Starting safe mode in Windows XP

  Murghalador 11 Sep 12
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Hi, I have followed the instructions in the windows help to start my computer in safe mode but when I press F8 at the Vaio screen shot all I get is a pinging noise and then the normal sign in screen appears. I used to be able to access safe mode using this process so has something changed or am I beginning to show signs of age? I want to run my security software under safe mode as I believe the computer has a virus which MS Essentials cannot find inder normal operation. Sony Vaio FE28B laptop running XP SP3. Thanks for you help.

  woodchip 11 Sep 12

try tapping F5 as the PC is booting up

  finerty 14 Sep 12

mine s esc key

  difarn 14 Sep 12

The Sony Vaio should use F8 - according to this article you need to keep the F8 key pressed down, instead of tapping it, before the log-in scree appears, you need to do this immediately after you have booted.

  G-telware 18 Sep 12

Nice Post, thanks for posting

  Murghalador 18 Sep 12

Thanks everyone for your replies. The vaio does use the F8 key and I have been able to start in safe mode.

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