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Sunday, May 13, 2007

How Do I Put The Safe Mode Option On The Boot Menu

How Do I Put The Safe Mode Option On The Boot Menu

Rather than hitting the F8 button when you boot up in order to gain access to Safe Mode, why not add a Safe Mode option to the boot up menu. Then, when you boot your machine, you will have the option of booting directly into your operating system or, alternatively, booting directly into Safe Mode.

1/ Click the Start button

2/On the Start Menu right click on My Computer and select Properties

3/ In the Properties window select the Advanced tab

4/ On the Advanced tab, in the startup and recovery section, click the Settings button

5/ The Startup and recovery window will now open

6/ Now click the Edit button

7/ A copy of your boot ini file will open. It looks something like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

8/ Select the line containing your default operating system under [operating systems] and Copy it to the bottom of the boot ini list, i.e.,

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

9/ At the end of the line you have just copied add the following switches /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog. The line should now look like this:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

10/ Now change the description of the text at the between the quotation marks so it reads "Windows XP Safe Mode" The final line should appear like this:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Safe Mode"/fastdetect/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

11/ Now Save the file

12/ If you need safe mode with networking replace the 'minimal' option with the word 'network'. I.E: "Windows XP Safe Mode"/fastdetect/safeboot:network /sos /bootlog

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