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Solutions: How to get out of Windows Safe Mode

My Dell XP computer says it can't do certain things because it is operating in "Safe Mode." How do I get it out of Safe Mode?

If your PC is booting directly into Safe Mode without stopping to give you an option before loading Windows, it may be because it is preset to boot this way. Here's how to check: Click Start, Run, type MSCONFIG and click OK. On the General tab, make sure the "Normal startup" option is selected. Next, click the BOOT.INI tab and make sure the "/SAFEBOOT" option is not checked, nor any of the others beneath it. If you had to make any of these changes, click OK and then Restart. If somehow you're still booting into Safe Mode, reboot again. This time, press the F8 key just after the PC starts to recycle. You should then get the Boot menu. Select the Last Known Good Configuration menu option. If still no luck, it may be due to corrupted or missing files. You may need to do a Repair installation or possibly a reload of Windows.

I recently got a new computer with Windows Vista, and while I was roaming around Vista trying to learn it, I somehow disengaged Caps Lock. I have tried the methods shown online, but it hasn't worked. Is there somewhere on Control Panel where I can fix it? I think that is where I screwed it up. Also, have you considered a book of questions and answers you have had in your column?

Your question reminds me about the early days of computing when anyone who used lowercase was considered radical and a troublemaker. Now it's just the opposite. Here are a couple of things to check: Click the Vista button and type "regional." You should see a link at the top for Regional and Language Options. Click it. On the Formats tab, make sure the current format is set to English (United States). Next, click the Keyboards and Languages tab, then the Change Keyboards... button. This will open the Text Services and Input Languages window. Click the Advanced Key Settings tab. Make sure the Press the CAPS LOCK key is selected (not the Shift key). Click OK and close these windows out. As far as a book of questions and answers, no, I don't plan one. But let me recommend the magazine Smart Computing. I have no affiliation, nor do I receive anything from them. It is just a very well-rounded Windows computing magazine good for all user levels.

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Solutions: How to get out of Windows Safe Mode 08/30/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:30am]
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