Strange issue in Safe Mode?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Matt Wiggins, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Matt Wiggins

    Matt Wiggins Guest

    My PC (Win XP 2.4 P3, 512 RAM) starts fine in normal mode. When I try and
    start in safe mode, it takes apprx 45 minutes to start. I have removed some
    spyware and checked for viruses, but I'm clueless as to why it is so slow to
    start in Safe Mode. It gets to the blue Welcome screen and takes forever
    (there is HD activity during the long wait)

    Thanks in advance
     
    Matt Wiggins, Aug 19, 2005
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    Matt Wiggins Guest

    Also, during the long wait, the welcome screen says "loading your personal
    settings" and there is HD activity.
    "Matt Wiggins" <> wrote in message
    news:NmaNe.69$...
    > My PC (Win XP 2.4 P3, 512 RAM) starts fine in normal mode. When I try and
    > start in safe mode, it takes apprx 45 minutes to start. I have removed
    > some spyware and checked for viruses, but I'm clueless as to why it is so
    > slow to start in Safe Mode. It gets to the blue Welcome screen and takes
    > forever (there is HD activity during the long wait)
    >
    > Thanks in advance
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    Matt Wiggins, Aug 19, 2005
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    WebWalker Guest

    On Thu, 18 Aug 2005 21:16:57 -0400, "Matt Wiggins"
    <> wrote:

    >Also, during the long wait, the welcome screen says "loading your personal
    >settings" and there is HD activity.
    >"Matt Wiggins" <> wrote in message
    >news:NmaNe.69$...
    >> My PC (Win XP 2.4 P3, 512 RAM) starts fine in normal mode. When I try and
    >> start in safe mode, it takes apprx 45 minutes to start. I have removed
    >> some spyware and checked for viruses, but I'm clueless as to why it is so
    >> slow to start in Safe Mode. It gets to the blue Welcome screen and takes
    >> forever (there is HD activity during the long wait)
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance


    Few things you might like to try :-

    1) Download Ad-aware, Spybot - Search & Destroy and Microsoft
    Antispyware. Update their def. file and use them to scan your HD in
    safe mode. It is further make sure you are safe from spyware.

    2) Diagnose your HD, download the diagnosis program from the HD maker
    site.

    3) Defrag your HD.

    --
    WebWalker
    email:
     
    WebWalker, Aug 19, 2005
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    birdman Guest

    If you are having trouble booting into safe mode something is seriously
    wrong. There are a lot of things to try but usually the best option is back
    up your files, make sure you have your program installation disks, reformat
    and reinstall everything. If you cannot boot into safe mode eventually you
    are going to have big problems when you try to start the computer at all. If
    I were you I would back up my files right now.

    Short of that:
    Under the dos prompt navigate to your c drive root (c:\ or wherever winxp is
    installed) and type: chkdsk /f. You will be asked if you want to run chkdsk
    when the computer reboots. Type: y then hit enter and reboot. Chkdisk will
    then inspect and repair if possible problems with where files are installed,
    tracked, etc.
    Then:
    Run every anti-virus and anti-spyware (especially antispyware) program you
    can obtain. The various antispyware programs all tend to find something new,
    although often it is merely an innocuous web cookie site that is labelled as
    spyware. Some spyware is simply unremovable, no matter what you read, and
    cannot be removed without reformattting and reinstalling. Regsitry cleaners
    may help but most just find meaningless dead-end stuff left over from
    programs no longer installed that does not really do anything to your
    computer.
     
    birdman, Aug 19, 2005
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