MSCONFIG Boot - Stuck in Safe Mode or Selective Startup

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Kmye, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Kmye

    Kmye Guest

    This has not been a week that's made me much enamored of Vista.

    In order to troubleshoot my parents' Vista PC after their wireless
    mouse/keyboard suddenly stopped working after 4/9's automatic updates, I had
    to a do a system restore from Safe Mode. Their corded USB keyboard we got to
    work (along with a PS2 mouse) to do the fixing wouldn't work using the
    F8-method to get into Safe Mode, so I had use MSCONFIG to force a safe mode

    The system restore worked, and I've disabled automatic updates until MS
    comes out with a fix for the apparently widespread original problem, but now
    I'm stuck with a very frustrating situation.

    My parents' computer will only boot up into Selective Startup (which leaves
    some important things such as graphics drivers unloaded) or into Safe Mode.
    Within MSCONFIG, when I choose "Normal Startup", it automatically checks the
    "Safe Mode" Box in the boot tap, and when I uncheck that box, it
    automatically selects "Selective Start" on the previous tab. (I've tried
    hitting apply on each of the tabs, but it doesn't help).

    I've found a few other threads with this same problem across the web, but
    never found a solution. Can anyone help?

    Thanks very much.
    Kmye, Apr 14, 2008
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  2. Kmye

    SG Guest


    Don't know if this will help you but worth a shot. Try running Msconfig in
    Administrator Mode and make your changes. Click Start, at the bottom of the
    menu you will see Start Search, in that box type Msconfig, at the top you
    will see it appear. Right click Msconfig and select Run as Administrator.

    If this don't work you can try AutoRuns
    It's far superior to Msconfig, but you need to run it as Administrator as
    well. When it opens click the Logon tab.

    All the best,

    Is your computer system ready for Vista?
    SG, Apr 15, 2008
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  3. Kmye

    Kmye Guest

    Hi SG,

    Thanks very much for the reply. I took your suggestion along with one from
    here (
    ) to check the "Make All Boot Settings Permanent" box in the boot tab and
    press apply.

    Unfortunately, I was impatient, and did both at the same time, so I don't
    know if only one, or both work to solve the problem, or if both are
    necessary; in any case, something worked and everything's booting properly
    now. As a note to anyone else who runs into this problem, I had to reselect
    the Aero Appearance manually the first time once everything had booted up

    Thanks again for the successful help!

    Vista MSCONFIG Normal Startup Stuck Safe Mode Selective Startup Troubleshoot
    Tech Support Help Problem Solution Fix Fixed
    Kmye, Apr 16, 2008
  4. Kmye

    SG Guest


    Well if would have been nice to know which one worked, but what really
    matters is you got it fixed. I'll keep the link you provided and pass it
    along next time as well. Thanks for posting back and that link.

    All the best,

    Is your computer system ready for Vista?
    SG, Apr 16, 2008
  5. Kmye

    tommygun Guest


    I have a similar problem

    The selective startup can't be reversed to normal startup

    Nothing is checked in the boot tab of msconfig

    I had to restore to an image backup from before I went into selectiv
    startup to have the system start normally again

    Running msconfig as administrator didn't help as well

    Any help on how to fix this would be very much appreciated

    Thanks in advance
    tommygun, Jun 29, 2008
  6. Kmye

    Brink Guest

    Hi Tommy

    Method Two in this tutorial may help you

    Hope this helps


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Jun 29, 2008
  7. Kmye

    tommygun Guest

    Hi Shawn

    Thanks for the quick reply but if I change msconfig to anything els
    other than normal startup it can't be reversed

    I tried all I can think of but the only way to get the system back t
    normal startup is restore to an image backup because system restor
    won't work as well after getting into selective startup

    This all started a couple of days ago when I got an error message fro
    Windows saying that my Vista will expire in 14 days

    After contacting Microsoft support we figured out that it was becaus
    of the pre-release version of SP1 that I had installed

    So I uninstalled it and then installed the latest SP1 standalon
    version as I was advised by Microsoft and ended up with a lot o
    problems which I didn't had with the SP1 pre-release version

    One of them was the Windows Search Index which wasn't working anymor
    but I fixed this with the help of your tutorial and a few other mino
    things that I could handle myself and the activation issue was solved a

    Now I got everything kinda working as it should except this msconfi

    If you got an idea how I can get to the grounds of it would be nice

    Thanks again
    tommygun, Jun 29, 2008
  8. Kmye

    Brink Guest


    It is safe. You can reverse any changes made by making them an
    checking the same "Make all boot settings permanent" box again to appl
    them. I have done it several times and can confirm it



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Jun 29, 2008
  9. Kmye

    tommygun Guest

    ........the thing is that if I choose the selective startup and load
    only system services I can't undo that.

    After that I can start the system only with the system services.

    Even in selective startup mode with all services checked won't work

    I wouldn't mind to start in selective startup if I could do it with all
    services enabled but I can't not even with make all boot settings

    As I said system restore won't work after a selctive startup boot and I
    can get back to a normal startup only with a backup image restore.

    If you got another idea please let me know.......
    tommygun, Jun 30, 2008
  10. Kmye

    Brink Guest


    Since the above will not work for you, then I do not know what else t
    do other than what you suggested with the backup restore



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Jun 30, 2008
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