Here we have a quick run through on how to start all versions of Microsoft Windows in safe mode. This is a great way to troubleshoot Windows start-up errors. Along with last known good configuration safe mode is the first thing to try when Windows will not boot as it should. Safe mode starts Windows with only the minimum driver set to get itself to a very basic useable state. If you find that your computer will not start-up when you try a normal boot but then will boot ok in safe mode then you have just ruled out errors with the main Windows system files. The more likely problem now is with a bad driver or the like. If your computer has now started in safe mode you could try restarting again, tapping F8 and selecting Last Known Good Configuration and then see if your computer will start normally. One other option is to try with Windows 7 is what I call advanced system restore by booting from the Windows install DVD and running system restore from there, then try rolling back to a time that you know the computer was running and starting up normally. Please visit http://www.diypcrepairs.net for more info and screencasts
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