Windows Safe Mode Does Not Start! What to Do?

When you want to run administrative, as well as diagnostic tasks on your installation, Windows Safe Mode is the perfect way to do that. Safe Mode starts up Windows Operating System (OS). As you boot into Safe Mode, the OS loads only the minimum software which is needed to make OS work. Why is Safe Mode so important? Using Safe Mode, you are allowed to troubleshoot and run diagnostics on your PC.

How to start your computer in Safe Mode? Different OS have slightly different ways to do that:

  • F8 – when Windows starts, press the F8 key and you will be taken to Safe Mode. It is usually after you hear your PC beep when you reboot it. If you are unlucky to get to Safe Mode on the first time, try to reboot PC and repeat this action once again. (This method is valid to Win98/ME, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 95, as well as Windows 2000).

  • System Configuration Utility – you can use System Configuration Utility in Windows 98/ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7 to force Windows boot into Safe Mode as you reboot your PC next time (valid for Win98/ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7 only).

In case your computer is infected with a parasite, and your PC is configured to start this virus every single time Windows boots up, a perfect way to solve this issue is to start your PC before the malware is started. In most cases, the processes of these malicious programs are unable to run in Windows Safe Mode. Therefore, Safe Mode is a suitable tool to fight it.

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However, there are cases when you are unable to start your computer in Safe Mode. What would you do then? How would you solve this issue?

First of all, try to boot into Safe Mode, using command prompt (by pressing F8 before Windows OS starts). Then run a malware security tool from the command prompt. As you run the scanner in Safe Mode, repeat the scan in normal mode in order to see whether the threat was removed from the system.