Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. June 12, 2006
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Let's face it. Sometimes things go wrong, and when they do, Windows can help fix itself. Windows has a number of different recovery options that can get your computer working the way it should. When you need access to those options, Windows can display them for a defined period of time before taking the default action.
To set that amount of time, you'll need to set the Startup and Recover options in The Windows System Properties dialog. To get there, click Start, and then right click on the My Computer icon. When the context menu appears, click Properties. When the System Properties dialog appears, click the Advanced Tab, and then the Settings button in the Startup and Recovery area.
When the Startup and Recovery dialog appears, insure that the two check boxes in the System Startup area are checked, and then adjust the time in the spin boxes to your liking. When you're done, click OK to clear the dialogs until you get back to the desktop.