HOW TO: Troubleshoot the Video Adapter Driver in Safe Mode in Windows XP (Q292460)

This article shows shows you methods of troubleshooting Safe-Mode video problems. In Safe mode, the computer does not start the video adapter driver that is used during normal operations, so you need to use Device Manager to discover, update, roll back, or uninstall the video driver instead of accessing the Display properties.

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