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How do I start my Windows computer in Safe Mode?

Answer: Safe mode is a way of running Windows with limited system files. When running your computer in safe mode, you may have limited network and graphics capabilities, but also less of a chance of system conflicts and problems. Safe Mode is commonly used for loading Windows when running the operating system normally is slow or problematic. It can also be used to load Windows when your computer will not even boot up in regular mode.

To start Windows in Safe Mode, hold the F8 key as the computer begins to start up. A screen with start-up options will appear before Windows loads. Choose the correct safe mode option by using the arrow keys. Once you've made your selection, hit the Enter key. Your computer will then load in safe mode.

Published: March 3, 2005 — by Per Christensson

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