When computer is turned on it shows a safe mode screen with 3 safe mode options for turning the comp on or just leaving it for windows to start normally.
Have tried all 4 options, windows screen flashes and then safe mode screen returns with same options once more.
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Re: Computer will not start past safe mode screen
In safe mode, hit start button -run, and type "msconfig" in the box , hit enter.
the system configuration utility opens.
select startup tab at the top
when the startup screen opens, UNcheck all the boxes, press APPLY, then OK
the computer will prompt you to restart, when it restarts it will give you a message saying you have use the system configuration utility to change the way windows starts, this is normal. Check the box that say dont show this again and click OK.
doing this will keep the programs set to start when windows starts from starting untill you start them manually. If one of them is causing the freeze, this will make the system accessible.
Keep in mind, you may want to turn some of them back on after you get the computer going and when you do , turn them on one at a time and restart the computer after each change. this way you can identify which program is causing the problem.
Hope this helps. please repost if you have more questions
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If all diagnostic lights are on, then that means that it has something with the software of your computer. The update has affected some of the programs inside your computer thus it's booting up fine.
I suggest that you access safe mode and do a system restore from there. If you don't know how to access safe mode, then follow these:
1. Turn off your computer. 2. turn it on and keep tapping F8 until you see the options. You should see safe mode. 3. Use the arrow keys to select safe mode, then press enter. 4. Your computer should boot up to safe mode. 5. Access the system restore. You can find it in accessories, system tools, system restore. or you can search. 6. restore your computer to the known good date where your computer was still working fine. 7. After completing the on screen procedures, let your computer restart by itself (it may take minutes or more). It will restart and it should boot to the normal windows.
Are you getting a Blue Screen error and can't read it because the computer keeps restarting?
If So, turn off the computer, then turn it on and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see Safe Mode. Scroll down past safe mode and you will see an option to Disable Automatic Restart. The next time you boot up you will be able to see the error message.
If it is a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) error message, you might need a system disc.
when you turn on your computer you will see options like esc, f1 and f10 at the bottom of the screen, when that appears press the f8 key and options will be shown, use arrows to go to safe mode and then press enter, that will start it in safe mode, you will not see the f8 option but you need to press it, if doesn't work try keeping it pressed until it comes up, after the black screen with withe words shows you only have 25 second to choose safe mode and press enter...
Power on or Restart your computer, keep tapping F8 on the keyboard while it boots up. After few seconds, you'll be taken to the "Advanced Boot Options" with "Safe Mode" in the lists. Use the Up-Down arrow keys to highlight the "Safe Mode" and press enter on the keyboard to confirm the selected boot options. Black Screen with white texts will be displayed on the display, wait for few seconds until you see the windows logon Screen. You'll also see a confirmation message box asking you to confirm to boot into Safe Mode, click "yes" or "Ok" and proceed forward. There now you are in the Safe Mode.
Have you tried booting up in safe mode to see if it comes on then. If you can then you will have installed something that isnt working with your computer which is causing it not to boot properly. When you swith the comp on you should see some option ie f2 for boot menu. I think its f8 you need to keep pressing then you will get another menu after a couple of seconds saying boot in safe mode, boot in safe mode with networking, boot windows normally or boot windows in last known working state. boot in safe mode see if it works. Hope this helps.
Start your PC in safe mode, to do this repeatedly tap the F8 key as soon as you turn the power on. This will then bring up an "options" screen listing boot in safe mode, safe mode with network support etc. Just use safe mode. If it goes directly to windows instead - shut it off and try again til u get the safe mode screen. The arrow keys control the selection to choose.When it starts in safe mode a black screen will usually appear with a bunch of writing, this is normal, after that it may "hang" for as long as 5 minutes, before coming up with a login screen. Sometimes hitting enter or escape will bring up the login screen faster. When you have a login screen, login and disable the updates using the software control options for the software that is trying to update. You might also go to control panel, administrator options, then services and disable automatic updates temporarily. When your pc starts in safe mode - it starts with minimal drivers and does not run updates- this allows you to change settings. You can then reboot normally and it should start properly without updating before starting.
Does the Compaq logo appear when you try to start the computer? Try pressing F10 several times after turning on the power. This should start the "recovery console", which will give you some options for restoring Windows. If the recovery console doesn't start up, there is a good possibility that your hard drive or power supply module may be defective. In that case, you will probably need professional assistance to diagnose the problem.