Safe Mode

Safe Mode

Starts Windows 2000 using only basic files and drivers (mouse, except serial mice; monitor; keyboard; mass storage; base video; default system services; and no network connections). If your computer does not start successfully using safe mode, you may need to use the Emergency Repair Disk created by the Backup utility, that contains information about your current Windows system settings. You can use this disk to repair your computer if it will not start or if your system files are damaged or erased. Emergency Repair Disk is also called ERD.

To start Windows 2000 in safe mode

  • Click Print this page at the bottom of this window, and then click Print to print these instructions. They will not be available to you after you shut your computer down in the following steps.
  • Click Start, and then click Shut Down.
  • Click Restart, and then click OK.
  • When you see the message Please select the operating system to start, press F8.
  • Use the arrow keys to highlight the appropriate safe mode option, and then press ENTER.

    Note: NUM LOCK must be off before the arrow keys on the numeric keypad will function.

  • Use the arrow keys to highlight an operating system, and then press ENTER.

Safe Mode Switches

Safe Mode – Enable Boot Logging

Safe Mode – Booting to a Command Prompt

Safe Mode – Debugging Mode

Safe Mode – Directory Service Restore Mode

Safe Mode – Last Known Good Configuration

Safe Mode – With Networking

Safe Mode – VGA Mode

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