Add Safe Mode to Windows Boot Menu

Discussion in 'Windows' started by pradeep, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. pradeep

    pradeep Team Leader

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    When in trouble on Windows you need to boot into the "Safe Mode", where you have to boot the machine, then pounce on the F8 key to get to the hidden menu etc etc. Here’s how to simply add the Safe Mode to the Windows boot menu so you can easily select it while starting your machine.

    Some simple steps:

    1. Right-click My Computer, and choose Properties (or press Windows Key+Break together).
    2. On the Advanced tab, click the Settings button, which brings up the Startup and Recovery window.
    3. Click the Edit button, which will open the boot.ini file in Notepad.
    4. Look under the [Operating Systems] for your default OS. Copy the entire line, and paste it on the line below.
    5. Change the description in the quotations to say "Safe Mode" or whatever description you want. Then add the following to the end of the line you just copied: /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog
    6. If you want networking support, then change "minimal" to "network" without the quotes.
    That’s it. When you reboot you’ll see the Safe Mode listed under your boot menu. Just FYI, here is what my boot.ini file looks like:

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS= "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS= "Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog 
    Be careful while editing your boot.ini, so create a backup of the boot.ini file before editing it.

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