Mode in Windows Helps Fix What Ails It
What is a Safe Mode boot?
Answer : Windows can sometimes be a fussy operating
system to start when you turn on the computer and the program
senses that something is not quite right. A software
installation gone bad, an incompatible device driver or a
dynamic library link (D.L.L.) file can interfere with the
ability of Windows to boot up properly. When this happens, the
computer comes up in Safe Mode.
Safe Mode is a diagnostic tool that lets you troubleshoot
whatever is ailing Windows. It is a function of just about every
version of the operating system
Microsoft has released. When the PC starts in Safe Mode, it
loads only the components the operating system needs to run.
When Windows has opted for Safe Mode, the desktop will not have
its usual pattern, the screen will display only 16 colors, and
Safe Mode will appear in the corners of the screen.
If newly added software or hardware drivers are giving
Windows fits, you can get the computer up and running enough in
Safe Mode to open the Add/Remove Programs control panel or use
the System Restore function to uninstall the new software or
undo whatever you did before it started misbehaving.
If your computer is acting wacky, you can also put it in Safe
Mode yourself by restarting the computer while holding down the
F8 key (or the control key on some Windows versions). You'll see
a menu on the screen that lets you choose from different
options, including Safe Mode and Safe Mode With Networking
(which allows the computer to connect to a network). Some
Windows systems also offer Last Known Good Configuration, which
lets the computer jump back to the state it was in at a time
when it started up without problems.