|I'm assuming you have Windows XP (or 2000) installed on the hard drive. |
What do you see on the screen when you press F8 while booting ?
Repeatedly press F8, don't hold down the key, is usually what is required.
Do you see the Windows loading choices menu -
Safe mode, Safe Mode with networking, Start Windows normally, etc. ?
If you do, choose Start Windows normally.
If you don't....
Some computers display a boot device choices menu for the bios itself when you press F8 while booting, rather than the Windows loading choices menu.
If you see that, read what it says on the screen and press the key that exits that screen, then immediately repeatedly press F8 until you see the Windows loading choices menu -
Safe mode, Safe Mode with networking, Start Windows normally, etc.
Choose Start Windows normally.
If it still auto starts up in Safe mode when you choose that, then someone has modified the boot.ini file such that the computer always starts up in Safe mode.
In Safe mode or in any mode....
Start - Run - type: msconfig
, click OK or press Enter.
Click on the Boot.ini tab
Remove the checkmark or dot from the box before SAFEBOOT by clicking on it, click on OK at the bottom of the System Configuration window, Restart the computer.
(There should be no checkmark or dot in the boxes before any of the other choices there either.)