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Forgot Password and stuck in safe mode startup

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#1 jlinno


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 03:44 PM

After an update to Windows 10 I started getting "invalid register key" errors with every open.  I restored a previous registry value prior to the last update and still go the error.  Instructed to boot up in safe mode but as I logon using my microsoft account, safe mode does not open wifi connection and the password cannot be verified.  At least I think that is what is happening as I reset my microsoft account password using another computer and it is still refusing the password on the windows 10 machine.


Is there anyway around the password request and get the computer to boot up in regular mode?

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#2 britechguy


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 03:53 PM

Password verification on a Windows 10 machine doesn't require an internet connection.  If you've updated your password on your Microsoft account it will be updated on your computer when it has had a connection to the internet at startup to do so.   If you updated your password on your Microsoft account but have not had any internet connection from your computer, even once, since having done so your local password will remain whatever it had been until the information Microsoft has on you in the cloud (your new password) can be synchronized to your computer.


You can verify this by disabling your WiFi and making sure that you're not connected by wire, then shutting down your machine and using a completely different machine to update your Microsoft account.  If the machine on which you've disabled WiFi and on which you have no wired connection is restarted the password you will have to enter to log in is not your updated one, but the last one it knew of.

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