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Need serious Windows XP help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by James, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. James

    James Flightless Bird

    I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.

    I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "James" wrote:

    > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    >
    > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    You have to set the BIOS to boot from CD first. See the following:

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
     
  3. sgopus

    sgopus Flightless Bird

    James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or is it
    just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc formats the
    partition prior to install, all issues should be resolved by this format, if
    it's just an install disc then more than likely you didn't format the
    partition, you may have done a repair install, which keeps the personal data.
    Let us know which is which?

    From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    Windows XP install.

    "James" wrote:

    > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    >
    > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  4. James

    James Flightless Bird

    Sorry for the late reply, just got back from school. The disc itself
    reads:Cyberpower Inc. Recovery CD-Rom. Microsoft XP pro SP2. When it asked
    if i wanted to repair or install windows i picked install.

    "sgopus" wrote:

    > James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or is it
    > just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc formats the
    > partition prior to install, all issues should be resolved by this format, if
    > it's just an install disc then more than likely you didn't format the
    > partition, you may have done a repair install, which keeps the personal data.
    > Let us know which is which?
    >
    > From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    > Windows XP install.
    >
    > "James" wrote:
    >
    > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    > >
    > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  5. sgopus

    sgopus Flightless Bird

    Since you choose install, and you understand it wipes personal data, I would
    boot to the restore disc again and this time ensure the partition is
    formatted, prior to install. as it appears to me it was not, and previous
    settings were retained.

    "James" wrote:

    > Sorry for the late reply, just got back from school. The disc itself
    > reads:Cyberpower Inc. Recovery CD-Rom. Microsoft XP pro SP2. When it asked
    > if i wanted to repair or install windows i picked install.
    >
    > "sgopus" wrote:
    >
    > > James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or is it
    > > just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc formats the
    > > partition prior to install, all issues should be resolved by this format, if
    > > it's just an install disc then more than likely you didn't format the
    > > partition, you may have done a repair install, which keeps the personal data.
    > > Let us know which is which?
    > >
    > > From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    > > Windows XP install.
    > >
    > > "James" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > > > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > > > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    > > >
    > > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > > > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > > > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > > > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > > > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > > > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > > > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > > > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > > > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > > > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > > > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > > > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > > > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > > > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > > > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > > > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > > > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > > > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > > > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > > > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > > > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > > > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  6. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Unfortunately, most people here (myself included) are unfamiliar with
    this brand and we couldn't tell you for sure exactly what kind of CD
    this is. Generally, there are two types:

    1. a genuine Windows XP installation CD (this includes branded OEM
    versions like Dell)

    2. a recovery CD that returns the PC to its original condition, very
    often with an obnoxiously large number of "crapware" and trialware
    programs

    If you have the first type, then this guide will help you:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Out of curiosity, did you see a screen that looked like this:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPpro1setup.jpg

    As Mark indicated, if you want to perform a Clean Install (or a Repair
    Install for that matter), you need to boot off the CD. And in order to
    do this, you need to alter the BIOS to make this possible:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Unfortunately, Cyberpower is not listed there. I believe the keyboard
    key you need to press is the "Delete" key.

    I assume you are aware that a Clean Install will totally wipe everything
    off your hard drive, so all data will need to be backed up first if this
    has not already been done.


    James wrote:
    > Sorry for the late reply, just got back from school. The disc itself
    > reads:Cyberpower Inc. Recovery CD-Rom. Microsoft XP pro SP2. When
    > it asked if i wanted to repair or install windows i picked install.
    >
    > "sgopus" wrote:
    >
    >> James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or
    >> is it just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc
    >> formats the partition prior to install, all issues should be
    >> resolved by this format, if it's just an install disc then more than
    >> likely you didn't format the partition, you may have done a repair
    >> install, which keeps the personal data. Let us know which is which?
    >>
    >> From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    >> Windows XP install.
    >>
    >> "James" wrote:
    >>
    >>> I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this
    >>> but i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the
    >>> internet and only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of
    >>> them, i will start from the begnning.
    >>>
    >>> I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    >>> protection i belive). I looked around and finally found my restore
    >>> disc that came from the company that built my computer
    >>> (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through the whole CD process i
    >>> found some solutions to remove the virus online that involved going
    >>> into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files they
    >>> said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and
    >>> preventing me from opening them. At this point i decided to just
    >>> go with a full blown re boot from the CD and install windows over
    >>> again. So i put the disc in ad followed the directions. Now i am
    >>> at the point where the disc needed to restart my computer and when
    >>> it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode.
    >>> Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    >>> continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when
    >>> i restart i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it
    >>> stil opens in Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need
    >>> to go into the command prompt and remove the safeboot.
    >>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    >>> But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    >>> unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would
    >>> just load up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this
    >>> loop and have no idea how to get out. I am just short of taking it
    >>> to bestbuy and paying some outrageous price for them to fix it.
    >>> If anyone has any suggestions or any clue please let me know. I am
    >>> not a computer wiz so all the terms would be alien to me. Any
    >>> advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  7. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    James wrote:
    > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    > i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    > only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    > start from the begnning.
    >
    > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    > protection i belive).


    Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    shot:

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
     
  8. James

    James Flightless Bird

    I tried following the instructions and when i hit the break/pause key it
    takes me to the screen to either choose either Post or BIOS Setup. When i
    hit Del for BiOS setup it just goes right back to restarting my computer and
    it cycles through the same message saying it cannot finish the setup in
    safemode.

    "Mark Adams" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "James" wrote:
    >
    > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    > >
    > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    >
    > You have to set the BIOS to boot from CD first. See the following:
    >
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
     
  9. James

    James Flightless Bird

    At this point i cannot get out of this cycle. Whenever i restart/power down
    or unplug my computer and turn it on i cannot do anything except: go to the
    screen from hitting F8 or this new screen from hitting pause/break. Even
    when i go to the pause/break screen and hit DEL to run BIOS setup it just
    goes right back into the cycle. And if i go to the F8 screen and go to start
    in normal it starts right in safe mode. It seems that the Windows is still
    trying to finish the setup and thats throwing me into the message that forces
    a restart. It does this even with the CD not in the rom.

    "sgopus" wrote:

    > Since you choose install, and you understand it wipes personal data, I would
    > boot to the restore disc again and this time ensure the partition is
    > formatted, prior to install. as it appears to me it was not, and previous
    > settings were retained.
    >
    > "James" wrote:
    >
    > > Sorry for the late reply, just got back from school. The disc itself
    > > reads:Cyberpower Inc. Recovery CD-Rom. Microsoft XP pro SP2. When it asked
    > > if i wanted to repair or install windows i picked install.
    > >
    > > "sgopus" wrote:
    > >
    > > > James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or is it
    > > > just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc formats the
    > > > partition prior to install, all issues should be resolved by this format, if
    > > > it's just an install disc then more than likely you didn't format the
    > > > partition, you may have done a repair install, which keeps the personal data.
    > > > Let us know which is which?
    > > >
    > > > From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    > > > Windows XP install.
    > > >
    > > > "James" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > > > > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > > > > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    > > > >
    > > > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > > > > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > > > > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > > > > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > > > > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > > > > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > > > > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > > > > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > > > > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > > > > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > > > > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > > > > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > > > > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > > > > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > > > > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > > > > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > > > > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > > > > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > > > > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > > > > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > > > > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > > > > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  10. sgopus

    sgopus Flightless Bird

    I suggest you contact Cyberpower Inc, supply them with your customer number
    and ask them how this is supposed to go.

    "James" wrote:

    > At this point i cannot get out of this cycle. Whenever i restart/power down
    > or unplug my computer and turn it on i cannot do anything except: go to the
    > screen from hitting F8 or this new screen from hitting pause/break. Even
    > when i go to the pause/break screen and hit DEL to run BIOS setup it just
    > goes right back into the cycle. And if i go to the F8 screen and go to start
    > in normal it starts right in safe mode. It seems that the Windows is still
    > trying to finish the setup and thats throwing me into the message that forces
    > a restart. It does this even with the CD not in the rom.
    >
    > "sgopus" wrote:
    >
    > > Since you choose install, and you understand it wipes personal data, I would
    > > boot to the restore disc again and this time ensure the partition is
    > > formatted, prior to install. as it appears to me it was not, and previous
    > > settings were retained.
    > >
    > > "James" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Sorry for the late reply, just got back from school. The disc itself
    > > > reads:Cyberpower Inc. Recovery CD-Rom. Microsoft XP pro SP2. When it asked
    > > > if i wanted to repair or install windows i picked install.
    > > >
    > > > "sgopus" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or is it
    > > > > just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc formats the
    > > > > partition prior to install, all issues should be resolved by this format, if
    > > > > it's just an install disc then more than likely you didn't format the
    > > > > partition, you may have done a repair install, which keeps the personal data.
    > > > > Let us know which is which?
    > > > >
    > > > > From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    > > > > Windows XP install.
    > > > >
    > > > > "James" wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > > > > > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > > > > > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > > > > > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > > > > > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > > > > > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > > > > > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > > > > > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > > > > > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > > > > > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > > > > > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > > > > > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > > > > > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > > > > > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > > > > > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > > > > > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > > > > > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > > > > > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > > > > > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > > > > > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > > > > > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > > > > > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > > > > > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > > > > > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  11. James

    James Flightless Bird

    CyberpowerPC is just a company that custom makes computers.
    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/

    Yes that screenshot is exactly what i did. I did not choose the repair
    option.

