Here's an easy way to add the Safe Mode option to your boot menu. Use this file below:
[operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft
Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect /bootlog multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)
partition(1)WINNT="Safe Mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal /bootlog
I removed the recovery console option from this ini file in order not to confuse anyone reading this tip. If you look at the last line of the ini file above, you will notice it is the same as the 5th line but the title was changed to "Safe Mode" and "/safeboot:minimal /bootlog" replaces the "/fastdetect." Be sure to make the file read-only after editing it.
Now the user no longer has to hit a function key and getting into safe mode is very straight forward. Also, you don't have to sit around waiting for the menu of available options to come up or hit the function key in the five second window of opportunity.
This was first published in May 2004