Windows Tips: Using Safe Mode Options

Using Safe Mode Options

 

The various forms of Safe Mode—with networking, without networking, with command prompt—load a minimal version of Windows with only the drivers and files needed to support that minimal version (like NTOSKRNL). These tools can be handy when something is preventing your system from booting and you suspect an errant driver. Whichever mode you choose, during boot, Windows will display a list of all the drivers and services as they’re loading. When you log out, the machine will restart as usual.

 

Safe Mode
Safe Mode starts Windows with only the drivers and services required to boot the computer.

Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Networking is that includes network support. Use this version when you need network support and you’re sure that the network drivers are not causing any problems. When you boot the computer into Directory Services Restore Mode, it’s booting into Safe Mode with Networking.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt
When you boot to this option, you’ll see a list of the files that Win2k is loading, and then the graphical interface will appear, running in 640×480. However, rather than loading the Desktop,  Win2K will use the command prompt for its shell.

The Last Known Good ConfigurationFor example, if you load the wrong driver for your keyboard, then you can boot to the Last Known Good menu to unload that driver and tell Win2K to use the one you had been using.

 

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