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Starting the PC in Safe Mode with Networking

Safe Mode is a diagnostic environment which is designed for troubleshooting.

Windows 2000 and XP
Step 1. If the computer is on, shut down Windows and then turn off the power.
Step 2. Restart the computer.
Step 3. When you see the Starting Windows bar at the bottom of the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. The Windows Advanced Options Menu will appear.
Step 4. Ensure that the Safe mode with Networking option is selected. In most cases, it is the second item in the list. To select use the arrow keys on you keyboard.
Step 5. Press Enter. The computer will start in Safe mode. This can take a few minutes.
Step 6. When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would.


Windows Vista and 7
Step 1. If the computer is on, shut down Windows and then turn off the power.
Step 2. Restart the computer.
Step 3. When you see the Starting Windows bar at the bottom of the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. The Windows Advanced Boot Options Menu appears.
Step 4. Ensure that the Safe mode with Networking option is selected. In most cases, it is the third item in the list. To select use the arrow keys on you keyboard.
Step 5. Press Enter. The computer will start in Safe mode. This can take a few minutes.
Step 6. When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would.

When your computer is in Safe Mode, you'll see the words Safe Mode in the corners of the display. To exit safe mode, restart your computer and let Windows start normally.

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