How To: Start your Windows 7 computer in Safe Mode

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How do I start my Windows 7 computer in Safe Mode?


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Note: This article explains how to enter Safe Mode in Windows 7. Please see our other articles for information on Windows 10 or Windows 8.


For information on how to use Safe Mode to troubleshoot issues, please see the following article:


How can I use Safe Mode to troubleshoot in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7?



Safe mode starts Windows with a limited set of files and drivers in a minimal operation mode. Startup programs don't run in safe mode, and only the basic drivers needed to start Windows are installed. This can be helpful if you are having problems with your computer that may be software related and need to troubleshoot.


Use the following procedure to start your computer in Safe Mode:


With the laptop off, press the power button.


Begin to tap the F8 key.


If you tap too rapidly or start too early, you may get an error or hear beeping.


Wait for the "Advanced Boot Options" screen to be displayed.


If it doesn't display, you may shut down the computer and try again.


On the "Advanced Boot Options" screen, use the up and down arrow keys to select "Safe Mode."


Press ENTER.