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In Windows 2000 or XP, how can I boot in Safe Mode?

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Windows 2000 XP Safe Mode Boot
Tags:  Windows 2000
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Safe Mode is a special diagnostic version of Windows that bypasses
some Windows startup files. If you have a problem
with your hardware configuration or your computer's display drivers
that prevents Windows from loading normally, you may be able to
resolve the problem by booting into Safe Mode and changing the
relevant settings. To enter Safe Mode, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on or restart your computer. In Windows, to restart your
    computer, press Ctrl-Alt-Del, select Shut Down,
    and then from the drop-down list select Restart. Click

    OK.




  2. After the memory test, the words "Starting Windows" will appear on
    a black background. When this happens, press and hold the
    F8 key. This will present a screen with the following
    options to choose from. The exact moment that F8 is
    pressed will determine the contents of the list and the list may vary
    from computer to computer. For example, your computer may not do a
    memory test or it may have a SCSI BIOS to load in addition to the
    motherboard's BIOS. If you have trouble getting the list below to
    appear, restart the computer and then press F8

    repeatedly while the computer is starting.





    • Safe Mode: Boots Windows with only the basic
      drivers needed to load the operating system. Uses basic drivers for
      mouse, keyboard, display (VGA), mass storage, and default system
      services and drivers, with no network components. In Windows 2000, a
      log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot,
      which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.
    • Safe Mode With Networking: Loads the Safe Mode
      configuration, but also enables network devices and services. In
      Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the
      system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.
    • Safe Mode With Command Prompt: Loads Windows in
      Safe Mode, and, after logging on, opens a command prompt instead of
      the normal desktop. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to
      track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the

      Windows 2000 folder.

      Note: You should try booting to the command prompt
      only if you feel comfortable operating within the DOS environment.
    • Enable Boot Logging: Boots Windows with all
      of the normal files and drivers, but writes their status to a log file
      at each step. In Windows 2000, this log file is located in the Windows
      2000
      folder and is named ntbtlog.txt.

    • Enable VGA Mode: Boots Windows using a plain
      VGA 16-color 640x480 display driver for the highest level of
      compatibility with video cards.
    • Last Known Good Configuration: Boots Windows
      using the last registry configuration that is known to
      work. This is a way of undoing problems created by installing
      incorrect drivers or possibly by registry corruption. It will not,
      however, fix problems caused by corrupted or missing files.
    • Debugging Mode: Boots Windows while sending
      debug information through a serial port to another computer. It's
      useful in the case of a persistent "blue screen" or "stop" error.


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