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Windows XP Timeout

Hi, I installed some software recently that causes Windows XP to boot to the F8 screen automatically. I cannot uninstall the software because I need it for my work. Its annoying to have to select "Start Windows Normally" every time and I don't own a Windows Recovery CD. So, is there a way to edit the the 30 second timeout at the F8 screen? I would like to set the timeout to 0. Because, when the timeout is at 0, Widows will automatically select "Start Windows Normally" or is there another way to fix this problem?

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  • Joel 1989 Jun 19, 2009

    Thank you but the timeout is already set to 0. I thought of that. The laptop, IBM T30 (Windows XP SP3), is still booting to the F8 screen with 30 second timeout. The software responsible for this is Style XP. I need the software because I create visual styles, themes, icon sets etc. for additional income. Style XP is the best software to test my creations. So, I can't get rid of it. Any other solutions?

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You can fix this by removing that software. But if you must keep it, you can change the timeout by doing the following:

  1. Login to Windows
  2. Start > right-click My Computer > Properties
  3. Advanced tab
  4. Under Startup and Recovery click Settings...
  5. You will find the timeout settings there
Best of luck. Please vote for this answer. Thank you.

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Find the file with extension boot.ini at drive c, check it there and edit it by giving timeout to "0"

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