Windows 7 can't login as administrator

I made a big boo-boo. I was trying to boot to safe mode on WIN7, but it ignored the holding down the F8. So, I ran msconfig and checked to boot into safe mode. Once there, I tried doing things requiring administrator priv, but none of the passwords I tried worked. Also, without changing the msconfig setting back to not always boot in safe mode, I always boot in safe. Of course, running msconfig requires administrator privilege ... which I cannot get to.

How to I recover from this?
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Try this.  You might be able to reset the password and be able to straighten it out.

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
There are a bunch of Local Admin password tools to reset the local admin password on Windows. THe linke below outlines a bunch.

Reset Local Admin Password

I apologize for asking a dumb question, but did you try a blank password and the username administrator?  If that doesn't work you can use hiren's boot disk to reset the password.
Or this

Note you skip the first few paragraphs to get to the Win 7 section.

Are you saying you cannot get to the Boot tab in msconfig to change the Safe Mode setting?  How did you get into msconfig in the first place if you do not have Admin privileges?
MarkAuthor Commented:
How did you get into msconfig in the first place if you do not have Admin privileges?
Good question. I got into msconfig as a domain user with Admin priv, but after rebooting into safe mode this same user account no longer had admin priv. Nor did the domain administrator login work. And of course, I couldn't reboot back to normal mode because safe mode was set in msconfig! I should have verified the local machine admin user and PW before messing.

Nevertheless, problem solved. I did have an older version of the CD from ScottCha's link, but the newer version worked just fine.
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