Start The Computer In Safe Mode
Getting your hands dirty...
Safe Mode is the Windows diagnostics
mode. When you start the computer in Safe Mode, only the specific
components that are needed to run the operating system are loaded.
Safe Mode does not allow some functions, such as connection to
the Internet. It also loads a standard video driver at a low
resolution; therefore, your programs and the Windows desktop
may look different than usual. In addition, the desktop icons
may have moved to different locations on the desktop.
All Windows operating systems
except Windows 3.1 and Windows NT can be started in Safe Mode.
The easiest way to get into
Safe Mode in Windows is to hold down or tap the F8 key when Windows
is booting up. When you first turn on your computer, before the
Windows logo appears, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard
(about every 2 seconds)... after a few moments you should see
a menu with the Safe Mode option. This is the most common and
easiest way to get into Safe Mode. Note: this method only works
with Windows XP, 98 and ME.
Windows XP includes the System
Configuration Utility. If you can start the computer normally
into Windows, this is the easiest--and the recommended--way to
restart the computer in Safe Mode.
To configure the System Configuration
Utility to start the computer in Safe Mode:
Close all open programs.
Click Start, and then click Run. The Run dialog box will appear.
The following dialog box will appear, then click OK.
The System Configuration Utility appears, as shown in
the following dialog box. Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option,
and then click OK.
You then see the prompt to restart the computer. Click Restart.
Windows 98, 98 2nd Edition