A. When you start your machine in Safe Mode in Windows 2000 or later Windows OSs, you can select from several options: Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Safe Mode, and Safe Mode with Networking. The OS sets an environment variable called Safeboot_Option when you start a machine in Safe Mode. To examine the status of this variable, enter the following at the command prompt:

   echo %safeboot_option%  

Possible values include

  • Minimal - If the machine is in Safe Mode
  • Minimal - If the machine is in Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  • Network - If the machine is in Safe Mode with Networking