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Boot Options

Windows XP offers several alternate boot methods which can be used to bypass a problem or boot into a reduced environment so you can solve the problem. For example, if you’ve recently installed a new device driver that caused a system failure, a boot option can be used to boot without that driver (Last Known Good Configuration to be exact).

The boot options of Windows XP are accessed during the early stages of system startup. If you have more than one OS on your system, the boot menu will be displayed. You’ll have until the counter reaches zero to press F8. If you have only Windows XP Home on your computer, you’ll see a message about pressing F8 after the computer’s own power-on self-test and the display of the graphical booting screen. You’ll have only a few seconds, so keep your finger over the F8 button and press it when the message appears. Pressing F8 at the correct moment reveals the Advanced Options menu, which contains several boot options. These options are listed in Table 30.1.


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