What is Safe Mode in Windows


Most of you who run Windows should have heard the term "Safe Mode". Few of you may have used it. Do you know what it is and how it can help you?

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What is safe operation on a Windows computer?

Let's start with the basics: Safe mode is a special Windows feature designed to help you troubleshoot your computer or device. When you run the Windows operating system in safe mode, your computer will boot using only the most basic services and processes.

In short, Safe Mode undertakes to start your computer in its simplest form and load only the most critical drivers and software, bypassing all unnecessary parts of the system and thus avoiding the use of hardware or applications that are not necessary for Windows startup.

This is a mode of operation in which only the absolutely necessary tasks are performed to start Windows.

Why is Safe Mode important?

Because by limiting the number of drivers and software that are loaded when you start a computer, you can troubleshoot your Windows computer more easily.

If, for example, your computer shuts down abruptly due to an error in the graphics drivers, running Windows in safe mode can help you diagnose the problem because it starts only a basic set of compatible video drivers and not the full drivers graphics released by your GPU manufacturer.

Strange as it may seem to you, a problematic driver that you put in can make the vulnerable environment of Windows a mess, and not immediately but much later.

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And not just drivers, but any kind of software, or deleting a file, uninstalling a program, malware, or even a two-way conflict.

If no problem occurs in safe mode, this means that the default settings and basic drivers of your devices are not causing the problem.

Monitoring Windows in safe mode allows you to limit the source of a problem and can help you troubleshoot these problems on your computer.

But if Windows can not even start in safe mode, then things are really serious about the operating system, and it is almost certain that you will need to format.

What can you do about safe operation on a Windows computer?

As you now know, Safe Mode helps you troubleshoot Windows computers and devices. But how exactly? Here are some things you can do in safe mode on a Windows computer:

  • Run the troubleshooting tools available on the operating system to detect potential problems with the network, audio, graphics, etc.
  • Use Windows Terminal, Command Prompt, or PowerShell to run advanced commands to repair disk problems, boot issues, network problems, and so on.
  • Download (if you are running Safe Mode with Networking), install and run programs that you think might be useful for troubleshooting your computer.
  • Download (if you are running Safe Mode with Networking) and install or uninstall drivers for some hardware components on your computer that you think may have bugs that prevent it from working properly.
  • Check your computer or device for malware or other security threats using the built-in Microsoft Defender Antivirus or any other antivirus software that you may have installed.
  • Restore an image of your system, if you had one!

On the other hand, in safe mode, you can not run applications that use advanced features of your hardware. For example, you can not play games in Windows safe mode. And the reason is quite obvious, since as you understood the safe mode only loads basic drivers and runs on low resolution video.

Games need the full driver and power of your graphics card and other components, so there is no way to play games in safe mode.

How many types of safe operation are there?

Windows operating systems have three different types of secure features:

  • "Normal" safe operation,
  • Safe operation with network
  • Safe operation with command line

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Although they may sound very different, the reality is that only a few things change from one to the other. So here's the difference between the safe features of Windows:

Η "Normal" Safe Operation starts Windows 10 and Windows 11 in standard Safe Mode with the basic settings on the graphics card, a minimum set of drivers, basic services and procedures, etc.

Η Safe operation with network is like "normal" Safe Mode, but now drivers and network services are enabled. You can use it to connect to other computers on your local network as well as the Internet to visit websites and search for documentation or troubleshooting guides. This is also the safe mode to use if you need to download and install applications or drivers.

Η Safe Operation with command line loads the "normal" safe mode and automatically opens the command prompt. You can use this feature when you have already tried the standard safe mode and are having problems with the graphics card. In Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you can run commands even if Windows fails to load the desktop, File Explorer, or other visual tools.

How do you open Safe Mode?

There are many ways to run Windows in Safe Mode, whether you are using Windows 11, Windows 10, or even Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Check out this detailed guide to Windows 10.

Windows 10 reboots in safe mode
Quick Launch in Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Windows 10
Add Safe Mode to the Windows 10 and 8 Boot Menu

Your computer will ask you for your Microsoft account name and password to enter Safe Mode, so it's a good idea to have them in hand, because Safe Mode does not allow you to sign in using another method, such as PIN, or reading. fingerprints.

The computer will then open the desktop in safe mode where you will see the relevant indicator in the corners of the screen.

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Once you have finished troubleshooting your computer through Safe Mode, restart your computer and try to get Windows to start normally.

Is there anything different in Safe Mode for Windows 11 and Windows 10?

There is really nothing different about safe features in Windows 11 and Windows 10. At least from what we have seen, both operating systems offer the same experience and behave identically when you use their safe features.

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Why use Safe Mode?

Safe operation of Windows is definitely one of the most useful parts of the operating system, especially when your computer or device is not behaving properly and you need to take some troubleshooting steps.

It exists, not coincidentally, from Microsoft itself, as a measure of support in Windows, when one can not guess what is wrong with a chaotic operating system.

It is the ideal way to repair when nothing else seems to be working on the computer and perhaps the last step before formatting. At the very least the safe mode gives the right to make a backup of your files before the format.


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