How to Start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking?

Safe Mode with Networking Windows

Safe mode or safe mode with networking Windows is also known as a diagnostic mode of an operating system, developed by Microsoft. This is a very good Windows utility to diagnose Windows issues in certain cases. Most of the techies do use safe mode utility to diagnose and fixing the computer. But do you know, how to boot an operating system on safe mode?

This post will explain you the steps to boot your computer on safe mode utility. Therefore, we have two ways; you may start your computer on Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking in such conditions when your computer misbehave or doesn’t respond properly.

Follow the steps given below with two different methods to start Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 computer in advanced boot menu:

[Read: How to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking]

Method 1:

Boot Windows in Safe Mode with Networking from Startup

Step 1. First of all, turn your Windows desktop or laptop completely off (shut down).

Step 2. Now, you need to turn it ON. At the moment, its powered on, start tapping the function key F8, it will display the Advanced Boot Options as shown in the below image:

Start Windows on Diagnostic ModeStep 3. As a result, you will see above screen and your computer mouse won’t be functional at this screen.

You need to use the up and down arrow keys from your keyboard and select Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking and then press Enter.

Step 4. Now, windows will start booting and it will start your computer on safe mode or diagnostic mode, depends what option you had selected in Step 3.

Method 2:

By Using System Configuration Utility

Step 1. If your computer is turned ON. Open the run dialog box by key combination Win + R . Now type the command msconfig and click OK button or hit Enter from your keyboard.

msconfigStep 2. Hence, a new System Configuration windows will appear at your computer screen, as shown in below image. Click on the Boot tab located at the top of the System Configuration window.

In Windows XP, this tab is labeled as BOOT.INI. Check the checkbox from the left of Safe boot under Boot Option, as shown above image.

  • In Windows XP, /SAFEBOOT.

The radio buttons under the Safe boot option, there are few other modes of Safe Mode as well. We required below two only:

  • Minimal: Starts the standard Safe Mode
  • Network: Starts Safe Mode with Networking

safe mode with networkingStep 4. Select Minimal (without internet) or Network (with internet) and click on Apply and OK. You will be prompted to Restart, click on Restart.

Now your computer will start Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, as per selected option.

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