Reboot To Safe
Mode In Windows XP Even With A USB Keyboard!
Sometimes in the course of troubleshooting you need to reboot and start Windows
in Safe Mode, which is a minimal start-up that loads only those Windows
components that are absolutely essential. In theory, you can enter Safe Mode by
restarting and then either holding down the Ctrl key or pressing the F8 key at
the right moment. In practice, it can be difficult or, with a USB keyboard,
impossible (the USB drivers aren't available in the DOS start-up environment).
To configure Windows XP so its next restart will enter Safe Mode, launch the
System Configuration Utility (msconfig) from the Start menu's Run dialog. Click
the BOOT.INI tab and check the box titled /SAFEBOOT. Don't touch the other
settings. When you reboot, XP will start in Safe Mode and will keep doing so
until you uncheck that box.
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