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Start networking from Vista safe mode w/o networking

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Trying to help out a friend here - her system automatically boots into Safe Mode without networking.  Already had her change MSconfig - Boot, no help.  F8 doesn't bring up the menu.  If I could remote in, I can change the boot.ini file (she lives pretty far from me).  
Is there a way to start the networking drivers in Safe Mode?

Thanks!
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by:John Hurst
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You need to start Safe Mode with networking to do what you want.

Have the person shut down the machine (properly if they can).

Now have the person power on and right away press F8 repeatedly. That is, power on, and F8. F8, F8, F8, ... until it beeps and brings up the menu. Does the menu appear now?

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Thanks for the quick response, but I know all of that.  As I said, F8 is not bringing up the menu (she's done SM before, and knows how to get into it.)  It automatically boots into SM without networking.
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by:John Hurst
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You may need to do a Vista Repair on the unit.

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by:therealex123
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Thanks, I may just upgrade her to Windows 7.  But the question still remains: is there a way to start networking services while in Safe Mode (without networking)?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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May be silly but try F5 on boot up.  I had it work recently when it seemed that F8 didn't.  But it could have been just my timing.
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by:John Hurst
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Actually now that Vista is orphaned, upgrading to Windows 7 is a very good idea.

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by:web_tracker
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It sounds like a virus may have hit the system preventing you from accessing the safe mode menu.
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I resolved it last night.  It seems that despite my talking her through it, she didn't set msconfig correctly.  Scans came up clean, so I'm guessing was just a combination of user error and a crappy OS.
But STILL, i'd like to know - is there a way to start networking services from non-networked safe mode?
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You need to start Safe Mode with Networking. Safe Mode is NOT smart, so there is no way to start networking afterward (to the very best of my knowledge).

So you would have to do a Vista Repair to try to get back the F8 menu.

If the machine is now working, then a planned upgrade to Windows 7 is how you should now proceed.

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@therealex123 - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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