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.
On two of my machines I can get into safe mode by pressing F8 or F5 and.... erm ... something else but can't think of it just now. But pressing the right button at the right time needs to be exact. On one machine I can NEVER get it right lol.
I don't have XP any longer so I can't check this but on Win ME you can get into safe mode by doing the following. Maybe something similar with XP? Just a thought, may help -- may not :o)
1. Close all open programs.
2. Click Start, and then click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
3. Type msconfig and then click OK.
4. The System Configuration Utility, appears. Click "Advanced."
5. The Advanced Troubleshooting Settings dialog box appears. Check Enable Startup Menu and then click OK. Click OK again when the System Configuration Utility reappears.
6. You will be prompted to restart the computer. Click Yes. The computer will restart in Safe mode. (This can take several minutes.)
NOTE: When you are finished with all troubleshooting (in Safe mode) repeat these steps, but in step 5, uncheck "Enable Start-up Menu."
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