Advanced Options Menu in Windows® XP
What is Advanced Startup Options menu for a Windows XP system?
Advanced Startup options menu is a utility available with the new Windows operating system for enabling various Advanced booting options rather than starting Windows normally. Windows XP operating system also possess the booting options and the menu can be displayed while starting the system just before loading the Windows. The menu options included with Windows XP systems include safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, enable VGA mode, last known good configuration, directory service restore mode, debugging, enable boot logging, return to OS choices menu, start Windows normally, and reboot. Only limited set of drivers are loaded while using the above mentioned modes as computing options. Registry modification, loading and removal of driver software, safe mode scanning, etc. are the various jobs that can be done upon the system while using the Advanced Boot options.
Discussed below are some points to keep in mind while using Advanced Startup Options:
- Steps to access the options
- Use as troubleshooting option
- Tips to use the options
Steps to access the options
Advanced Options menu in Windows XP operating system can be accessed by the user while starting the system. For computers that consist of only Windows XP operating system installed, press 'F8' key continuously while the system restarts. In multi-boot systems, the user should press the 'F8' key while the boot menu screen appears. By pressing the key, the computer screen will display Advanced Boot options window.
Use as troubleshooting option
Advanced Boot options upon Windows XP operating system are considered as troubleshooting options. The user should enter the system using the particular options suitable for solving the issues. The better option provided with the boot menu is the safe mode. Installation of many programs that are prevented during the normal mode is possible with the help of the safe mode computing option. Software conflicts also can be avoided through Advanced Options boot menu computing process.
Advanced Boot menu options window that appears on the system screen prompts the user to select any option from the menu. Use the 'Up' and 'Down' arrow keys to highlight the particular option needed and choose the option after reading the description provided by pressing the 'Enter' key. The user can also move out of the boot menu by selecting the normal startup for Windows option.
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