Saturday, April 11, 2009

Boot a server directly into safe mode

When doing a P2V, it is often necessary to get at VM into safe mode to disable any running HP services and afterwards unistall these HP services (in normal Windows operations). This can either be done by hitting F8 really hard upon boot, or it can be done more smoothly, as hinted by one of my colleagues:

Ones Windows is booted, Start -> Run: msconfig

Tick the /SAFEBOOT option. Reboot the machine, and it will reboot in safe mode. Uncheck this checkmark before returning to regular operations.

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