Make a backup of the current boot.ini file.

Note: The boot.ini file shown below is for illustration purposes only. Your actual boot.ini may vary from this example.


[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect



Using Notepad, edit the original boot.ini (shown above) so it appears as shown below.


[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional Safe" /fastdetect











The line shown above in red is the line you add. I used the word "Safe" but this can be any word you choose.


Close Notepad and save changes when prompted.



Start the System Configuration Utility by clicking [Start] [Run] and typing msconfig, then click [OK].

Click the BOOT.INI tab.

Highlight the boot line that you added with the word "Safe" or whatever word you chose to add above.

Check the /SAFEBOOT option in the Boot Options box and click on the radio buttons to add whatever options you prefer. I'd suggest the MINIMAL option.

Click [Apply] and [OK] and Restart when prompted.

The option to boot into safe mode will now appear on the boot loader menu


Just add to the end of the line you added:


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional Safe" /fastdetect


/safeboot:minimal


The final boot.ini would look like:


Code:


[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition (1)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WIND OWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Safe" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal