Hell, I have an Windows XP. I have been trying to get into my Safe Mode to run an offline V-Scan and Malware Scan. When I press F8 it takes me to the menu of Safe Mode with or without Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. INo matter which one I choose it acts as if it's loading then REBOOTS. So I go online and look for how to get into Safe Mode Function and found this site and followed these directions after rebooting I went to startup and all it does now is reboot. Please Help! To much data to start over again.
This is what I did step by step.
Using the System Configuration Tool Method:
Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force it to startup into safe mode. For reasons why, you should read this.
Step 1: Close all programs so that you have nothing open and are at the desktop.
Step 2: Click on the Start button then click on Run.
Step 3: In the Run field type msconfig as shown in the image below.
Figure 4. Starting Msconfig
Step 4: Press the OK button and the System Configuration Utility will start up. You will then see a screen similar to Figure 5 below.
Figure 5. Starting the System Configuration Utility
Step 5: Click on the tab labeled "BOOT.INI" which is designated by the red box in Figure 5 above. You will then be presented with a screen similar to Figure 6 below.
Figure 6. BOOT.INI Tab
Step 6: Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled "/SAFEBOOT" designated by the red box in Figure 6 above. Then press the OK button. After pressing the button you will be presented with a confirmation box as shown in Figure 7 below.