- 0.0.1 Safe Mode in Windows: The Safe Mode offered by Windows OS is a rescue effort of sorts to PC users. Beginning from the nostalgic Windows 98 to the current universal platform Windows 7,8,10, the safe mode feature has evolved to facilitate trouble shooting and OS failure detections. Often, BSOD manifestations are followed by the OS mandatorily entering into safe mode or asking us for an option to enter into one, with a countdown from 20 odd seconds. Usually safe mode can be availed by pressing the F8 key repeatedly when the computer begins to boots into your Windows OS. If that fails to happen then you can manually navigate to safe mode using the following technique.
- 1 What is Safe Mode in Windows?
- 2 What is the use of safe mode with networking?
- 3 How do you open windows in safe mode?
- 4 The different types of safe mode available in Windows
- 5 1) Minimal Safe Mode
- 6 2) Alternate Shell Safe Mode
- 7 3) Active Directory Repair Safe Mode
- 8 4) Network Safe Mode
- 9 How To Start Windows In Safe Mode & F8 key [Windows 95 Through Windows 10]
- 10 System Configuration Utility [Windows 98 Through Windows 10]
What is Safe Mode in Windows?
What is the use of safe mode with networking?
How do you open windows in safe mode?
The different types of safe mode available in Windows
There are various ways to make full use of safe mode. Safe mode allows technical support people to configure their systems from dust. It gives them the minimum yet the entirely needed options to shoot their troubles arising from a troubled OS. The following are the various safe modes.
1) Minimal Safe Mode
The Minimal option is the same type of Safe Mode you would get using the F8 method. Minimal loads up Windows 7’s graphical interface (GUI) but with only critical system services running.
This does not include your video card’s drivers, which is why when you boot to Minimal Safe Mode, your computer usually displays the minimum resolution of 800x600dpi. Minimal Safe Mode is best when you have no idea what the problem is with your computer and you need to start from ground zero.
2) Alternate Shell Safe Mode
Alternate Shell Safe Mode loads Windows 7 with a command prompt with the GUI completely disabled. This Safe Mode requires advanced knowledge of how to navigate Windows 7 with only text commands and without the aid of the mouse.
This mode is especially useful for troubleshooting graphics issues with your video card or when having problems with the Aero Desktop feature of Windows 7. Alternate Shell Mode also does not load any networking drivers or software so you will not have access to your local network or the Internet.
3) Active Directory Repair Safe Mode
Unlike the Windows Registry, the Active Directory does not contain dynamic information or data that is likely to change often. One of the things stored in the Active Directory is machine-specific information such as print queues, contact information, and data pertaining to the hardware in your computer.
- If the Active Directory becomes corrupted or if you unsuccessfully change the hardware in your computer, you may experience instability problems with Windows 7.
- One of the most common issues occurs when a computer owner replaces a faulty motherboard with one that is not the same make and model of the old one.
- Active Directory Repair Safe Mode can help you restore your computer’s stability by storing new or repaired information in the Active Directory.
4) Network Safe Mode
Network Safe Mode loads Windows 7 with the GUI and with networking enabled. This means that you will have access to your local network and the Internet as well.This Safe Mode is best used when your Windows 7 computer is unstable and you need to upgrade or download a driver, patch, or update to the hardware or software in your computer.
Network Safe Mode is especially useful when you install new hardware such as a video card and you need to download the newest driver from the manufacturer’s website.
Network Safe Mode is also useful when you are certain that your computer’s problem is not the network. Restarting Windows 7 in this Safe Mode allows you make backups on your local network and download drivers from the Internet before you troubleshoot and diagnose what is wrong with your computer.
This article explains how to start in safe mode with Windows and why you would want to. Note that you will need an Administrator account in order to log into Safe Mode.
How To Start Windows In Safe Mode & F8 key [Windows 95 Through Windows 10]
The standard method to start Windows in Safe Mode is by pressing the F8 key during Windows boot.
- Restart or turn on the computer.
- As the computer starts listing installed hardware, start to repeatedly (and gently) tab the F8 key.
- If you missed the right time point, start over.
- You will know that it worked when you are redirected to Advanced Boot Options.
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select Safe Mode from the options.
- Press Enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
System Configuration Utility [Windows 98 Through Windows 10]
If you seem to miss the right moment to hit the F8 key, you can use the System Configuration Utility to initiate a boot into Safe Mode before you restart your computer.
- Go to > Start.
- In Windows 98 through XP open the > Run dialogue. In Windows Vista and 10 type into the search field.
- Type ‘msconfig‘ into the respective field and hit enter.
- The System Configuration Utility will launch. Switch to the > Boot tab.
- Under > Boot options, check the > /SAFEBOOT or > Safe boot option and select > Minimal or > Network.
Warning: Do not use the System Configuration Utility if you suspect your machine is infected with malware! The malware could corrupt registry keys required to boot into Safe Mode and this in turn could cause your computer to be stuck in a deadly circle. The /SAFEBOOT value added to the boot.ini would cause your computer to continuously boot into Safe Mode, but due to corrupted registry keys it would not be able to, leading to a reboot into Safe Mode and no way out.