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Solved: Need help resetting Boot.INI in Safe Mode (with no display!)

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by IgnorantDemetri, Aug 14, 2011.

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  1. IgnorantDemetri

    IgnorantDemetri Thread Starter

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    So, I ran into an issue that I was told I needed to reboot in safe mode for. I'm using a laptop - and yes, the screen is broken. Nothing but a bright, shattered mess will display. I've been using an external monitor, and it never kicks in until Windows is ready for me to type my password at startup. As such, when trying to start in Safe Mode the traditional way - I could never see what I was doing. So, being oh so smart, I decided to start up regularly and then change boot.ini in msconfig so that the computer would automatically start in safe mode. I assumed that maybe the monitor would kick in after this happened.

    Dead wrong!

    So...now I'm stuck with the laptop always starting in Safe Mode...and I can't see a thing!. Hitting fn+the monitor key doesn't work at all.

    If I could please get someone to help me with the following, I think I can sort it out:

    I need to know exactly what the Windows 7 Start Menu looks like after hitting the windows key so I can know how many times to hit the up arrow to get to Search or whatever else I need to type "Msconfig" in, and then I need to know how many times to tab or arrow over in msconfig to access the boot.ini and then change it back to normal booting. I'd be doing it all blindly, but I know with the exact layout and the exact keystrokes I need, I can probably do it.

    If anyone could help lead the blind here, I'd be so appreciative. Or...if there's an easier way I'm being way too goofy to see, feel free to lay it out for me!

    This is a big big deal to me or I wouldn't be asking. Thank you so much to anyone that will be able to assist.

    PS - If you need to know, I'm using a meh inspiring Compaq/HP CQ60-417DX
     
  2. mel8again

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    Hit the windows key and the cursor on mine is already in the search box so type in msconfig and hit enter.
    The box pops up with the General tab and for me boot is right next door but the tab is down the General tab at Selective startup so I have to hit the tab button seven times to highlight the General tab. Now hit the right arrow key once to get to the Boot tab. The large box at the top reads Windows 7 (C:\Windows) : Current os;Default OS. Hitting tab button three times takes me to Safe boot with a button for Minimal, alternate shell, active directory repair and Network. Hitting the space bar will acivate (check mark in the box next to Safe boot) the option and use the down arrow to acivate one to three times to pick any of the options below Minimal. If you don't need anything in the Safe boot option the the fourth tab puts me on a new option called No GUI boot, the fifth tab gets Boot Log, sixth is Base video, seventh OS boot information, eight would be Timeout where you can type in the number of seconds (30 on mine) ninth is Make all boot setting permanent. Withe the exception of the number of seconds they all require hitting the spacebar to activate if desired. Hitting the tab key 12 times from the boot tab will take you to the apply box where you will hit the spacebar or enter key (I don't know because I don't want to change anything on mine). After clicking on Apply you can use the left arrow key twice to go to the OK button.
     
  3. IgnorantDemetri

    IgnorantDemetri Thread Starter

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    It worked! We did it, haha! Many thanks :)
     
  4. mel8again

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    Your welcome.
     
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