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Windows 7: No safe mode - repair loop

11 Jun 2012   #1
ebuzz

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
No safe mode - repair loop

Hi:
Noob to the forum here! I have a Win 7 64 bit pc that's I'm having an odd issue with.
The system will boot and load windows normally, but I can't get to safe mode. When I hit F8, I get the options for safe mode and repair, etc., but if I try safe mode it loads some stuff, then just stops and a get a black screen with "safe mode" in all 4 corners, a mouse, but nothing else.
When I hit "repair" it gets stuck in a repair loop. I've read the tutorial on how to get out of that loop, but was wondering if that's what I should try or if there's some other problem.
I'll need to ask a question later about why I need to get to "safe mode" but for now, anyone help on this issue?
thanks!


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11 Jun 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings, using the Snipping TOol in Start Menu.

After we confirm the correct flags are shown on the System partitions you can run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to repair the System boot files including the WInRE hotlink to F8 Advanced Boot Options.
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11 Jun 2012   #3
ebuzz

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

No safe mode - repair loop-screen.pngIs this what you mean?


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11 Jun 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Your flags are all set correctly. Try running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to see if it will repair the System boot files which write the Windows Repair link to F8 tools menu.

If not it may require a Repair Install.

There are more advanced methods to repair these links which are known to our colleague SIW2 if you want to message him to help: Link WinRE to F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu
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12 Jun 2012   #5
ebuzz

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Your flags are all set correctly. Try running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to see if it will repair the System boot files which write the Windows Repair link to F8 tools menu.

If not it may require a Repair Install.

There are more advanced methods to repair these links which are known to our colleague SIW2 if you want to message him to help: Link WinRE to F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu
Great, I'll give this a try tonight and let you know. Any idea as to why this happens?
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12 Jun 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It appears the links are corrupted somehow. Those links can be repaired by Startup Repair, or if necessary can be reinstalled along with the entire OS during an in-place Upgrade known as Repair Install.

As stated you can also try rewriting the links manually which is a specialty of our colleague SIW2.
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12 Jun 2012   #7
ebuzz

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok, so I started this fix, got to the point where it says "press any key to boot from cd" then it said windows is loading files. Now, after about 40 minutes and still counting, I have the Starting windows screen up with the four colored flag just sitting there! And I don't think any thing is happening. No option to select repair.
Any thoughts? Oops, sorry to panic, after over an hour the repai option showed up. I selected it an now there's a blue screen with flowers.
I'll advise
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12 Jun 2012   #8
ebuzz

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok I was able to get through the repair. At the end it said if repairs we're successful windows would start normally, it did.
I did a restart and tried to get into safe mode but with no luck, same black screen, mouse and "safe mode" in all 4 corners, but nothing else. Are you saying that I need to do the repair 3 times, even when windows says that it will restart normally if the repairs worked?
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12 Jun 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

That behavior in boot mode can mean something is wrong with hardware or the BIOS is corrupted.

Start by resetting your BIOS to defaults: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS .

Test your RAM - Test with Memtest86+ for 5-6 passes or overnight. Swap RAM sticks taking care to touch case while touching electronics to avoid static shock, check slots for debris.

Test your HD with maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check on all partitions.

Run SFC -SCANNOW Command

Work through these other Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 .
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13 Jun 2012   #10
ebuzz

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

OK, so I'm going to give up on the "set up repair" option and go straight to the "BIOS reset" method and see what happens there, right?
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