As a matter of fact, Windows is quite versatile and powerful operating system, it is the most widely used operating system, but there can be some hard times with windows. For instance, after installing a new software or driver the system suddenly starts to shutdown abruptly and go crazy. Now, booting in safe mode may help to diagnose and eliminate the error.
What is safe mode?
Safe mode is used in windows for the diagnosis of abnormal behavior of windows. In fact, safe mode is a type of boot method in which only the critical software and drivers are loaded to diagnose and remove the softwares that pose threat to system security.
Safe mode is named as Safe boot in case of macOs
Difference from normal boot
There are many things that change in case of safe mode, some of them are
Most of the device drivers are not loaded, but only those critical for primary function.
Windows uses VGA graphics, resulting in a low resolution display with small color palette.
“Safe mode” is printed on all the four corners of the display including windows version on the top.
Windows tests the extended memory before loading.
Instead of using the normal system.ini file, windows boots using the batch file named system.cb that allows windows to communicate with the hardware via Virtual Device Drivers.
Safe mode doesn’t execute config.sys and autoexec.bat.
Types of safe mode
After booting in safe mode, only the basic configuration is loaded. You will be greeted by a black desktop. You can use your mouse and keyboard to navigate. Additionally, you will have access to the files. You can restore your computer to a previous time for it to work properly.
Safe mode with Networking
In this mode, one extra set of networking drivers are also loaded alongside the existing drivers. This can be used to connect to the internet or other networking devices.
REMARK: NEVER EVER SURF THE WEB IN SAFE MODE, AS YOUR SYSTEM IS IN A VULNERABLE AND UNPROTECTED STATE, HENCE IT MAY GET INFECTED BY MALWARE.
Safe mode with command prompt
When you boot in this mode, you don’ t get the GUI interface instead you are welcomed by a command prompt. This is only used by experts for advanced troubleshootng operation.
Booting in safe mode
From boot menu
- Just as the PC starts press F8 (in case of old PC), for getting boot options.
- Select Advanced boot options
- Select Safe mode.
For windows 10
From lock screen
- If you can successfully boot to windows then hold shift whilst clicking restart.
- You will see a set of options, select troubleshoot.
- Select Advanced options.
- Now, go to Startup settings.
- Now, press Restart.
- Open settings app.
- Go to update & security.
- Select Recovery
- Under Advanced Startup select Restart Now.
- After PC restarts, you will see the troubleshoot options.
- Now, follow the above steps.
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