When troubleshooting a Windows XP startup
problem, this is probably a frequent course of action: Press [F8],
and choose one of the special troubleshooting startup options,
which include three Safe Mode options and the Last Known Good
Of course, these are all great features. But
what if you really just want to see what occurs during a normal
startup? To monitor what's going on behind the scenes during a
normal bootup, you can temporarily disable Windows XP's splash
You can accomplish this by adding a little-used
switch to the Boot.ini file. Follow these steps:
- Go to the Start menu, and right-click My
- Select Properties from the shortcut menu.
- In the resulting System Properties dialog
box, select the Advanced tab.
- In the Startup And Recovery section, click
the Settings button.
- In the resulting Startup And Recovery dialog
box, click the Edit button in the System Startup section.
- When the Boot.ini file opens in Notepad, add
the /SOS switch to the line that ends with the /fastdetect
- Save the file, close Notepad, click OK twice
to close the dialog boxes, and restart the system.
To restore the splash screen, follow the same
directions, and remove the /SOS switch.