Safe mode is a handy diagnostic tool available in Windows used to repair driver and software errors or to help with virus removal. Before Windows 8 came along, starting a computer in Safe Mode was a relatively straight forward process. On turning the computer on; tapping the F8 key every second until the onscreen prompt appears, then cursor to Safe Mode and hit enter.
Since the F8 key on start-up no longer has the same effect on Windows 10 or its immediate predecessors, a lot of computer users that were previously wise to this handy tool now think Safe Mode no longer exists. In fact, it does still exist, Microsoft just made it more difficult for us. Because technology giants like to do that sometimes.
The notable thing about entering Windows in Safe Mode the way Microsoft would have us do so; is that we need to access Windows in ‘Normal’ mode first. So, if we cannot access our computer because our video driver is corrupt, we are snookered – at least to any extent that this article can stretch to. The good news is that we don’t need to go past the login screen on Windows’ start-up.
From this screen or indeed, from the Start Menu within Windows, select the ‘Restart’ option but as you do so, depress and hold the Shift Key on the Keyboard; An onscreen prompt appears giving us further options. These include the option to ‘Troubleshoot’. Select this; avoiding the light sounding yet deadly ‘Refresh’ option. Followed by ‘Advanced Options’ then ‘Start-up Settings’ and ‘Restart’. Select Safe mode on Start-up and you are away.
They say removing the Safe Mode option from start-up improves Windows’ boot up speed but; like the parking restrictions in Kilmacolm; ‘progress’ always comes with a price.