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.

How to Delete Registry Key (regkey) in Windows 7?

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You are looking for a way to delete the registry key in Windows XP or Vista, click here to find that out (How to Delete Registry Key (regkey) in Windows XP or Vista?)

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You are not trying to entirely delete the registry key, you just want to modify it, find out how to do that on Windows 7 (How to Edit Registry Key (regkey) in Windows 7?)

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Before deleting the registry keys in the Windows Registry, keep in mind that  making any changes to the registry keys can be very complicated and highly risky.

Warning: Please do NOT try this unless you are absolutely positive that you might mess up the system, and, as always, it’s highly recommended that you do a backup of the registry (or whole system) before making any modifications.

Here are the most common steps you might ever need to know for basic troubleshooting:

DELETING THE REGISTRY KEY IN WINDOWS 7:

Step 1. Click Start.

Step 2. Type “regedit” in Search Programs and Files section.

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Step 3. Click “Enter.”

Step 4. When you see the message “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes on this computer?“, click “Yes.”

Step 5. You are redirected to the Windows Registry.

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You can easily navigate through the subkeys if you know what you are looking for.

In case, you want to find the particular key, press “Ctrl + F” to locate the subkey that contains the value you want to edit. (Click F3 to find next)

Step 6. To delete a registry key, right-click your mouse, and select “Delete.”

Example: I will provide you an example how to delete the registry key I have created. It is called “example.”

Take the following steps:

Step 1. Click Start.

Step 2. Type “regedit” in Search Programs and Files section.

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Step 3. Click “Enter.”

Step 4. When you see the message “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes on this computer?“, click “Yes.”

Step 5. You are redirected to the Windows Registry.

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Step 6. Now search for a particular place in the Windows Registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop -> Windows Metrics

Step 7. Find the key “example.”

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Step 8. Right-click the mouse and select “Delete” option.

Keep in mind that deleting registry keys in the Windows Registry can be extremely dangerous.

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You are looking for a way to delete the registry key in Windows XP or Vista, click here to find that out (How to Delete Registry Key (regkey) in Windows XP or Vista?)

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You are not trying to entirely delete the registry key, you just want to modify it, find out how to do that on Windows 7 (How to Edit Registry Key (regkey) in Windows 7?)

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How to Edit Registry Key (regkey) in Windows XP or Vista?

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Don’t know how to find and edit the registry key in Windows 7? Click the link and learn how to do that (How to Edit Registry Key in Windows 7).

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Keep in mind that editing registry keys can be very complicated and highly risky.

Warning: Please do NOT try this unless you are absolutely positive that you might mess up the system, and, as always, it is highly recommended that you do a backup of the registry (or whole system) before making any modifications.

Note: Editing the registry is a technical process that should not be attempted by inexperienced users. Deleting or changing a wrong registry key may cause an irreparable damage and an un-bootable computer. Inexperienced users should NOT attempt these steps. If you feel uncertain in your ability to perform these steps safely, download and install an automated registry repair tool.

Here are the most common steps you might ever need to know for basic troubleshooting:

EDITING REGISTRY KEY IN WINDOWS XP:

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Click Run.

Step 3. Type “regedit” and click on OK.

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Step 4. Now it opens the Registry Editor.

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Step 5. In order to modify the registry key, you need to find the exact registry key you want to edit. In case you know what exact subkey you are looking for, you can easily navigate through the subkey.

Or, you can press Ctrl + F (or go to Edit, Find) to locate the subkey that contains the value you want to edit.

Click F3 to Find Next.

Example: I will provide you the example of editing the reg key which would restrict anonymous user accounts.

In this case, you have to make some changes in the registry.

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Click Run.

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Step 3. Type “regedit” and click on OK.

Step 4. Now it opens the Registry Editor.

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Step 5. Find the following key:

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet ->LSA

Step 6. Find the existing DWORD value which is named “RestrictAnonymous

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Step 7. Set the value either to “0”, “1” or “2” from the list below:

  • 0 – Allow anonymous users
  • 1 – Restrict anonymous users
  • 2 – Allow users with explicit anonymous permissions

Finally, you might be asked to restart Windows for the change going to be effected.

EDITING REGISTRY KEY IN WINDOWS VISTA:

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Type “regedit” in Search files and folders section.

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Step 3. Click Enter.

Step 4. Open the Windows Registry.

Step 5. Click OK to continue the procedure.

Step 6. Now you are on the Windows Registry.

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Step 5. In order to modify the registry key, you need to find the exact registry key you want to edit. In case you know what exact subkey you are looking for, you can easily navigate through the subkey.

Or, you can press Ctrl + F (or go to Edit  -> Find) to locate the subkey that contains the value you want to edit.

Click F3 to Find Next.

Example: I will provide you the example of how you can edit windows registry in order to control the icon titles. You can either choose the icon titles to be word wrapped over multiple lines, or shown in one longer line.

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Type “regedit” in Search files and folders section.

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Step 3. Click Enter.

Step 4. Open the Windows Registry.

Step 5. Click OK to continue the procedure.

Step 6. Now you are on the Windows Registry.

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Step 7. Find the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop -> Window Metrics

Step 8. Find the existing DWORD value which is named “IconTitleWrap .”

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Step 9. Set the value either to “0” or “1”:

  • 0 – disabled
  • 1 – enabled.

You might be asked to restart your computer in order to make the changes visible.

Keep in mind that any changes in Windows Registry should be taken with caution. Be sure you know what you are doing.

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You aren’t sure how to find and edit the registry key in Windows 7, click the link and learn how to do that (How to Edit Registry Key in Windows 7).

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How to stop or kill a process in Windows XP or Vista?

Don’t know how to find and delete a file in Windows XP or Windows Vista? Click here for all the information How to Find and Delete a File in Windows XP or Vista?

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Why would you need to kill a process in Windows XP or Vista?

We sometimes need to stop a process to diagnose a system problem, such as removing Spyware or computer viruses. One of the easiest yet most efficient way to accomplish this is to use the built-in Task Manager in Windows XP or Windows Vista. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Press “Alt+Ctrl+Delete.”
  2. Click on “Task Manager“. You can also launch the Task Manager instantly if you press Ctrl + Shift + ESC simultaneously. This is much easier than accessing it from Ctrl + Alt + Delete or the taskbar. It works for both Windows XP or Windows Vista.
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3. Select the process that you want to stop, then click on “End Task“.

It’s advised not to stop a system process. Stopping a system process can cause the computer to hang or freeze up.

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Windows Vista Upgrade Workaround

How do upgrade from Windows XP to Vista without buying a full version?

There’re a few articles circulating the web on how to upgrade to a full version of Windows Vista from scratch, and only paying the cost of an upgrade from ealier versions of Windows. This is first reported by Marc Liron on his website.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Install the upgrade version of Vista without entering the product key.
  2. Wait until the Vista files have been copied across, start the installation again instead of activating it.
  3. Completed.

That’s it.

Please keep in mind that this is in violation of Microsoft License Agreement. We highly recommend you to purchase a full version after 30 days trial.

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