If you are using Windows XP, hit the F8 key right when the first black screen come up. (My computer has F2 and F12 listed in the top right along with their purposes.)
Now that isn't the end of the game; there are two points in which you have to provide further directions, otherwise the computer will boot into normal mode. My memory is having a blank right now so I cannot remember which screen comes up first. I will edit this post or add another post after I have rebooted into safe mode again sometime later today or perhaps tomorrow morning, and this time I will take notes. Meanwhile, these are the screens you should be on the lookout for.
Keep your eyes glued to the screen. One of the windows that comes up requires that you use the cursor keys on the keyboard to select what mode you want to open in. Usually you should choose the Safe Mode version that doesn't have networking.
There is another screen that will come up that you need to provide a response. Something about the system starting in safe mode, do you want to and if so enter yes. If your response isn't quick enough, it will load in normal mode.
Hope this helps,
Edited by Orange Blossom, 19 October 2006 - 04:40 PM.
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