Safe Mode

Published On: 2014-08-27

Category: Tips

What is Safe Mode? Safe mode is a method of starting Windows computers with a limited set of needed drivers and no startup programs. Safe mode is helpful in debugging computer problems and keeping harmful programs from starting.

How to start in Safe Mode? To start your computer in safe mode hold down the F8 key while the computer is booting. This should take you to the screen shown below. We recommend choosing "Safe mode with networking" so that you have internet access to update your anti-virus or anti-malware programs.


What can you do with Safe Mode? We use it to clean up our clients computers. While in safe mode most viruses won't run, and removal is much easier. In safe mode we can run the various scans and look for unwanted programs without those programs slowing us down. You can also use safe mode to fix driver issues or roll back updates that cause problems.

How do you exit Safe Mode? Just restart your computer and boot normally. The menu won't appear unless you hold down F8.