How To Start In Safe Mode
While booting in Safe Mode can be confusing when using Windows 7, learning how to start in Safe Mode is actually much simpler than you'd think. Safe Mode is a way to boot your computer up in order to help fix issues within an operating system. Learning how to start in Safe Mode can be extremely beneficial, and surprisingly easy.
To start in safe mode, you'll need:
- A computer that uses Windows 7
- A written copy of these instructions
- Shut down your computer. Go to the "Start" menu and select "Shut down". You could also choose "Restart".
- Turn your computer back on. If you used the "Shut down" option instead of the "restart" button, turn your computer back on.
- Use the "F8" key. In order to start in Safe Mode, you need to press and hold the "F8" key while your computer is booting back up. Make sure you hold the "F8" key down before the Windows start screen shows up. If you press the "F8" key too late and it doesn't work, shut your computer off and try again.
- Locate "Safe Mode". On the next screen, there should be a list of ways to start your computer back up. "Safe mode" should be on the list. If it isn't, try the previous steps over again.
- Navigate to the "Safe Mode" option. Use your arrow keys to get to the "Safe Mode" option. You won't be able to use your mouse. Once you've selected the "Safe Mode" option, press the "Enter" key and your computer should successfully start in Safe Mode.
- Get back into the normal booting mode. You probably won't want to boot up in Safe Mode forever. In order to switch back to the normal mode of starting your computer, repeat the previous steps, but select "Start Windows normally" instead of "Safe Mode".