Hi on normal startup desktop icons greyed while wireless, dial up & network not working but all works in safe mode except system restore which responds but hangs in both normal and safe mode - ran full virus scan OK
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this can be a conflict with your security software or firewall. Restart system in safe mode with networking and see if you have the same issue.
for booting in safe mode with networking. turn off the system.
turn on the system and after 3 seconds start tapping f8 key which is in the top of the keyboar.
you will get option of safe mode with networking and select it using keyboard as the issue system mouse wont work.
Once you are on desktop check with the issue. you can try this by booting multiple times in safe mode with networking.
Hi, Restart your computer. Immediately after the screen goes blank for the first time, press the F8 key repeatedly. The Windows Advanced Options menu appears. If the menu does not appear, restart your computer and try again. Use the cursor keys on your keyboard (your mouse will not work) to select Last Known Good Configuration, and then press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start. If you recently installed new hardware, shut down your computer and disconnect the hardware. Then, restart Windows XP and troubleshoot your hardware to get it working properly. Restart your computer and press F8 again. This time, choose Safe Mode and press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start in Safe Mode, which does not automatically start programs and hardware, and displays very primitive graphics. If Windows XP starts successfully in Safe Mode, you can remove any programs or updates you have recently installed. Then, restart your computer normally. Good luck! And Thanks.
there is the single user start-up, which you were thinking of. There is also a safe-boot for macs.
To start up into Safe Mode (to Safe Boot), do this:
1. Be sure the computer is shut down.
2. Press the power button.
3. Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone but not before.
4. Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).
During startup in Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you will see "Safe Boot" on the login window, which appears even if you normally log in automatically.
During startup in Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.3.9, you will see "Safe Boot" on the Mac OS X startup screen.
To leave Safe Mode in any version of Mac OS X, restart the computer normally, without holding any keys during startup.
go to Safe Mode and uninstall the older version of the driver of the VGA Card... reboot in normal mode, it has to login to the windows with no driver for VGA Adapater ... try to find the newest driver on internet and install it .. it should solve the problem