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msconfig boot settings sat to safe mode, forgot password

  1. #11

    Posts : 2
    Win 8.1/64

    Hi Saltgrass. I was relieved to find this forum, and your solution above. I had exactly the same problem. Unfortunately, having done the edit as above, I'm now able to sign in with my PIN, but Win8.1 remains on a blue screen with my "user icon" showing and never finishes opening. And I still have no network connection, which was turned off when I first activated Safe Mode. So Win8.1 is starting, and appears to be accepting my PIN (the dialog disappears when the final digit is typed), but then goes nowhere. I've been on this for about four hours now, and I'm starting to get desperate!

    Hoping you may have some further suggestions, and thanks in advance,


    New: Turns out I can't get back into command prompt. The system always reboots and asks for my unknown obsolete Windows password. These password requests don't provide an option to use my PIN. Worse yet, even trying to reinstall Windows claims that I've run the DVD from Windows, and tells me to continue the update from within Windows. But of course I can't get into windows.

    If I do a radical full install, will this wipe (or lock me out of) all the folders on all my drives? Or just those under my user account?

    Desperate times. All help very much appreciated.
    Last edited by fooney; 26 Oct 2014 at 15:44.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 2
    Win 8.1/64


    A long tale of woe and 10,000 reboots later, I've managed to get the thing to boot correctly and I no longer need assistance. The process, however, was utterly amazing in its circular illogic. Almost as appealing as a train wreck.

    Thanks to anyone who was about to reply.

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  3. #13

    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 pro

    Registered to thank you both. I'm running Windows 10 pro and mark safe boot from msconfig. But when rebooting it does not recognize the PIN, ending in a loop. This helped solve it, so thank you.
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  4. #14

    Hello Saltgrass,
    I have the same exact issue as Nahrga. Followed the steps recommended, but when I type bcdedit into the command prompt is says "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The requested system device cannot be found."

    What are my options?

    Up until I read this I thought the drive was locked due to lack of password. But if it worked for Nahrga without a password then it much be something else. I'm booting via install USB. Tried switching the USB slots and messed with bcdedit to figure it out, but still no go.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    You need to run bcdedit from an Administrative Command prompt. It will give that message if run from a normal command prompt.

    The original question was how to get out of Safe Boot mode. You have forgotten your password also? If you have it, use msconfig from Safe Mode to reset the normal boot mode. If you have lost it, you can try the instructions, but it does appear if you modify certain settings in the Boot Store, the system may require you to reset or reinstall the system. If you have no other options, I suppose that risk is acceptable.

    It is too bad something was done to help folks who use PINS and have forgotten their normal password. I have never tried so you might check to see if there is something in your Microsoft Account which would allow you to recover your password if you have your PIN. It may take another system to sign into that account, if it is even possible.
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  6. #16

    Hey Saltgrass,

    I ended up figuring it out. By accident actually. Once I disconnected my storage HDD, and left only my SSD with OS installed. the instructions you provided worked. I was able to boot into normal mode and use my pin to get back into my PC.
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  7. #17

    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 64Bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    OK, boot the media in the UEFI mode and get to the first screen where it ask you to select a language. Hit Shift+F10 and open a command prompt.

    Enter the command bcdedit and check the listing. The second grouping down, which is the Windows Boot Loader, should show the safeboot entry near the bottom. Make note of the identifier on that Loader, which will probably be {Default}.

    Now run the bcdedit command again as shown.

    bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot

    After the command completes, you should then be able to reboot back into Windows. See the listing below for an example. There may be some differences in your listing since I took the one below from inside Windows but just changed {current} to {default} which is how it shows when you boot to the install media. If you have any questions, please ask.


    Windows Boot Manager
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume5
    path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    integrityservices Enable
    default {current}
    resumeobject {93c4a0a2-40ee-11e3-845a-e199de5c7dd6}
    displayorder {current}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    identifier {default}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.efi
    description Windows 8.1
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {93c4a0a4-40ee-11e3-845a-e199de5c7dd6}
    integrityservices Enable
    recoveryenabled Yes
    isolatedcontext Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {93c4a0a2-40ee-11e3-845a-e199de5c7dd6}
    nx OptIn
    safeboot Minimal
    bootmenupolicy Standard

    X:\Sources>bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot
    The operation completed successfully.
    Just registered to say thanks buddy, worked, I already started to think which hard drive to format and what files to lose, but this is brilliant! <3
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