Can't boot into safe mode

Posted on 2006-05-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I can't boot a PC into safe mode.  It's an intel machine my hardware/service partner put together for me.
I tried F8 when it was booting up.  I also tried all the other F keys and shift F2 as well, but it boots up very quickly and nothing took it to safe mode.  My son said he thought the PC had a virus, so I don't want it to boot up normally, but starting it and then shutting it down as many times as I have can't be good for it.
Any suggestions?
Question by:dcass
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    Expert Comment

    I believe this applies for Windows 2003.  I found it for Windows XP.
    You'd have to actually boot the system to the operating system first to try this and it sounds like you're hesitant to do so...

    To use the System Configuration Utility method

        * Close all open programs.
        * Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK
        * The System Configuration Utility appears, On the BOOT.INI tab, Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK and Restart your computer when prompted.
        * The computer restarts in Safe mode.
        * Perform the troubleshooting steps for which you are using Safe Mode.
          When you are finished with troubleshooting in Safe mode, open MSCONFIG again, on the BOOT.INI tab,  uncheck "/SAFEBOOT" and click OK to restart your computer

    Author Comment

    This wouldn't work as I'd have to boot it up first, which is what I"m trying to avoid.
    However, it finally did work and when I got it into safe mode, it came up with a stop error and said that I possibly had a virus - Duhhhh.
    Anyway, any suggestions on how to get past that?   Does that mean that the boot sector is gone?
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    Accepted Solution

    what was the exact error it gave?

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