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Can't Login Into Safe Mode


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#1 zutter

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 08:04 PM

I reset my msconf to automatically reboot in safe mode and now my username and password, that normally works to get me into Windows, does not work for safe mode. Furthermore, I cannot change the settings back to normal when I press F8 at the beginning of rebooting my Windows XP software. I have tried to use the boot disk software that I recieved off of this web site, but I cannot get onto the C drive to change Boot.ini to a different name and login to Windows normally. The boot disk software puts me into MS-DOS, but it shows A:\> instead of C:\>. How can I get into my C drive from my A drive??

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 08:12 PM

I think the command you should type is cd C:\.

Edited by MadDawg, 03 October 2007 - 08:12 PM.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 08:42 PM

that command prompt - cd C:\ - did not work. Got any other suggestions.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 11:09 AM

Using MSConfig to access (force) safe mode can be problematic when there is malware on your system and can make your computer unusable. Some types of malware can delete or alter the safeboot key in the registry resulting in the inability to reboot into safe mode. If you use the /Safeboot option on the Boot.ini Tab to force safe mode when booting into safe mode with the F8 key does not work, it could have disastrous results. The Safeboot option modifies the Boot.ini file and you may be locked in a continuous reboot loop afterwards where you cannot get back to MSConfig and undo your selection.

Try using System Restore to return to a previous state before your problems began.

If that does not resolve the problem, download SafeBootKeyRepair.exe by sUBs and save to your desktop.
  • Double-click on it and follow the instructions.
  • When finished, reboot and see if you can access safe mode.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 11:11 AM

If it puts your at A:> just type c: and press enter to get to your c drive




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