Windows® XP Safe Mode
How to start Windows® XP in the Safe Mode and related issues.
With an increase in the number of virus attacks, it has become necessary to take proper measures to safeguard one’s system. Trojans, viruses, and malicious programs can hamper the performance of your system. Sometimes, it becomes essential to start Windows® XP in the Safe Mode to disable certain programs. By running Windows® XP in the Safe Mode, the user can diagnose a number of problems or recover from sudden computer crashes. To start Windows® XP in the Safe Mode, the user should close all the programs and then click the ‘Start’ button. Then, the user should click the ‘Windows Start Menu’ key and then click the ‘Run’ option. Now, type “MSCONFIG” in the text field and hit ‘Enter’ and then press ‘OK’. The user should then click on ‘BOOT.INI’ and go to the ‘/SAFEBOOT’ option and click ‘OK’. Then, restart the computer and uncheck ‘SAFEBOOT’ to disable the Safe Mode.
More information on the issues related to Windows® XP in the Safe Mode:
- Your computer stops responding when you try to start Windows® XP
- Confirm that the hard disk or the file system is not damaged
- Problem in the starting of pre-loaded programs
Your computer stops responding when you try to start Windows® XP
While starting Windows® XP in the Safe Mode, the computer may stop responding due a number of errors. It can be due to the corruption of the operating system. The user should take proper measure while starting Windows® XP in the Safe Mode.
Confirm that the hard disk or the file system is not damaged
To avoid such issues, the user should confirm that the hard disk or the file system is not damaged. To solve this problem, the user needs to follow the given steps, such as start the computer the Windows® XP CD-ROM, load Microsoft® Recovery Console, and then use the ‘Chkdsk Command-line Utility’ option.
The user may fail to start the pre-loaded programs, as these programs that are loaded during the startup process are no longer listed in the notification area. These programs don’t start automatically when the computer is started.