Using safe mode
June 7, 2011 2:59pm CST
So, what is the fundamental purpose of using safe mode in a computer? Yesterday, all of sudden, my computer was shut off and restart again. I suspect a bug was working on it. Then it came up a screen that ask me whether to log in with a normal mode, or a safe mode, or safe mode with network, etc...... That got me curious, what is the fundamental purpose of using safe mode? I remember some people told me that, usually those technical support personnel might use safe mode to fix computers, like virus, or other software problems. Is that a truth?
8 Jun 11
All I know about Safe Mode is AntiVirus programmes do not work in that mode, not even the internet. The computer boots in Safe Mode to prevent extensive damage to the Windows Registry by a lurking virus or malware which multiplies in full environment. Sometimes when we install programmes that can harm the OS, Safe Mode is useful to uninstall such programmes through Control Panel. We also have access to system maintenance tools in the Accessories programme, like defragmentation, system restore etc.
9 Jun 11
I have no hard feelings PanosAn. I made that comment from my experience and advise I received from my computer servicemen. I was told the existing AV gets disabled. Of course, I did not check nor did I try to scan for viruses. Thanks for the idea. Next time I shall keep in mind if such situation arises.
• Hong Kong
8 Jun 11
According to what I understand, safe mode is designed for reducing the possible damage caused by virus and software problems. It can be done by reducing the number of unnecessary software to be opened and started running after you enter the safe mode and at the same time, your computer can still function and for you to check out the problem. As you know the problem of your computer can be actually caused by these unnecessary software, so if your computer is infected by virus or is hacked, the hacker will not be able to gain access to your computer and steal your stuff since there is no internet connection in safe mode (well, you can still enter safe mode with internet connection if you wish). I have once replaced my desktop with a lenovo netbook around two year ago. I supposed the netbook can function as good as a desktop and so I installed every softwares I usually need. But soon when I turned on the laptop, it stuck in the welcoming page of windows and cannot let me log in. I found no way out but to enter the safe mode. Finally I find out that two newly installed software clashed with each other and so I removed them and solved the problem. And I think you can restore your computer in the safe mode, which allows you to go back to the stage which your computer could still function well. Normal computer users can do this as it is quite user friendly.
• United States
7 Jun 11
Yes. Safe mode's main purpose is to load only core windows features so that users can access these features and correct problems regarding their computers. recently I had a bit of trouble with malware and i was only able to resolve this in safe mode. As the computer wouldn't even start without it.
• United States
7 Jun 11
Yes, go ahead and log in to safe mode to try it. I had a virus on my computer and I was locked out. By logging onto safe mode I was able to restore my computer from there. You can also save everything on your computer to an external drive and do a complete recovery. The only thing that you can't do in safe mode is access the internet otherwise it's similar to normal mode, but limited.
9 Jun 11
A safe mode on a computer means it ignores faulty caches and previously installed applications which made your system crash at the boot time. So it boots into your system successfully so that you can make changes or atleast now make a safe shutdown.After doing this the next time you boot your comp there is no need for safe boot and you can go for a normal boot. And yes it is used for system fixes. Safe boot with networking means you will also have internet access and only safe boot means you lan or internet will be disabled.
8 Jun 11
Well there are many purpose of making safe mode.. but first of all need to understand what OS do when it boots up.. In simple language.. it first loads basic core part to start.. then your network, video, audio drivers get load.. it comes to welcome screen and ask password if any.. else starting other services which start automatically like office, adobe pdf, antivirus, etc etc.. now if your system fails to load any of your drivers or any services say suppose antivirus get corrupted.. it may keep restart your system. and antivirus is not necessary to start your system then too it's corruption lead to restart.. what safe mode does is... it only load basic core (called kernel) part to OS start.. if you keep with networking then it loads with network driver.. no other drivers. not even video driver loads automatically and also no other extra service starts so it is very less chance for system to fail.. if there is any hardware issue like bad sectors in harddisk or else then it doesnt work with safe mode either.. Hope it's understandable in normal language.. Good Luck..
8 Jun 11
Safe mode is the good way to get back your computer in a previous good stage when your computer was working properly. Sometimes virus attacks on computer and some important files lost. And computer working very slowly. Then safe mode is the only good way to fix your problem. And it can be restore your computer in a previous good working stage.