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can't boot from safe mode in Windows XP
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  1. Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

    When you see teh Safe Mode menu, is it the complete Advanced Boot menu which includes "Disable automatic restart on system faliure"? If not, restart and tap Function 8 several times as soon as the system starts to load Windows and that should display the complete menu. Select that option and post back the details that show up on the blue screen as the Stop Error message. We need the alpha-numeric code 0x0000?? and ANY_WORDS_JOINED_UP by underscores.


  2. Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

    When you see teh Safe Mode menu, is it the complete Advanced Boot menu which includes "Disable automatic restart on system faliure"? If not, restart and tap Function 8 several times as soon as the system starts to load Windows and that should display the complete menu. Select that option and post back the details that show up on the blue screen as the Stop Error message. We need the alpha-numeric code 0x0000?? and ANY_WORDS_JOINED_UP by underscores.




    Hello,

    Thanks for the reply. I did manage to get a blue screen to come up by repeatedly punching F8 and clicking on the recovery console.

    It gave an Error Message as: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

    The technical information listed is:

    0x000000ED (0x89EC9030, 0xC000014F, 0x000000000, 0x000000000)


  3. It could be the start of hard disk problems leading to the need for a replacement. Linux can often mount a volume when Windows cannot and also provides the means to rescuing your data. You can download a Linux operating system and run it as a LiveCD to pull your files off to anexternal source - portable drive or memory sticks. Find an OS at http://www.pclinuxos.com.

    If you have an XP CD, try going as far as the first Repair option, get to Command Prompt and type the DIR command in then press Enter. If the disk mounts, you may have a chance of starting into Safe Mode.

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