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How can I enable system boot keys so that whenever I restart my system, a menu will pop up when I press F8.
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by:larbel
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With Win98, it's done by holding down CTRL key during bootup.
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by:heathprovost
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larbel is right. If you are running windows 98 then you need to use CTRL, not F8.

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I have Windows 98 and I use F8. Since Windows 98 doesn't have a "Now Starting" message like 95 did, you have to press F8 as soon as the system diagnostic screen changes. just tap F8 repeatedly and the menu will pop up. I never tried the Ctrl key, but that may work as well.
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by:thankyouall
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nah... I've run a program and it disabled my system boot keys menu and there's no way to enable it from within the program. So I would like to know if there's any ways to enable the system boot keys?
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by:larbel
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Install TweakUI and at it's boot tab, check enable function keys...
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by:thankyouall
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it has been enabled ... but still the boot menu isn't there....
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As soon as you hit reboot, keep pressing it continuously or just do as MS intended you to do hold CTRL.
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I've already done so... I know the booting procedure very well.... it's just that there isn't really any menu popping up like before. Can you please tell me how can I ENABLE the system boot keys instead?
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Simplest way of enabling the system boot keys is to edit your MSDOS.SYS file. Search for BootKeys, if it does not exist then add a line at the bottom of the file so that it reads:

    BootKeys=1

This will enable the bootkeys.
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You've just got the right solution to my problem!!! Thanks! heheeee...
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