    "Daave" wrote:

    > James wrote:
    > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    > > i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    > > only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    > > start from the begnning.
    > >
    > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    > > protection i belive).

    >
    > Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    > shot:
    >
    > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  12. James

    James Flightless Bird

    Yeah i know doing this will wipe my hard drive clean and thats what i want to
    do. I dont have anything personal on my desktop, so thats not a problem to
    me. I cant do anything outside of the F8 screen and the break/pause button
    screen. Sorry i dont know the name of those two screens.

    "Daave" wrote:

    > James wrote:
    > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    > > i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    > > only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    > > start from the begnning.
    > >
    > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    > > protection i belive).

    >
    > Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    > shot:
    >
    > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  13. James

    James Flightless Bird

    Yeah, i dont think they would help lol. I had the computer for about 3 years
    now and they were very much worthless when i was buying the computer.

    "sgopus" wrote:

    > I suggest you contact Cyberpower Inc, supply them with your customer number
    > and ask them how this is supposed to go.
    >
    > "James" wrote:
    >
    > > At this point i cannot get out of this cycle. Whenever i restart/power down
    > > or unplug my computer and turn it on i cannot do anything except: go to the
    > > screen from hitting F8 or this new screen from hitting pause/break. Even
    > > when i go to the pause/break screen and hit DEL to run BIOS setup it just
    > > goes right back into the cycle. And if i go to the F8 screen and go to start
    > > in normal it starts right in safe mode. It seems that the Windows is still
    > > trying to finish the setup and thats throwing me into the message that forces
    > > a restart. It does this even with the CD not in the rom.
    > >
    > > "sgopus" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Since you choose install, and you understand it wipes personal data, I would
    > > > boot to the restore disc again and this time ensure the partition is
    > > > formatted, prior to install. as it appears to me it was not, and previous
    > > > settings were retained.
    > > >
    > > > "James" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Sorry for the late reply, just got back from school. The disc itself
    > > > > reads:Cyberpower Inc. Recovery CD-Rom. Microsoft XP pro SP2. When it asked
    > > > > if i wanted to repair or install windows i picked install.
    > > > >
    > > > > "sgopus" wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > > James, did you happen to notice if the install disc, is a restore or is it
    > > > > > just an install disc? The difference is that a restore disc formats the
    > > > > > partition prior to install, all issues should be resolved by this format, if
    > > > > > it's just an install disc then more than likely you didn't format the
    > > > > > partition, you may have done a repair install, which keeps the personal data.
    > > > > > Let us know which is which?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > From what you posted it appears you just did a repair to the existing
    > > > > > Windows XP install.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > "James" wrote:
    > > > > >
    > > > > > > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i need
    > > > > > > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only found
    > > > > > > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the begnning.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection i
    > > > > > > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came from
    > > > > > > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going through
    > > > > > > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online that
    > > > > > > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the files
    > > > > > > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and preventing me
    > > > > > > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full blown re
    > > > > > > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in ad
    > > > > > > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed to
    > > > > > > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup cannot run
    > > > > > > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my computer it
    > > > > > > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i restart
    > > > > > > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    > > > > > > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the command
    > > > > > > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm .
    > > > > > > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    > > > > > > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would just load
    > > > > > > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have no idea
    > > > > > > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying some
    > > > > > > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or any
    > > > > > > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms would be
    > > > > > > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  14. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    James wrote:
    > CyberpowerPC is just a company that custom makes computers.
    > http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
    >
    > Yes that screenshot is exactly what i did. I did not choose the repair
    > option.
    >
    > "Daave" wrote:
    >
    >> James wrote:
    >>> I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    >>> i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    >>> only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    >>> start from the begnning.
    >>>
    >>> I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    >>> protection i belive).

    >> Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    >> shot:
    >>
    >> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>


    What happens if you press R? If you indeed get to the Recovery Console type
    bootcfg /rebuild

    Follow the directions. When you get to the prompt to "enter OS load
    options" type
    /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

    When you have finished, type
    exit
    to close the Recovery Console and reboot.

