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    ToggleMode

    I'm hoping somebody could explain the significance of this utility to me. In essence, it's described on the website as:

    "ToggleMode is unique in providing a 'safe with command prompt mode' to NT, Windows 9x, and ME, that without it, do not have such native mode."

    The description doesn't really tell me what the real significance of such a boot mode is. How is it different to a normal boot into Windows, other than the fact that explorer.exe isn't loaded? Seems to me it's the same as a DOS box running and explorer.exe shut down. ???

    Alan

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    Re: ToggleMode

    The significance of it is that it provides Safe Mode, where minimal drivers and/or services are loaded, with a command prompt only. What that means is that the Windows kernel is running and the OS is operational. Explorer on its own is not Windows, there are several other services and kernel mode drivers that run to make it a functional operating system (not the least of which includes the Windows registry). Some programs require those services to operate and will not run without the operating system loaded. So it is not the same thing as a DOS box running with Explorer shut down. Close, but not exactly.

    It seems to be more of a niche utility than anything else, but I imagine it would be handy to have in your toolkit should you ever need it.
    -Mark

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    Re: ToggleMode

    OK, thanks for that info Mark. The suggestions for its use I saw were for running XXCOPY to clone only the Windows folders to another drive, and to run antivirus software under this environment. I've used XXCOPY under the "normal" Windows environment to maintain a HD mirror and have never had problems. I can't see either, how this environment would "help" DOS-based AV software. If anything, it might allow for the loading of some nasties, which would otherwise be precluded when running under pure DOS.

    Alan

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    Re: ToggleMode

    True. And to be quite honest, I have never found a use for "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" yet. If things get that dire, it becomes a "FORMAT C:" situation!! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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