How to run your Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP in Safe mode (with Networking)

It is important that you know how to start your Windows computer in Safe mode as there are times when the system cannot successfully boot up. When in this mode, Windows will only load up the core services, apps and drivers. In the case where the problem stemmed from the app you installed, then for sure, your computer can start in Safe mode and then you can make necessary modifications or even uninstall the program that causes the problem. This is just one of the uses of safe mode.

In this post, I will walk you through in starting your computer that runs Windows 7, Vista or XP in safe mode. Basically, you can start your machine in this mode with and without networking support. If you opt to start it with networking, then you will be able to utilize some networking services even while the phone is in this mode.

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How to run your Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP in Safe mode (with Networking)

Now, to start your machine in safe mode, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Turn off and on, then press F8

If your computer is still powered on, turn it off completely. Then, turn it back on and as soon as the machine completed its initialization (usually after the beep), press F8 repeatedly.

The computer will still display the hardware information and then run memory tests, then after that, the Advanced Boot Options will show up on the screen.

Step 2: Choose Safe mode or Safe mode with networking, hit Enter

To highlight an option, use the Arrow Up or Down key. Once the option is highlighted, press the Enter key to choose it.

It will take a few seconds for the computer to load necessary drivers and services and you may see a black screen with white texts running but don’t let that bother you, it’s normal.

Step 3: Troubleshoot your computer

If you see the usual desktop with its display a little too grainy, then you’ve successfully started your machine in safe mode. You may now troubleshoot your computer or uninstall programs and drivers that may have been causing the problem.

Step 4: Reboot your computer to exit Safe mode

After doing what you need to do to fix the problem on your computer, it’s time to exit Safe mode so you can use to optimum performance and potential. You can simply reboot your computer or you can also repeats step 1 and then choose Start Windows Normally and then hit Enter.

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