How to start and exit Windows Safe Mode

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					Starting and Exiting Windows Safe Mode
NOTE: Please test these steps on your actual systems BEFORE an emergency and note any differences from these descriptions. Patches or updates may affect the way you enter or exit Safe Mode. The directions given in this chart presume a moderate level of Windows experience and may skip some obvious steps. Safe Mode operation does not pose the sort of risks involved in Registry editing.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode is a very limited operating system configuration which disables all but the most essential services and drivers so you can boot a damaged system, back up critical files, and make repairs. Safe Mode defaults to very low resolution video and will not permit Internet access. The VGA mode on NT systems is similar to the “safe” mode. Windows 3.1 has no “safe” mode (that is essentially its ONLY mode). Windows 95, 98, 2000, and XP users should try to use the System Configuration Utility first. Only if that fails, shut down and power off the system, then reboot and use the F8 key—this must be done just after BIOS loads, which isn’t obvious, so you will probably need to experiment. HINT: make a note of approximately how long it took to get F8 to work. This time will remain nearly the same each time.

Windows 2000
Windows 2000 doesn’t come with the System Configuration Utility but both the XP and Windows98/Me versions of the utility will work on most Windows 2000 configurations and may have been installed. HINT: This is an important tool. Consider installing it on Windows 2000 systems. 1. If available, use the System Configuration Utility following the directions for XP or W98/Me. 2. Go to Start | Run, and then enter and run msconfig. 3. Under the General tab, select Diagnostic Startup OR Select Normal startup, Advanced, and check the Enable Startup Menu in the Advanced Troubleshooting Settings menu. 4. Reboot and select Safe mode from the new startup menu. To use the F8 option, reboot and wait until the monochrome Starting Windows screen bar appears, then repeatedly press the F8 key to bring up a new menu, and select Safe mode from the Advanced Options Menu. To exit F8-enabled Safe mode, simply reboot normally. You may need to manually re-enable Normal mode if you used the System Configuration Utility. To re-enable Normal mode after using the System Configuration Utility, follow the same steps but uncheck the Enable Startup Menu box and reboot the system. Alternatively, you can simply reboot and select Normal mode from the startup menu. (This will require user intervention each time until you uncheck the Enable Startup Menu box.)

Windows 95
Windows 95 does not have the System Configuration Utility so you must always use the F8 key to access Safe Mode. Reboot and, when the screen displays Starting Windows 95, press the F8 key. To re-enable the Normal Mode, simply reboot.

Windows XP
Note that you can’t install new programs in XP Safe Mode and you must manually re-enable Normal Mode. 1. Go to Start | Run, and then type msconfig and press [Enter]. 2. Under the General tab, select Diagnostic Startup OR go to the BOOT.INI tab and check the /SAFEBOOT and MINIMAL boxes. 3. Click OK and reboot. To return to Normal Mode follow the same steps, reversing any changes you made. Depending on how you enabled Safe Mode, under the GENERAL tab, select Normal Startup or, uncheck /SAFEBOOT in BOOT.INI.

Windows 98/Me
If your system doesn’t already display a startup option menu: 1. Go to Start | Run and then enter and run msconfig. 2. Under the General tab, select Diagnostic Startup OR Select Normal startup, Advanced, and check Enable Startup Menu in the Advanced Troubleshooting Settings menu. 3. Reboot and select Safe mode from the new startup menu. 4. If that fails, reboot and just hold down the F8 key. To re-enable Normal mode, follow the same steps but uncheck the Enable Startup Menu box and reboot the system. Alternatively, you can simply reboot and select Normal mode from the startup menu. (This will require user intervention each time until you uncheck the Enable Startup Menu box.)

For Multiboot Systems ONLY
1. Reboot and, when offered a choice of operating systems, start Windows as usual. 2. Start tapping the F8 key until the Advanced Options menu appears, and select Safe Mode. Return to Normal Mode following the directions for whatever OS version you choose.


				
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