How to Get to a Command Prompt in XP From Startup

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The Windows XP operating system includes a feature called the Command Prompt. The Command Prompt allows users to communicate with their computer using Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS) commands. Generally, the Command Prompt is accessed from within the operating system. However, you can access the Command Prompt from startup as well. This may be necessary if your operating system is experiencing problems and you want to run a system restore.

  • Click "Start," "Shut Down," select "Restart" and click "OK." Your computer restarts.

  • Press "F8" repeatedly as your computer is starting up. The Advanced Boot Options menu appears.

  • Highlight "Safe Mode with a Command Prompt" using the arrow keys and press "Enter."

  • Type in your administrator password when prompted. The Command Prompt opens.

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