Windows “Safe Mode” is a special diagnostic mode in which Windows loads only minimal drivers and services. If you enter safe mode, your operating system will start with limited features and no unnecessary features. Safe mode is used to help users fix several problems with their computer, such as corrupt software (or driver) installation, or removing viruses or malware that prevents the computer from booting normally.
In this article, you will find a way to enter Windows Safe Mode to troubleshoot your Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP-based computer.
How to start Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP in safe mode.
Method 1. Using the MSCONFIG command (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP OS).
The first way to start Windows in safe mode is to use the system configuration utility (msconfig). This method works on all Windows versions.
1. Press Windows + R buttons to load Running dialog box.
2. Stand up msconfig and press Enter.
3. Click on Upload tab and then check Safe download option.
4. Click on OK and restart your computer.
Note: To reboot Windows normally, open the System Configuration utility again and remove the “”.Safe download” option.
Method 2. Using the SHIFT key and the restart key (Windows 10 and 8/8.1 OS)
If you have a computer based on Windows 10 or 8/8.1, you can start Windows in safe mode by following the procedure below:
Method 3. use of F8 key & Advanced boot options menu (Windows 7, Vista and XP)
If you have a computer based on Windows 7, Vista or XP, then:
1. Close all programs and restart your computer.
2. Press the button F8 button before the Windows logo appears when your computer boots.
3. When “Windows advanced options menuIf it appears on your screen, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight it.Safe mode” option and then press INTRODUCTION.
An alternative method if”F8” key method does not work: *
- Click on “Power on/off” button for at least (5) seconds when Windows loads to shut down (shut down) your computer.
- Then “Power on/offPress ” again to turn on (turn on) your computer.
- Usually you will get a message that Windows has failed to start. Meanwhile:
- Windows XP: He told you “Advanced options menu” automatically.
- Windows 7 or Vista: If Windows allows you to “Advanced options menu” automatically, then select “Start Windows normally” option > “Enter” > and immediately press the buttonF8“To login” buttonAdvanced options“.
*Note: This method also works for Windows 2003 and 2008 Server versions.