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Safe Mode is a series of boot options that starts Windows with a limited set of files and drivers. Most start-up programs won't run in safe mode It uses only the most basic drivers to start Windows up.
Safe mode is used for troubleshooting problems with programs or drivers that won't start correctly or that could be stopping Windows from running correctly. If the problem isn't seen in safe mode, you can go ahead and rule out the default settings and the basic device drivers as being at fault. If a new program, device or driver stops Windows from running properly, you can start your computer in safe mode and then remove the program that's causing the problem.
Take out any floppy disks, CDs or DVDs from your PC. Then restart your computer.
Click on Start, click the arrow next to Shut Down and click Restart.
You need to boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen before your version of Windows starts to load.
If your computer has only one operating system (OS), tap the <F8> key rapidly as your computer starts up. If the Windows logo appears, you've gone past and you'll need to restart your computer and try again.
If your computer has more than one operating system installed, use the cursor <ARROW> keys to highlight the OS you want to start in safe mode, and then tap rapidly at the <F8> key before the OS loads.
The Advanced Boot Options screen come up, use the cursor <ARROW> keys to highlight the safe mode option you want and then press the <ENTER> key.
You want to make sure you Log on to your PC with an Administrator account.
You should now be in safe mode, you should see the words Safe Mode in the corners of the screen. once you've finished and you want to exit safe mode, just restart your PC as normal and let Windows start up normally.
There are three different types of Safe Mode possible on the Advanced Boot Options menu.
Starts Windows with the minimum of drivers and services possible.
Same as Safe Mode, but includes the drivers and services needed to enable the network. (You also need this mode if you need to plug peripherals like a USB key to the system.)
Same as Safe Mode but the Command Prompt as the user interface instead of the windows desktop Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Generally, it's advised to try Safe Mode first. If that doesn't work, then try either Safe Mode with Command Prompt if you're comfortable with command-line commands and troubleshooting or Safe Mode with Networking if you're going to need network/Internet access and have tools you need to load onto the system.
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21 Feb 2021