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How to Start Windows to Safe Mode

Postby Sophia » 2012-12-19 1:41


Frequently Windows troubleshooting needs the computer booted to Safe Mode. And this article will introduce you detailed steps to boot computer to safe mode for Windows xp, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Read more.

There are several options to boot Windows to safe mode, choose one that you prefer. Follow below instructions to boot Windows to Safe Mode:


For Windows XP users

Using the F8 Method:

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
    3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
    4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
    5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode.


Using the System Configuration Tool Method:

Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force it to startup into safe mode. For reasons why, you should read this.
    Step 1: Close all programs so that you have nothing open and are at the desktop.
    Step 2: Click on the Start button then click on Run.
    Step 3: In the Run field type msconfig as shown in the image below.

    xp-run.gif


    Step 4: Press the OK button and the System Configuration Utility will start up. You will then see a screen similar to Figure 5 below.

    xp-scu.gif


    Step 5: Click on the tab labeled "BOOT.INI" which is designated by the red box in Figure 5 above. You will then be presented with a screen similar to picture below.

    xp-boot.gif


    Step 6: Put a check mark in the checkbox labeled "/SAFEBOOT" designated by the red box in Figure 6 above. Then press the OK button. After pressing the button you will be presented with a confirmation box as shown below.

    xp-confirm.gif


    Step 7: Press the Restart button and let the computer reboot. It will now boot up into Safe Mode.
    Step 8: When the computer boots up do what diagnostic or troubleshooting tasks that you need to do.
    Step 9: When you finished your tasks, complete steps 1-7 again, but in Step 6 this time uncheck the checkbox labeled "/SAFEBOOT". Then click on the General tab and set it for Normal startup.
    Step 10: Reboot the computer back into normal mode.


For Windows Vista users

Using the F8 Method:

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. When the computer starts you will see your computer's hardware being listed. When you see this information start to gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with the Windows Vista Advanced Boot Options.
    3. Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys.
    4. Then press the enter key on your keyboard to boot into Vista Safe Mode.
    5. When Windows starts you will be at a typical logon screen. Logon to your computer and Vista will enter Safe mode.
    6. Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to go back into normal mode.

Using the System Configuration Tool Method:

Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force it to startup into safe mode. For reasons why, you should read this.


    1. Close any running programs and open Windows so you are back at the desktop.
    2. Click on the Start button.
    3. In the Start Menu Search Box and then type msconfig and press enter on your keyboard.
    4. The System Configuration utility will open and you will see a screen similar to the one below.

    msconfig-general.jpg


    Click on the Boot tab.

    5. You will now be at the Boot options screen as shown below.

    msconfig-boot.jpg


    Put a check mark in the checkbox labeled Safe boot

    6. Press the Apply button and then press the OK button.

    7. You will now be presented with a prompt stating that you need to reboot the computer to apply the change.

    msconfig-reboot.jpg


    Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer.

    8. Your computer will now restart directly into Safe Mode. When you get to the Vista logon screen, log on to the computer and perform any necessary tasks.

    9. When done with your tasks, from within Safe Mode, start msconfig.

    10. When the program is open, and you are on the General tab, select the option labeled Normal Startup.

    11. Then press the Apply button and then the OK button.

    12. When the programs prompts you to reboot, allow it to do so, and you will boot back into Windows Vista in normal mode.



For Windows 7 users


Using the F8 Method:

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. When the computer starts you will see your computer's hardware being listed. When you see this information start to gently tap the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly until you are presented with the Windows 7 Advanced Boot Options.
    3. Using the arrow keys, select the Safe Mode option you want.
    4. Then press the enter key on your keyboard to boot into Windows 7 Safe Mode.
    5. When Windows starts you will be at a typical logon screen. Logon to your computer and Windows 7 will enter Safe mode.
    6. Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to go back into normal mode.


Using the System Configuration Tool Method:


Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force it to startup into safe mode. For reasons why, you should read this.
    1. Close any running programs and open Windows so you are back at the desktop.

    2. Click on the Start ( ) button.

    3. In the Start Menu Search Box type msconfig as shown below.

    search.jpg


    Then press enter on your keyboard.

    4. The System Configuration utility will open and you will see a screen similar to the one below.

    system-configuration.jpg


    Click on the Boot tab.

    5. You will now be at the Boot screen as shown below.

    msconfig-boot.jpg


    Put a check mark in the checkbox labeled Safe boot

    6. Press the Apply button and then press the OK button.

    7. You will now be presented with a prompt stating that you need to reboot the computer to apply the change.

    msconfig-reboot.jpg


    Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer.

    8. Your computer will now restart directly into Safe Mode. When you get to the Windows 7 logon screen, log on to the computer and perform any necessary tasks.

