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How to disable "do not select this [Debug Mode Enabled]" at windows startup selection ?

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I am working on a PC that now has three choices during the Startup selection screen when I first boot the PC. The choices are as follows.... 1.Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, 2. do not select this [Debug mode enabled], 3. Microsoft Windows Xp Professional. I can choose XP pro or Recovery console and the screen just goes blank. If I hit F8 and choose Safe mode I am just brought back to the Startup Selection list. Is there any way to disable the  "do not select this [Debug Mode Enabled]" ?
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by:Kenneniah
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All that option is for is using the /debug option in boot.ini
Removing it won't solve your problems with the others not loading. That said it's just an entry in boot.ini
Once you can get into Windows, right-click My Computer and hit Properties.
Then on the Advanced Tab hit Settings under Startup and Recovery, and lastly hit Edit.

You can also open the hidden file boot.ini in the root of the boot drive using notepad or anything similar, which since Windows isn't loading from a BartPE cd or attaching the drive to another computer etc.
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by:dvast8n
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I believe this is turned on and off under msconfig. It's been awhile since I've used and or seen debug mode but I believe it's under msconfig.

start>>run>>msconfig
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by:Kenneniah
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Yep, you can play with boot.ini settings in msconfig also. Forgot about that :)
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by:optoma
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You were given the machine in that state, ie blank screen at boot?
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by:Grognor
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The odd part is this....The PC had a fake a/v which I was able to remove using a combination of Combofix, Malwarebytes and Avast running a boot time scan. During that whole time I never saw the debug option in the startup list. The PC was running a scan with Avast and I let it run overnight. When I came into the shop the next morning I did not have a display.

I shut the PC down and restarted it and then it had the Debug option in the startup. After this no matter what choice I select the screen goes black and does not even try to boot. This is why I assumed that it had something to do with the issue.

I have seen the debug option when hitting F8 and choosing it from the list but I had never seen the option available in the startup selection like that before.

I am going to run a level 2 windows repair on it now but any other suggestions will certainly be welcome. Thanks for the input so far. :)

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by:optoma
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That debug option is a new addition when running Combofix,when installing RC.
I doubt it has caused the issue.

If repair dosn't remedy blank screen, a system restore may fix it,  going back to a point before Avast was running.

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Ok I think I got it figured out. The last thing I had running was a boot time scan from Avast. After that I could not get a display. I ran a level 2 windows repair and when that completed the system rebooted and started doing the Avast boot time scan. So it seems that somehow the boot time scan did not complete and had held the system up from finishing its boot. Once the scan completed this time I was able to log into the system.

Thanks for the assistance and the input.
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