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How to Start Windows XP (and other windows) in Safe Mode

Many times in order to remove a piece of spyware or for troubleshooting and diagnostic purposes, you'll have to start Windows in Safe Mode. While in Safe Mode, only specific programs and files needed to run the operating system are loaded. Some functions, such as connecting to the Internet, will not be active in Safe Mode and a standard video driver will be loaded causing a washed out look and a possible change in resolution.

However, because just the essential programs and files are loaded in Safe Mode, this allows us to remove some spyware, adware, viruses and such that cannot be removed in Normal Mode. Follow the instructions below to Start Safe Mode for your specific version of Windows.

If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on. Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again. Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected. Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode. When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would. To use the System Configuration Utility method Close all open programs. Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK The System Configuration Utility appears, On the BOOT.INI tab, Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK and Restart your computer when prompted. The computer restarts in Safe mode. Perform the troubleshooting steps for which you are using Safe Mode. When you are finished with troubleshooting in Safe mode, open MSCONFIG again, on the BOOT.INI tab, uncheck "/SAFEBOOT" and click OK to restart your computer

The [Start] or Windows key is located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most new keyboards. But some old vendor keyboards and some laptops do not have this key.
Key = Function
[Start] = Opens the Start menu
[Start] + E = Opens My Computer in Windows Explorer
[Start] + Pause/Break = Opens the System Properties dialog box
[Start] + U = Opens the Utility Manager
[Start] + R = Opens the Run… prompt
[Start] + F = Opens the Search for Files and Folder window
[Start] + Ctrl + F = Opens the search for computers on the network
[Start] + M = Minimize all windows
[Start] + Shift + + M = Maximize all windows (after minimizing them)
[Start] + D = Minimize all windows to the desktop, and then restore all Windows
[Start] + L = Lock Computer
[Start] + Tab = Cycle through the open programs on the Taskbar
[Start] + B = Selects the first item in the System Tray; use the arrow keys to cycle through the items and use the Enter key to open a selected item in the SysTray
Alt + Tab = Switch between open programs
Alt + F4 (in a program) = Closes the program
Alt + F4 (from desktop) = Opens the Windows Shutdown/Restart dialog box
Alt + Enter = Opens the Properties page of a selected item
Alt + Esc = Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
Alt + Spacebar = In the active window, this brings up the corner dialog box for Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize, or Close
Shift + Insert CD/DVD = Inserts a CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
Shift + Delete = Permanently deletes an item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
Ctrl + Shift + Esc = Opens the Windows Task Manager
Ctrl + drag an icon = Copies that item
Ctrl + Shift + drag an icon = Creates a shortcut for the item
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Right-click + drag a file = Brings up a menu to copy, move, or create a shortcut
PrtScn = Takes a screen shot of the entire screen; go into a photo program (the Windows program "Paint" will also work) and hit Paste to edit and save the screen shot
Alt + PrtScn = Takes a screen shot of only the active Window; hit Paste in a photo program to edit and save the screen shot
F1 = Opens the Windows XP Help
F2 = Rename selected item
F3 = Opens Windows search for files and folders
F5 (or Ctrl + R) = Refresh Internet Explorer page, or refresh any other window
F6 = Cycle through the different types of elements that can be selection on a screen or window
F10 = Selects the menu bar in the active program (usually "File") so that you can use the arrow keys to navigate through the menus and the Enter key to select
Shift + F10 = For a selected item, this does the same thing as a right-click with the mouse
Tab = Move through the different elements on a page or the fields in a form
Shift + Tab = Move backward through the different elements on a page or the fields in a form
Ctrl + A = Select All
Ctrl + C = Copy
Ctrl + X = Cut
Ctrl + V = Paste
Ctrl + Z = Undo
Ctrl + Y = Redo
Ctrl + P = Print
Ctrl + O = Open
Ctrl + Esc = Opens the Start menu
Ctrl + Backspace = Deletes the entire word to the left
Ctrl + Delete = Deletes the entire word to the right
Ctrl + Right arrow = Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left arrow = Moves the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrow = Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up arrow = Moves the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keys = Highlight a block of text
Click Shift 5 times = Turns StickyKeys on or off
Hold down the right Shift key for 8 seconds = Turns FilterKeys on or off
Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds = Turns ToggleKeys on or off
Make your own custom keystroke for a program = Right-click on the icon of a program or shortcut > select Properties > choose the Shortcut tab and type your keystroke in "Shortcut key" field (you only can select combos that aren't already taken)
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