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Windows Vista Safe Mode

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This document applies to HP and Compaq desktop computers with Windows Vista.
Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode that allows you to use Windows with only the basic drivers. No extra software is loaded, so troubleshooting software and driver problems is much easier.
NOTE:In Safe Mode, Windows might not look like you are accustomed to, because Safe Mode uses a low graphics mode (VGA at 16 colors) for the display.
Use one of the options below to start the computer in Safe Mode

Entering Safe Mode when starting the computer

Use the following steps to start Windows Vista in Safe Mode when the computer is already off:
  1. Turn on the computer.
  2. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.
  3. From the Windows Advanced Options Menu, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode, and press ENTER
    When the Windows desktop appears, Safe Mode is displayed in the four corners of the screen and the desktop might look different that it usually does.

Entering Safe Mode from Windows Vista

Use the following steps to start Windows in Safe Mode from the Windows desktop:
  1. Click Start , and type msconfig in the Search box. Under Programs, click msconfig.exe.
    Figure 1: Opening the System Configuration tool
    Opening the System Configuration tool
    If a User Account Control message displays, click Continue.
    The System Configuration tool displays.
  2. Click the BOOT tab.
  3. Under Boot Options, click Safe boot, and select Minimal.
    Figure 2: Boot tab of the System Configuration tool
    Boot tab of the System Configuration tool
  4. Click Apply and then click OK. When prompted, click Restart.
    The computer starts in Safe Mode.
  5. When you have finished troubleshooting, open the System Configuration tool again and remove the selection from Safe boot to prevent the computer from always starting in Safe Mode.

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