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How to get in to Safe Mode

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:53 am    Post subject: How to get in to Safe Mode Reply with quote

In order to carry out several troubleshooting techniques, it is necessary to use Safe Mode to perform them. Safe Mode is a mode in Windows that loads limited drivers and services, it also does not load startup programs. It has limitations on what will work - many hardware devices and software packages may not function under Safe Mode.

To get in to Safe Mode, you should do the following. This is the same for all versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Vista.

Arrow Turn the computer on, and immediately start tapping the <F8> key (about twice a second is sufficient)
Arrow Before the Windows splash screen (loading screen) comes up, you should get a menu
Arrow Use the cursor keys to highlight Safe Mode and press <Enter>
Arrow The computer will continue to boot, however it may display messages on the screen that are not normally there, and it may also take longer than normal to boot
Arrow Once in Safe Mode it will give you a dialogue box to let you know you are in Safe Mode, depending upon the version of Windows you are using, it may give you an option to run System Restore.

To exit Safe Mode, just shut dow the computer as normal, it should then boot up normally in to Windows.
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