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.

Software For Creating An Appealing Computer Desktop

Here’s some other ideas to make your desktop attractive.

You designed an ideal desktop. Then, somebody, who shared computer with you, changed your desktop to his or her own idea. How can you turn it back to your favorite desktop setting?

If that happens to you, you may want to use “Easy Desktop Keeper”. This program’s main function is to save, restore or lock your desktop layout. You can download the program here.

Before using “Easy Desktop Keeper”, you should decorate your desktop. Be meticulous in color, icon and especially your taskbar. After designing, let “Easy Desktop Keeper” to capture everything of your desktop. At first, activate “Easy Desktop Keeper”. Then, click “Save” and type in file name. The saved file will appear in the window below. The extension is *.DKB.

When somebody changed your desktop, you only have to select the saved file and click “Load”. You can also design your wallpaper and use “Easy Desktop Keeper” to change it. The saved file is located in default folder C:\Documents and Settings\User\Windows Desktop Backups.

The symbol of “Easy Desktop Keeper” is always in your system tray. You can set the password by go to “Option” -> “Enable Password Protection”. “Easy Desktop Keeper” is a good idea to keep your favorite computer desktop but not bother other’s.

UberIcon Plugins- Create Effect When Opening Folder

To make your computer desktop attractive when you double-click a folder or an application, you should use “UberIcon Plugins” to create unique opening effect for the desktop. At first, you have to download the free version of “UberIcon Plugins” here. After installing the program, download all plug-ins (there are 7 effects) here and decompress them into the folder, where you install “UberIcon Plugins”. You will see the icon of “UberIcon Plugins” in the system tray.

In order to use “UberIcon Plugins”, right-click to its symbol locates in system tray and choose “Run at Startup”. Find your downloaded plug-ins and click your favorite one. They include Fly (your icons will mutlply into tiny ones as they spin out), Ripple (give your icons a watery effect), Runaway (icons fly in random directions off the monitor), Blur (faintly blurs your icons as they fade out), Roll (watch your icons peal off to the side), Break (have your icons break up into little squares and drip down as they fade out)… Then, open a folder or an application to watch your result.

If you want to exit this software, right click on its symbol and choose “Disable”. It would be great if you add screensaver and wallpaper in the same theme of your opening effect.

CursorXP- Make Your Cursor Stylish

When you feel boring with your mouse cursor, you can change them in many different styles with CursorXP. After installed, go to menu Start -> Control Pannel > Mouse and pick CursorXP tab. Under “Theme”, you can find many different kind of XP cursor waiting for you to pick.