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     
  15. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    Lem wrote:
    > James wrote:
    >> CyberpowerPC is just a company that custom makes computers.
    >> http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
    >>
    >> Yes that screenshot is exactly what i did. I did not choose the
    >> repair option.
    >> "Daave" wrote:
    >>
    >>> James wrote:
    >>>> I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    >>>> i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    >>>> only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    >>>> start from the begnning.
    >>>>
    >>>> I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    >>>> protection i belive).
    >>> Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    >>> shot:
    >>>
    >>> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    >>>
    >>> .
    >>>

    >
    > What happens if you press R? If you indeed get to the Recovery Console type
    > bootcfg /rebuild
    >
    > Follow the directions. When you get to the prompt to "enter OS load
    > options" type
    > /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
    >
    > When you have finished, type
    > exit
    > to close the Recovery Console and reboot.
    >


    Of course, fixing boot.ini *shouldn't* be necessary if you really are
    booting from the CD ... but it's worth a try.

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     
  16. James

    James Flightless Bird

    At this point it wont even go back to the cd boot. With or without the CD it
    goes straight to the box stating it cannot finish the setup in safemode. Is
    there something i can do prior to it getting to this point to boot off the
    CD?

    "Lem" wrote:

    > Lem wrote:
    > > James wrote:
    > >> CyberpowerPC is just a company that custom makes computers.
    > >> http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
    > >>
    > >> Yes that screenshot is exactly what i did. I did not choose the
    > >> repair option.
    > >> "Daave" wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> James wrote:
    > >>>> I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    > >>>> i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    > >>>> only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    > >>>> start from the begnning.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    > >>>> protection i belive).
    > >>> Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    > >>> shot:
    > >>>
    > >>> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    > >>>
    > >>> .
    > >>>

    > >
    > > What happens if you press R? If you indeed get to the Recovery Console type
    > > bootcfg /rebuild
    > >
    > > Follow the directions. When you get to the prompt to "enter OS load
    > > options" type
    > > /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
    > >
    > > When you have finished, type
    > > exit
    > > to close the Recovery Console and reboot.
    > >

    >
    > Of course, fixing boot.ini *shouldn't* be necessary if you really are
    > booting from the CD ... but it's worth a try.
    >
    > --
    > Lem
    >
    > Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    > http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
    > .
    >
     
  17. T Shadow

    T Shadow Flightless Bird

    When you turn on the computer start tapping the Del key. Nothing else.


    "James" <James@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6D3B207C-E9DF-4C1A-84ED-CA3F29EDE6E8@microsoft.com...
    >I tried following the instructions and when i hit the break/pause key it
    > takes me to the screen to either choose either Post or BIOS Setup. When i
    > hit Del for BiOS setup it just goes right back to restarting my computer
    > and
    > it cycles through the same message saying it cannot finish the setup in
    > safemode.
    >
    > "Mark Adams" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "James" wrote:
    >>
    >> > I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but i
    >> > need
    >> > some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and only
    >> > found
    >> > partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will start from the
    >> > begnning.
    >> >
    >> > I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital protection
    >> > i
    >> > belive). I looked around and finally found my restore disc that came
    >> > from
    >> > the company that built my computer (CyberpowerPC). Prior to going
    >> > through
    >> > the whole CD process i found some solutions to remove the virus online
    >> > that
    >> > involved going into safemode. When i did this i couldnt get into the
    >> > files
    >> > they said to access due to the virus shutting them all down and
    >> > preventing me
    >> > from opening them. At this point i decided to just go with a full
    >> > blown re
    >> > boot from the CD and install windows over again. So i put the disc in
    >> > ad
    >> > followed the directions. Now i am at the point where the disc needed
    >> > to
    >> > restart my computer and when it restarts it says "Windows XP Setup
    >> > cannot run
    >> > under Safemode. Setup will restart now." and when it restarts my
    >> > computer it
    >> > continues to restart in safemode thus creating this loop. Now when i
    >> > restart
    >> > i hit f8 and try to go in and do the start normal but it stil opens in
    >> > Safemode. I saw a post on the internet that i need to go into the
    >> > command
    >> > prompt and remove the safeboot. http://windowsxp.mvps.org/safeboot.htm
    >> > .
    >> > But i cannot get past this loop. I tried shutting down my computer,
    >> > unplugging it, removing the disc from the CD -Rom in hopes it would
    >> > just load
    >> > up normal but nothing ever happens. I am stuck in this loop and have
    >> > no idea
    >> > how to get out. I am just short of taking it to bestbuy and paying
    >> > some
    >> > outrageous price for them to fix it. If anyone has any suggestions or
    >> > any
    >> > clue please let me know. I am not a computer wiz so all the terms
    >> > would be
    >> > alien to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    >>
    >> You have to set the BIOS to boot from CD first. See the following:
    >>
    >> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
     
  18. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    James wrote:
    > CyberpowerPC is just a company that custom makes computers.
    > http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
    >
    > Yes that screenshot is exactly what i did. I did not choose the
    > repair option.


