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Win95 FAQ Part 4 of 14: Hardware
Section - 4.9. Using "Safe Mode" to fix hardware problems

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   Safe Mode is a debugging mode which allows you to fix problems without
   loading the offending drivers. You should not have to run Safe Mode
   for any other purpose, in fact you can't run any big applications,
   except Device Manager, while in there. ScanDisk works in Safe Mode,
   but it takes much longer to perform disk checks.
   To start your computer in Safe Mode, hit F8 on "Starting Windows
   95...", then select Safe Mode from the choices. This option
   automatically comes up if you interrupt Win95's boot up process, or it
   freezes up or otherwise fails to start.
   Also, while in Safe Mode, Device Manager cannot tell you about
   resource conflicts, because the drivers didn't load. You might also
   notice drivers for hardware you don't have; they will appear if there
   were remnant Registry entries for them. These driver-remnants are good
   candidates for removal!

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