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Windows 8 In Depth by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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Booting Up in Safe Mode

You saw in the previous section that Windows 8’s Advanced Options menu has tons of startup choices. By far the most useful of these are the various Safe Mode options, which we discuss in more detail in the next few sections.

Safe Mode

If you’re having trouble with Windows 8—for example, if a corrupt or incorrect video driver is mangling your display, or if Windows 8 won’t start—you can use the Safe Mode option to run a stripped-down version of Windows 8 that includes only the minimal set of device drivers that Windows 8 requires to load. Using this mode you could, for example, reinstall or roll back the offending device driver and then load Windows 8 normally.

When you start in Safe mode, Windows 8 uses the all-powerful ...

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