When and How to use Safe Mode to fix your Windows 7 laptop
By Renee | 30/Sep/2022
Eventually, most of Windows 7 encounters errors of minor to major proportions—crashes or malware due to driver problems, Safe Mode might be the one and only way to start your laptop. Safe Mode is a visually ugly and feature limited diagnostic startup mode in Windows computer, which only loads basic parts of the operating system. If it works fine in Safe Mode, then the problem is not caused by Windows or the hardware. Instead, the problem lies in the software or programs.
In this article, you would learn when and how to use Safe Mode to troubleshoot your Windows 7 computer in details.
Use Safe Mode when cannot start Windows 7 normally
If your computer is infected with malware, or if it is unstable and keeps crashing or blue screening, or if it just could not start as normal, you can drop into Safe Mode to fix it.
How to get into safe mode to fix Windows 7 computer
Step 1 | Press the F8 key when the laptop is booting (after the initial BIOS screen, but before the Windows loading screen), and then select Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking in the menu that appears. If you do not have an off-line antivirus or anti-malware service, Safe Mode with Networking is recommended.
Step 2 | Wait or Recreate
Just let the computer run itself. Or, if possible, try to re-produce the situation that caused the computer to crash. If the issue persists in Safe mode, it lies with Windows 7, not with the device. Then you might need to reinstall your Windows.
Step 3 | Check for Hardware Drivers
Use the Device Manager in the Safe Mode if you cannot start Windows 7 normally. If there are known trouble with the device, its Properties dialog box in the Device Manager tells you so.
Step 4 | Uninstall Recently Installed Software
If you recently installed software or application and you think it might cause your computer to blue-screen, you can uninstall that software from Programs and Features of Control Panel. Your computer should hopefully start normally after you’ve uninstalled the software.
What you should do after the recovery
Step 1 | Get out Safe Mode
When you’re done and you reboot Windows, it will take you back into Safe mode. You can:
->Click on the Start Menu.
->Type msconfig in the search box and press enter.
->On the System Configuration windows, select the Boot tab.
->Under Boot options, uncheck Safe boot. Apply and restart again.
Step 2 | Routine Maintenance
To avoid the risk of losing all the documents and files in Windows 7 installation for boot failure, the Windows PC optimization utility is an efficient and effective tool to check your computer health and fix the problems to optimize and make your computer faster. Running it on a regular basis can save you from suffering dead blue screen repeatedly.