A Description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP (Q315222)

This article discusses the several Safe Boot options that Windows supports. These options load a minimal set of drivers. You can use these options to start Windows so that you can modify the registry or load or remove drivers.

To use a Safe Boot option, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when you see the Boot Menu.
  2. When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select an option, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words “Safe Mode” appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.

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