Problem booting computer

By tobaron1 ·
When I attempt to start my machine I receive the message > "Computer now in safe mode - press F1 to start" (and it does even if F1 is pressed before the message is displayed!) I have recently un-installed Windows Vista Candidate 1. (MB.Battery is OK!)
Has anyone got any ideas?

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I've vever trusted OS uninstalls

by jdmercha In reply to Problem booting computer

Can you boot to a CD? Do you have your data backed up? I'd start over from scratch. Install a fresh copy of XP, including deleting the current partition and recreating a new one. You may even have to got to the point of booting to a WIN95 boot floppy to eliminate the partitions.

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Problems booting computer

by tobaron1 In reply to I've vever trusted OS uni ...

Thanks for your reply. I have re-installed XP pro. twice, even the mother board and still the same message.
Have not yet tried Win95 floppy - yet!

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Just performing a Rescue Install

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Problems booting computer

Isn't the solution here you need to wipe the HDD and then perform what amounts to a Clean Install. You'll need a utility like Boot & Nuke to write Zero's to every sector of the HDD to destroy any of the residual Data left over from the Vista Install.

You can find a copy of Boot & Nuke Here


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by tobaron1 In reply to Just performing a Rescue ...

Hi Hal. Thanks, will download as you suggested, for a 'clean' install and ---hopefully!!??

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I have seen info stay

by w2ktechman In reply to Problem booting computer

even after re-partitioning if the partitions are the same as previously.
I would suggest wiping the drive with a scrubber, then partition and format.

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