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    I am using a USB keyboard on my HP with windows Vista home premuim OS. When pressing the F8 key several times during bootup, nothing happens but the normal start sequence. Is there another procedure to start up in safe mode while using the USB keyboard or somewhere in the operating system?

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    sometimes its the F5 key you have to press.

    With Vista, it should not matter that the keyboard is USB.

    Let us know, but DO NOT be tempted to use the MSconfig route. Its dangerous!
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    Thank you for the response. I will give F5 a try when I get home. I have tried to use F12 since the DELL boot page says to select F2 for settings and F12 for boot sequence. I have noticed all the threads say to press F8 but in my case this does nothing.

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    I've only had one computer ever that has had to be F5'd into safe mode, but that was because, for some strange reason, F8 was for BIOS settings

    But, if it is a Dell, and not a HP (as stated in initial post) everything i read tells me F8 should work...

    I've also read holding [ctrl] and pressing F11 brings up an options menu, but i dont work with Dell PC's so i wouldn't know.
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    You may have to change BIOS settings to enable USB Device Legacy Support. It may be described differently but will include USB and can usually be found under Integrated Peripherals.

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    How can i access the BIOS once the boot sequence is completed? I cannot use my USB keyboard to access settings during boot sequence.

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    You'll need to beg, steal or borrow a PS2 KB. There's no other way.

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    He'll still need a PS2 connector.

    And this adapter.
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    How about creating a new entry in boot.ini to have the option to boot into either Normal Mode or Safe Mode every time the computer turns on?

    As described here under "Booting to Safe Mode": Fun With Troubleshooting

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