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hey guys.
This is, although not a problem now, potentially a huge problem later on if i need it.

After having my current rig up for 2 weeks, i finally tried to get into safe mode, but havent had any luck.

when it boots, i can hold down F8 from the second i turn the power on, and it will still just boot normally anyway.
Ive tried tapping the button, holding it down at different times, nothing works.

Could there be another way to get to safemode at boot? I know i can set it to permanently go into safe mode using msconfig, but thats not the solution i am after.

I just wanna know that when things go tits up, i can just press F8 at boot, and it will do what i want.

Any suggestions and help appreciated.

Ta
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Once your pc fails to start while booting windows, you will get the same sceen as if you press F8 /w a message windows failed to boot .

Also if it really bothers you, you can add a boot option for safe mode.

So boot.ini looks like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDO WS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

And you make it like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDO WS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /SAFEBOOT /NoExecute=OptIn
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It sounds like you're using a USB keyboard, which in that case, you need to activate in your BIOS. Look for the option "Enable USB Keyboard" in your BIOS for it to work
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post #4 of 5
Or go.

Start>run>msconfig>boot.ini
and check /safeboot.

Then uncheck it to boot back into normal windows.
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thanks. im gonna see if i can enable usb in bios. Good guess btw

*edit* Ok, ive looked, and the option isnt in the bios. guess im just gonna have to wait till things go wrong. (as they always do) and assume xp will start safemode by itself.
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