Need to boot Windows® 7 in Safe Mode
Why do you need to boot Windows 7 in Safe Mode?
Safe Mode is an option in which the Windows operating system loads a few drivers and registry settings but enables the computer’s administrator to perform maintenance and recovery. It is important to know how to open Windows 7 in Safe Mode in order to solve a problem. First restart your system and press F8 before Windows 7 loading screen appears in order to enter Advanced Boot Options. You will get different options in the Advanced Boot Menu like Safe Mode, in which Windows will run only with minimum files and drivers including software. Safe Mode with networking is an option like Safe Mode, so that it can utilize the network.
Different ways to boot Windows 7 in Safe Mode are discussed below:
- Need to boot in Safe Mode
- Safe Mode using function keys
- Safe Mode using 'msconfig'
Need to boot in Safe Mode
Using Safe mode you CAN uninstall the previous version of software which caused the computer to hang or cause error messages. At times after a certain program is installed, Windows will face certain problems like unable to uninstall it normally. For this you need to use Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode, you can use AutoRun that can be obtained for free from 'SysInternals'. This method can be used to check the slow loading of a computer.
Safe mode using function keys
You can log on to Safe Mode using the F8 key. To log on to Safe Mode you need to restart or shutdown the system. When the system starts to boot, you need to press the F8 key continuously. Now it will take you to an advanced option from where you can select different options like Safe Mode, Safe Mode with networking, last known good configuration etc.
If you are finding it difficult to log on to Safe Mode using F8 then you can use the 'msconfig' option. To start with this step you need to first type 'msconfig' in the 'Run' box. Then it will take you to a window called 'System Configuration'. Then you need to select the 'BOOT.INI' tab from which you will see boot options from which you can select 'Safe Boot'.
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