How do you start Safe Mode?

During the process of troubleshooting a Windows XP startup error, you’ve been asked to launch Windows XP into Safe Mode. How do you start the Windows XP Safe Mode?

A) Boot Windows XP from the original installation media

B) Press the F8 key during startup

C) Use the Automated System Recovery (ASR) disk

D) Launch the Safe Mode option in the Windows Control Panel

The answer: B) Press the F8 key during startup

When the system boots, you can press the F8 key during the initial Windows OS load to launch the Windows Advanced Options Menu. One of the options in this menu is to start Safe Mode.

If a major operating system problem is occurring, you may find that Safe Mode is starting automatically. In these situations, you’ll want to perform some detailed troubleshooting to determine the root cause of the issue.

Want to know more? Watch “Recovering the Operating System.”

When things go bad with an operating system, they can often go very, very bad. In this video, we’ll show you how you can recover from major operating system startup problems using Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, Automated System Recovery Disks, and the Windows Recovery Console.