I am trying to load a Virtualbox VM using a VHD file that was provided to me. The VHD contains an image for our dev environment on a Windows 7 OS. The wrinkle is that when I try to start up the VM, it gets stuck in a boot loop, never making it past the "Windows is loading files..." screen before automatically restarting.
My googling seems to indicate that the problem is the change in host CPU between me and whoever originally minted the image. The solution requires me to reboot the VM in safe mode and handle it from there, however I can't seem to figure out how. I have beat all the function keys like a madman hoping one would get me there, but that doesn't seem to do the trick. And, since I can't load at all, I can't mess with msconfig.
Any thoughts about how I could deal with the original VM boot problem or how to get into safe mode would be greatly appreciated.