Safe Mode Start
- Hi All:
If you're having trouble doing a Scandisk or Defrag in Windows 98 or ME,
try doing it in Safe Mode.
To start your computer in Safe Mode, do a normal start (power up) or
restart while holding down the CTRL key. (Other keys work on some
machines, but Windows 98 & ME will recognize CTRL) After a while you will
get a menu with 4 options -
3. Safe mode
4. Step by step
Type 3, then Enter. (ME defaults to a normal startup if you do nothing
within about 30 seconds )
Windows will start (often with weird screen colours) with the Help window
open. Close the Help window.
Click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, then
either Scandisk or Defrag.
On my system I have noted these may restart themselves several times, but
eventually get finished. (note Defrag will not run if there are any disk
errors that Scandisk can detect, such as detached file fragments or boot
I find this procedure works, while shutting everything down using MSCONFIG
Hope this helps.
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