Sometimes, in order to troubleshoot issues with a Windows PC, users may need to access something called Safe Mode, here is how.
Firstly, lets start with what Safe Mode is.
Safe mode is a very basic running of Windows. It does just about everything is the simplest, stripped back way. So for example, the graphics in Safe Mode appear over-sized and simple, rather than getting your graphics card to render the full crystal clear image.
How do I access Windows Safe Mode?
Simple, turn on your computer as you normally would. Most PCs will have a start-up image, where you see the PC manufacturers logo, for example, HP, Sony, or Toshiba.
Immediately, after you have seen the manufacturers logo you need to press and hold F8 on your keyboard. If you have pressed F8 in the correct time you will see a simple black and white menu appear. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight choose ‘Safe Mode’ from the menu (it is normally already selected). Then, on your keyboard, press the Enter key.
Windows will then proceeded to start-up in Safe Mode, and you will see a long list of start-up files being executed.
- Not the letter keys F and 8, but F8, located at the very top of your keyboard.
- If you miss the time-frame to get to the Windows Start-up options, you will see the Windows Logo appear. This means that you did not press F8 quick enough, so restart and try again.
- You will also know when you are in safe-mode as it will say Safe Mode in all four corners of the screen.