Add Safe Mode to Windows Boot Menu/Show Safe Mode without pressing F8 or F5

Hi friends here is a trick to show Safe Mode in the Windows Boot screen. Usually you get the option to boot into safe mode by pressing F5 or F8. But this option can be shown in Windows Boot menu so you don’t have to press those buttons again.

  1. Select Run command from the start menu.
  2. Type in Control Panel and press enter.
  3. Open the “System” icon from there and go to the Advanced Tab.
  4. Click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  5. Now you will see a window in the windows click the option “Edit“.Actually when you press edit you are actually opening the boot.ini file of windows.
  6. Now you will see Notepad opening up with some codes.
  7. Copy the last line and paste it under it and now change the newly pasted code to the one like below.
  8. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Safe Mode” /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

  9. The final code looks some thing like this(This is the boot.ini file in my system).
  10. [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Safe Mode” /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

  11. Change the code accordingly.
  12. Now save the file and quit and restart windows.
  13. You will now get the option to boot into safe mode in the windows boot menu.
  14. Make sure you don’t make any mistake while editing the boot.ini file(The file which we have changed just now).

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