    9. When done with your tasks, from within Safe Mode, start msconfig.

    10. When the program is open, and you are on the General tab, select the option labeled Normal Startup.

    11. Then click Apply -> OK button.

    12. When the program prompts you to reboot, allow it to do so, and you will boot back into Windows 7 in normal mode.




For Windows 8 users


Using the Advanced startup options method:

    1. From the Windows Start screen, type Advanced startup and when the search results appear, click on the Settings category and then click on the Advanced startup options search option.

    2. When the Settings screen opens, scroll down and click on the Restart now button under the Advanced Startup category and your computer will restart.

    3. When the Advance startup menu appears, click on the Troubleshoot option.

    4. Then click on the Advanced Options button.

    5. Finally click on the Startup Settings option and then click on the Restart button. Your computer will now restart again.

    6. When you get to the Startup Settings screen, press the number for the Safe Mode option you wish to use.

    7. Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to go back into normal mode.


Using the System Configuration Tool Method:

Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the Advanced Startup menu, you should not use this method to force it to startup into safe mode.

    1. Go to the Windows Start screen and type msconfig. When the msconfig search results appears, click on it.

    2. The System Configuration utility will open and you will see a screen similar to the one below.

    system-configuration.jpg


    Click on the Boot tab.

    3. You will now be at the Boot screen as shown below.

    msconfig-boot.jpg


    Put a check mark in the checkbox labeled Safe boot

    4. Press the Apply button and then press the OK button.

    5. You will now be presented with a prompt stating that you need to reboot the computer to apply the change.

    msconfig-reboot.jpg


    Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer.

    6. Your computer will now restart directly into Safe Mode. When you get to the Windows 8 logon screen, log on to the computer and perform any necessary tasks.

    7. When done with your tasks, from within Safe Mode, go back to the Start screen by pressing the Tab key on your keyboard. Then start msconfig again by typing msconfig and then clicking on its search result.

    8. When the program is open, and you are on the General tab, select the option labeled Normal Startup.

    9. Then press the Apply button and then the OK button.

    10. When the programs prompts you to reboot, allow it to do so, and you will boot back into Windows 8 in normal mode.



Problems that can occur by forcing Safe Mode using the System Configuration Utility

It is possible to make your computer continuously boot up into safe mode using the System Configuration utility as described above. The program does this by changing your boot.ini file, the settings file that configures your computer's boot sequence, and adding the /safeboot argument to your operating systems startup line. An example of this can be seen below.

Original
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN


After using MsConfig.exe
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /safeboot:minimal



When you are done using safe mode, you would then run the System Configuration utility again and uncheck the /Safeboot option, thus removing the /safeboot argument from the boot.ini file, and allowing your computer to boot up normally.

On a computer that is operating properly this is normally not a problem. Unfortunately, though, a new trick that some of the more recent malware are using is to delete certain Windows Registry keys so that your computer can not properly boot into safe mode. It is in these situations that using the System Configuration utility to boot into safe mode can cause the computer to become inoperable for many users.

This is because once you set the computer to boot into Safe Mode using /Safeboot, it will continuously attempt to start Safe Mode until the /safeboot argument is removed from the boot.ini. Since the malware is not allowing us to actually boot into safe mode, you have no way of getting to a point where you can run the System Configuration utility again to uncheck the /Safeboot option. Thus, you are stuck with a computer constantly attempting to get into safe mode and not being able to do so.

If a situation like this has happened to you it is possible to fix this problem by renaming your boot.ini file. The first step would be to use a boot disk to start your computer. If your computer does not have a floppy disk, then you can typically boot off the Windows CD that came with your computer in order to access the Windows Recovery Console. More information about the Windows Recovery Console can be found here. Once booted to a command prompt, you would simply rename your C:\Boot.ini file to another name like C:\Boot.ini.bak. The command to rename the file at the command prompt is:
ren C:\Boot.ini Boot.ini.bak

Once the file is renamed, you can then remove the boot disk and reboot your computer to get back to normal mode. When booting up after the rename, do not be surprised if you see an error stating that you do not have a valid Boot.ini file. When you get back to normal Windows mode, you can then rename C:\Boot.ini.bak to C:\Boot.ini and run Msconfig again to remove the /safeboot flag.

