Safe Mode Boot in Windows® 7
What are the benefits of booting Windows 7 in the Safe Mode?
The Windows 7 is a very advanced Operating System from Microsoft that is having simple user friendly graphical interface to enable its effective utilization by all types of users. The Windows 7 OS is having many options and functions that are provided to enhance the functionality and security of the system. While the Windows 7 is a highly functional OS with lots of options to secure its smooth operation, some users can get into situations where the available options might become non responsive or irrelevant in solving out the criticality in the system. In these kinds of situations the Windows 7 users can make use of the safe boot mode in Windows 7 to perform diagnostic startups so as to identify and solve out valid issues in the system. The safe boot mode or safe mode allows the users to diagnose the issues in the system by isolating out system processes from the ones run by third party applications and programs.
The following points discussed below will help the users to perform Safe Mode Boot in Windows 7:
- Use 'F8' for boot menu
- System configuration tool
- Safe mode Boot options
Use 'F8' for boot menu
The Windows 7 OS supports the booting of a computer in Safe mode where the users can perform operations on a system under minimal disturbances from various resource intensive programs and applications that run in the system background while in normal mode. The easiest method to make the Windows 7 boot in safe mode is by holding down the 'F8' key while the computer is attempting a normal startup. Holding down the 'F8' key will allow the users to enter the 'Advanced boot option' menu where the list of available boot options including different safe modes will be displayed. The users can select the desired type of safe mode and perform a safe mode boot up in Windows 7. The users should note that this method is commonly applicable to computers with single operating system and attempting to use this method on systems with multiple operating systems might cause errors or issues.
System configuration tool
The Windows 7 users intending to boot the computer into safe mode can also make use of various boot options. These options are available in the 'System configuration tool' to perform a safe mode boot. The system configuration tool can be accessed by Windows 7 users with administrator rights by inputting ‘msconfig’ command into the 'Run' command window in Windows 7. This will open up a new system configuration window featuring multiple options for configuring the system startup. The users can find the options to make the Windows 7 perform safe mode boot in the ‘Boot’ tab of the system configuration tool.
There are about four different types of Safe mode options available in the Windows 7. The 'Minimal safe boot mode' is the normal type of safe mode that is initialized by pressing the 'F8' Key. It is suggested that users with minimal knowledge about safe modes boot using this mode only to avoid complications. Only critical system processes will be running while in this mode and the users can utilize the mode for analyzing and detecting valid issues in the computer. Other safe boot modes like 'Alternate Shell mode', 'Active Directory repair mode' and 'Network safe mode' can also be made use by advanced users for performing various actions and resolving issues in the Windows 7 computer. Reverting all the changes made by the user in the MS Configuration utility will help to start the Windows 7 system again in normal mode.
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