Windows installer will not work under Safe Mode, this means that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled in safe mode without giving a specific command using msiexec in command prompt.
If U have to make windows installer to work under safe mode it is necessary to create a registry entry for every type of safe mode you are login into:
1. First go to safe mode by pressing F8 key at the time of booting, it shows several options….
2. Select Safe Mode Without Network and there is some lists gone on the screen now it asks for display related q, just click Yes button and log in as Administrator !
Now Start > Run > type CMD, it takes u to command prompt (like DOS env)
Type this in a command prompt:
REG ADD “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\ MSIServer”/VE/T REG_SZ /F/D”Service”
Now again type : net start msiserver
This will start the Windows Installer Service in safe mode.
Now ur second q:
See autorun.inf and desktop.ini these two r commonly seen most of in folders. Actually autorun.inf is for automatically stats any 3rd party SW. U may also observe when u install any application SW, in that CD, there is a file has the same name. that means, the setup will start automatically when u insert the CD into CD-ROM Drive. The programmers also make a virus programme called “autorun.inf” to confuse the users.
If you are a victim of this virus:
1. U can’t enable Show Hidden Files and Folders
2. Task Manager will be disabled
3. Autorun.inf can enable more viruses when portable devices are used
4. Access to Registry Editor will be locked
So, remove “autorun.inf” file, u can try this ….
Open Command Line (CMD) as I told earlier in this answer, and type :
del /a:rhs [driveletter]:autorun.inf (Replace [driveletter] with your Drive Letter or mention here the path of the folder where u seen this virus), for eg. if u seen this in D drive in xyz folder then it should be : del /a:rhs d:\xyz\autorun.inf
And now restart the computer !
OR there is a another method to remove it…. Simply download the fiel Autorun Eater 2.5 and run this Anti-Virus, it will completely clean all “Autorun.inf” files. Don’t worry it is absolutely free.
AND if u want to reinstall Windows XP then link to this :
Windows XP corruption
Hope it will help u ! and if u have probs please let me know.