Tips and Tools for Troubleshooting in Safe Mode
by Mitz from Tips4pc.com
8 great tips and tools for diagnosing and troubleshooting PC problems from within Safe Mode.
Everyone tells you to boot into safe mode to troubleshoot a computer problem but they never mention what to do when you actually get into safe mode. In this article I will list some diagnostic tools you can use in safe mode to troubleshoot a computer problem.
First – Entering Safe Mode
Starting a PC in Safe Mode means stripping Windows down to its bare bones and preventing all non-Windows applications from starting up. This helps in two ways: the processor has to run at only a tiny fraction of its capacity; and it enables users to test installed software for faults one by one.
To boot to safe mode you simply repeatedly press F8 when your computer is booting up. This will take you the Windows Advanced Options Menu where you will find the safe mode option.
Types of Safe Mode
Often people get confused when they have to choose which safe mode to boot in to. There is usually three different types.
Safe Mode: Normal safe mode with the least amount of drivers and applications loaded.
Safe Mode with Networking: Safe Mode with Networking allows you access to the internet, so that you can download any needed software or updates.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Safe Mode with Command Prompt is for advanced computer users who know how to run DOS commands.
This excerpt appears with permission from Tips4PC.com.
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