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Topic # 8176 9-Jun-2006 15:26
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hey hey just a quik question on safe mode like
when to use  it
is it worth running in safe mode when tring to get rid of viruses
how do i put my laptop in safe mode
and in laymans terms what is safe mode and wat does it do

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  Reply # 38072 9-Jun-2006 15:51
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Basically safe mode disables all the unneccesary services and drivers and starts windows with only the least required and basic drivers.

To go into safe mode,keep on tapping the F8 when u see the bios startup or manufacturers logo screen on ur PC/Laptop. Choose safe mode from the list of options and you should be on your way...
Its safer to clean virus in safe mode rather than non-safe mode (pardon the punEmbarassed). But the best way is to boot of a live cd and try to run antivirus on your harddrives,but most of them are linux based There are live windows boots cd's. You could google for BartPe and get the one you want.

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  Reply # 38073 9-Jun-2006 15:52
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When you restart your machine press the F8 key just before you get to the Loading Windows Screen.

In safe mode, you have access to only basic files and drivers (mouse, monitor, keyboard, mass storage, base video, default system services, and no network connections). You can choose the Safe Mode with Networking option, which loads all of the above files and drivers and the essential services and drivers to start networking, or you can choose the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option, which is exactly the same as safe mode except that a command prompt is started instead of the graphical user interface. You can also choose Last Known Good Configuration, which starts your computer using the registry information that was saved at the last shutdown.

Safe mode helps you diagnose problems. If a symptom does not reappear when you start in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and minimum device drivers as possible causes. If a newly added device or a changed driver is causing problems, you can use safe mode to remove the device or reverse the change.

There are circumstances where safe mode will not be able to help you, such as when Windows system files that are required to start the system are corrupted or damaged. In this case, the Recovery Console may help you.

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