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Windows 7: Can't get into Safe Mode

08 Sep 2010   #1
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 
Can't get into Safe Mode

I've had this problem no matter which version of Windows I've used: I have trouble getting into Safe Mode. Some technicians have told me to tap F8 while the computer is starting. The W7 Help says to hold down the F8 key while starting. I need to get into Safe Mode and have been trying both methods - and nothing is working. I think there is a precise time when you have to hold down the F8 key - but I can't find it and need some guidance. Someone please help!!!


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08 Sep 2010   #2
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I think you can go into MSConfig and select restart in Safe mode and when you restart, you will start in safe mode.

get to msconfig by typing it into searchbar. I think the option is a checkbox.
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08 Sep 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Safe Mode
Here are some ways to access safe mode.
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08 Sep 2010   #4
lorddenis

 

maybe its a stupid idea but try using a different keyboard ? i remember when my brother had the same problem only his f key's didnt work.
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08 Sep 2010   #5
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Edit: deleted external tutorial link

ok I didn't know we had a tut for that.

Great Post Rich, Great Tutorial Brink!!!
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08 Sep 2010   #6
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

I'm using Windows 7 and I have never seen a list of my hardware during boot. Perhaps this is the problem. Is there a switch or option that will show me my hardware during boot? Then I would know when to press F8.
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08 Sep 2010   #7
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Have you treid the F5 key - works on my acer laptop
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08 Sep 2010   #8
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Are you sure you don't have an infection of any sort that is preventing you from accessing safe mode? Why are you wanting to get into safe mode?
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08 Sep 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Press f8 quickly and rapdily from the time that you hear the beep.
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08 Sep 2010   #10
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

The reason I ask is because of this warning from the article at bleeping computer: How to start Windows in Safe Mode

Quote:

Since the malware is not allowing us to actually boot into safe mode, you have no way of getting to a point where you can run the System Configuration utility again to uncheck the /Safeboot option. Thus, you are stuck with a computer constantly attempting to get into safe mode and not being able to do so.


Make sure your system is clean first. What Anti-Virus programs are you using?
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