Override boot.ini settings?

January 20, 2011 at 21:53:09
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I accidentally changed boot.ini to log in to safe mode to try and solve a Trojan issue. But I don't have the administrator password apparently. Is there a way to override this setting in BIOS or in the Windows Advanced Options menu so I can log in using my regular username and password?

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#1
January 20, 2011 at 22:23:36
"But I don't have the administrator password apparently."

If you mean the (Windows) Administrator user that's in Safe mode on the Logon screen, usually there is no password - just click on Administrator and press Enter. The bios has nothing to do with that.
If that works, Start - Run - type: msconfig , press Enter, select the Boot.ini tab, click on the box beside /SAFEBOOT to remove the checkmark - there is no checkmark on any box there by default - click on OK at the bottom of the window.
Restart the computer, boot normally.

When you want to go into Safe mode, press F8 repeatedly while booting, do not hold down the key, and when the boot choices menu appears, select Safe mode, or Safe mode with networking.

If you mean a laptop bios Setup's Administrator password, why don't you know it ?
It CANNOT be easily removed.

If you mean a desktop bios Setup's Administrator password, when the AC power has been removed to the case,
- remove the mboard's cmos battery from the mboard for a few seconds, install it again, making sure the + on it's top is where you can see it,
- or - move the clear cmos jumper on the mboard to it's clear position, move it back after a few seconds. In either case, you will get a "cmos checksum error" or similar when you boot after that - you need to set the date and time in the bios Setup, save settings.



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#2
January 20, 2011 at 23:43:44
Inregardes 2 Tubesandwire,post of 01/20/11..OVERRIDE BOOT INI SETTINGS"If you meana laptop bios Setups Administrator password.Why don't you know it?"Well that's the problem I am haveing at the present.With an HP DV4000.I don't no it eather.But only because.The person whom I perchused,this mechine from.Didn't no it eather.But the condiction of the lptp 4 the priced it was offered.Made the transaction worth while.Although the machine has been tweeked on pretty heveally.I don't beleave it 2 B stollen.If I find it 2 be.I will gladly return it.2 its rightful owener.But only after I have learned haw 2 fix the password problem.Thoughe I have read posts.Sugjesting replaceing the hrdv.This is no soluation.As the bios password is imbeded in the chipset.& not in a shadowed cashae on the hard drive.But I am sure there is a way .To clear the cmos.Without flashing the BIOS.However I no there is a way 4 any tech inclined person to do this.WITHOUT haveing 2 send it 2 the computer company.So it U could derect me,2 any leads.I would I would B greatful.Many thanks
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#3
January 21, 2011 at 06:16:53
O-keeDoke please post your own thread so your issue can be addressed.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
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#4
January 21, 2011 at 06:31:36
Unfortunately this was a university-issued laptop I received while I was a student in college and I do not know that admin password. I have already tried leaving it blank ( as well as any other password I think I've ever used in my entire life).

Is there any way to override the boot.ini settings without actually being able to log into windows? My regular username/password works fine, but I can't use it because I'm being forced into safe mode log in screen due to the boot.ini settings that i (stupidly) changed.


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#5
January 21, 2011 at 07:14:05
It's looking more and more like I may just have to do a reload. If I want to back up my data before doing so, would a device like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182221) allow me to remove the harddrive and access it from another computer? I wasn't sure if any harddrive would fit in that slot - I have a T61 thinkpad.

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January 21, 2011 at 07:47:48
Invisiblelove

"My regular username/password works fine, but I can't use it because I'm being forced into safe mode log in screen due to the boot.ini settings that i (stupidly) changed."

If your user has administrator rights, you can log into your own user name at the Safe mode screen, then you will be allowed do this....

Start - Run - type: msconfig , press Enter, select the Boot.ini tab, click on the box beside /SAFEBOOT to remove the checkmark - there is no checkmark on any box there by default - click on OK at the bottom of the window.
Restart the computer - it will boot normally.
.......

The device you pointed to is for laptop (2.5") or desktop (3.5") hard drives that have SATA data and power connectors.

All conventional laptop (2.5") hard drives are the same physical size, but your hard drive may have IDE (a.k.a. EIDE, PATA) data and power connectors. If that's your case, you need something similar you can connect a 2.5" IDE drive to.

You probably don't need to buy such a device off the web. If you live in a reasonably sized location, local places that have lots of computer related pieces probably already have something suitable.


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#7
January 21, 2011 at 08:07:19
I've tried logging in with my regular username and password, but I guess that username doesn't have administrator rights. I'm guessing there isn't a way to give my username administrator rights in Advanced Windows Options or BIOS?

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#8
January 21, 2011 at 08:39:07
Okee-Doke

"...bios Setups Administrator password.Why don't you know it?"Well that's the problem I am haveing at the present.With an HP DV4000.I don't no it eather.But only because.The person whom I perchused,this mechine from.Didn't no it eather."

If that person does not know a system access password - you must enter it to use the laptop at all - or a hard drive access password - you must enter it to access the hard drive - then the laptop IS PROBABLY STOLEN !
You don't forget a password you have to use every time you use the computer unless you have serious mental problems !

"I don't beleave it 2 B stollen.If I find it 2 be.I will gladly return it.2 its rightful owener."

Good luck, but whoever it was may be long gone, or will not take it back.

There are illegitimate ways of removing laptop access passwords, but the rules of this web site forbid us from telling you about those.

Removing passwords on modern laptops is difficult or impossible, unless you are the original owner and can prove it, or unless you are willing to spend money to have an expert remove the passwords, or you are willing to spend money to replace the mboard, and the hard drive if the hard drive is passworded.

If it's ONLY a password to access the bios Setup , if your problem is you can't boot the computer with a device because of the way the Boot Order or similar settings are set in the bios, on most brand name computers, there is a prompt that appears on the screen while booting "Press xxx to select boot device." or similar - you just press the stated key while that text is on the screen and select a device to boot from.

There are probably hundreds of Topics on this web site alone where someone wants to remove a bios set password from a laptop.

E.g. a couple I've answered...

see response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

see response 3:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#9
January 21, 2011 at 08:49:48
Invisiblelove

That doesn't make sense.
The same password for a particular user works whether you are booting normally or you're booting into Safe mode.

If you DO normally have to enter a password when you logon to your own user, and if that worked when you booted normally, then you did something wrong at the Safe mode Logon screen .

Windows passwords are case sensitive - whether the letters or other characters you type are upper or lower case has to be right. Also, if you normally do NOT have Caps lock enabled when you enter the password, or if you DO normally have Caps lock enabled when you enter the password, you must do the same thing when you logon at the Safe mode screen, otherwise the case of the characters will be opposite to what you intended.

If your own user does not have administrator rights, then you should not have been allowed to set the computer to boot into Safe mode in the first place.


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