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.

What is svchost.exe and why it’s running in Windows OS?

When you bring up Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del (in Windows 7), or Ctrl + Shift + Esc (in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10), you will notice a lot of running processes there, including svchost.exe. So, what exactly svchost.exe is and why it’s running on your Windows computer?

Firstly, lets me introduce to you how svchost.exe work! However, to get started, you have to know what is standing behind this file and those processes that are running in the Task Manager.

Let me ask you a question! Have you ever heard about DLL file before? If you don’t know, DLL files are files that contain common functions of Windows operating system. Windows or other programs can use functions on those files to work.

Unfortunately, those DLL files can’t be automatically opened and run themselves. Instead, they will need assistance to call functions from those DLL files. That is the reason why Microsoft designs svchost.exe process.

Why there are a lot of svchost.exe processes are running on your computer?

To avoid any corruptions when something goes wrong with a part of Windows, Microsoft divided and group up a few functions to a particular svchost.exe process.

By that, when a svchost.exe corrupts, all other svchost.exe processes are still working well, without any issues.

What should I do when svchost.exe uses a lot of your computer resource?

Typically, most of the svchost.exe processes won’t use much computer resources. They just use a few megabytes of RAM, as well as 2% to 5% of CPU usage.

However, sometimes those svchost.exe processes were eaten a lot of CPU resources or memory, especially svchost.exe (netsvcs) or svchost.exe (localsystemnetworkrestricted). When you open Task Manager, you might have noticed that your CPU usage is going up, about 50% – 70%, and they might have used up to 90% of your memory.

When you are having this kind of problem, the first step you should take is to find out which program that was using the svchost.exe. From that result, you can easy to diagnose and take an appropriate solution to fix the issue.

As an example, if Windows Update stays behind the “svchost.exe” process that was eating your computer resource, then you should stop it from running, and then use Troubleshooter tool to resolve the problem automatically. Or if it was another third-party program, just close it and re-open to troubleshoot the error.

Things you shouldn’t do to avoid this kind of issues?

From my point of view, high CPU usage problem with the svchost.exe process is always related to Windows Update or functions in Windows operating system. Therefore, you should check for updates and install all latest updates to fix bugs and enhance the system performance.

If after installing those available updates and getting this issue, uninstall them and refresh the update process in order to re-download and re-install updates.

Also Read: How to reset your Windows 10 password in case of forgetting?

Other reasons that might have affected to your computer follow this way is that come from corrupted system files or wrong configuration of your Windows system. In order to resolve/fix the problem, just need to reset your Windows operating system.

If you use Windows 10, it’s easy to do by accessing Settings -> Update and then choose Reset this PC.

That’s it!

In case of having any question related to svchost.exe or svchost.exe (netsvcs), please drop your comment below. I will try to respond as soon as possible to help you fix the issue.

Video: How to reset your Windows 10 password in case of forgetting

Forgetting the password of your Windows PC is something that is very irritating. You won’t be able to use it, get important documents & files from it. So the question is how can you retrieve your administrator password?

Well, the answer is NO because you can’t retrieve your password when you already forgot it. However, you can switch your Windows PC into a recoverable mode and then add a new account, add it to administrator group and use that account to log into your PC.

We don’t want to take more time of you by writing more to make you read because it’s useless. Just watch the video below, follow up our instructions to learn how to reset Windows password in case you use Windows 10.

For more interesting videos related to technology, especially Microsoft’s Windows operating system, visit Useful Tech Videos channel in YouTube.com to find out.

How to delete files that are locked in Windows 10

Have you ever encountered this situation before? When you were trying to delete or remove a file or files in Windows 10 but you weren’t able to do so. The reason is that Windows 10 tells you that file is locked and can’t be delete or remove out of your computer.

What was this error and how to stay out of these locked files in Windows 10?

According to many Windows 10 users, including experts, the only reason behind this issue is that some kind of applications are still using that file. That’s why you can’t delete it or move it to Recycle Bin yet. In order to do so, you can try to kill programs that are using the file or just reboot the computer and everything will be fine.

Find out the running applications with Task Manager

It depends on the file you want to delete, for example, if you want to delete a Microsoft Word file, open Task Manager and find out whether Microsoft Word is running under Processes tab or not. If you found any program related to Microsoft Word, just right-click on it and choose “Kill the application”.

In most cases, after rebooting the computer, all running applications will automatically be terminated so you don’t need to find out those programs by yourself. If you have time and rebooting the computer won’t left any damage to your work (unsaved works), then rebooting the PC is the good option. Therefore, you don’t need to waste time to locate the programs that are using the file, which is locked and you can’t delete.

Accessing Safe Mode to delete locked files in Windows 10

If after restarting your computer but the file is still in the lock status, then I would recommend you turning your Windows PC into Safe Mode and delete the file you want from there. Sometimes, those files are related to some system functions or something like that. In order to remove those files, you have to access Safe Mode in Windows 10, locate the file and then delete it.

Unfortunately, these cases are rare and you don’t face it much when using Windows 10. I just want to list out in case of encountering.

Using Command Prompt to delete locked files

Along with using Task Manager or Safe Mode, you can also delete or remove locked files in Windows 10 by using Command Prompt. In order to do so, you have to launch Command Prompt with administrator user and then use “del” command to delete the file. For example, if you want to delete a file that locates at C:\file.doc, open Command Prompt, type: cd C:\, and then use: del file.doc to delete that locked file.

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.

How To Use Real Desktop Program?

In this tutorial I will show you how to use Real Desktop and tell you what it is. First, I will start off by explaining what Real Desktop is. If you already have the Real Desktop installed, skip down to the next part to learn how to use it.

What is Real Desktop?

Real Desktop is a program that you can install on your computer and it gives your desktop a life like desktop. The new desktop is at an angle. At the top you will see a glass sitting there. You can twist and turn the icons. If you are tired of looking at your same desktop, try using the Real Desktop. Please see the image that I have provided to get a visual of the desktop. I captured my screen and shrunk it down. That’s why it looks so small.

How do you use Real Desktop?

To start using your Real Desktop program, go to your start menu and open your program. It will automatically start running. You can move your icons around your desktop by dragging them with your mouse. You can turn your icons by grabbing the corner of your icon and turning it. You will notice that your cursor turns into a half circle when you place it on the corner of your icon. When it turns into that, you can turn your icon.

Next, you can change your settings for the desktop. If you are using the Demo version there isn’t much that you can change. If you are using the full version, you have many options for changing your desktop. I am using the demo version but I can see the different settings that are available. I can’t apply them though.

To open your settings window left click on the silver R in your taskbar. When the menu pops up, click Settings. That will open your settings window. In this window you will see many different options. You will see the different tabs at the top of the window. Click on a tab to view the different settings. You can change the background, the icons, the color schemes, and more. You can also choose to allow Real Desktop to start up when windows starts.

If you are using a demo version and would like to purchase the full version, left click on the silver R in your taskbar and click Buy Now. That will take you to their website and there you can purchase the full version. The full version is $29.95. When you visit their site, you will notice that it is not in English. Simply click the English link at the very top of the site and it will convert everything to English.