No more fighting with the F8 key if you want to reboot directly into safe mode, u have to watch the computer reboot, watch the various BIOS messages, (select which operating system you want to boot with from the Startup menu if more than one) and then press F8 at the exact moment to enable the Advanced Boot menu. u can directly reboot into safe mode by creating this shortcut and placing it in ur start menu. rt-click, create a new shortcut on the windowsxp start menu; or else create in on the desktop and in the end place it in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu for the target path, use c:\windows\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\msconfig.exe -4 name the shortcut as say 'Restart Options' ALTERNATIVELY u can download and use a simple .exe utility called BootSafe. BootSafe takes the hassle out of rebooting in Safe Mode or back to Normal mode. No more fighting with the F8 key or MSCONFIG! however, when u want to leave Safe Mode and return to Normal mode, u MUST use this program again to get a reboot into Normal mode.