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Can't Get Into Safe Mode

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by leanne.s, Oct 1, 2008.

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  1. leanne.s

    leanne.s Thread Starter

    Oct 1, 2008
    Hello! I am trying to get my computer into safe mode but when I press f8 and the option comes up, the arrow cursors don't work for me to move the selection up to "Safe Mode". I made sure my keyboard was plugged in (obviously pressing f8 worked). Is there anyway to start automatically in safe mode without having to select it? Also: is there any reason for this to be happening?


  2. mt2002


    Sep 14, 2005
    If you can log into Windows (or access its files through another method, such as slaving the drive) you can edit the C:\boot.ini file to automatically boot in safe mode.

    Just, at the end of the line with your operating system listed, add "/safe" and save boot.ini. Reboot and it should boot in safe mode automatically.

    If you are unable to do this, there may be other methods that you can try if you describe the problem a little more :)

    If you have a USB keyboard, that may be the cause of it. I seen instances when it will only work for ps2 keyboards
  3. Claymore


    May 20, 2005
    You can force a Safe Mode boot by going to Start => Run and typing in msconfig
    Under the BOOT.INI tab, check the box for /SAFEBOOT.
    You should, however, be aware that if the Safe Mode fails, you can wind up in an endless loop, and would have to use a recovery console method to edit the boot.ini file.
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