My girlfriends computer would not boot into safe mode so I went into run and typed in msconfig and changed the boot.ini to boot into safe mode. Well it still didn't boot into safe mode and now windows does not start up normally either. It goes to the option screen of how I would like it to boot (safe mode options/ last known good configuration/ start windows normally) but no matter which option I choose it just restarts and goes back to this screen in an endless loop. I have connected her hdd to my computer and made it the slave drive. My question is, is there anyway to access the boot.ini on her hdd and change it back t how it was before the way i have it set up right now? I have tried going to msconfig but only my hdd shows up. Also my hdd is connected via sata and hers is ide, don't know if that makes a difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks =) thanks for the help rf6647 can you help me out a little more and tell me how I can edit the file on the slave drive or the other way you mentioned thanks I don't have the recovery disk is there any other way? Or am I able to get one through Microsoft?