How to enable Safe Mode for Windows 7

How to enable Safe Mode for Windows 7
How to enable Safe Mode for Windows 7

Are you battling a nasty computer virus or a program that refuses to uninstall? Safe Mode is a way to start Windows with only the basic files it needs to run. This mode will allow you to perform many troubleshooting procedures that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to perform in a normal Windows session. Loading Safe Mode is a straightforward procedure and you can do it even if you cannot start Windows normally.


Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 1

Step 1. Decide if you need to launch Safe Mode

The principle of safe mode is to only allow loading of essential files and drivers. Anything that is not required to start the operating system (such as software that launches at startup) is not loaded. If you have trouble starting your computer, or if something goes wrong right after starting your machine, restart in safe mode to begin the diagnostic.

Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 2

Step 2. Remove all disks from your computer

This includes CDs, DVDs, floppy disks and USB drives. This will prevent any of them from attempting to launch when you restart your computer.

Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 3

Step 3. Restart the computer in Safe Mode

You have two different solutions when it comes to booting into Safe Mode. You can restart your computer and quickly press the F8 key to launch the Advanced Boot Menu, or you can tell Windows to boot directly into Safe Mode. The first option is useful when you cannot start Windows, while the second is useful if you can already access Windows normally.

  • For the first option, quickly press the "F8" key while your computer is restarting. Make sure you do this before the Windows startup screen appears (it's the black screen with the Windows logo). If the start screen appears, you will need to restart your computer and try again.
  • For the second option, configure your computer to boot into safe mode from Windows. To do this, open the command prompt (Windows key + R) and type "msconfig". The System Configuration window will open. Click the Start tab, then check the "Secure Boot" box. This will allow you to select what type of secure boot you want to use. The most common choices are Minimal and Network (see next step.
Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 4

Step 4. Choose the type of secure boot you want to launch

After pressing F8, you will be taken to the “Advanced Boot Options” screen. At the top of the list, there will be three different ways to boot in Safe Mode. If you configure Windows to boot directly into Safe Mode, you will not see this menu.

  • Safe Mode - This is the best option if you are unsure of what to choose. This option will load the bare minimum of drivers to start Windows 7. You will not be able to connect to the Internet. This is the “Minimal” option when configuring Windows to start it in secure mode.
  • Safe Mode with Networking Support - This option loads the same drivers and files as the first option, but also loads all the processes needed to enable networking. Choose this option if you think you will need to go to the Internet or your local network while you troubleshoot.
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt - This mode loads the same processes as the first option, but gives you immediate access to the command prompt. This option is suitable for advanced users who need to perform diagnostics using the command line. The Windows graphical environment will not be loaded.
Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 5

Step 5. Wait while the necessary files load

The next screen shows you each of the files being loaded. You don't need to do anything during this time unless the files aren't loading properly. If the screen freezes at this time, take note of the last file that loaded correctly and then search the Internet for help in troubleshooting based on that information.

Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 6

Step 6. Log into Windows 7

When the login screen appears, identify yourself with an account with administrator privileges. If you have only one account on your computer, it is likely that it has administrator privileges. If you have only one account and no password, you will probably be logged in automatically.

Activate Safe Mode on Windows 7 Step 7

Step 7. Begin the diagnosis

You will know if your computer is in Safe Mode, because "Safe Mode" will be written on all four corners of the screen. Safe Mode is a great time to perform a virus scan, uninstall problematic software, and modify the Windows registry.

  • Once you are done in Safe Mode, restart your computer to return to a normal Windows 7 session.
  • If you have configured your computer to boot in Safe Mode through the System Configuration Tool, you will need to reopen it while you are in Safe Mode and uncheck the "Secure Boot" option in the "Safe Boot" tab. To start up ". Otherwise, your computer will continue to start in Safe Mode when it restarts.

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