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How To Quickly Boot Up Your Computer In Safe Mode

Sometimes we may need to troubleshoot our computer. Whether it is to remove traces left behind by a bad Virus, it may be easier to perform these tasks in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, Windows will only load just the essential files needed to run the operating system. Some functions, such as Network connectivity, will not be activated. You can then perform your troubleshooting techniques to deal with various problems that may arise. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to Boot Up Your Computer In Safe Mode.

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For Windows XP

  1. If the computer is running it is best to shut down Windows and then turn off the power.
  2. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button and then click on Turn Off Computer.
  3. Now click on the Turn Off red colored icon to shut down your computer system.
  4. It is best to wait between 15 to 30 seconds before you turn your system back on.
  5. Turn on your computer and start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard.
  6. Some Computers may display a keyboard error message if you begin tapping F8 too quickly.
  7. Restart your computer again and begin tapping the F8 key a brief second or two later.
  8. When the Windows Advanced Options Menu appears, Choose the Safe Mode option and hit Enter.
  9. Windows will now boot your computer up in Safe Mode.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Restarting your computer by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Shut Down and choose Restart to Restart your computer.
  3. Immediately after the POST diagnostics and memory count completes, start tapping the F8 key.
  4. When the Startup Menu appears, Choose the Safe Mode option with your arrow keys and hit Enter.
  5. Windows will now boot your computer up in Safe Mode.
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