Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Adding Safe Mode to Boot Menu

You might ask why do you need to add this option into the Boot Menu. Well, first of all, some people might not be fast enough to press F8 to see the boot menu, and with the introduction of the Intel mac, the F8 key doesn't work. Therefore, I would say this option is quite useful. With the boot menu, you can actually press F8 to access more hidden options.

To enable safe mode in the boot menu, please do the following:
  1. Goto Control Panel > System
  2. Click on the Advanced tab
  3. Under the Startup and Recovery section, click on the Settings button (The 3rd button from the top)
  4. Click on the Edit button
  5. Locate the line that has the /fastdetect in it. It should be the last line
  6. Copy that line and paste it to the line below it
  7. Add the word "Safe Mode" to that new line that reads WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP ... ...". E.g. WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Safe Mode"
  8. Add this to the end of that new line: /safeboot:minimal/sos/bootlog ( = leave a spacing)
  9. Save it and exit. You can opt to change the minimal to network if you wish to go to safe mode with network option

This tip also works for WinXP Home Edition. I've tried it on both. The default option should still be the normal mode Windows mode. You can change the default timeout in the section from Step 1 to Step 3 if you think 30 seconds is too long.

Reboot and you should see the changes. Hope it helps.

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