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Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2




The entries in the SafeBoot subkey contain information about the safe mode settings of the computer. In safe mode, Windows Server 2003 uses default settings: VGA monitor, no network, Microsoft mouse driver, and the minimum device drivers required to start Windows.

For example, if your computer does not start after you install new software, you might be able to start it in safe mode with minimal services and then either change your computer settings or remove the newly installed software.

Change Method

To start Windows Server 2003 in safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 when you see the message Please select the operating system to start.


  • Changing the values of the entries in this subkey can prevent Windows Server 2003 from starting.

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