Why can't I boot to safe mode?

Question

I cannot get to system restore because I can't get to the Windows screen...even in safe mode. I also can't get to system restore when i hit F8 to try and run safe mode...the option is not there. What do i do?

Answer

This question was answered on December 8, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When exactly are you tapping the F8 key? Normally you hit F8 key after you hear the POST beep; but Dells don't beep when they start up When you first start your computer (from a complete shut down, not a reboot) you'll see the Dell logo; that's when you want to hit the F8 key If you hit it any later then Windows will ignore it and start normally.

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Posted by Nathan of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on December 8, 2005