Can't log on in safe mode, won't boot normal

April 19, 2011 at 18:10:12
Specs: Windows XP Pro, core2 duo
I was having trouble with a root kit (I think) so wanted to boot into safe mode to try running MBAM, because wouldn't open in normal mode. Couldn't get F8 to work so changed the Boot.ini to safeboot minimal and now it boots to safe mode. Problem is it doesn't recognize my password and so can't log in in safe mode, but can't boot to normal mode either. It will only boot to safe mode now. Running XP pro.

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April 19, 2011 at 20:51:22
When you go to Safe Mode, is there an Administrator account which does not show when you start your computer on normal mode? This account has no password by default, and hopefully it is still using default settings.

If you can see the Administrator account, try the following:

Go to Start > Run
Type the following command into the Run box: control userpasswords2
Click OK
Select the account with the problem
Click on the Change/Reset Password option
Type a new password in the box
Confirm the new password when asked
Click OK

Hopefully, you can reenter msconfig and change from booting in Safe Mode/Minimal back to booting in Normal Mode.

Restart computer and see if it works

Let us know.

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April 20, 2011 at 06:01:46
No it doesn't show an admin account. tried typing in admin and didn't work either. I also tried using Recovery Console as well in an attempt to repair / replace the boot.ini but that gets me a BSOD. The bsod mentions pci.sys

Thanks for the thoughts and help.

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April 20, 2011 at 08:21:25
Hmmmmm...looks like pci.sys functions as an NT Plug 'n Play PCI-enumerator.

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April 20, 2011 at 08:36:09
Here is something to look at:

Offline NT Password and Registry Editor:

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April 20, 2011 at 08:57:47
Another thought...

There is an Emergency Rescue CD (DrWeb Live CD) where you download the ISO and burn to a CD, and can be used to edit files with the file manager Midnight Commander. It is a Linux interphase, but is also used to 'Rescue' certain Windows circumstances.

I have used this Rescue CD, and can dig up the instructions if you want to give it a whirl. It is an interesting operation.

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