Advanced Boot Options

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How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Vista
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This will show you how to boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen to select options to start Vista in advanced troubleshooting modes.
How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Vista

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This will show you how to boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen to select options to start Vista in advanced troubleshooting modes.


Here's How:
1. Start or restart the computer.​
2. If you Multi Boot with more than One Operating System
A) At the Windows Boot Manager screen, select the OS you want to use the Advanced Boot Options for, then press F8. (see screenshot below)​
Boot_Manager.jpg

3. If you Only Boot with One Operating System (ex: Vista)
A) Press (tap) F8 on your keyboard about every second as soon as you turn the computer on until you see​
the screenshot below.​
NOTE: If the Windows logo appears, you will need to repeat steps 1 and 3 again. If you dual boot, then you will need to select the OS you want to use the Advanced Boot Option for and then press F8.​
Advanced_Boot_Options.jpg

4. Use the arrow keys to select an advanced option to start Vista into and press Enter.​

Advanced Option

Description

Repair Your Computer

This options will only be available if you have a OEM computer with a recovery partition on your hard drive. Otherwise, you will need to use the System Recovery Options from your retail Vista installation disk. Repair Your Computer shows a list of system recovery tools that you can use to repair startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system.

Safe Mode

This starts Vista with a minimal set of drivers and services.

Safe Mode with Networking

This starts Vista in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

This starts Vista in safe mode with a command prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. To exit from here, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or type Exit and press Enter.

Enable Boot Logging

Creates a file named ntbtlog.txt, that lists all the drivers that are installed during startup.

Enable Low Resolution Video (640 X 480)

Starts Vista using your current video driver and using low resolution and refresh rate settings. You can use this mode to reset your display settings, or to use a television monitor with your computer if needed.

Last Know Good Configuration (advanced)

Starts Vista with the last registry and driver configurations that worked successfully. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Using Last Known Good Configuration

Directory Services Restore Mode

Starts Vista's domain controller running Active Directory so that the directory service can be restored. This option is intended for IT professionals and administrators.

Debugging Mode

Starts Vista in an advanced troubleshooting mode intended for IT professionals and system administrators.

Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure

Prevents Vista from automatically restarting if an error causes Vista to fail. Choose this option only if Vista is stuck in a loop where Vista fails, attempts to restart, and fails again repeatedly.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

Allows drivers containing improper signatures to be installed.

Start Windows Normally

Starts Vista in its normal mode to the logon screen or user desktop.

That's it,
Shawn


 
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mediocrates

New Member
Thanks Brink,

yeah I have 2 ATI cards (it's a gaming machine) we don't have internet right now because of the economy the way it is (doing all this stuff from the library) I have been hoping that I won't have to take the thing in and have the Geek Squad do it for $70... :( I will see what happens when I uninstall the drivers... worst case senario I will have to take it in eventually... probably not for a while until things change jobwise... thanks for the info though... in the words of the Terminator... "I'll be back"... LOL
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
In that case, see if you may be able to do a system restore at boot first using a restore point dated before you changed the screen resolution to undo it.
 

My Computers

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
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    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
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    512 GB M.2 SSD

mediocrates

New Member
Did the system restore thing . . . didn't work...
what I did was the "rollback driver" option instead of the uninstall option... on the reboot it had switched to the onboard chipset (VGA) and I was back on my desktop... but now none of the games work...

:) Positive learning experience however, I found that I had to actually hit TAB first which took me to the BIOS POST message which allowed me to pick the OS then it gave me the option to hit F8 for the "Advanced Boot Options" menu... nifty huh? Much experimentation revealed that little acorn. :)

now my problem is that my ATI 9500 card/s are having a problem (code 43) which I assume is the lack of drivers... I will have to wait till I can get the machine online and download the drivers for the card/s ... patience is a virtue. LOL

I haven't done much more experimentation with the games using the VGA chipset partly because... really, what's the point when you can't play WOW or whatever... looking forward to the "Old Republic" looks like it might kick WOW in the pants...
 

My Computer

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Wow, talk about having to jump through hoops. Please let us know how it goes.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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