What is safe mode and how to boot in safe mode in Windows 7
In safe mode Windows loads only the required (minimal set of drivers and services). Thus, in safe mode you will have access to only basic programs and functions in Windows that usually do not need drivers for network devices – this means that you will have and access to the Internet, if we are talking about the standard safe mode. In addition, the interface Windows in safe mode won’t look the way you used to see. This is due to the fact that safe mode is set to run minimum graphic settings at the lowest resolution that is supported in Windows. In the case of Windows 7 it’s 800 by 600 pixels.
During the boot process in safe mode on the screen, a black screen appears that shows the loading of drivers and services, and after the download is complete on your desktop automatically opens a window «help and support» that explains what safe mode is and how to use it.
Remember that safe mode does not load any third-party services and programs that are loaded during a normal startup of the operating system, but only the core services and features required for Windows to run.
Everything written above allows us to understand that the safe mode is used to detect and correct problems in the operating system.
How to boot in safe mode in Windows 7
There are several ways in which you can boot in safe mode, and the first one is to use the tool «system Configuration». To open it, press on the keyboard Win + R in the run dialog type «msconfig», then press Enter. When the window opens, click the tab «Download». There you will find «boot Options».
Check the box next to the option «Safe mode», click «OK» and then select «Restart» or «Exit without restart» if you want the computer to restart now, select the first, and respectively second, if you want to restart the computer yourself later. When you next start Windows 7 will be loaded in safe mode.
Please note that after this, the operating system will always boot in safe mode. To turn it off, go back into «system Configuration», uncheck «Safe mode» and press «OK». Then restart the computer.
Another way of entering safe mode is useful in cases where Windows 7 for some reason does not want to boot in normal mode, which is usually associated with any software (drivers etc.). To load in safe mode this way, hold the F8 key immediately after turning on the computer. This will lead to a menu with additional boot options, where you can choose to boot in safe mode, safe mode with support of network drivers and in safe mode with command prompt. Use the arrow keys to move between menu items and press Enter to select.
Also note that if you can’t start the computer in normal mode after installing new software or making any changes to the settings of the OS, first try to select «last known good configuration» (Last Know Good Configuration). If this does not help, then boot up in safe mode and look for the cause of the problem.
Why the need for other safe mode options
Good old safe mode is of several types.
If in safe mode you may need the Internet to download the drivers, you need to use «Safe mode with networking» (Safe Mode with Networking). This loads the driver required to operate the network card of the computer or modem that will allow you to open web pages, download files and access to computers in the local network.
Experienced Windows users often work in the command prompt window, and «Safe mode with command prompt» option (Safe Mode with Command Promt) allows you to launch and use this tool in safe mode of the operating system.
Congratulations! Now you know how to boot in safe mode, which can be your Savior in various computer problems.