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Chapter 7. Configuring Windows Options > Setting Startup Options

Setting Startup Options

As I noted in Chapter 1, "The Evolution of Windows," Windows Me is profoundly different from its predecessors because it doesn't allow you to boot to an MS-DOS Prompt at startup. If you've learned startup tricks from Windows 95 or 98, some will still work in Windows Me; others will fail because the operating system itself has changed.

Using the Startup Menu

By default, when you power up a Windows PC, it goes through a series of startup checks, loads Windows drivers and core files, loads startup utilities, and leaves you at the desktop or a login box. To choose startup alternatives, enable the Windows startup menu by pressing the Ctrl key at startup and holding it down continuously (on some systems, you might need to press F8 after the keyboard is detected but before the Windows logo appears).


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