my F12 key doesn't work to reboot.

February 25, 2017 at 08:09:11
Specs: Windows 98
I am trying to reboot using F12 key. I constantly push while my computer is starting, but nothing happens.

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#1
February 25, 2017 at 08:10:46
Please help! I don't know what to do.

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#2
February 25, 2017 at 10:09:57
Reboot = Restart. It does NOT mean to reinstall the operating system. Is that what you want to do, reinstall Windows? Please post the make/model of your PC. An explanation as to why you want to reinstall would also be helpful. One of us might be able to suggest an easy fix rather than starting from scratch & losing all your programs & files. And I've got to ask - why are you still running Win98 in 2017?

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#3
February 25, 2017 at 11:20:46
riider,

I don't see why you think Brenda wants to reinstall the OS.

But I also don't know what she expects the F12 key to do when
pressed during boot. I'm not aware that F12 is supposed to do
anything, but it might depend on the computer and on the OS.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
February 25, 2017 at 12:44:30
She said she's trying to reboot by pressing F12. For some reason, a lot of posters think "reboot" means "factory recovery" rather than "restart the computer", so I'm guessing that's what she's asking. Many store bought computers (Dell, Gateway, HP/Compaq, etc) use a certain F-key or combination of keys to trigger the reinstall process. It should be the last thing someone does after other fixes don't work, but far too many people go for it immediately, then realize that all their files & programs were wiped out in the process.

Try tapping the F8 key at startup, that should bring up this menu:

https://www.omidfarhang.com/en-us/w...

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#5
February 25, 2017 at 13:18:26
@brenda7

Do You Want To Enter and Run "BIOS Setup" Screen/Program Or "BOOT Menu" ?
Why You Think F12 Defined For "Re-BOOT" ? (Manual/On Screen Words/...)
During The Starting The System (POST Stage), F12 Used for Switching To "BOOT Menu" Or "BIOS-Setup" Screen/Program, Usually.
Test System With Other Keyboard Or With PS/2 Keyboard.

Good Luck.

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#6
February 25, 2017 at 13:51:34
"F12 is not for Reboot, it is for BIOS-Setup"

F12 is one of several possibilities: Hot keys for BootMenu / BIOS Settings


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#7
March 3, 2017 at 14:10:18
Jeff #3
The mere fact that the poster mentioned F12 for reboot shows that there is confusion with the terminology. Reboot (restart) does not normally require the use of F keys. #4 is correct we get a lot of folk thinking reboot means factory restore. This is because the details of the startup mechanism for computers has been lost over time, although it can still be found in Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reboo...
Note the bit about the boot straps.

Nowadays folk are starting to apply the word "reboot" to non-computer stuff too.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#8
March 6, 2017 at 15:03:05
Well, we may never know e exactly what Brenda meant because she hasn't been back here to respond. That is my pet peeve on this site. I don't recall that Win98 had a restore partition anyway, if that is what she wanted to do.

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#9
March 6, 2017 at 15:30:31
Non-returners has been the case around here as long as I can remember (and that's at least a day LOL).

Maybe the computer manufacturer added a restore partition but even that was rare in W98 days.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
April 30, 2017 at 12:23:14
Jeff Re my #7
"Nowadays folk are starting to apply the word "reboot" to non-computer stuff too"

Here's one from MSN news:
http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...
(available for 5 days only).

In the article they use the word "revival", which is what they really mean.

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#11
May 9, 2017 at 20:03:40

For anyone wishing to Reboot the computer.
Try this key combination: CTRL+ALT+DEL


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#12
May 10, 2017 at 05:07:03
watler

Are you using Win 98?
I thought Ctrl+Alt+Del just started Task Manager as it does on XP onwards..

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#13
May 17, 2017 at 19:46:51
Derek, my windows 98 computers are working just fine.
I am sorry if I have confused you.

For Win98 or 95
Ctrl+Alt+Del
Once for Task Manager
Twice for Reboot

Windows 2000: ctl+alt+del should show a list of options including Task Manager.
Windows 3.1 standard mode: once should reboot.
Windows 3.1 Enhanced mode: twice should reboot.

If you have installed either a virus or antivirus this key sequence may do nothing.


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#14
May 18, 2017 at 06:19:34
I'm probably a bit rusty on these older operating systems.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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