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How To Start Windows Vista in Safe Mode

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Choose a Windows Vista Safe Mode Option
Vista Safe Mode - Windows Vista Safe Mode

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You should now see the Advanced Boot Options screen. If not, you may have missed the short window of opportunity to press F8 in the previous step and Windows Vista is probably now continuing to boot normally assuming it's able to. If this is the case, just restart your computer and try pressing F8 again.

Here you are presented with three variations of Windows Vista Safe Mode you may enter:

  • Safe Mode - This is the default option and is usually the best choice. This mode will load only the absolute minimum processes necessary to start Windows Vista.
     
  • Safe Mode with Networking - This option loads the same processes as Safe Mode but also includes those that allow the networking functions in Windows Vista to work. You should choose this option if you think you may need to access the Internet or your local network while troubleshooting in Safe Mode.
     
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt - This version of Safe Mode also loads a minimum set of processes but will allow immediate access to the Command Prompt application. This is a valuable option if more advanced troubleshooting is necessary.
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, highlight either the Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and press Enter.

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