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Starting Windows in Safe Mode

What is Safe Mode?:

Safe Mode is a feature that came with Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP Operating Systems. Typically, Safe Mode is used as a diagnostic tool. When the computer is booted to Safe Mode, only the bare minimum of resources are loaded. This is helpful in determining the cause of many problems.

<>Booting to Safe Mode:
  • Windows XP:
1. Start Windows XP
2. Once you hear the first beep during the startup process, begin tapping the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly until you receive an onscreen menu.
3. Select option #1. This should be Safe Mode

Alternately, if you are having troubles getting to Safe Mode using the above method, you can use the Microsoft Configuration Utility. Here's how:

1. Login as Administrator
2. Go to Start>> Run. Type in: msconfig [Enter] or click OK
3. Once in the Configuration Utility, select the BOOT.INI tab
4. Click the empty box next to the entry: /SAFEBOOT (a checkmark will now appear.
5. Click OK
6. Exit the Configuration Utility and restart your computer.

Your computer will now boot into Safe Mode each time that it is restarted. To reverse the process, simply follow the above instructions and uncheck the /SAFEBOOT entry.
  • Windows 98/ME:
1. Start Windows 98/ME
2. Once you hear the first beep during the startup process, begin tapping the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly until you receive an onscreen menu.
3. Select option #1. This should be Safe Mode

Alternately, if you are having troubles getting to Safe Mode using the above method, you can use the Microsoft Configuration Utility. Here's how:

1. Go to Start>> Run. Type in: msconfig [Enter] or click OK
2. Once in the Configuration Utility and while in the "General" settings area, click the "Advanced" button.
3. Once in the Advanced Troubleshooting Settings window, place a checkmark in the 'Enable Startup Menu' box.
4. Click OK and then OK again once the Configuration Utility reappears.
5. Exit the Configuration Utility and restart your computer.
6. When your Operating System restarts, you will now see a Startup Menu appear. Select Safe Mode from the menu and press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Windows 2000:
1. Start Windows 2000
2. Once you see a black and white Starting Windows bar at the lower portion of your screen, begin tapping the F8 key repeatedly until the Advanced Options menu appears.
3. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select the Safe Mode option and press Enter.

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