Conclusion

It is not uncommon when people are helping you troubleshoot your computer that they tell you to enter Safe Mode. With this tutorial you should now know how to enter Safe Mode when it is required. However, there is an exception due to deep infection with boot sector virus, such as ransomware. If you are unfortunately trapped in such an case, read more details about ransomware here and find an solution.
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Re: How to Start Windows to Safe Mode

Postby serman007 » 2013-07-02 1:23

This tips tell you about starting windows to safe mode for all operating system.
PRESENTATION



Windows Safe Mode is a way to start your Windows operating system to perform administrative tasks and diagnosis of your system. When you start in Safe Mode the operating system only loads the bare minimum required software for the operating system to work. This operating mode is designed to let you troubleshoot and run diagnostics on your computer. Windows Safe Mode loads a basic video driver so your programs may look different from normal.


For Win98/ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7, there are two ways to start in safe mode, while 95 and 2000 have only one. We will describe these methods below:

F8 - By pressing the F8 key right when Windows starts, usually right after you hear sound when you restart your computer, you will be taken to a menu where you can choose to start in Safe Mode. If this does not work the first time, reboot and try again you have to be quick when you press it. I found that during boot right after the computer shows you all the equipment, memory, etc installed on your computer, if you start to gently tap the F8 key you will usually be able to access the desired menu .

System Configuration Utility - You can use the System Configuration Utility, or MSCONFIG, found in Windows 98, ME, XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to restart Windows in safe mode at the next reboot. We'll get into the specific details in the sections below. Please note that you should not force your computer to boot in Safe Mode using the System Configuration Utility if you think you are infected by malicious software such as malware can corrupt the key needed to start in Safe Mode. You can read more about it here.


WINDOWS XP


Using the F8 method:


- Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list the hardware that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point, you need to tap the F8 key until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.

- Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys.
Then press Enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot in normal mode.


Using the method of system configuration tool:



Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force the start in Safe Mode. For reasons why you should read this.

Step 1: Close all programs so that you have nothing open and you're in the office.

Step 2: Click the Start button and then click Run.

Step 3: In the Run box, type msconfig, as shown in the image below.

Step 4: Press the OK button and the System Configuration Utility starts.

Step 5: Click on who is designated by the red box above "boot.ini" tab.

Step 6: Put a checkmark in the designated by the red box "/ SAFEBOOT" box. Then press the OK button. After pressing the button, you'll be presented with a confirmation box.

Step 7: Press the reset button and let the computer restart. It will now start in Safe Mode.

Step 8: When the computer starts doing what diagnostic tasks and troubleshooting you need to do.

Step 9. When finished your tasks, perform steps 1-7 again, but in Step 6 this time uncheck "/ SAFEBOOT". Then click on the General tab and set for normal startup.

Step 10: Restart the computer back to normal mode.


WINDOWS VISTA


Using the F8 method:



Restart your computer.
When the computer starts you will see your computer's hardware being listed. When you see this information start tapping the F8 key until you are presented with the Windows Vista Advanced Boot Options.
Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys.
Then press the Enter key on your keyboard to boot into Vista Safe Mode.
When Windows starts, you will be opening a typical login screen. Log on to your computer and Vista goes into safe mode.
Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to return to normal mode.

Using the method of system configuration tool:

Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force the start in Safe Mode. For reasons why you should read this.

Close all programs running and windows open so that you're back at the office.

Click the Start button ().

In the Start Menu Search Box () type msconfig and press Enter on your keyboard.

The System Configuration Utility will open and you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click the Startup tab.
You will now be on the screen boot options as described below.

Put a check mark in the box Safe boot

Press the Apply button and press the OK button.

You will now be presented with a prompt indicating that you must restart the computer to apply the change.

Click the Restart button to restart your computer.

Your computer will now restart directly into Safe Mode. When you get to the login screen Vista, log on to the computer and perform all the necessary tasks.

When you have completed your tasks, from Safe Mode, start msconfig.

When the program is open, and you are on the General tab, select Normal Startup option.

Then press the Apply button and then the OK button.

When the program prompts you to reboot, allow it to do so, and you'll boot back into Windows Vista in normal mode.


WINDOWS 7



Using the F8 method:

Restart your computer.
When the computer starts you will see your computer's hardware being listed. When you see this information start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard until you are presented with the Advanced Options screen Windows 7 boot, as shown in the image below.

Using the arrow keys, select the Safe Mode option you want.
Then press Enter on your keyboard to boot into Windows 7 Safe Mode.
When Windows starts, you will be opening a typical login screen. Log on to your computer and Windows 7 password in safe mode.
Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to return to normal mode.

Using the method of system configuration tool:

Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode via the F8 method, you should not use this method to force the start in Safe Mode. For reasons why you should read this.

Close all programs running and windows open so that you're back at the office.

Click the Start button ().

In the Start menu search field type msconfig.

Then press Enter on your keyboard.

The System Configuration Utility will open and you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click the Startup tab.

You will now be at the start screen as shown below.

Vista Boot tab in the System Configuration Utility

Put a check mark in the box Safe boot

Press the Apply button and press the OK button.

