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Published on 08.23.07 by Brent Trahan

Boot Windows Vista Up In Safe Mode

This guide shows you how to boot Windows Vista up in Safe Mode.


Booting a computer up in Safe Mode makes the computer only load necessary services and drivers. This helps to troubleshoot or uninstall a bad service or driver that’s causing problems. It’s also easier to remove certain types of viruses in Safe Mode.

Boot in Safe Mode

  1. Turn your computer on.
  2. Start pressing F8 on your keyboard about every second as soon as you turn the computer on until you see the screen shown below.


Advanced Boot Options

Once you make it to the Advanced Boot Options screen you have three Safe Mode options.

  • Safe Mode: This is the default safe mode that only loads necessary services and drivers.
  • Safe Mode with Networking: Networking services and drivers are loaded giving you network and internet access in safe mode.
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Safe mode with the ability to use the command (DOS) prompt.

Pick which Safe Mode you want to use with your up/down arrows (most people use Safe Mode) and then press enter on your keyboard.

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4 Responses to “Boot Windows Vista Up In Safe Mode”

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  1. klaus willenbrecht says:

    dear sirs, I have no problems with my vista 64……ur virtual earth will not load……plz refund if not fixed

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    Virtual earth is probably not compatible with Vista 64bit.

  3. RockyC says:

    I’m trying to boot in safe and I’m pressing F8 as I’m turning on my computer, but I’m being brought to a boot menu that only offers me one option ; to choose between my CDROM or my hard drive as first boot device…Any other way I can start up my computer in safe mode? If not, any other solution?

  4. akira says:

    thanx a lot bro ur tips works

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