Function keys at Windows 95/98 startup
Keys Description
F4 Starts the previous version of MS-DOS or Windows 3.1 if it was installed before.
F5 Starts in Safe mode. Very few drivers are loaded and no backup of the registry is made to prevent using a corrupt copy. The screen resolution is VGA 640x480, 16 colors and network is not supported.
Ctrl+F5 Starts MS-DOS 7 but ignores Config.sys and Autoexec.bat.
Shift+F5 Starts MS-DOS 7, loads Config.sys et Autoexec.bat, but does not load compressed drives.
F6 Starts in Safe mode with network support.
F8 (95)
Ctrl (98)
Starts with boot menu.
Shift+F8 The system will ask for confirmation for each line in Config.sys and Autoexec.bat.


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