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Cannot enter Safe Mode after repairing XP


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richbmar

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Greetings,

After a long battle with malware, I needed to repair XP. Now the computer will not start due to a stop error and cannot be put into safe mode due to the install not having been completed. It is stuck in a loop.

I tried to start the computer in Safe Mode but am unable to because of a "setup cannot run in safe mode" indication which kicks you out.I have seen a posting indicating that there is a registry indication that indicates that Windows is in a setup mode which causes the Safe Mode to indicate "setup cannot run in safe mode" but failed to copy the information.

Does anyone know what registry key indicator is used to block the use of safe mode during setup?

I have the drive attached to another computer and have set it up so I can modify the registry.
I would like to be able to open in safe mode to perform a system restore.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Hello and Welcome richbmar

First, Is the disk you have a retail version (bought at a store separately from the computer) or an OEM version (like HP, Dell, Compaq, etc..) that came with the machine?

Thank You
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richbmar

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I am using a Dell produced XP install CD
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Is your system a Dell and is the disk for your specific model?
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No it is an IBM machine
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There is part of your problem.
You can't use a recovery disk from one brand to correct a different system.
Do you have the disk for the IBM or a OEM version of XP?
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