|DO NOT install more than one anti-malware program that has one or more resident module(s), or if you DO, disable all resident modules in anti-malware software except for that or those for ONE of the anti-malware programs. |
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Avast! has one or more resident module(s).
Avast! will NOT appear in your Add or Remove Programs list unless it was installed successfully previously.
A corded keyboard may have a button or key that toggles the Fxx keys on / off - if it has that, an led lights up on the keyboard for that when that's toggled on - it must be on while booting, if you need to press a Fxx key while booting. Also, if it has that, the keys that have Fxx on them usually have other printing on them as well, rather than just Fxx.
An older keyboard I have has a small button for that, I think it had an F on it. .
A newer one I have has a key the same as the others with F Lock printed on it.
Some such keyboards will retain the setting that that button or key was in when you were in Windows, while booting into Windows after that, but some WILL NOT and if it's off while booting you must press the button or key to toggle it on before you press an Fxx key..
Remove any bootable CDs or DVDs you have in drives.
(Depending on bios "boot order" or similar settings, the bios may boot the computer from the disk when you press the F8 key, e.g. when the line appears "Press any key to boot fron CD" or similar.)
Press the F8 key repeatedly while booting, don't hold down the key, starting very early in the boot sequence, or starting when the led on the monitor turns the color it normally is when the computer has video.
If you don't get the Windows loading choices menu ("Windows Advanced Options Menu" in XP)....
The bios version on some retail mboards in generic systems and on mboards on many brand name system computers may have a use for pressing the F8 key while booting - e.g. a menu pops up and you're supposed to select a device to boot the computer from.
If you see that, READ the screen and press the key that exits the screen, e.g. Esc, then immediately repeatedly press the F8 key, and you should then see the Windows boot choices menu.