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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Advanced Options Menu—Concepts

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The Advanced Options Menu provides alternate methods for starting WS2003 in order to troubleshoot various kinds of startup problems. Using these options, you can usually bring up WS2003 to the point where you can make any repairs needed so that normal startup can then be achieved. This topic explains these advanced options and how to use them to troubleshoot startup and shutdown problems.

Safe Mode

Safe mode starts your system with drivers for mouse, keyboard, mass storage, base video, and essential system services. Safe mode doesn’t enable network connections or services, and it bypasses any programs in the Startup menu. Safe mode also creates a boot log file, Ntbtlog.txt, in the /Windows folder that records the success or failure of initialization of device drivers and system services and that may be useful for troubleshooting startup problems. If you can successfully boot your system to Safe Mode, you may be able to repair any problem preventing a normal boot. For example, you can remove or roll back a recently installed device driver, disable a service that is causing problems, or uninstall a faulty application.

Safe Mode with Networking

This is the same as Safe Mode except that networking support is included. A boot log file is also created. Use this option if a device driver or service is preventing a successful boot and you need to connect to shared network resources to resolve the problem.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

This is the same ...

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