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How to Boot in Safe Mode -- Windows 7 - Vista - XP

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Windows Safe Mode boot
The following quick guide provides the easy steps required in order to boot Windows in Safe Mode. This applies for Windows 7, Vista, and XP users. It also provides two options that enable you to access this mode.
 

What is Safe Mode?
This is a special mode in Windows OS that enables you restart it a limited way - it only uploads necessary core components such as mouse and keyboard drivers, display modes, and other vital files and services. Restarting Windows in Safe Mode is quite useful in order to detect the source of problems that prevent you from using/restarting Windows properly while working in “Normal” mode.

As one example, using this mode is quite useful in order to detect whether a new driver or device that you’ve installed lately is the cause to BSODs (Blue Screens of Death), system crashes, and other severe system malfunctions.

Option #1
How to boot in Safe Mode - Windows 7, Vista, XP via F8 key

(1) Restart your PC while tapping every ½ second on your keyboard’s F8 function key…
(2) Wait until Windows Advanced Boot Options menu pops up
(3) Select Safe Mode and click ENTER
(4) Windows now uploads in Safe Mode

If from some reason option #1 doesn’t work, try the following…

Option #2
How to boot in Safe Mode - Windows 7 and Vista via space bar key

(1) Restart your PC while tapping every ½ second on your keyboard’s space bar key…
(This forces Windows to open up Windows Boot Manager menu)
(2) Wait until Windows Boot Manager menu pops up
(2) It enables you to use the F8 function key so push the F8 key…
(3) Select Safe Mode click ENTER
(4) Windows now uploads in Safe Mode

Accessing last known Good system configuration in Windows XP
(1) Restart your PC while tapping every ½ second on your keyboard’s space bar key

This forces Windows to open up the Hardware Profile/Configuration Recovery Menu. It enables you to switch to a previous system configuration which may overcome startup problems, or switch to the last known Good system configuration.

(2) Either select the default configuration profile or push “L” key for your last known Good system configuration.

 
   
 

Repairing BSODS (Blue Screens) and other system crashes!
Many BSODs (Blue Screens of Death), system crashes, and other severe system malfunctions are usually caused due to incorrect/corrupt/outdated hardware drivers. In order to repair these problems and avoid similar problems in the future do the following:

(1) Restart Windows in Safe Mode as explained earlier
(2) Download the following drivers scanner
(3) It’ll conduct an in-depth scan to all your hardware drivers
(4) Wait for the final problematic drivers report…
(5) Replace all problematic drivers with their latest correct versions
(6) Restart Windows in “Normal” mode

   
 
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DAK Nov 27, 2013

UGH! I have an old laptop with Vista (32bit) and after trying to download update to an HP printer, it crashed! Now I get BSOD after BSOD - codes and errors vary but ends the same - BSOD until I turn off and leave off. It won't start in Safe Mode, Normal Mode, Last Good Config. System Repair/Restore and Recovery Options end in an application error (winpeshl.exe). I have gotten to a pop up for restore that asks for a password which I can't remember setting, and if I did certainly can't recall what it is and nothing I have tried has worked so I end up back to shutting it off. It has been a never ending cycle of trying and failing. I do not have cd of Vista to reboot from but I do have a Windows 7 cd made from another laptop. Would that work if all else continues to fail??? I am running Mem Diag Tool (extended) and got "hardware problem detected" within seconds. Can I download the drivers scanner or other tools to USB/CD using another laptop to use on a laptop that refuses to boot? HELP! Thank you!


   
 

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