Windows Vista computer will not boot to Safe Mode, and says Open Service Control Manager

I have a Vista workstation that when I try to boot to Safe Mode, it reboots just when files are just about loaded.   It will boot to production mode but I cannot get to the internet.   When I try to run diagnostics it says to open Service Control Manager.   Services opens, but not sure what to look for.   I connected hard drive to another computer (as a slave drive) and ran Malwarebytes.   It found only low risk issues.  Any ideas what is causing these issues?
syssolutAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
First try running System File Checker. Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW. Allow to complete, shut down, start up and test. SFC can run in Normal mode.  What happens?

If SFC does not work, you can run a Repair Install with the Vista DVD.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I ran SFC /SCANNOW, but it did not work.   Doesn't Vista have a repair similar to XP where it will re-install just the Windows files without destroying any files/pictures, and you don't need to restore to an earlier point in time?
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nobusCommented:
syssolut, i recommend having always a backup before repairing anything; you never know what is wrong, before you've repaired it.
here is the vista repair procedure - it does what you asked, and i included sfc also :
      http://vistasupport.mvps.org/system_file_checker.htm            SFC in Vista
      http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html      repair Vista
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Vista's repair procedure is not the same as XP and you should for sure back up first before repairing.   However, when you load the Vista DVD, you should see a Repair option and if it works, it will leave programs and data intact.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I tried repair, but that doesn't do anything.  I tried restore, that at least got the computer back onto the internet for now, but in the near future computer is going to have to be completely re-installed or upgrade to Win 7/8.   Thanks for suggestions
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@syssolut  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to assist. Vista is pretty much dead (although I have a working Vista virtual machine). Upgrading to Windows 8.1 makes sense at this point.
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