I have no idea either.
My strategy was to just mash on the function keys,
space bar, DEL key, anything else I can think of.
Keep pressing them all through the boot process,
and maybe a boot menu will show up.
The F5 hotkey was introduced in Windows 95,
where the boot sequence hotkeys were as follows:
- ESC – Boot in text mode.
- F5 – Boot in Safe Mode.
- Shift+F5 – Boot to Safe Mode MS-DOS.
- Ctrl+F5 – Boot to Safe Mode MS-DOS with drive compression disabled.
- Alt+F5 – Boot with LOADTOP=0 for Japanese systems.
- F6 – Boot in Safe Mode with networking.
- F4 – Boot to previous version of MS-DOS.
- Ctrl+F4 – Boot to previous version of MS-DOS with drive compression disabled.
- F8 – Boot to menu.
- Shift+F8 – Boot with step-by-step confirmation.
- Ctrl+F8 – Boot with step-by-step confirmation with drive compression disabled.
Man, that’s an insane number of boot options
all buried behind obscure function keys.
Boy am I glad we got rid of them.
This frees up room in my brain for things like
Beanie Baby trivia.
The next generation of computers boots so fast that
there’s no time to hit any of these hotkeys!