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I set msconfig to boot in safe mode and now I am having problems with this lappy booting.

Seems after you do a repair on the OS it wants to boot into normal mode for setup to continue

problem is, I cant change it to boot normally

is there a way to get into msconfig without booting into windows?

like a command line or something like that during boot or using the OS cd
    
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Usually a repair install will go through the setup routine and ask for serial number etc before booting back into Windows normally. Are you sure your being patient enough?
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I have never had a repair ask me for the key before.

I went through the repair console, also the "repair the existing windows"
    
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Hmm, wonder if OEM repairs are differen't then. I just repaired the main drive in an array last week and it asked me for the SN.
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yeah thats got to be it, these are OEM discs

still doesnt fix my problem though
    
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Well you can use ERD Commander (like a Linux Live CD) and use the registry editor within to remove entries from MSCONFIG. If you need to change options that are within the tabs on MSCONFIG
I would bet there is a way to do it using the correct path in the registry.
ERD Commander: http://www.fullandfree.info/software...ommander-2005/
If you are not familiar you need to burn the image of ERD Commander to a CD and boot your PC from it. It will bring you to a Windows environment with troubleshooting tools available in the start menu.


To Remove Entries:
The enabled (checked) items can be present in any of the following registry entries:
[HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion \\Run]
[HKCU\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion \\Run]

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[HKCU\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Windows]
In the right window pane, the value named Run (REG_SZ Run can be set to launch an application at startup e.g. "notepad.exe") This is not present by default, unless you've added the value manually.

Expand the "Location" column in the Startup tab to determine the exact location of the command.

The disabled (unchecked) entries are present in any of the following locations:
[HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Shared Tools\\MSConfig\\startupreg]
[HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\SharedTools\\MSConfig\\ startupfolder]

Quoted from: http://www.zappersoftware.com/Help/how-to-msconfig.html
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ERD isnt freeware...sounds like a killer app but of course, M$ bought them.

I am still stuck on this lappy right now, does anyone know of something that is like ERD but free?
    
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