You should now see the Windows Advanced Options Menu screen. If not, you may have missed the small window of opportunity to press F8 from Step #1 and Windows XP is probably now continuing to boot normally if it's able to. If this is the case, just restart your computer and try pressing F8 again.
Here you are presented with three variations of Windows XP Safe Mode you may enter:
- Safe Mode - This is the default option and is usually the best choice. This mode will load only the absolute minimum processes necessary to start Windows XP.
- Safe Mode with Networking - This option loads the same processes as Safe Mode but also includes those that allow the networking functions in Windows XP to work. This is valuable if you may need to access the Internet or your local network while troubleshooting in Safe Mode.
- Safe Mode with Command Prompt - This flavor of Safe Mode also loads a minimum set of processes but will allow access to the Command Prompt. This is a valuable option if more advanced troubleshooting is necessary.
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, highlight the Windows XP Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and press Enter.