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Starting safe mode in Windows XP


Murghalador

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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.

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woodchip

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try tapping F5 as the PC is booting up

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finerty

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mine s esc key

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difarn

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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.

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G-telware

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Nice Post, thanks for posting

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Murghalador

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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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