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Article #18818: Safe Mode Install

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FAQ3818C.txt   Safe Mode Install
Category   :Install Issues
Platform    :Windows 95
Product    :   BC++4.5x   BC++5.x   C++Builder1.0   C++Builder3.x   TC++Win4.5

How do I do a Safe mode installation?

Installing in Safe Mode.

What is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode is a Windows 95 diagnostic mode.  When Windows boots into safe mode,
it uses basic default settings that will run the operating system with minimal
functionality, meaning it loads a bare bones operating system.  

One of the most noticeable changes is the display.  You will notice when you are 
in safe mode that the colors and icons look strange.  Don't worry, this is only 
temporary.  When you reboot in regular mode, everything will return to normal. 

Why does this help?

This solves many issues regarding conflicts between software and drivers. Items
like your CD-ROM drive or scanners will not function in safe mode, because their 
drivers are not installed.  In many instances, the error that you are getting 
during the install will be caused by a conflict with other software on the system.  
As the software will not be loaded in Safe Mode, the will be no conflict.

So how do I do a safe mode install?

Answer:  There are three steps to doing a safe mode install:

1)  Copy over the installation folder. (This will be titled either 'Install' 
    or 'Setup'.)

    First you must copy the installation folder into onto your hard drive 
    before you reboot into safe mode.  You are going to need some extra hard 
    drive space, so along with the space needed for the installation, you will 
    also need the space for the setup folder that you are going to copy. (You 
    will need up to an extra 320Mb for Builder 3 Client Server, or 155Mb for 
    the BC5.02 Development suite)

    For Borland C++ version 5 through 5.02 and C++ Builder 1 & 3,  you need to 
    copy the Setup folder that is located on the first level of the CD 

Note:  There will be two items that are labeled Setup.  One is an icon, which 
       we don't want, the other is a folder, which we do.
    This folder contains all the files needed to install everything available 
    on the CD.  If you do not have enough space on your hard drive to copy the 
    complete folder, residing within the setup folder there are separate folders 
    for each install.  For instance, The BC5 folder holds the compiler install 
    and ISX folder contains the Install Shield Express install.

Note:  If you are going to copy only the BC5 folder, you need to copy it into a 
       temporary folder on your hard drive because the installer will attempt to 
       install the program in a "BC5" folder.)  

    For BC45 and TCW45, you want to copy over the Install folder.  This contains 
    all of the information needed to install these products.

Product                    Required Folders for a complete Install		Individual Installs
*BCB 1 & 3      Setup         CDROM:\Setup                                   BCB    CDROM:\Setup\BCB
*BC5 to 5.02    Setup         CDROM:\Setup                                   BC5    CDROM:\Setup\BC5
*BC4.5 to 4.52  Install       CDROM:\Install                                 BC45   CDROM:\Install\BC45	
TCWin45         Install       CDROM:\Install                                 None

    *The Setup folder contains installations for several Products, depending on 
    which package you purchased.  

    To copy in windows explorer, simply drag and drop the folder onto the hard drive.
    If you want to use "My Computer", right click on the folder you want to copy and 
    select "Copy".  Then navigate to the hard drive and right click on some blank 
    space and select "Paste".

2)  Reboot into Safe Mode.

    Rebooting your machine into safe mode is not difficult.  There are two ways to do this.  
    After the copying process is done, you need to go to your start menu and select 
    "Shut Down".  A menu will appear and you need to choose "Restart the computer."  
    Basically at this point, the machine shuts itself off, but then immediately restarts.  
    As it restarts you will be looking at a black screen.  First thing that will come up is 
    some bios and copyright information.  Then it will say "Starting Windows 95".  As 
    soon as you see it say "Starting Windows 95" you need to hit the F8 key on your 
    keyboard.  You will only have a few seconds to hit the key because you need to 
    catch it before it begins the startup process, so watch carefully.  When you hit F8, 
    a menu should appear that will give you eight options.  Number three will be 
    "Safe Mode".   Type in 3 and hit enter and this will boot your machine into safe mode.

    Another way to boot into safe mode would be to hold down the shift key after you click 
    "Restart the computer".  After the machine reboots you need to hold the key down until 
    a few seconds after the Blue "Windows 95" graphic comes up.  This should take you
    into safe mode.

    Safe Mode will take several minutes for it to boot up, probably more than you're used to.  
    This is normal because your machine is bypassing its usual startup files.

    When your machine finishes booting up you will get a dialog box that says, 
    "Windows is running in safe mode. ..."  Hit OK.  Notice that in each corner 
    it says "Safe Mode"

3)  Running the installation program

    Now that you are in safe mode, all that is left is to start up the installation.  All 
    you need to do is to navigate to the folder that you have copied over onto your 
    hard drive, open the setup (or install) folder and access the correct folder for the 
    install that you want. For example, if you are attempting to install BC5.02, you 
    would open the setup folder, open the BC5 folder and scroll down until you 
    find the setup.exe. (It may actually only say setup, depending on how you have 
    the machine configured)  Setup.exe will have a bright colorful icon, which makes 
    it easier to find.  Double click on the icon and you are on your way.

Note:  For more information on Safe Mode Installation, please refer to the install.txt.  
       However, note that a Windows 95 Safe Mode installation is different than a 
       Windows 3.1 or a DOS "clean boot".  You do not need to do a "clean boot" on a 
       Windows 95 system since the operating system provides us a diagnostic mode (Safe Mode).


Last Modified: 01-SEP-99