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    I have a Windows 2008 Standard server that had completed some windows updates and needed a reboot.
    It now won't reboot. I get the classic Windows blue screen of death.
    I can only get to Safe Mode (Not Safe mode with Networking)
    However, I am unable to login using servername\administrator. It says the password is incorrect.
    I purchased a password tool called Windows Password Unlocker 4.0 which seemed quite good. It found the local administrator and allowed me to reset the password. (i'm assuming to blank) but i still can't login.

    I suspect this may not let me login as the password doesn't meet the complexity requirements????? Thats a guess though....

    I then thought i would try a 'change' the password so it meets the complexity requirements, so i tried the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD tool. This toold won't allow me to change the password either. When i try to change the password it says the password is already blank, try logging on with no password.
    Still not working.

    Any other ideas as to why i cannot get it?

    Any help is much appreciated