Safe Mode

Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state with minimum number of resources. With safe mode only the basic files, settings and drivers that are necessary to run Windows will be started. It was first introduced in Microsoft Windows 95 and is now available in all versions of Microsoft Windows except Microsoft Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.0, and Windows NT 4.0.

Safe Mode is a special way of loading Windows in cases of a system-critical problem that affects the normal operation of Windows. When the system is being run in safe mode, the words Safe Mode appears in the corners of the monitor this helps in recognize which Windows mode is being used.

The main purpose of using Safe Mode is to allow the user to troubleshoot their Windows and try to determine the causes for the issue. Safe mode enables the user to load the Windows safely and correct any problems that are associated or preventing the Windows to start normally. Once the problem is fixed then you can reboot wherein Windows will load normally.

Types of Safe Mode

There are three different Safe Modes on a Windows PC. Each of the modes enables different devices and drivers. Modes Include:

Safe Mode: This is the basic minimal settings. When using this mode users have access only to the basic drivers, like Mouse, Keyboard, and Basic Graphics. But, the full functionality of the graphics card will not be loaded. This mode is useful when you cannot boot into the other Safe Modes.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt: This mode loads same drivers and services as Safe Mode, but rather than loading the normal Windows graphical user interface (GUI), it logs the user into the Command Prompt. This is very much similar to the old DOS system and requires advanced knowledge of computers

Safe Mode with Networking: This mode will load the Windows GUI and other options as per normal Safe Mode. In addition, it loads the networking drivers; that are used by the PC to communicate with other computers on your network, or to access the Internet (in critical conditions). It is generally not advisable to use Safe Mode to surf the Internet.

How to start Windows in Safe Mode:

  • Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart the PC
  • Access the boot menu by pressing the F8 key several times before Windows starts
  • On the Advanced Boot Options screen there will be a list of three types of safe mode, use the arrow keys to highlight the safe mode type whichever is needed, and then press Enter.

    (Note: For more information about options, see advanced startup options.)

  • Press Enter and wait until Windows loads in Safe Mode
  • Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights

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