Starting in safe mode

  Rhuddlan 09:45 30 Apr 2003

It's been a long time since I started the computer in safe mode and I seem to have forgotton how to do this, I looked in the help and support centre and it told me o keep pressing F8 at startup, but when I did this the boot devices appeared on screen, my floppy disk drive, my two hard disks and the CD ROM drive, so how do I do this, I have icons on my desktop which I want to get rid of and won't delete if I right click on them, a message appears saying that the file is right protected or in use by another program and cannot be deleted, but no other programs are running, I have checked in task manager, can anyone please help, thanks.

  Rhuddlan 10:10 30 Apr 2003

I am running XP Home edition, I have done it plenty of times before at startup, I'm sure it was F8.

  woodchip 13:18 30 Apr 2003

Try the Ctrl key

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