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  • I cannot login to Vista, even in safe mode. To remedy the issue I need to run msconfig from the recovery command prompt. However, I'm alerted that I don't have enough privileges to do so. How do I use the recovery command prompt as an admin? Thanks.
    Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:46 PM

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    Hi,

     

    Is the “recovery command prompt” you mentioned Command Prompt in WinRE or Safe Mode with Command prompt?

     

    How do you enter the “recovery command prompt”? Please let me know the detailed steps.

     

    What’s the symptoms when logging on Windows Vista (in Normal Mode and Safe Mode)?

     

    In addition, please let me know the exact wording of the error message when you launch msconfig.

     

    Usually we can try the following methods to troubleshoot startup issues in Windows Vista.

     

    Method 1: Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

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    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press any key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, time, currency, and a keyboard or input method. Then click Next. 

    4. Click Repair your computer. 

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next. 

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.

     

    Method 2: Rebuild BCD

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    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press any key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, time, currency, and a keyboard or another input method. Then click Next. 

    4. Click Repair your computer. 

    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next. 

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt. 

    7. Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd, and then press ENTER. 

     

    Method 3: Use Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to run System Restore

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    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press any key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, time, currency, and a keyboard or input method. Then click Next. 

    4. Click Repair your computer. 

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next 

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore.

    7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instructions and choose the appropriate restore point.

    8. Click Finish to restore the system.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Friday, February 6, 2009 2:54 AM
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