Hello Melissa P, and welcome to Geeks to Go!
My name is Olrik and I will get you on your way here at Geeks to Go. If you stick with your topics there is a big chance your PC will recover.
I will help you with removing the /Safeboot option, but after that I will have to send you to the malware forum so that they can assist you with your malware problem.
Please Boot to the XP installation cd.
At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press R
to start Recovery Console. Choose the installation to be repaired by number (usually 1
) and press "Enter".
When you are asked for the Administrator password, leave it blank and press "Enter".
At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list
and press "Enter" to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file. At this point you may get a message telling you that the boot.ini file does not exist. The next step will correct this error.
Type bootcfg /rebuild
and press "Enter" to repair it. This will scan your hard dives for installations of Windows XP, 2000 or NT and display the results. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your Windows installations to the boot.ini file. Those step will be:
- Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)...type Y and press "Enter".
- At the "Enter Load Identifier" prompt, type the name of your operating system...Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
or Microsoft Windows XP Professional and press "Enter".
- At the "Enter OS Load options" prompt, type /fastdetect, and then press "Enter".
The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
Take out the cd, type exit
, and press "Enter". The machine should try to boot to the Windows installation you chose.