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Windows Login/Safe Mode loop of Death

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jsmith0258, Jul 3, 2007.

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  1. Jsmith0258

    Jsmith0258 Thread Starter

    Jul 3, 2007
    I'm not gonna lie to you guys, this is all going down on a computer that is not mine, I'm at work and I'm at a loss of what to do, so any and all help you can give me is VERY appreciated. I'm really worried about this one.

    So I was doing some admin stuff on a computer installing a program, but it was having trouble so the guide that I was reffered to told me to boot up in safe mode. Against my better judgement I did it the way it said instead of the way I was familiar with ( F8 ). The way it told me how to do it was to go into msconfig and check the box for safe mode. I think that actually modifies the system.inf or whatever the file is.

    Now... the problem is that this is a computer on a network, and network users are the only people who log onto it. In the past I've tried to log into it using safe mode and everytime my logins won't work and I just restart and choose "safemode with networking" which works great.

    The problem is that now it automatically goes to just regular "minimum safe mode" no matter what I do, restart/turn off/choose a different option under F8. I've also tried to guess some local usernames/password (administrator, admin, user, guest for the username spot, for the password spot variation of the word password, the same word typed again, or just leaving password blank) but none of them have worked. If I could figure out one of these we could probably get it to go, but I don't know if anyone has even logged into this one locally in years.

    Now that's pretty scary to begin with but on top of that the laptop doesn't have a floppy or CD drive. This is not good... There is valuable information on this laptop, in fact it's the laptop of my boss. Needless to say I'm a little stressed, your quick responses are very appreciated! A young new to the job IT guys appreciates your help!

    Running Windops XP Tablet PC Edition SP2

    Let me know any other information you guys need.Thanks!
  2. tony007

    tony007 Banned

    Jun 17, 2005
    You will have to uncheck the box in msconfig but its actually in boot ini click on boot ini and uncheck safe mode.
  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    Why don't you ask your boss for the password or have him key it in? It is against TSG rules for us to help with this.
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