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Make XP Enter Safe Mode With USB Keyboards


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Koretek

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Make XP Enter Safe Mode With USB Keyboards


Safe mode, as we've addressed before, is a barebones mode of Windows which is useful for troubleshooting purposes. Typically, one gets into safe mode by restarting and either holding the CTRL key down or by pressing the F8 button at the right time. This would give a menu with boot options, of which safe mode is one of them. However, if you use a USB keyboard, this isn't an option for you because the USB drivers are not loaded in the DOS environment. For you, you need to tell Windows to load up in safe mode on its next reboot when in regular Windows. To do this, go to the start menu, Run, and enter "msconfig" to launch the System Configuration Utility. Click on the BOOT.INI tab and check the box which says "/SAFEBOOT". Now, when you reboot, it will enter safe mode automatically, and will continue to do so until you go back into this program and uncheck that box (which you can do from safe mode).
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Knock-Knock!! Anyone there? I am using my PC right now uploading for a friend, can someone......ANYONE try to access safe mode by just holding down the "Ctrl" button in HomeXP or Pro-XP and then tell us if indeed it works and what type of XP you tried this out on, thanx a lot, it sure would be a lot easier to access safe mode with 1 button if this indeed works out right?
Thanx People

Edited by Koretek, 19 July 2005 - 10:33 AM.

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Safe mode, as we've addressed before, is a barebones mode of Windows which is useful for troubleshooting purposes. Typically, one gets into safe mode by restarting and either holding the CTRL key down or by pressing the F8 button at the right time. This would give a menu with boot options, of which safe mode is one of them. However, if you use a USB keyboard, this isn't an option for you because the USB drivers are not loaded in the DOS environment. For you, you need to tell Windows to load up in safe mode on its next reboot when in regular Windows. To do this, go to the start menu, Run, and enter "msconfig" to launch the System Configuration Utility. Click on the BOOT.INI tab and check the box which says "/SAFEBOOT". Now, when you reboot, it will enter safe mode automatically, and will continue to do so until you go back into this program and uncheck that box (which you can do from safe mode).


USB keyboards are initially controlled by the motherboard controller. Dos has nothing to do with it.

Using a PS2 or a USB keyboard allows you to get into bios by hitting the delete key... or any key specified by the OEM manufacture.

Once in bios, you can switch the control of the keyboard between OS and Bios. If you switch the control to Bios, you can then get to safe mode using the f8 key.

As far as using the Ctrl key to access Safe mode, I have no idea as it never worked for me.

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