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How to Boot Up in Windows Safe Mode

Windows 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:

Restart your computer
After the computer POSTs start pressing F8
Select “Safe Mode” and press enter
Windows 98 / Windows ME Safe Mode:

Restart your computer
After the computer POSTs start pressing F8
Select “Safe Mode” and press enter
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Click Start->Run and type MSCONFIG then click OK
Select the General tab and click the Advanced button
Check Enable Startup Menu, click OK
Click OK again on the main System Configuration Utility page
You will be prompted to reboot, when the startup menu appears, select Safe Mode and press enter
After you’re done in Safe Mode run MSCONFIG again and uncheck the Enable Startup Menu box.
Windows 2000 or Windows XP Safe Mode:

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

You can also use the System Configuration Utility (MSCONFIG) method for 2000/XP as well.

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