How to boot to my windows 2000?

Question

I can`t get to my windows 2000, All i can get is to safe mode. I scandisk and defraged and was told that i have a bad secter on my disk. Do i have to buy a new hard disk or what help...........thanks

Answer

This question was answered on December 27, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Windows 2000 can only boot into Safe Mode using the F8 method as it does not have a System Configuration Utility.

Using the F8 Method

1 Restart your computer

2 When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc When that is completed it will start loading Windows

3 When you see the screen that has a black and white bar at the bottom stating "Starting Windows", tap the F8 key repeatedly until you get to the Windows 2000 Advanced Options Menu

4 At this menu use the arrow keys to select the Safe Mode option, which is usually the first in the list

5 Press the enter key

6 Your computer will continue booting, but now will boot into Safe Mode

7 Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode

Windows XP (Pro and Home)

Using the F8 Method

1 Restart your computer

2 When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu

3 Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys

4 Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode

5 Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode

Using the System Configuration Tool Method

Step 1: Close all programs so that you have nothing open and are at the desktop.

Step 2: Click on the Start button then click on Run.

Step 3: In the Run field type msconfig as shown in the image below.

Figure 4 Starting Msconfig

Step 4: Press the OK button and the System Configuration Utility will start up You will then see a screen similar to Figure 5 below.

Figure 5 Starting the System Configuration Utility

Step 5: Click on the tab labeled "BOOT.INI" which is designated by the red box in Figure 5 above You will then be presented with a screen similar to Figure 6 below.

Figure 6 BOOT.INI Tab

Step 6: Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled "/SAFEBOOT" designated by the red box in Figure 6 above Then press the OK button After pressing the button you will be presented with a confirmation box as shown in Figure 7 below.

Figure 7 Confirm Reboot

Step 7: Press the Restart button and let the computer reboot It will now boot up into Safe Mode.

Step 8: When the computer boots up do what diagnostic or troubleshooting tasks that you need to do.

Step 9 When are finished with your tasks, complete steps 1-7 again, but in Step 6 this time uncheck the checkbox labeled "/SAFEBOOT".

Step 10: Reboot the computer back into normal mode.

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Posted by Kareem of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 27, 2004