get into safemode without user credential

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi,

I got a serious problem here. I have set the boot options to "safe mode" via system configuration utility (or msconfig) without knowing the username and password to log in. Is there any way of undoing it all? coz i can't get it to load up windows XP Pro.

Thank you in advance
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I don't understand something. How did you run msconfig in the first place if you didn't have the user name and password? Who's machine is it?
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Thank you for your reply.

The workstation is connected to the server and is joined to our domain server. The way i usually login in the Windows environment is by entering my user credential created in the server and I am in. So the machine belongs to our office and publicly used by any staffs.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
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If I understand you correctly you need the local password. That's in the SAM file and the SAM file is in 2 locations on the system drive.

I never tried it but as far as I know, there are 2 ways to do it. One is to reset the password by using the utility at:
http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

and the other is to put the HD in a USB enclosure and connect it to another PC. Delete the SAM file in both locations.

As I said, I've never needed to do either of those, so try it at your own risk.

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