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    Default How to start in safe mode

    This can sound as a newbie question, but I can't managed how to start Windows in safe mode.

    When I turn on my machine it loads, show F2 for SETUP and F12 for BOOT and them loads Windows logo and show the login screen. Thats all!

    My BIOS is 105B and the SO is Windows XP SP2.

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    Default Re: How to start in safe mode

    Have you tried F8?
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    Default Re: How to start in safe mode

    press F8 continuously after the initial BIOS load up finishes... then if it worked, a list to 'boot normally', 'boot safe mode' etc. etc. should pop up. You computer may beep angrily at you.

    I am pulling this from memory, and haven't done it in a while, so correct me if im wrong please.

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    Default Re: How to start in safe mode

    F8 is the key you're looking for.

    You can also change your boot.ini to look something like this:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

    It's a nice option when you can't hit F8 quite quickly enough.
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    Default Re: How to start in safe mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Atook View Post
    F8 is the key you're looking for.

    You can also change your boot.ini to look something like this:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

    It's a nice option when you can't hit F8 quite quickly enough.
    Good advice.

    Here are some other ones beside the safe mode with command prompt

    Mode: Safe Mode
    Switch: /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog /noguiboot
    Mode: Safe Mode with Networking
    Switch: /safeboot:network /sos /bootlog /noguiboot
    FYI the boot.ini is located in MSCONFIG(start-Run-"msconfig"(without quotes)-boot.ini tab)
    Latitude D410. 6 years old notebook that did not have a built-in optical drive when built.

 

 

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