Booting up in safemode

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Old 03-15-04, 03:38 PM
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Booting up in safemode

Occasionally I boot up in safe mode to run virus scans, do basic diagnostics, etc. I usually do this by tapping the F8 key repeatedly when it turns on. But sometimes I miss my window of opportunity when it boots up and I have to wait for full boot to shut it down and try it again.

Is there an easier way to get into safe mode than what I'm doing?
 
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Not really. On most computers (Windows only computers) you should be able to hit F8 just after the POST beep. Sometimes, you have to wait a few more seconds - but just before the Windows splash pops-up.

It really comes down to your setup.
 
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Old 03-15-04, 04:46 PM
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Try holding down the Ctrl key instead of hitting the F8 key
 
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Old 03-15-04, 06:05 PM
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Originally posted by Rapid
Try holding down the Ctrl key instead of hitting the F8 key
I have to admit I've never heard of this trick. Does it work (without me actually trying it)?

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Old 03-15-04, 06:09 PM
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you can also go into msconfig and set it to boot in safemode. next time you re/boot it will be safemode. do your stuff, then remember to set it back, and reboot. Done.
 
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Old 03-15-04, 06:31 PM
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Thanks for the info.
 
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f-5 key for safe mode

Restart your computer and keep tapping the f-5 key
It takes quit awhile but It will take you directly Into safemode
once there click o.k. wait for the start up window and do what
you have to do?Then restart computer again
 
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Old 03-16-04, 06:39 AM
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I have to admit I've never heard of this trick. Does it work (without me actually trying it)?

Holding doen the Ctrl key definitly works with Windows Me/98, maybe XP/2000 as well.
 
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Very cool, thanks.
 
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You can also put Safe Mode directly into the Bootup menu! THE LINE HERE IS WHAT I ADDED AND IS THE LAST LINE IN THE BOOT.INI (CHANGED IT IN NOTEPAD) >>> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /fastdetect/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog <<< Just press winkey+pausebreak key then click on Advanced, then go down to startup and recovery Settings, then on EDIT, then you will see boot.ini come up in Notepad and thats where i entered the last line to put Safe Mode in the boot menu! After doing this, right-click on My Computer, and
choose Properties. On
the Advanced tab, click the Settings button,
which brings up the Startup
and Recovery window.

Now place a check mark in the option, Time to
display list of Operating
System. Click on Apply and then on OK.

The list of options should now be displayed at
startup.
 

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That's a very cool hack, tomtom. Thanks!

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Your Welcome, it pays to keep tips i have gathered. I use most of them myself!
 
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Old 03-20-04, 06:30 AM
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booting Into safemode

Safemode Is a feature built Into windows and the way you go into
safemode I would think would be the same In every O.S.
It's just that for example you have a lot more options with safemode with windows xp then you do with windows 98
but the Intent Is the same...It's a safe place to run some uninterrupted maintenance..for example windows xp you
can opt to go back to a earlier restore point..there would have to
be something seriously wrong If your going to opt back to a earlier configuration
 
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