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How do I start Windows in Safe Mode?

Safe mode is the diagnostics mode of Windows. When you start the computer in Safe mode, only the bare-minimal components that are needed to run the operating system are loaded. This mode is useful for troubleshooting the PC, in the event if Windows does not load normally. Safe mode restricts the user in terms of using some functions, such as a connection to the Internet. Safe mode also loads a standard video driver at a low resolution. It's a method to diagnose and troubleshoot the computer for load problems and other issues, by isolating the cause and pinpointing which software or driver is causing the problem.

Here is the procedure to start Windows XP in Safe Mode.

Turn On your computer. The first screen will be the memory test or the BIOS logo is displayed. After the page finishes, you'll see the Startup options listed. Select the Operating System which you want to start, and Press F8 key Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, scroll to and select the Safe mode menu item, and then press Enter.