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The instructions to reboot Windows in safe mode varies among operating system versions. In this article, we will outline the steps necessary for Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
We will also review the various options you have when starting a computer in safe mode. These options include the ability to run with networking functionality, or the use of your system’s command prompt.
Running your computer in safe mode, rather than in normal mode, provides many troubleshooting benefits. Via the logon screen, this mode allows you to log into a Windows session without loading drivers, or third-party software to diagnose system errors, hardware, or software problems, or to run a safe mode virus scan.
With the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows 95 operating system, came several built-in diagnosing programs. Safe mode has since been available in all Windows versions, except Windows NT 3.0 and 4.0.
If you have difficulty booting your computer into safe mode, try the following…
To boot your PC in safe mode, start by selecting the appropriate set of steps below, based on the operating system you have. Notice that some operating systems have the same process.
Follow these steps to boot your Windows 7, or Windows Vista computer into safe mode.
Follow these steps to boot your Windows XP, or Windows 2000 PC in safe mode.
Follow these steps to boot your Win 98 PC into safe mode.
On certain versions of Windows, you are provided a list of options for booting into safe mode.
Safe Mode: This is the basic troubleshooting option, and has no advanced support
Safe Mode with Networking: This option provides the basic support of Safe Mode, plus your computer’s networking functions
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: This safe mode option provides the ability to use Windows CMD (Command Prompt) function