Is it possible to reinstall Windows using safe mode command prompt?

by on June 19, 2013

Q: I am trying to reinstall windows by launching through safemode command prompt because no other mode works anymore. the pc is infected with some virus that white outs your screen after startup. safemode and safemode with networking also get the white screen.

can anyone tell me if this is even possible, and if so, how do i go about doing that?

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    You actually don’t need to even do that. Assuming you’re using a Windows Installation CD/DVD, you can boot directly to that even if your harddrive was blank!

    Alternatively, if your computer was from a major manufacturer such as Dell or HP, you may be able to restore your system without a disk.

    Make sure you read this whole post before trying anything:

    For a reinstall using a Windows Install Disk here is all you need to do:

    1. Insert the Windows Installation Disk
    2. Reboot your computer
    3. Watch for a prompt that says, “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD” (or something like that

    If you don’t get that, and it goes right to your goofed up Windows Install, don’t fret!

    Reboot again and enter your BIOS, this is that very first screen you see before Windows Starts up. You’ll probably see a prompt for pressing F2 or DEL to enter Setup. Sometimes it’s a different key, regardless press that key to enter the BIOS for your computer.

    In here you’ll need to look around for something called the ‘BOOT Order’. This tells the computer the order to search each drive for an operating system. We want it to look at your CD/DVD Drive first. Once you find this section in your BIOS adjust it so that your CD/DVD drive is ahead of the HardDrive on your list.

    Then save changes, reboot and try again.

    If that doesn’t work, or if the DVD drive was already infront of your harddrive on the boot list, your Windows Install DVD isn’t bootable. Make sure you’re using an Authentic Windows Install Disk or correct System Restore disks from your system provider.

    If you’re computer doesn’t have restore disks, and instead has a built in restore partition (common on Dell, HP and PCs from other major manufacturers) :

    Put Simply, you’ll need to check the support guide for your specific make and model of computer, the instructions for this vary. Just jump on your manufacturer’s support website and look for your computer’s Factory Restore instructions.