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Win 95 Booting to Safe Mode Every time

By pbtoms ·
I have a user whose computer is booting into safe mode every time she starts it up. It doesn't go to a menu, or anything, just says "Windows is bypassing your startup files", and boots into safe mode. It has done this several times. Once she wentinto the bios setup, changed nothing, restarted, and it worked. Later, I uninstalled "SaveNow" which had been installed with a screen saver, and then it started up. Today, it happened again. After a few reboots, all of which went right to safe mode again, scandisk ran, and found some "lost clusters" or chains or whatever those things are. After that, a reboot went into "normal" windows. Any ideas?

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by Mike Jones In reply to Win 95 Booting to Safe Mo ...

Check that the keyboard is not faulty or that any keys are stuck. Especially F8

You'll be suprised!

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by pbtoms In reply to Win 95 Booting to Safe Mo ...

Rule of thumb... when a user says "No. No keys are stuck, nothing is on the keyboard, everythings okay.", just don't believe them. :-) It was the Shift key, apparently. *sigh* New keyboard has been ordered.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win 95 Booting to Safe Mo ...

Your msdos.sys file may have been edited (by the system) after a system crash. This is a hidden and read only file, so you'll need to remove these attributes to edit it.

To do this, follow these steps:

Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.

In the Named box, type msdos.sys.

In the Look In box, click the drive on which Windows is installed (usually drive C), and then click Find Now.

Right-click the Msdos.sys file, and then click Properties.

Click to clearthe Read-Only and Hidden check boxes to remove these attributes from the Msdos.sys file, and then click OK.

Right-click the Msdos.sys file, and then click Open With.

In the Choose the program you want to use box, click WordPad, and then click OK.

Do one of the following:

Delete the BootSafe=1 line.

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Change the value in the BootSafe=1 line to BootSafe=0.

On the File menu, click Save.

Right-click the Msdos.sys file, and then click Properties.

Click to select the Read-Only and Hidden check boxes to set the attributes for the file, and then click OK.

Restart your computer.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win 95 Booting to Safe Mo ...

fyi

Contents of the Windows Msdos.sys File

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;118579

remove spaces FROM THE PASTED url

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by pbtoms In reply to Win 95 Booting to Safe Mo ...

This wasn't the problem this time, but has been filed for future reference. Thanks!

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by pbtoms In reply to Win 95 Booting to Safe Mo ...

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