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unable to get into XP safe mode after repair

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I had a XP pro laptop that was crashing fromthe video driver. I ended up running a repair install and now it crashes still when Windows comes up before I can even activate windows again. The issue now is that when I try to get into safe mode, it won't let me b/c windows has not yet been activated. Is there a way around this to get me into safe mode?
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You need to wipe and reload.

If you need to recover data you can hook that hard drive up to a working computer and try to recover the data.
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raffie613
If you lost your grace period to activate:
Please see:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330136
You have to repair windows.
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no the repair is what got me in this position. It was active. hgad to repair with a new cd.
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by:Justin Yeung
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if you windows is not actived, you can only get in safe mode but not safe mode with network.
if you had IE8 installed before you ran the repair, you will have to reset the grace period.
by running command rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk, you will not see anything but wait a min.and then restart your computer to normal mode, you will able to get into windows, but you will not able browse anything until you upgraded browse to IE8, and then you can start the activation.

however if you got into safe mode but only a blank screen with cursor or not even a cursor, press control + alt+ del, and run explorer.exe as a new task. you should be able to bring up safe mode.
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It is indeed a problem because you've repaired the system without downgrading IE8
If you can get to the Recovery Console it's also a relatively quick and easy fix
See: http:Q_26831981.html
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by:Ashok Dewan
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you should get dump files by using any live cd or dos cd. go to folder  windows\minidumbs get those file and run those files in "whocrashed" software to know who is still crashing this xp pro.
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by:nobus
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try to do a system restore with this method : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
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closing now
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only solution that worked
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you actually don't really have to wipe it, you can run a windows repair and follow my post above to run the activation again.
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