    As you say, you appear to be locked into a loop because of an incomplete or
    faulty install (Windows install has set a marker somewhere). Easiest way to
    get out is to format the drive via the Repair Console but since you are
    unable to get here, boot from a floppy and format from there; then boot from
    your XP CD and try installing again.

    --

    dadiOH
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  19. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Since you want to perform a Clean Install instead of using the method
    from the Bleeping Computer page cited below, the "F8" screen is
    irrelevant. You will only get that if you are booting off the hard
    drive.

    You do *not* want to boot off the hard drive!

    The manufacturer of your PC should have given you instructions on how to
    perform a Clean Install. This includes which keyboard key to press
    *immediately* after you power up the PC to access the BIOS so that you
    may configure it to boot off the CD rather than the hard drive. From a
    Web search, it appears you need to press the Delete key (but I do not
    know this from personal experience). In case you missed my other post,
    here are the highlights:


    If you have the first type, then this guide will help you:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    As Mark indicated, if you want to perform a Clean Install (or a Repair
    Install for that matter), you need to boot off the CD. And in order to
    do this, you need to alter the BIOS to make this possible:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Unfortunately, Cyberpower is not listed there. I believe the keyboard
    key you need to press is the "Delete" key.



    James wrote:
    > Yeah i know doing this will wipe my hard drive clean and thats what i
    > want to do. I dont have anything personal on my desktop, so thats
    > not a problem to me. I cant do anything outside of the F8 screen and
    > the break/pause button screen. Sorry i dont know the name of those
    > two screens.
    >
    > "Daave" wrote:
    >
    >> James wrote:
    >>> I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    >>> i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet
    >>> and only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    >>> start from the begnning.
    >>>
    >>> I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    >>> protection i belive).

    >>
    >> Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    >> shot:
    >>
    >> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    >>
    >>
    >> .
     
  20. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "James" wrote:

    > At this point it wont even go back to the cd boot. With or without the CD it
    > goes straight to the box stating it cannot finish the setup in safemode. Is
    > there something i can do prior to it getting to this point to boot off the
    > CD?
    >


    Yes. Read the instruction manual that came with the machine. If you don't
    have the instruction manual, download it from the maker's website. Since the
    BIOS is available before the machine even attempts to boot from the hard
    drive, it is obvious that you are not pressing the proper sequence of keys at
    the proper time to enter the BIOS and change the boot order. READ THE
    INSTRUCTIONS. If the instruction manual is no longer available; replace the
    mainboard, processor and RAM with a brand for which there IS an instruction
    manual. :)

    > "Lem" wrote:
    >
    > > Lem wrote:
    > > > James wrote:
    > > >> CyberpowerPC is just a company that custom makes computers.
    > > >> http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
    > > >>
    > > >> Yes that screenshot is exactly what i did. I did not choose the
    > > >> repair option.
    > > >> "Daave" wrote:
    > > >>
    > > >>> James wrote:
    > > >>>> I am not sure and appologize if this is the wrong forum for this but
    > > >>>> i need some serious help. I tried looking all over the internet and
    > > >>>> only found partial solutions but i cannot do any of them, i will
    > > >>>> start from the begnning.
    > > >>>>
    > > >>>> I have Windows XP Pro SP2, last week i got a virus (digital
    > > >>>> protection i belive).
    > > >>> Instead of formatting the hard drive right off the bat, give this a
    > > >>> shot:
    > > >>>
    > > >>> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-digital-protection
    > > >>>
    > > >>> .
    > > >>>
    > > >
    > > > What happens if you press R? If you indeed get to the Recovery Console type
    > > > bootcfg /rebuild
    > > >
    > > > Follow the directions. When you get to the prompt to "enter OS load
    > > > options" type
    > > > /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
    > > >
    > > > When you have finished, type
    > > > exit
    > > > to close the Recovery Console and reboot.
    > > >

    > >
    > > Of course, fixing boot.ini *shouldn't* be necessary if you really are
    > > booting from the CD ... but it's worth a try.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Lem
    > >
    > > Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    > > http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
    > > .
    > >
     

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