Windows XP Startup and Recovery Settings

Nothing is worse than encountering system errors on an XP system. While you may not be able to control when errors occur, you can control how XP will react to those errors. Clicking the Settings button in the Startup and Recovery section of the Advanced tab opens the Startup and Recovery window, as shown below. From this screen you can configure what XP will do when a fatal error occurs – reboot, write an event to the System log in Event Viewer, and so forth. This screen is also important to users with multi-boot systems, since it allows you to configure system startup options, such as how long the operating system selection screen is displayed, which operating system will be loaded by default, and so forth. Another neat feature of this screen is the Edit button – it allows you to reconfigure your system’s Boot.ini file without the need to undo read-only settings on the file manually.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

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