August 8th, 2009, 04:48 PM
[RESOLVED] Vista Basic only boots to safe mode
I have a problem trying to fix a friends laptop.
Acer Aspire 5315
1 gig ram
O/S is Vista Basic
will only boot to safe mode
Using F8 to list boot options I have tried:
Last known good config
Start windows normally
These options take me to user login screen, main (admin) user is selected and then loads safe mode.
What I have tried so far:
Created new user... same problem (boots to safe only)
System restore, have selected latest and earliest possible restore points... same problem (boots to safe only)
Start up config, deselected all start up options... same problem (boots to safe only)
services config, hide all MS items, deselected all... same problem (boots to safe only)
What I'm currently trying:
In safe mode (with neworking)
Downloaded latest Superantispyware updates, currently doing a full scan
Downloaded Malwarebytes latest updates and will do a full scan
Update McAfee security and will run scan
So, is there anything else I can do or try?
August 8th, 2009, 05:03 PM
August 8th, 2009, 06:34 PM
Have tried that yes, it failed at the point of admin login, the password is unknown. Besides there is no copy of Vista on CD here, its an acer laptop with vista pre-installed with restore CD's (that will be the last resort though)
Thanks for your input though
Just for update purpose:
Super anti spyware and malware bytes reported some malware (surprise surprise) see attached files for info. Stupid file sharing! still will only boot to safe
August 8th, 2009, 06:56 PM
BTW, it's a Vista DVD, not CD.
At this point it's up to you if you want to pursue repair or just do a clean install.
Maybe your friend needs to start backing up their computer with Acronis True Image or Paragon Drive Backup.
August 8th, 2009, 07:12 PM
OK so now you know I'm still on XP myself! But is it that important?
BTW, it's a Vista DVD, not CD.
As much as I advise, I can't (and wouldn't) control what my friends and family do with their PC's/Laptops.
So yes, a complete re-install would cure it, but hey, where's the fun in that? What would be the point of VDr if that was always the "fix"
Thank you again for your input.
August 8th, 2009, 07:20 PM
Ok then you'll need to get a Vista DVD in order to try some of the other repair procedures. There's not much we can do from our side if you don't have the proper equipment. If all you have is a hammer when you need a wrench, there isn't a whole lot you can do besides getting a wrench.
August 8th, 2009, 07:58 PM
August 8th, 2009, 08:14 PM
You can try downloading the Neosmart repair disc. You need to repair/replace the boot files somehow.
August 8th, 2009, 08:35 PM
OK .. do I need a CD or DVD for that .iso? ....
Just kidding , thanks for the help. I'll let you know how it goes.
August 8th, 2009, 11:19 PM
You need a CD.
1. Download the appropriate .torrent file from above that corresponds to the version of Windows Vista you have installed.
2. Download and run µTorrent.
3. Open the .torrent file you downloaded with µTorrent. (File -> Add Torrent)
4. Select where you want µTorrent to save the Vista Recovery Disc.
5. Wait for it to download.
6. Burn the .iso file that µTorrent downloaded to a CD using these instructions
7. When you want to use the recovery center, put the CD in your drive and boot from it. This is usually done by pressing F8 at startup, or changing the boot drive order in the BIOS.
August 9th, 2009, 06:22 AM
Ok, downloaded, burned image.
Booted from CD, tried option "startup repair" - No errors found
Also tried the System restore, but that was just repeating earlier attempts.
So still at safe mode boot
August 9th, 2009, 06:47 AM
Note: These three Microsoft Vista startup repair options require a Windows Vista installation disc or the computer's preinstalled recovery options.
Startup Repair: frequently asked questions
What is Startup Repair?
Startup Repair is a Windows Vista recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting correctly. When you run Startup Repair, it scans your computer for the problem and then tries to fix it so your computer can start correctly.
Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer manufacturer has preinstalled recovery options, Startup Repair might also be installed on your hard disk. If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website.
[...click here for the detailed instructions that have been clipped...]
Are there problems that Startup Repair cannot fix?
Startup Repair cannot fix hardware failures, such as a failing hard disk or incompatible memory, nor does it protect against virus attacks. Startup Repair is not a backup tool, so it cannot help you recover personal files, such as photos or documents. To help protect your computer, back up your system and files regularly. For more information, search for "backup" in Windows Help and Support.
Startup Repair is not designed to fix Windows installation problems. For more information, see Troubleshoot Windows installation problems.
What if Startup Repair can't fix my problem?
If repairs are not successful, you'll see a summary of the problem and links to contact information for support. Your computer manufacturer might include additional assistance information.
A Stop error occurs, or the computer stops responding when you try to start Windows Vista
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista
August 9th, 2009, 08:36 AM
Thanks for all the help.
startup repair and bootrec.exe both failing to find or fix anything... so it's going to be a reinstall
August 9th, 2009, 11:52 AM
Sometimes the wood can't be seen for the trees
I had another root around and what did I find? In system configuration there is a tab called "boot", and safe boot was ticked/checked. I unticked it, restarted and guess what? Windows boots normally.
So there we have another thing to look out for if someone else ever has this kind of problem
April 26th, 2012, 02:21 PM
thank you very much!
My friends laptop had this problem and I messed with it for hours, until I came across your post. Thanks alot bro, I truly appreciate the help
Originally Posted by techallenged
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