Boot in Safe Mode

Boot in Safe Mode
Choose Safe Mode with Networking if you need the Internet.

Windows Safe Mode is a protected version of Windows that’s useful in case a driver or other issue is causing a crash, freeze or Blue Screen of Death. From Safe Mode, you can roll back to an earlier state of Windows (called restoring to a Restore Point), download and run a specific antivirus or antispyware app, or run Driver Reviver to update your drivers to more stable editions.

To enter Safe Mode in Windows XP, Vista or 7:

  1. Reboot your PC and press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If you see the Windows logo, you waited too long, and you’ll have to restart and try again.
  2. Choose Safe Mode from the list, or Safe Mode with Networking if you’re intending to download something.

To enter Safe Mode in Windows 8 or 8.1:

  1. Restart your PC.
  2. Press Shift + F8 before the Windows logo appears.
  3. Click See Advanced Repair Options.
  4. Click Troubleshoot.
  5. Click Advanced Options.
  6. Click Windows Startup Settings.
  7. Click Restart.
  8. You then see a list where you can choose Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking (depending on whether you think you’ll need the Internet).

Safe Mode will look odd, without a very high resolution or many of the features you’re used to. That’s OK — it’s designed to be a bare-bones version of Windows for diagnostic purposes.

Once you’ve made the changes you need to Windows, restart again and choose to boot normally when prompted. Hopefully, it will work right this time!

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  • daren larry taylor

    i hardly understand how to go about this

  • Steve

    Hi Daren,
    Well … what part are you stuck on? We’d be happy to walk you through it.

  • daren larry taylor


  • Tim Rubald

    Safe Mode for Windows 8.1?

  • Tim Rubald

    Nevermind. Found it. Sorry that I missed the link. Thank you.

  • Kevin

    do i keep all of my files when i start it normally again?

  • Tiaryn


    I’m on a blue screen and it says “your PC has ran into a problem and needs a restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then you can restart. (0% complete)” this stays on 0% and doesn’t move at all

    What should i do?

  • vanessa

    Ola. O meu computador tem o mesmo problema. Mas no teclado do meu computador não tem as teclas F1 F2… tenho o windows 8.1 .um pc portatil Lenovo Z50-70

  • Shelly Marie Lupo

    I just got a netbook and it was on I walked into my kitchen when ii came back it was aa black screen then after I hooked my keyboard back to it ii got the blue screen with the message am I ok or should I worry

  • Jürgen Knauer

    Hey Leute . Ich habe 2 Notebooks von Asus . Der Kleinere von beiden der Eee Pc 1201 N Asus mit 4 GB. Arbeitsspeicher habe ich windows 10 pro 32 bit installiert . Wenn der pc läuft und ich eine zeit lang nicht dran arbeit , circa 10 bis 15 Minuten erscheind der Bluescreen mit der beschreibung Bad Pool Header. Mein Antiviren Programm läut von computerbild CD mit G -Data Internet Security CBE. Wie kann ich das folgende Problem beheben ? Habe noch nichts ausprobiert weil alles in Englisch beschrieben wird das hilft mir nicht weiter . Auch diese übersetzungen in Deutsch bringen mich nicht weiter . Sollte mir jemand helfen können bitte in deutsch an folgende addresse . Danke im voraus für eventuelle bemühungen und Hilfen . Gruss jürgen Kn.

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