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Using Windows Safe Mode
by kp

Windows Safe Mode is an alternative boot mode for troubleshooting your system. When safe mode is activated on your computer, it only utilizes the minimum tools to start the operating system. Any extraneous extensions or drivers are disabled so that all of your peripherals won't work except for your keyboard. This technique is effective if you suspect that your system is infected with malware.

To activate safe mode, restart your system, and during the reboot process, press the F8 key until the menu displays. In the Windows Advanced Options menu, select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys, then press Enter (for more information on the different Safe Mode Boot options, consult Microsoft's Help and Support). Once the computer has finished booting, go to Start > Run, and type in msconfg. This command brings up the System Configuration Utility where you can manage/disable services on your system.

Reference:
Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP

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