What Is Windows Safe Mode And When We Need To Use It?

In this post, I’m not going to tell you about Microsoft Windows. The main point of this article is to explain further about Safe Mode in Windows. What this mode is and which situation we need to use it?

Basically, the Safe Mode is similar to regular mode as you can boot into this mode and use your Windows computer as usual. However, it’s a mode to use when dealing with serious issues, which need to be fixed. That said,  it only loads essential features and drivers. All unnecessary features won’t be loaded to avoid errors and conficts.

For example, if you are getting a blue screen error that caused by the driver of your Ethernet adapter, and it prevented you from accessing your Windows PC in the regular mode. Then you can boot into the Safe Mode, uninstall that driver and get your computer back to work.

The only purpose of Windows Safe Mode is to diagnose Windows issues and troubleshoot. You actually can’t work in this mode as there are not enough features, only a few necessary functions are loaded.

How To Access Or Boot Up A Specific Windows Computer Into Safe Mode?

If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, it’s quite easy to access Windows Safe Mode. All you need to do is to press the F8 or Shift + F8 combination key after pressing the Power/Reset button on your Windows PC. Subsequently, your screen will automatically be turned into the Boot Option screen, where you can choose three types of Windows Safe Mode:

  • Safe Mode
  • Safe Mode with Networking
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt

There are also a few other modes in this option screen, which often use to diagnose, troubleshoot or recover your Windows computer in case something wrong.

However, since Windows 8, Microsoft changed the way you can boot into Safe Mode. Instead of pressing F8 or Shift + F8, you have to do it differently. Therefore, if you want to access Safe Mode in Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10, I would recommend reading a handy post that written by Tim Berty, titled: How To Boot Your Computer Into Safe Mode In Windows 10, at win10tips.net. Take a look at this useful article to learn how to force your Windows computer to boot into Safe Mode.

When We Need To Use Windows Safe Mode?

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, Windows Safe Mode is only necessary when you are encountering a serious problem, such as:

  • Blue screen errors
  • High resource usage issues
  • Incompatible apps or drivers

In this mode, you can start diagnosing and troubleshoot these issues easily and quicker.