinstall ANYWAY, unless REPAIR can keep my machine exactly as it is and just repair Safe Mode...

    Can REPAIR just REPAIR SAFE MODE and not affect anything? :saint:
     
    DonChino, Jan 2, 2008
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