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XP wont start in safe mode

By fonebone10
Dec 31, 2006
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  1. HI, I use XP Pro, but whenever I start in safe mode, The login screen is always completely blank! I can't login. Any ideas?

    Also, I do not wish to download or reinstall windows
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Why are you starting in Safe Mode?
    How do you know for sure you are going to safe mode... e.g. how are you trying to startup in safe mode? What keys are you pressing?
    What is the brand and model of computer?
  3. fonebone10

    fonebone10 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    RE that reply

    I press F8 repeatedly
    It's a Dell Inspiron, Laptop
    School computer, but I'm a teacher
    GO down to safe mode
    I know it's safe mode b/c it says safe mode around the screen before the login menu
    I am doing this to get change the admin password b/c I forgot it.

    PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO DO THIS!!!!!!
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    You will not gain access to Safe Mode if your machine requires an administrative passoword. Safemode does not bypass security.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    In some cases yes it does. Most people don't access their adminastrative account in Xp because it doesn't even show up unless they're in safe mode. When you log into that, you can edit or remove any password of your choice. It's almost like a loophole in Xp. I only know this to work with Xp Home Edition though.
  6. fonebone10

    fonebone10 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Never mind

    Never mind!
    Thanks for all your help though
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