I had a similar problem. Got a virus, booted up into safe mode, ran software, removed virus....then could not boot up normally. It would only boot to safe mode. Period.
I have not even gone to bed yet...lol Not until I get this fixed. I am begging for help now from you, as this is the only forum I have found that is even halfway intelligent.
I did try and repair the issue with my original XP set up....now I cannot get even safe mode up to check what the problem is....It keeps sending me back to "Initializing set up...cannot start from safe mode restarting set up now." Then I end up in exactly the same place, circling around and around.
About 3am this morning....I reprogrammed a new XP onto my computer (In the same partition, hoping it would jump start my original version), so at least I can get to the internet. At this point....I would just be happy to recover my Office software off of that old set up.
I don't have that disc, or it could be in Indiana, who knows? I just relocated back to this area and am desperate to get a job...I seriously need Microsoft Office to get at my resume...oh and some pdf files that were my pride and joy....Great Letters of Recommendation...lol
Is there a way to get back into that original operation? Or if nothing else, recover files?
Help, help, help!
Oh yeah..I did try that article suggestions also...but my system did not recognize the Boot.ini file....
Thank you so much...your forum at least gave me hope...