How to Start in Safe Mode

Many virus headaches and spyware programs cannot be fully removed until you enter Window’s Safe Mode. When you enter Safe Mode, Windows will only run necessary programs, allowing you to effectively clean up computer nightmares.

If you’ve never entered Safe Mode before, follow these instructions:

Windows Vista

Turn off your computer. Wait a short while, and then fire your computer back up. Start pressing the F8 key every half second or so. You should now see the “Windows Advanced Options Menu.” Make sure that the Safe Mode option is chosen, and then press “enter.” Your computer will now restart in Safe Mode.

Windows XP

Turn off your computer. Wait a short while, and then fire your computer back up. Start pressing the F8 key every half second or so. You should now see the “Windows Advanced Options Menu.” Make sure that the Safe Mode option is chosen, and then press “enter.” Your computer will now restart in Safe Mode.

You can also use the “system configuration utility” to boot into Safe Mode. Locate and click on “start,” and the “run.” Next, type in “MSCONFIG”, and click “ok.” Find the “Boot.ini” tab, and locate “/Safeboot.” Click on this, then “ok.” Restart your computer, and it will boot into Safe Mode.

Windows 2000

Turn off your computer. Wait a short while, and then fire your computer back up. As soon as the “Starting Windows” bar appears, start pressing the F8 key every half second or so. You should now see the “Windows 2000 Advanced Options Menu.” Make sure that the Safe Mode option is chosen, and then press “enter.” Your computer will now restart in Safe Mode.

Windows 95/98/ME

Restart your computer. Following “POST” diagnostics and “memory count,” begin pressing the F8 key, every half second or so. This will bring you to a startup menu. From here, choose “safe mode.”

For Windows 98/ME, you can also locate and click on “start,” and then “run.” Next, type in “MSCONFIG”, and click “ok.” Click on the “general” tab, and then the “advanced” button. Click “enable startup menu” from the “advanced troubleshooting settings” box. Click “ok,” then “ok” again when you see the “system configuration utility.” Click “yes” to restart your computer. Your computer will now restart in Safe Mode.

For systems that have multiple operating systems, reboot your computer and select the appropriate operating system. Begin tapping the F8 as per appropriate for your given Windows operating system, and follow the specific instructions given above for entering into Safe Mode.

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