Accessing The Startup Menu

If you have problems booting up with new device drives installed, you may want to boot your system in Safe Mode to remove those troublesome drivers or you simply may want to check the Bootlog.TXT file in troubleshooting procedures. In any case, to get your Startup Menu, when you see "Starting Windows..." on your screen, hold down the CTRL key until you see the Startup Menu, or hit the F8 (Function 8) Key. Then select your desired Startup Option:

  1. Normal is default boot up. Here there will be seconds scrolling down, so you will need to move the selection to at least another item in the menu or your system will bootup normally. So hit your down arrow key once. There is no mouse movement available here because the operating system hasn't loaded yet.
  2. Logged (\BOOTLOG.TXT): This creates a boot log file that can be viewed with any text editor or the command TYPE from your C:\ prompt.
  3. Safe Mode: This allows you to access your Device Manager tab and remove any troublesome devices you may have installed or legacy drivers you forgot to uninstall prior to install that new piece of hardware such as a new modem.
  4. Step-by-Step Confirmation: This will step through your bootup files such as Autoexec.bat, Config.sys, etc.
  5. Command prompt only: This will allow you to perform certain DOS level commands, edit your bootup files, and more.
  6. Safe Mode With Network Support: Select this option if you need to connect to the network to troubleshoot your system. It will also take considerable time to boot your PC with the network support option.

  7. The Startup Menu is primarily for troubleshooting problems in Windows. In Safe Mode, you can still remove device drivers by going to your Start button, Settings, Control Panel, System, and clicking on the Device Manager tab.

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    Date of last revision: 31 July 2001.