I have been trying to Repair or upgrade WinXP Pro for many hours on my system without success. Any help you could provide would be very much appreciated.
I have a Windows XP PRO with SP2 system that kept booting up what looked like in normal mode but was actually only booting in Safe mode. I tried numerous things to fix without success then I decided to use the XP Pro CD to re-install/upgrade to fix the problem. Now I get the error message: “Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now.”
Without using the XP CD and rebooting, each option on the Windows boot menu that I try, (Safe Mode, Normal Mode, etc.,) I get the message… Setup can not run under Safemode, Setup will restart now or Setup is restarting… and it just goes into an endless cycle of the same thing.
I have read posts on this site and tried some options:
When I choose the recovery mode option R and run the bootcfg /list & bootcfg /rebuild, I get the following error: Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system, which would prevent Bootcfg from successfully scanning. Use chkdsk to detect any disk errors. Note: This operation must complete successfully in order for the /add or /rebuild commands to be utilized.
I ran Chkdsk /P /R. It did find some errors and fixed them. Then I retried all above numerous times and it keeps going back to the same messages, either “cannot run under Safemode” or the
”Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations” error running the Recovery console.
If there is a way that I can use a file editor (I have Hirons Ultimate Boot CD) to fix a particular boot file, that may be a way to try to fix it. I also ran the scan disk tool within the CD with no errors found on the hard drive this time since the CHKDSK fixed the errors.