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how do you get into safe mode please

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by harki, Feb 2, 2006.

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  1. harki

    harki Thread Starter

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    could any one please tell me how to get into safe mode,cheesbal is helping me with a problem thank you
     
  2. Glaswegian

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    Hi

    Restart your PC - when the PC beeps, start tapping the F8 key (or the appropriate key for your system), and use your arrow keys to move to the 'Safe Mode' option.

    HTH
     
  3. JohnWill

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    It's always the F8 key to get into safe mode in Windows, there is no other "appropriate" key. :) You can also use MSCONFIG to setup to start in safe mode, but then you have to go back and turn it off again.
     
  4. harki

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    Thank you for your help harki
     
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    Thank you for your help
     
  6. Glaswegian

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    Sorry John - have to disagree with you here. :) On my ASUS board it's F5. The F8 key merely allows me to choose the boot order. I've found this is the way on the more recent ASUS boards. Why they can't just keep to the standard F8 is beyond me. :confused:
     
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    Found another way to get into Safe Mode from Reference: Steve Bass's Tips & Tweaks webpage, http://blogs.pcworld.com/tipsandtweaks/ extracted from Windows XP Inside Out, 2nd Edition (Microsoft Press, Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, and Craig Stinson; ISBN 780735620438) for a shortcut.
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    The Safe Mode Booting Trick

    1. Right-click My Computer on the Start menu and choose Properties.

    2. On the Advanced tab, click the Settings button in the Startup And Recovery section.

    3. In the Startup And Recovery dialog box, click the Edit button to open Boot.ini in Notepad.

    4. Under [Operating Systems], select the entire line that contains the settings for your default operating system choice and copy it to the bottom of the list.

    5. Append the following set of switches to the end of the newly copied line:

    /safeboot:minimal

    (Replace minimal with network if you want the shortcut to start Windows in Safe Mode with networking.)

    6. Change the description in quotation marks to “Windows XP Safe Mode” and then save the file.

    -- Tom
     
  8. MrBillPro

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    That's OK John we all have a first time to be wrong and I know mine is coming. :D
     
  9. JohnWill

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    The F8 key to the BIOS might select the boot order for your BIOS, however the F8 key once the POST is finished and XP starts to boot will select safe mode. The BIOS doesn't determine what key is used for XP to enter safe mode, and it doesn't change because XP is running on different hardware. In truth, I think it's pretty stupid of Asus to use a key that conflicts with a standard assignment. :rolleyes:
     
  10. harki

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    Hi just a quick thank you for your advice on safe mode,it was f5 in the end that got me into safe mode

    Yours Thankfully Harki
     
  11. harki

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    Thank You for your reply to my thread

    Yours thakfully harki
     
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