How to boot into Safe Mode (Windows XP)

Safe mode is one of the most useful things for diagnosing problems with Windows. It loads Windows with an absolute minimum of startup items and the most basic of drivers. It’s really ugly looking, but comes in really handy if something is locking up your machine.

Windows 95 Safe Mode:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. After the computer POSTs start pressing F8
  3. Select “Safe Mode” and press enter

Windows 98 / Windows ME Safe Mode:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. After the computer POSTs start pressing F8
  3. Select “Safe Mode” and press enter

-OR-

  1. Click Start->Run and type MSCONFIG then click OK
  2. Select the General tab and click the Advanced button
  3. Check Enable Startup Menu, click OK
  4. Click OK again on the main System Configuration Utility page
  5. You will be prompted to reboot, when the startup menu appears, select Safe Mode and press enter
  6. After you’re done in Safe Mode run MSCONFIG again and uncheck the Enable Startup Menu box.

Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista and Windows 7 Safe Mode:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. After the computer POSTs start pressing F8
  3. Select “Safe Mode” and press enter

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