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Windows XP won’t open in safe mode; stuck in endless reboot.

Having trouble with Windows XP not opening in safe mode and getting stuck in an endless reboot cycle?

Initiating Safe Mode

To do this, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type “msconfig” and hit Enter. This will open the System Configuration window.

Navigate to the “Boot” tab and check the box next to “Safe boot.” You can choose between “Minimal,” “Alternate shell,” or “Network.” Select the appropriate option based on your needs.

Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes. You will be prompted to restart your computer. Click “Restart” to boot into Safe Mode.

In Safe Mode, you can troubleshoot the issue causing the endless reboot loop. You can run diagnostics, uninstall recently installed software or updates, check for malware, or perform a system restore to a previous point in time.

Once you have resolved the issue, you can exit Safe Mode by opening the System Configuration utility again and unchecking the “Safe boot” option. Click “Apply” and then “OK,” and restart your computer to boot back into normal mode.

Initiating Safe Mode through the System Configuration utility is a quick and easy way to troubleshoot Windows XP when it won’t open in safe mode and is stuck in an endless reboot loop.

Selecting the Operating System

To select the operating system when Windows XP is stuck in an endless reboot loop and won’t open in safe mode, you can try accessing the boot menu during startup. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Restart your computer and continuously press the F8 key as soon as the initial boot screen appears. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu.

2. Once the Advanced Boot Options menu is displayed, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate to the “Disable automatic restart on system failure” option. Press Enter to select it.

3. This should allow you to see any error messages that are causing the endless reboot loop on your Windows XP system. Take note of any specific error codes or messages that appear.

4. If you are still unable to boot into Windows XP, you may need to try accessing the boot menu again and selecting an alternate operating system if you have multiple operating systems installed on your computer.

Accessing with Administrator Privileges

  • Restart the computer and press F8 repeatedly
    • This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu
  • Use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    • Press Enter
  • Log in as an Administrator
    • This may require a password

Making Adjustments in Safe Mode

If your Windows XP is stuck in an endless reboot loop and won’t open in safe mode, you may need to make adjustments to troubleshoot the issue. One way to do this is by accessing the Recovery Console.

1. Accessing the Recovery Console: To access the Recovery Console, you will need your Windows XP installation CD. Insert the CD and restart your computer. Press any key to boot from the CD when prompted.

2. Choosing the installation: When you reach the “Welcome to Setup” screen, press “R” to enter the Recovery Console. Select the Windows installation you want to access by typing the corresponding number and pressing Enter.

3. Using the Recovery Console: Once inside the Recovery Console, you can use various commands to troubleshoot the issue. For example, you can run CHKDSK to check and repair disk errors. Type “chkdsk /r” and press Enter to run the command.

4. Fixing the boot sector: You can also fix the boot sector by using the “fixboot” command. Type “fixboot C:” (replace C: with the appropriate drive letter) and press Enter. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the process.

5. Rebooting your computer: After making the necessary adjustments in the Recovery Console, type “exit” and press Enter to restart your computer. Remove the Windows XP installation CD to allow your computer to boot from the hard drive.


How do I force Windows XP to start in Safe Mode?

To force Windows XP to start in Safe Mode, restart the computer and repeatedly tap the F8 key until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, where the Safe Mode option should be pre-selected as the default.

How do I fix Windows not starting in Safe Mode?

To fix Windows not starting in Safe Mode, you can try starting Windows in every available startup method, repair your Windows installation, perform a System Restore, use the System File Checker command, and clear the CMOS if necessary.

How do I start Windows XP in Safe Mode when F8 doesn t work?

To start Windows XP in Safe Mode when F8 doesn’t work, you can use the Msconfig utility. Simply press WinKey+R on the keyboard, type “msconfig” in the dialog box that appears, and navigate to the tabs at the top of the System Configuration Utility screen.

How do I fix Windows XP that won’t boot?

To fix Windows XP that won’t boot, you can try using a Windows startup disk, Last Known Good Configuration, System Restore, Recovery Console, fixing a corrupt Boot.ini, fixing a corrupt partition boot sector, fixing a corrupt master boot record, or disabling automatic restart.

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