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Safe Mode thinks Windows is still installing, Normal mode is A-OK

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December 26, 2012 11:34:07 PM

I reinstalled Win7 on my laptop yesterday (a recovery reinstall, not a clean one). The install worked fine, I'm able to boot up and use all my programs again no prob, but when I attempt to go into Safe Mode, it thinks Windows hasn't completed the install. While the message “Setup is starting services” is on the screen, a popup appears saying "Windows cannot complete installation in Safe Mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer".

I'm thinking there's got to be a simple registry key fix for this but am having a bear of a time finding anything applicable online. Hoping there is some wisdom to be found here. Thanks!
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December 26, 2012 11:42:24 PM

Hi :) 

Check MSCONFIG ...

All the best Brett :) 
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December 26, 2012 11:47:04 PM

I've done that, but no joy. At least, I can't find anything that's affecting it.
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December 26, 2012 11:51:00 PM

flobaby said:
I've done that, but no joy. At least, I can't find anything that's affecting it.



Hi :) 

In Msconfig.. go into STARTUP and try DISABLE ALL ...

If it works put them back in ONE at a time etc...

All the best Brett :) 
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December 27, 2012 12:16:35 AM

Thanks Brett, great suggestion but alas, no change. That pop-up continues to taunt me.
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December 27, 2012 12:17:55 AM

flobaby said:
Thanks Brett, great suggestion but alas, no change. That pop-up continues to taunt me.



Hi :) 

Interesting....

Is Windows totally up to date ? SP1 plus ALL updates after that ... ?

All the best Brett :) 
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December 27, 2012 12:22:23 AM

Yep, everything's updated. Here's one thing, when it was reinstalling, it got stuck on some bloatware at the end, so I finished it out early. I'm thinking maybe there's a key involved with ChildCompletion or something. But the headscratcher is that it loads normally in Normal mode with nary a hint of anything weird.
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December 27, 2012 12:23:41 AM

flobaby said:
Yep, everything's updated. Here's one thing, when it was reinstalling, it got stuck on some bloatware at the end, so I finished it out early. I'm thinking maybe there's a key involved with ChildCompletion or something. But the headscratcher is that it loads normally in Normal mode with nary a hint of anything weird.



Hi :) 

I would uninstall ALL the manufacturers Bloatware... see if that helps, if not live with it if normal mode is fine...

All the best Brett :) 
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December 27, 2012 12:25:08 AM

Lol, I know, it's not like I HAVE to use Safe Mode right now, but it bothers me for future debugging. Oh well, thanks for the suggestion.
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December 27, 2012 3:45:29 AM

Unfortunately a repair installation is just that....a repair.

In order to truly resolve the issue you are having, which may only be one right now, is to backup your info and perform a clean install. You've essentially done what's called a "dirty" reinstall in the tech industry and usually is only a band-aid for the initial problem to allow for someone to backup their information before doing a clean install.
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December 27, 2012 11:44:22 AM

Thanks. I'll be doing a clean reinstall over the weekend. All decided. :) 
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