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PC only boots in safe what do you do next?

Discussion in 'Software' started by zr79, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. zr79

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    So you have checked what new software has been added, you have uninstalled the drivers for the video and sound.

    You have disabled all non microsoft services from msconfig, but still will only boot in safe mode.

    What next. Would the recovery console do anything here, maybe a fixmbr and fixboot?


    btw this is just a thought problem not one actually happenening to me right now.
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    depending on what had been done a windows repair may in order, checking the bios and possibly a cmos reset in case a hardware error is causing it etc etc
     
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  3. zr79

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    Oh i should say that there is no system restore as it had been manually disabled.

    And a repeair install is not given as an option when you boot of the OS CD.
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    It's all too easy to get hung up on things to do.

    Start with the basics -

    At what point did the machine start to only boot in safe mode ?

    What happened imediately before that ?

    Try rolling back to a restore point before the error (ok, just seen your post saying this ahs been disabled but q's above still stand)

    Do all that before you start messing around with things like stopping services etc - that route can get you in a right mess as you won't really know what's going on.

    Then check device manager and see what's flagged in there.

    When booting, disable the option to restart on error so you can see any blue screen messages and then investigate from there
     
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    Thats awfully specific criteria for a "Hypothetical problem".
     
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  6. ThomasMc

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    Take it to a PC repair shop :p
     
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    I am trying to think of a worst case senario without having to install, are there not any (intelligent) repair CDs, 3rd party or not, by now that will fix XP/ VISTA?
     
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  8. UKDarkstar
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    I don't think you can really approach it that way looking for an "easy fix".

    It's more about learning diagnostic skills and that comes with the experience of dealing with many different problems over a long period of time.
     
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  9. demarrer

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    run a chkdsk /r from safe mode before you start messing with fixing the mbr via the recovery console etc

    If all else fails, reinstall windows, then copy all the data you have backed up to the computer..... you did DO a backup didn't you :D
     
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