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Recovering After a Crash

If you’ve installed a criminally faulty driver or program, and Windows XP won’t boot—perhaps greeting you with a black screen (symbolizing thick smoke) instead of the Windows logo—you can invoke XP’s startup menu to recover from catastrophe. This menu takes a little fancy fingerwork to bring up.

To use the startup menu:

1.
Restart your computer.

2.
When the BIOS startup messages (DOS-like text against a black screen) finish, tap the F8 key repeatedly until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears (Figure 19.35).

Figure 19.35. If Windows won’t boot, this screen gives you an excellent chance of recovering.


If you have a dual-boot system, use the arrow keys to select the OS that you need; then press Enter.

3.
Use the arrow keys to select a startup option; then press Enter.

Table 19.2 lists the most appropriate options.


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