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msconfig boot settings sat to safe mode, forgot password

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1

    msconfig boot settings sat to safe mode, forgot password


    Hello there, I really need help here..

    I've booted into safe mode in windows 8.1 by setting the safe mode option in msconfig..

    However, when I booted into safemode i realized that I've forgot my password because i usually use a pincode.

    How to I get it out of safe boot again? - I've tried to access command prompt, but everything needs that password.

    Please help, is there any way to force it to boot up normally again? ;(

    - Thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    When it reboots into normal mode, won't you still need the password?

    Do you have the ability to boot into the recovery environment using the install media and not recovery media?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    When it reboots into normal mode, won't you still need the password?

    Do you have the ability to boot into the recovery environment using the install media and not recovery media?
    If I boot into normal mode I can login with my pincode. I've also reset and changed the password from Microsoft's homepage, so if I could get my PC to connect and update the known password, it could also work.

    I can't boot into any kind of recovery, because it will still ask for my password :/
    - By install media, do you mean a windows disk?
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yes, a Windows install DVD or flash drive. It will not ask for a password.

    Someone else may know how to work with the pincode, use a local account with just a password.

    Have you given some thought as to what your password might be if you used something other than the Microsoft account password?

    This probably has no effect in Safe Mode...
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Yes, a Windows install DVD or flash drive. It will not ask for a password.

    Someone else may know how to work with the pincode, use a local account with just a password.

    Have you given some thought as to what your password might be if you used something other than the Microsoft account password?

    This probably has no effect in Safe Mode...
    I have a Windows 8 disk at home, but I'll not be home before tomorrow.

    A local account?

    I've tried around 100 different passwords now, I'm ready to give up on that front :/
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you don't remember the password, try just hitting enter without entering any password.

    The only way I know of to remove the safeboot option in your circumstance is to boot to the Install Media and run a BCDedit command. I just did it on my system so if you end up doing that way, we can explain how. I think an 8 or 8.1 media would work, but not sure if a Windows 7 one would, might not be worth taking the chance.

    No one in your current location has an install DVD or flash drive?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    If you don't remember the password, try just hitting enter without entering any password.

    The only way I know of to remove the safeboot option in your circumstance is to boot to the Install Media and run a BCDedit command. I just did it on my system so if you end up doing that way, we can explain how. I think an 8 or 8.1 media would work, but not sure if a Windows 7 one would, might not be worth taking the chance.

    No one in your current location has an install DVD or flash drive?
    No one at my current location got a DVD, so I'll just wait for tomorrow I guess.

    It's a Windows 8 disc i got, hopefully it doesn't have to be a 8.1 disc :/

    How do I run that BCDedit command? Is it by using command prompt from the Install Media? If so, what are the commands?
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    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.

    X:\Sources>bcdedit

    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.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    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.

    X:\Sources>bcdedit

    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.
    Thanks!! It worked
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Glad it worked.

    The info below is only for anyone thinking about using the same process. My assumption may not be correct, so it could be related to just my particular install.

    This morning, the machine I ran the process on came up as unactivated with an error about the allowed number of Unlocks being exceeded. I had to call Microsoft and do the voice thing to re-activate, which was no problem. So possibly the process left some type of flag in the system and caused the situation. Since the install is only about two weeks old, I doubt the error represented a real situation.
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