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Windows 7: Can't access Boot Option screen or Safe Mode


12 Jun 2011   #1

Win7 64 Bit
 
 
Can't access Boot Option screen or Safe Mode

Don't know why I can't access Boot Option screen via F12 or Safe Mode which I think is F8. I have tried about 12 times in one way or another.

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12 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Try this. SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

This shows how to start the PC and open a command prompt at boot so the Windows system files can be checked and repaired if possible, if the PC will not start to Windows normally or in safe mode.
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12 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello truckinguy.



Try this, restart the PC and immediately start continually tapping the space bar, this forces the Windows boot manager and you may / should get the F8 safe mode screen.

Why are you trying to get the safe mode?
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12 Jun 2011   #4

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

On a fourm for E6520 Latitudes there is some confusion as to if there is a recovery to orignal software condition in this laptop. Some one pointed out there might be (didn't have a 6520 but 6410) and said in Advanced Boot Options there was a choice to restore to original software. I was curious to see if I had that in case I'd like to do that someday. But either F12 or F8 doesn't do anything. Quite a while ago I did access F12 Boot options so I know it worked back then. Others had said it was a Latitude and they didn't have the recovery software as they are bare bones system. I see a recovery partition on my drive though. It say's .2 gb of .7 gb used.???
Everything is great with this new Notebook. No issues except no boot option or safe mode access for me.
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12 Jun 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

How to use Dell Recovery, & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support
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12 Jun 2011   #6

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies. I'm glad I found Windows 7 fourms.
I got into the advanced recovery options by tapping and from there into F8 and no sign of a "restore to oringal software " so I don't think this 6520 Latitude has it in it but I'm going to keep reading and researching the replies above.
I would like to get back the F12 boot options to work on restart in case I might need that someday. Or learn how to do it someother way in case of a big crash.
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12 Jun 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have you explored theog's #5 post above?
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12 Jun 2011   #8

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
How to use Dell Recovery, & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support
I don't have the program in the link but I sent for the discs. I do have disc's that came with this notebook new and I paid extra for other discs needed to restore other software when new and wonder if these will be any different.
But once way back when I first got this I had it messed up while I was learning Windows 7 and wanted just to start over so I tried to used those cd's and it didn't really work well. They only seemed to have Windows 7 and the drivers. Any way I quit as the learning curve from going down that road was too much and used a system image I had saved.
I should always be all set since I have 3 cloned discs as backup's but it would be nice to help others posting with a E6520 who didn't have a system image right off ( I was smart enought to do this) to get back to orignal "like new" operations.
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12 Jun 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look through this information below.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media; if you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone


If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create


After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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12 Jun 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Here: Using the Dell Backup and Recovery Manager

When you get to F8 Advanced Boot Options is there a Repair console on it? There should be if Windows has not been damaged. On that menu should be the way to restore to factory settings from boot.

You should also have a way to restore from the desktop, in the All Programs list.

It sounds like you were one of the last to get the valuable Windows 7 Installation DVD which Dell no longer ships, due to their bloatware sponsors' pressure. Here are steps if/when you want to get the cleanest possible installation for the best Windows 7 performance: Reinstalling Windows 7

Meanwhile you can gain back some performance from the factory preinstalled bloatware by following these tips to Clean up factory bloatware
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