Why do I see Chinese symbols when my PC boots into Safe Mode?

Scott Wargo February 11, 2013
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I get Chinese symbols at boot and when I go into safe mode. I am using Windows 7 – why is this?

  1. ha14
    February 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Download Autoruns for Windows
    check for strange entries


    you can use CCleaner to check startup items
    look this thread and check if you have similar characters in startup section.

    look at this registry key

  2. Muo TechGuy
    February 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Are you sure they're actually Chinese, or are they just nonsense characters - geometric shapes like squares and such? If it's just nonsense, it would suggest a corrupted boot partition or Windows install. I don't know of any virus that changes your core system language to Chinese; unless your computer was Chinese to begin with and the Windows language was changed to English upon sale in the US? Is this a brand name PC, or something cheap from China? Have you tried running Windows repair from the install disk? Can you give some more details about the error - is it a blue screen, or is it actually going into the windows desktop?

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      February 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

      As rightly pointed out, can be due to corrupted boot partition or Windows install. Also can happen due to corrupted video drivers (have you updated your video graphics driver via windows update), or a loose memory card or dirt on them. It is worth a try to open the cabinet and dust of the dirt inside and take out the memory card and dust off all residue particles and fit it back in snugly. My neighbor used to face the same problem, and I noticed that the hardware engineer came and cleaned up the memory card and fitted it back tightly, and that resolved his problem. Worth a try.