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Can you do this in Windows XP?

I have done this in my Windows ME.

1.Go to folder options from MY Computertoolsveiw

check "show hidden files & folders"

2.StartProgramsAccessoriesMS-DOS Prompt

3.In the MD-DOS screen type what is in the first screen shot below.

4.In the second screenshot type logo=0 like in the screenshot.

This should give you a black screen on startup instead of the windows logo screen

This black screen has information in it sometimes.

In mine I also have BootMenu=1 this gives an easy way to go to safe mode.

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I believe you can... I think I tried that in the past and it worked, but I'm not 100% sure...

I'll try it a sec and let you know...

nope... doesn't appear to work...

edit x2... I believe the information you see is your autoexec.bat file being run... but it's been a while since I've used Windows 98/ME

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php those are the msdos.sys file the first screen is how to open the file so it will let you edit it..

The second screen is the edit  msdos.sys screen.Another OS might not want all the settings in mine but the Logo=0 & BootMenu=1 are probably alright.I would like to have the 98 boot menu because it is longer I'm not sure it would actually function though.

This is a screenshot of my autoexec.bat

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Can you do this in Windows XP?

I have done this in my Windows ME.

1.Go to folder options from MY Computertoolsveiw

check "show hidden files & folders"

2.StartProgramsAccessoriesMS-DOS Prompt

3.In the MD-DOS screen type what is in the first screen shot below.

4.In the second screenshot type logo=0 like in the screenshot.

This should give you a black screen on startup instead of the windows logo screen

This black screen has information in it sometimes.

In mine I also have BootMenu=1 this gives an easy way to go to safe mode.

that's what I was referring to in my second edit...

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XP has a hidden system file ~ boot.ini ~ which can be edited.

There are two sections in the boot.ini file;

[boot loader] ~ controls how the boot process works; it specifies the default operating system and how long a user has to make a selection from a boot menu, if a boot menu has been enabled.

[boot loader]

timeout=15

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS

[operating system] ~ specifies which operating systems are present on the computer, and detailed options for each one.

[operating system]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

The words within the quotes can be custumized to whatever you wish.  The /fastdetect switch disables the detection of serial and paralle devices, which allows for faster booting. The detection of these devices isn't normally required in XP because the functions are performed by Plug and Play drivers.

The /fastdetect switch is only one of many switches that can be used in the boot.ini file.

Using the /noguiboot does not allow the XP splash screen to load during boot.

The /sos switch displays the name of each driver as it loads and gives desriptions of what is occuring during the boot process. It also offers other information, including the XP build number, the service pack number, the number of processors on the system, and the amount of installed memory.

You can type msconfig at a command prompt or in the Run box and click the BOOT.INI tab to edit.

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The following is what I get before Windows boots:

Microsoft Windows Millennium Startup Menu

1.Normal

2.Logged (BOOTLOG.TXT)

3.Safe mode

4.Step-by-step confirmation

Enter a choice    Time remaining

(The caps are as the screen shows)

If I have made some changes I get this message:

"Please wait while Setup updates your configuration files

This may take a few minutes

Completed file updating, continuing to load Windows

It doesn't show the autoexec.bat screen

I guess what ROM_DOS awnsered is the way XP does this.What I like about the way Windows ME does it is it gives a selection for safe mode if you put 3 in Enter a choice.If you could do this in XP I thought it might help some that have trouble getting into safe mode.

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