Locked Out in Windows Safe Mode

A smiling dog sits at a table surrounded by fire saying, "This is fine."

So I was fiddling with my desktop system the other day trying to fix a problem, and I set my system boot options to reboot into safe mode. Unfortunately, I accidentally selected Safe Mode WITHOUT Networking, which meant I could no longer use the network to connect with Microsoft/Live account, which meant I couldn’t log in to my admin account at all! It just wouldn’t accept my password, and there was no option for a PIN. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get out of safe mode or turn on networking because I couldn’t log in! Microsoft, per usual, was absolutely no help. I found many others with this same problem, but no solutions.

I had a small moment of calm panic. Had I just completely locked myself out of my system? Was I going to have to reinstall the operating system? Continue reading “Locked Out in Windows Safe Mode”