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No Safe Mode

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  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
May 27, 2002 4:28:27 AM

I am unable to enter the safe mode.

I am running Windows XP Pro Build 2600 on an Athlon XP 1800+ based system.

When I click F5 during boot, I get the sceen that gives me several choices, such as safe mode, command prompt only, and so forth.

When I choose Safe Mode, the result is a screen full of commands, which I presume is a list of the commands that my computer should perform. But it does not perform them, and only displays the commands and then locks up.

What can I do to make it possible to enter the Safe Mode?

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May 28, 2002 2:33:36 PM

it's F8, not F5

did you wait for a few minutes? safe mode takes quite a while to come up

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
May 28, 2002 7:40:51 PM

You're right about the F8, of course.

I'll try waiting for the safe mode to take effect. But when you invoke safe mode do you get such things as I described?

BTW, I found a file that contains these lines of commands. It's one of the .ini files under C:\SystemVolumeInformation\_restore{49957988-DEC9-44D5-AAC8-F17351D735D1}\Rp24

Would I expect to find there the commands that cause entry into Safe Mode?

Not entirely pleased with Windows XP.
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May 29, 2002 10:39:16 AM

are you sure it locks up? it sometimes hangs for AGES during booting into safemode on xp, whats the original problem

If they squeeze olives to get olive oil, how do they get baby oil?
May 29, 2002 2:15:34 PM


I am surprised, and pleased, of course. I wouldn't have believed it, but my super-fast Athlon XP 1800+ machine (compared to my 133-MHz pentium that I just retired) does indeed take a long time to boot up into safe mode.

So everything is OK.

Thanks to all who encouraged me.

Not entirely pleased with Windows XP.
May 29, 2002 3:48:38 PM

Not entirely pleased with Windows XP.

bummer. I love it.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
May 29, 2002 7:34:18 PM

Who's the bummer? What is it that you love?

How many of you most expensive software suites did you have to replace when you moved up to XP?

Not entirely pleased with Windows XP.