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14-Jun-2006, 01:01 PM #1
How to go in Safe Mode on Windows XP2?
Is it F8, F9, or F10? I cant remember....


And what are the steps to get there?


I used to be able to go in Safe Mode all the time, but now having trouble...i dunno...help
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14-Jun-2006, 01:09 PM #2
anyone?
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14-Jun-2006, 01:11 PM #3
Try Tapping F8 before windows splash screen. With the arrow keys select safe mode and hit enter.
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14-Jun-2006, 02:35 PM #4
yep it's F8
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17-Jun-2006, 06:59 PM #5
Not always depends - mine is F1 to get into safe mode
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17-Jun-2006, 07:03 PM #6
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Not always depends - mine is F1 to get into safe mode
What windows are you running? Ever since I first entered safe mode (win98) it has always been F8. I have never heard of using F1. Are you sure that you arent going to your bios?
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17-Jun-2006, 07:05 PM #7
My last 3 Asus boards have been F5. It is all in what the bios is programmed for. You would think that the major players could at least agree on certain things like "delete to enter setup" and "F8 to enter safe mode". Maybe even "F5 for boot menu"?

No way, they all gotta be different.
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17-Jun-2006, 07:07 PM #8
Safe mode is a function of the OS not the mobo - F8
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17-Jun-2006, 07:09 PM #9
its all to do with your mb just try each 1 and they are all for safe mode it has nothing to do with windows
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17-Jun-2006, 07:18 PM #10
correct - but it has to do with the mobo as mine is f1 to enter safe mode and others are different also
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17-Jun-2006, 07:59 PM #11
How to go into Safe Mode on Windows XP2
I got tired of tapping the F1 key at the right time to get into safe mode, (plus sometimes I couldn't remember which key to tap), so I added "Safe Mode" to my boot.ini. This involves editing the boot.ini, so if you don't feel comfortable editing the boot.ini, don't. If you do edit this file, make a backup copy of the original boot.ini in case something goes wrong.

My original boot.ini reflected the following:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

My modified boot.ini now reflects the following:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition safemode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

By adding the line:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition safemode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

to the original boot.ini, each time I boot up a boot screen appears allowing me to use the up and down arrow keys to either enter XP Home or Safe Mode. Makes life a little easier.

No more tapping keys at the right time, or having to remember which key to tap!
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17-Jun-2006, 08:02 PM #12
I got tired of tapping the F1 key at the right time to get into safe mode, (plus sometimes I couldn't remember which key to tap), so I added "Safe Mode" to my boot.ini. This involves editing the boot.ini, so if you don't feel comfortable editing the boot.ini, don't. If you do edit this file, make a backup copy of the original boot.ini in case something goes wrong. Editing can be done with Notepad, I use Metapad.

My original boot.ini reflected the following:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

My modified boot.ini now reflects the following:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition safemode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

By adding the line:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition safemode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

to the original boot.ini, each time I boot up a boot screen appears allowing me to use the up and down arrow keys to either enter XP Home or Safe Mode. Makes life a little easier.

No more tapping keys at the right time, or having to remember which key to tap!
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17-Jun-2006, 08:06 PM #13
How to go in Safe Mode on Windows XP2?
Sorry, don't know how I got 2 posts here, tapping too many keys again I guess.
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