Okay here's what I did. First off my rig was acting a little wierd for about a week. I decided I wanted to boot into safemode to make some adjustments
don't ask what because I don't remember anyhow I rebooted, it booted up but not into safemode. So I looked around at my settings and thought I would just go ahead and do a repair install. BUT; I forgot I had'nt changed the boot options back to default in the system configuration utility.
I did the repair install but when it came time to reboot the machine it tried to boot itself up into safemode.
As soon as the safemode screen appears: BAM<---"windows setup can not run under safe mode"<---BAM!
I looked around in the forums for a while and nobody seems to have posted a clear yes or no fix.
Here is what I ended up doing. (After about 3 failed fixes posted elsewhere)
I repaired the boot.ini and rebooted. And the repair install was able to complete
1. Boot to Windows XP/Pro recovery console (in my case it was Pro)
2. Choose repair option
3. On the command prompt type: bootcfg /rebuildPress Enter
4. Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All): YPress Enter
5. Type: Windows XP Professional
(5a. Type: Windows XP Home Edition
)<--Do this one if you have XP Home EditionPress Enter
Enter OS Load options: /FastdetectPress Enter
REMOVE CD FROM TRAY, TYPE: Exit
This is what worked for me. Hopefully this helps someone having the same issue.
Edited by SpeedyPC Repair Tech, 08 December 2009 - 12:22 AM.