Task 10.1: Booting into Safe Mode

Have you ever replaced a device or installed new drivers, and after rebooting the system gotten nothing but a black screen, or even worse, the dreaded blue screen? Safe mode was designed to help you resolve just this type of problem.

Safe mode boots into the operating system while loading only the bare minimum of drivers—like the low-level VGA video driver—hoping to avoid initializing the bad driver that is causing the system to fail on reboot. While in Safe mode, you can (you hope!) figure out where the problem is coming from and find a resolution. Then you can reboot into Normal mode, which initializes all drivers configured.

Safe mode cannot be used to resolve all problems. Although it minimizes the number ...

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