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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. If you can't boot the system, this is the time to start considering the boot options. For example, if you've recently installed a new device driver that caused a serious system failure (you can't boot), you can use a boot option to boot without that driver (this is called the “Last Known Good Configuration,” to be exact).

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If you can boot, but you're being plagued by other strange system anomalies, read the “System Restore” section later in this chapter. It might be a better choice for a simple repair. If you can boot, but a device isn't working after having just installed a new driver, check the section on “Driver Rollback,” in Chapter 30.



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