Safe mode is a Windows
maintenance mode where only the bare minimum of drivers are loaded.
You don't have access to CD ROMS, printers, or other non-essential devices.
It's helpful to
use this mode when you are having problems with your PC.
For example, you
may have loaded an incorrect video driver and now your display is completely
messed up. If you go into Safe mode, you can fix it.
I also use it to
help find problems with programs. If I get lots of "illegal operation"
messages, I try running the program in safe mode to see if the program
itself is the problem (note that not all programs will run in safe mode,
whether they're OK or not, but it's a start). If the program runs fine
in safe mode, I can assume I have another program or driver that's interfering
with the program's operation and causing the error.
To get to Safe mode,
press the F8 key when Windows starts to boot. You have to do this BEFORE
you see the first "Windows" screen. I start tapping away at
mine when I see the "Starting Windows 98" message, although
not all computers display it.Experiment
and you'll get it.
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