August 19, 2005
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Member Question of the Week
Help, please! I did a clean install of Windows XP home (an
upgrade from Windows 98) about four months ago, and up until
now, my PC has been problem free. But I recently found that it
is impossible to boot into Safe Mode even though I select Safe
Mode and hit Enter. After I hit Enter, it goes through the
normal boot display, but then goes to the option screen once
more. Where has Safe Mode gone, and how do I get it back?
Peter, it is hard to determine exactly what the problem is. Windows does have a tendency to play truant when it pleases (and that's an understatement). I shall name a few possible causes of your problem, and offer a few suggestions to fix it.
You say your computer gives you the option of entering Safe Mode. I assume you get this option screen by hitting F8 (or some other function key) as your computer starts up. You choose to enter Safe Mode, but Safe Mode doesn't load. This leads me to believe the problem isn't with getting to Safe Mode, but with Safe Mode itself. However let's try a couple of other ways of entering Safe Mode since we're at it anyway...
Gary P. of Atlanta, Georgia
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