How To Start Windows In Safe Mode (Windows 7, XP and Vista)


What is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode is a simplified version of your current Windows Operation System.

When you start Windows in Safe Mode, it will load only essential services and drivers, allowing you to diagnose the problems and errors within the OS. All start-up programs will be turned off, along with advanced desktop themes (such as Windows 7 Aero).



During the Safe Mode Windows session, you can edit your Windows settings, delete recently installed drivers, delete/move your documents or backup important data to mass storage device. Due to very limited driver activity, you can not use any additional hardware except your monitor, keyboard and mouse.


How to turn on Windows Safe Mode?

When you turn on your computer, wait for manufacturer splash screen to come up along with classic hardware/memory check. Second or two before Windows logo shows up, start pressing F8 key. Instead of classic windows loading screen, you’ll get Advanced Boot Options menu, starting with three Safe Mode sub-options:

1. Safe Mode

Standard form of Safe Mode, as described above.

2. Safe Mode With Networking

Includes everything as the first option with exception of having an ability to access network drivers. This might be the most useful feature within the Advanced Boot Options menu, since network drivers allow access to Internet and local area network.

3. Safe Mode With Command Prompt

This form of Safe Mode loads all services and drivers as the first option, but instead of GUI (Graphical User Interface) it offers Command Prompt.


How to exit Safe Mode?

Just restart your PC the usual way, and if there’s nothing wrong with your OS, it will reboot normally. You can enter/exit Safe Mode as many times you need, it will not do any harm to your computer.


Alternative titles:

How to run Windows in Safe Mode
Entering Safe Mode in Windows 7
Reboot to Safe Mode
Safe Mode Keyboard Key
Safe Mode With Networking