Safe Mode in Windows® XP
How Safe Mode in Windows® XP improves system performance.
Windows® XP has a diagnostic setup mode which is known as the Safe Mode. However, most of us are unaware of the purpose and use of Safe Mode. We usually encounter this setup mode when we experience a system crash or booting problem when we are puzzled at what we should do and how can we make use of Safe Mode. The main purpose of getting into Safe Mode is to troubleshoot the problem with our PC by using a minimum amount of Windows® XP components and drivers. Getting into the Safe Mode in Windows® XP, we can diagnose errors which are possibly caused by software or a faulty driver.
Following points explain purposes and uses
of Safe Mode in Windows® XP:
- How to get into the Safe Mode
- How to run System Restore in the Safe Mode
- How to identify causes of problems
How to get into the Safe Mode
One method of getting into the Safe Mode is by rebooting and pressing the ‘F8’ button. We need to keep tapping the F8 button till the time when Start menu appears. You may tend to fill up the buffer memory by pressing all the keys and we receive an error message or our system may start beeping as to alarm a problem. When we initiate the boot option, the window opens up with a number of options. The default and highlighted choice is ‘Start Windows Normally’, you need to press the arrow key to select the Safe Mode option and press ‘Enter’ to get into the Safe Mode in Windows® XP.
How to run System Restore in the Safe Mode
If the Windows® XP installation does not boot, you can get into the Safe Mode and run System Restore to fix the problem. The System Restore utility is accessible through the Safe Mode in order to restore the system to the previous restore point. First, restart Windows® XP in the Safe Mode and go through steps from ‘Start’, then ‘All programs’, select ‘Accessories’, ‘System Tools’ and select ‘system Restore’. Then, follow the instructions prompted to restore the system to the point of your preference. Windows® XP comes with a system restore utility that creates a ‘restore point’ whenever you install a new software or a driver. If the drivers or software trash the PC, you can roll back the system to the pre-installation point. Safe Mode also enables users to remove or disable the bad driver or software.
If the system does not boot in the normal mode, but is capable to boot in the Safe Mode, your system is has a software problem. You need to examine why your system fails to boot. If your system crashes during the loading or before appearing of the Windows® XP interface or if you experience a Blue Screen of Death, the problem is due to a driver error. However, if the Windows® interface appears and then Windows® XP crashes, the problems is likely to be associated with the software the Windows® is trying to load. To identify the problem, download ‘autorun’ program. This program highlights the location of all software that starts when the Windows® boots. You need to start Windows® XP in the Safe Mode and start ‘autorun’ to disable offending software.