System Restore and Safe Mode in Windows® 7
Tips to use System Restore and Safe Mode in Windows 7
Windows 7 is one of the stable Operating Systems released by Microsoft and recommended by many IT professionals. There are many error fixing tools in Windows 7 and that are capable of recovering the computer from a system failure. Virus issues, Operating System related issues are some common issues that occur on almost all computers. Safe Mode and System Restore option are two most useful error fixing tools in Windows 7. Sometimes, you might not be able to start the computer in Normal mode due to various device drivers or application issues. In such cases, you can start the computer in Safe mode which loads the computer with minimal drivers and services. Once the computer is booted up in Safe Mode, you can perform troubleshooting steps to fix the issues and then restart the computer in normal mode. If an issue starts after installing/updating software or after changing some settings. You can use the system restore utility to undo the last made changes and to restore the computer to an earlier working condition.
Following are some tips to use safe mode and system restore tools and to fix issues that could occur while using the options:
- Tips to use safe mode and system restore
- System restore option disabled
- Critical system errors
Tips to use safe mode and system restore
To boot the computer in safe mode, you need to turn on the computer and press the F8 key on the computer during the process. An advanced boot option will be displayed on a black screen. You need to use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode, safe mode with networking or safe mode with command prompt depending on the troubleshooting requirement from the advanced boot options. This process will boot the computer in the safe mode. System restore can be accessed by clicking the start button, programs, accessories, system tools and then on System restore. Once the system restore window is launched, you can select a date to restore the computer and complete the system restore wizard. System Restore can be used in safe mode as well.
System restore option disabled
Windows 7 automatically creates a system restore point before any changes are applied on the Operating System. System Restore point would not be created if System Restore option is disabled by the user or due to virus infection. To check if the system restore is disabled, you need to right-click on 'My Computer', then click on System Restore and make sure that the system restore option is turned on.
Safe Mode is capable of temporarily disabling all third-party services and start up programs which automatically loads during the boot process. There are some critical errors like system RAM failure, Windows crash, serious virus infections etc. that would stop your computer from booting in Safe Mode. If the computer doesn’t boot even in Safe Mode, you could try to repair the Windows Operating system using the Windows 7 bootable disk or replace the faulty hardware.
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