Boot from CD to do recovery console

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by MR, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. MR

    MR Guest

    Windows Xp home edition sp2 IE7-
    I have the original Cd's that came new with my system 4 year ago.
    In a huge effort to begin fixing some issues on my pc, I just aquired
    another.
    I was able to use my CD to get into the RConsole...Up until yest.

    When I turned on my pc this morning to start working in the RC, it went
    straight to the welcome screen.
    NOTE: I cant boot into safe, nor reg Windows mode. I dont even hear the CD
    spinning in its drive (laptop).
    It has always worked before so, I cant understand it too, failing on me.

    I think and hope that I can get into the BIOS (pressing F10) to 'force' the
    pc to use the CD by changing the boot order. That is the only thing I think
    I can do right now.
    But, inorder to do this, I want it to be reversable to boot normally
    afterwards. If this is possible, how can I do this sucessfully.
    PS. I am taking this one step at a time. For now, I need to do some work in
    the RC. If it works, I should be able to logon to Windows and begin my
    cleaning (malware)-
    PSS. I dont have a copy of the RC installed on my drive.
     
    MR, Dec 18, 2009
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  2. MR

    MR Guest

    Please note that I read here another post, and got my pc to boot (made
    changes in the BIOS)-
    My CD-ROM is still functioning so I dont know what will happen next time I
    restart my system.
    Note my safemode is not working or reg windows logon.
    Sorry for this post. But as far as booting from the CD making the changes, I
    have taken that step forward.
     
    MR, Dec 18, 2009
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  3. MR

    MEB Guest

    Uhm, if you have malware issues AND these seem to affect your ability
    to boot to Safe Mode or Recover Console you should look at alternative
    methods such as a Live Boot malware/AV CD or one of the Live Boot Linux
    compilations which can also be used for malware cleaning and other
    modifications within one of the NT OSs.
    The REASON for this suggestion is that whatever seems to be affecting
    the boot process has already been loaded once the XP SP2 system boots.

    What malware or virus are you attempting to remove?

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    MEB, Dec 18, 2009
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  4. From: "MR" <MR@MR_Furn.com>

    | Windows Xp home edition sp2 IE7-
    | I have the original Cd's that came new with my system 4 year ago.
    | In a huge effort to begin fixing some issues on my pc, I just aquired
    | another.
    | I was able to use my CD to get into the RConsole...Up until yest.

    | When I turned on my pc this morning to start working in the RC, it went
    | straight to the welcome screen.
    | NOTE: I cant boot into safe, nor reg Windows mode. I dont even hear the CD
    | spinning in its drive (laptop).
    | It has always worked before so, I cant understand it too, failing on me.

    | I think and hope that I can get into the BIOS (pressing F10) to 'force' the
    | pc to use the CD by changing the boot order. That is the only thing I think
    | I can do right now.
    | But, inorder to do this, I want it to be reversable to boot normally
    | afterwards. If this is possible, how can I do this sucessfully.
    | PS. I am taking this one step at a time. For now, I need to do some work in
    | the RC. If it works, I should be able to logon to Windows and begin my
    | cleaning (malware)-
    | PSS. I dont have a copy of the RC installed on my drive.


    Why aren't you running SP3 ?

    Why can't you just install the RC ?

    ...\i386\winnt32 /cmdcons
     
    David H. Lipman, Dec 18, 2009
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  5. MR

    Mees de Roo Guest

    Make sure to check the actual content of the boot.ini file. Edit it (if found)
    and force a safe mode:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833721
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022
    You would probably need a non-XP recovery/recue CD for that too.

    Mees
     
    Mees de Roo, Dec 18, 2009
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  6. MR

    SJ Guest

    You should be able to boot from the CD, and use F10 again to make your
    harddisk the default boot device. If you don't have a bootable CD in the
    drive, it will go to the next boot device.
    Depending on the manufacturer, you might be able to change the boot device
    temporarily. For Dell it is F12.

    Hope this help.

    Regards,
    SJ
     
    SJ, Dec 20, 2009
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  7. MR

    SJ Guest

    Sorry for the earlier message, I guess I didn't read the whole thread.
    Could you give me more information about the infection you have. Even if you
    are not able to boot into Safe Mode, it would still be possible to remove
    the infection. I should know, coz I do it almost every day.
     
    SJ, Dec 21, 2009
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  8. MR

    Daave Guest

    What is the make and model of your laptop? Some PCs allow you to hit a
    special key to reach a boot menu, which does not change the boot order
    from your BIOS.

    Then again, *anything* you do in the BIOS is reversible anyway. So if
    there is no boot menu key, enter the BIOS and simply change the boot
    order so it boots off the CD drive. You can always change it back. :)

    Actually some people prefer to always have the CD drive as the first
    boot device, just in case they ever need to quickly boot off a CD. And
    if there is no CD in the drive, the BIOS will simply boot off the next
    device in the list. So if the second device is the hard drive and if the
    CD tray is empty, you will booting off your hard drive as you normally
    do.
     
    Daave, Dec 24, 2009
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