17.2. Dealing with Boot Issues

To troubleshoot boot errors, it is useful to understand the boot sequence. The boot sequence for Windows Vista, XP, and 2000 is covered in detail in Chapters 6 and 7. Here we'll cover advanced boot options, recovery and repair options, and common issues and their solutions.

17.2.1. Advanced Startup Options

In most cases you will be able to just boot into your OS; however, if you have a problem that makes it difficult to get Windows up and running, the advanced options offer a number of useful tools. In Windows Vista, XP, and 2000, you access the options by pressing the F8 key when you're presented with the list of OSs installed on the computer. If you don't have the system configured to display the list of OSs ...

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