You will now be presented with a prompt indicating that you must restart the computer to apply the change.

Click the Restart button to restart your computer.

Your computer will now restart directly into Safe Mode. When you get to the Windows 7 login screen, log on to the computer and perform all the necessary tasks.

When you have completed your tasks, from Safe Mode, start msconfig.

When the program is open, and you are on the General tab, select Normal Startup option.

Then press the Apply button and then the OK button.

When the program prompts you to reboot, allow it to do so, and you'll boot back into Windows 7 in normal mode.


WINDOWS 8


For a detailed guide on how to start Windows in Safe Mode 8 tutorial, please see this tutorial:

How to start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

Using the method of advanced startup options:

From the startup screen of Windows, type advanced startup and when the search results appear, click the Settings category, then click the start search option Advanced.

When the Settings screen opens, scroll down and click the Restart Now in the category Advanced Start button and the computer restarts.

When the boot menu appears Advance, click the Troubleshooting option.

Then click the Advanced Options button.

Finally, click the Settings option to start, and then click the Restart button. Your computer will now restart.

When you get to the Settings startup screen, press the number corresponding to the Safe Mode option you want to use.

Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to return to normal mode.

Using the method of system configuration tool:

Note: If you are having trouble entering Safe Mode from the Advanced Boot menu, you should not use this method to force the start in Safe Mode. For reasons why you should read this.

Go to the Start screen of Windows and type msconfig. When the results of the search msconfig, click it.


The System Configuration Utility will open and you will see a screen similar to the one below.


Vista System Configuration Utility

Click the Startup tab.

You will now be at the start screen as shown below.

Vista Boot tab in the System Configuration Utility

Put a check mark in the box Safe boot

Press the Apply button and press the OK button.

You will now be presented with a prompt indicating that you must restart the computer to apply the change.

Click the Restart button to restart your computer.

Your computer will now restart directly into Safe Mode. When you get to the screen of Windows 8, connect to the computer and perform all the necessary tasks.

When you have completed your tasks, from safe mode, return to the home screen by pressing the Tab key on your keyboard. Then start typing msconfig msconfig again and clicking the search result.

When the program is open, and you are on the General tab, select Normal Startup option.

Then press the Apply button and then the OK button.

When the program prompts you to reboot, allow it to do so, and you'll boot back into Windows 8 in normal mode.

Problems that may occur by forcing Safe Mode using the System Configuration Utility

It is possible to start up your computer continuously in safe mode with the utility system as described above configuration. The program by modifying the boot.ini file, the configuration file to configure the boot sequence of your computer, and adding the argument / SafeBoot your operating systems startup line. An example of this can be seen below.

Original [operating systems]
multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (2) \ WINDOWS = "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" / fastdetect / NOEXECUTE = OPTIN
After using MSCONFIG.EXE [operating systems]
multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (2) \ WINDOWS = "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" / fastdetect / NOEXECUTE = OPTIN / SafeBoot: Minimal


When you have finished using the Safe Mode, then you have to run the System Configuration utility again and uncheck the Safeboot / option, eliminating the argument / SafeBoot from the boot.ini file, and allowing your computer to boot normally.

On a computer that is working properly is not normally a problem. Unfortunately, a new trick that some of the latest malware is used to remove some Windows registry keys so that your computer can not boot properly in Safe Mode. It is in these situations that using the System Configuration Utility to start in safe mode may cause the computer unusable for many users.

This is because once you set the computer to boot into Safe Mode with / SafeBoot he continually tries to boot into safe mode until the argument / SafeBoot is removed from the boot.ini. Since the malware does not allow us to actually start in Safe Mode, you have no way to get to a point where you can run the System Configuration utility again to uncheck the / SafeBoot. So you're stuck with a computer constantly trying to get into safe mode and not be able to do.

If a situation like this has happened to you, it is possible to solve this problem by renaming the boot.ini file. The first step would be to use a boot disk to start your computer. If your computer does not have a floppy disk, then you can usually start on the Windows CD that came with your computer to access the Windows Recovery Console. More information about the Windows Recovery Console can be found here. Once set to a command prompt, you simply rename your C: \ Boot.ini file to another name such as C: \ Boot.ini.bak. The command to rename the file to the command prompt is:

s C: \ boot.ini Boot.ini.bak

Once the file is renamed, you can then remove the boot disk and restart your computer to return to normal mode. When starting after the name change, do not be surprised if you see an error message indicating that you do not have a valid Boot.ini file. When you return to normal Windows mode, you can then rename C: \ Boot.ini.bak to C: \ boot.ini and run msconfig again to remove the flag / SafeBoot.


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