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How to boot and start windows 7 in safe or fail-safe mode? Step by step guide

When our computer has startup problems, compatibility with different drivers, navigation and even virus problems, there are different ways to detect and solve these situations .

But there is no doubt that one of the best ways to fix these issues is with Safe Mode, which can be a bit difficult to find if you don’t have the necessary knowledge.

That is why in this article I am going to teach you how to access the safe mode of Windows 7 so that you have access to the solutions of the different problems that your computer is presenting.

Steps to start the Windows 7 operating system in safe or fail-safe mode

Windows safe mode is one of the best ways to detect and solve any problem that our computer is presenting, since in this mode the system itself is responsible for separating the truly useful drivers from those that are additional and thus it will detect if any of these are generating incompatibility.

It also serves to see if there are sections of the system that may be corrupted with viruses among other things. Now we will see different ways to enter the Windows 7 safe mode while inside the system.

Using system settings

There are 3 easy ways to access the system configuration, but in all of them we are going to use the same command called “msconfig.exe”.

  • The first is through the command prompt which we can find from the start menu in the list of all programs, locate “Accessories” and then click on “Command Prompt”.

  • And once we are in it, we are going to write the command “msconfig.exe” to access the system configuration.
  • In the system configuration we can find certain parameters that can be very useful if we are aware of their correct use, otherwise we leave everything like that in the “General” tab and jump to the “Startup” tab .

  • Once in the boot tab we must mark the option “Safe boot “.

This will unlock the options below. If you choose the safe boot with the option “Minimal”, the computer will only use the most necessary resources, it will put aside any additional graphic improvements and most of the drivers including the network and navigation drivers will be deactivated .

  • If you choose the option “Alternate Shell”, you will have access to the command prompt, which can be very useful for developers or to detect problems in the computer.
  • And finally, if you choose the “Network” option, the network controllers and internet browsing will remain active to carry out any test on the computer .

After having chosen the options we need, and after clicking “OK”, it will show us a message to restart the computer, since it is the only way to access safe mode. That is why it is advisable to do this without anything else open to avoid losing important information .

There are two alternative ways to enter the “System Configuration   that are much easier:

  • The first is simply in the “Windows ” start menu you write the command “msconfig.exe” and select the only option that appears.
  • We can also use a shortcut by pressing the “Windows + r” keys to open the “Run” box of the system and once there, we write the command “msconfing.exe”, to access the command prompt much faster and activate safe mode .

Using command prompt

We can access the command prompt from the start menu in the “Accessories” section or we can use the shortcut “Windows + R” and to open the system run and then write “CMD” there.

Once we are at the command prompt we can use different commands to access the safe mode of our preference .

The commands are as follows:

  • To enter safe mode with Minimal or normal drivers: “bcdedit / set {default} safeboot minimal” .
  • To enter safe mode with networking and browsing: “bcdedit / set {default} safebootnetwork”.
  • To enter safe mode with alternate command line or command prompt: “bcdedit / set {default} safebootalternateshell yes”.

The next thing we must do is restart the computer, and when it starts we will enter the safe mode that we have chosen. When we have finished performing the tests we needed and want to exit safe mode, we just have to go back to the command prompt and this time we will write the following command: “bcdedit / deletevalue {default} safeboot”.

This same command is very useful when we want to exit safe mode and for some other reason, the system does not exit as it should be, and after implementing this command we restart the computer and we will be able to enter normal mode with all the drivers active.

Using a Windows 7 installation disc

A very unusual method of accessing Windows’ safe mode is with a Windows 7 installation disc. It does not matter that it is not the original, it is only necessary that it be executed and in the installation screen we will press the Shift + keys F10 to open the command prompt.

And when the command prompt appears and depending on what we need we will use the following commands:

  • To enter safe mode with Minimal or normal drivers: “bcdedit / set {default} safeboot minimal”.
  • To enter safe mode with networking and browsing: “bcdedit / set {default} safeboot network” .
  • To enter safe mode with alternate command line or command prompt: “bcdedit / set {default} safebootalternateshell yes”.

After pressing “Enter” the computer will restart and we will access safe mode, and when we are done we will use the following command: “bcdedit / deletevalue {default} safeboot” to exit safe mode.

With a recovery drive

The last of the methods that we can use is using a recovery unit, either a CD or DVD disk or a USB pendrive, to create a unit of these we just have to enter the “Control Panel   from the Windows start menu , and in the recovery section click on create recovery unit.

After this, with the Windows BIOS menu we execute the recovery unit and once with the command prompt we use the known commands:

  • To enter safe mode with Minimal or normal drivers: “bcdedit / set {default} safeboot minimal”.
  • To enter safe mode with networking and browsing: “bcdedit / set {default} safeboot network” .
  • To enter safe mode with alternate command line or command prompt: “bcdedit / set {default} safebootalternateshell yes”.
  • To exit safe mode: “bcdedit / deletevalue {default} safeboot”.

What if my Windows 7 computer doesn’t work? How do I enter safe mode on W7?

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to access Windows Safe Mode is by pressing F8 repeatedly just after turning on the computer . In Windows 7 this is no exception, and it is even the best and only way to access safe mode while out of the system, it works perfectly when the computer does not want to boot correctly.

Then all you have to do is press the power button of the W7 computer and when it is showing the data of the CPU, graphics card, among other things, we quickly and repeatedly press the F8 key until it shows us the following screen.

Here we can find a series of options, but the ones that interest us in this case are the first 3, and according to our requirements, we are going to choose, the “Normal safe mode”, the safe mode with network functions, or the safe mode with command prompt.

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