Getting to Safe Mode in XP Pro

By MickMick11
Dec 16, 2008
  1. Hi Folks,

    I don't how many of you have had this problem but I want to post some info I discovered tonight about a solution.

    I found out when I needed it that all the instructions in XP's Help&Support feature for going into Safe Mode are wrong, wrong, and very wrong. After a lot of searching around the web, I found this PC Guru site.

    Here's what it said to do if pressing F8 or F6 simply doesn't work for you:

    1. Click Start, then Run
    2. type "msconfig" in the box, press Enter
    3. Select the BOOT.INI tab
    4. check SAFEBOOT, then click OK
    5. when prompted, Restart
    6. After doing whatever you went to Safe Mode to do, repeat all steps and uncheck the SAFEBOOT box.

    I have to tell you all this: I'd been trying for hours to access SafeMode and nothing worked. Till I found this.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Better to fix the problem with Safe mode not working actually

    I found this Xp SP2 Safe Mode Repair reg file, which should fix it

    If that does not work try this

    To get safeboot.txt:
    Click Start>Run
    Copy the lines in the box below, and paste it in the run box that opens:

    regedit /e c:\safeboot.txt "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot" 
    Click “Ok”
    Double click the My Computer icon, then your C drive
    In there, you will see a file called safeboot.txt. Double click to open it.
    Copy and paste the text into a reply to your thread.
  3. MickMick11

    MickMick11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I was told that when SystemRestore won't work in Normal Mode, it should work in Safe Mode, but that's apparently not true. The method you suggest for getting safemode to work sounds like it may be faster, so I'll try it next time. Now, if I can only get System restore to work, assuming that will solve my main problem.
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