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Can't reach safemode in windows 7 tapping or holding F8 during boot doesn't work

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F8 doesn't work with all motherboards. It will depend on the motherboard manufacturer and the BIOS chip that is fitted. Sometimes it is F11 or F2 or even sometimes the Del key.

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SOURCE: When i tap f8 cant boot into safemode gets stuck in safemode need help please

dont go to safe mode jst start window normally ntng will happen

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Ok my problem is that when me Compaq Armada M700 PC Notebook boots up it goes to where the login thing is supplsed to show up but it done show up it will just restart after a few secionds

Hi jonathan,

I see that you are experiencing an issue with windows booting up and that it just restartrs all of a sudden.

well something in windows may have got corrupted this can be one of the causes or a possible software added can also do this to windows depends.

What we can do is as soon as you power the system on keep on tapping F8, this should show you options like Safemode, Safemode with Networking things like I said once you see this windows or page select safemode then press enter.

Hopefully it boots in Safemode if it does then you can do a system restore on the machine to restore it at least to adat when it was working properly.

System restore can be found by Clicking on Start, then All prgorams, Accessories, then system Tools you will see system restore this will give you the option to restore back to an earlier time and date.

If the compute does not boot into Safemode then most probably you will need to get a windows recovery disc for the re installation of windows.

I hope this helps.

have a nice day,


Jun 12, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Need to know what key is for safemode. computer is not coming on and is stuck in set up is starting services.

Tapping F8 during the initial boot will get you to the menu to choose Safemode, Last know good Config., etc. All Windows OSes are the same in this respect.

If you are stuck in a setup loop, this probably will not work for you. Windows generally would have to have been completely installed before this would work...

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How do i get into the safemode on the gateway 7405gx laptop

For any windows computer its always F8.
But some times there are few boards which are designed to launch Device Boot Menu when you press F8. If you are struck with this kind of screen,
Then Choose the Hard Drive from the List then Press Enter and immediately start tapping F8 you should get the advanced boot menu now. Make you choose the Hard Drive from the list then press enter then immd start tapping F8. That's it

Feb 04, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I Turn on my computer and it boots up normally until I get to my main screen. It shows my wallpaper but nothing else. My start menu and everything is not there. I tried to boot in safemode and the F8 key...

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS you can load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults ,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
or you might try
During the boot process tap the f8 button three times this will boot into safe mode where the only things
working will be your mouse and keyboard enabling you to attempt to repair your computer

once you have your computer running
try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs then click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive

hope this helps good luck

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We have desktop xp and it is running on safemode how do we take this off

You can't take off Safe Mode, it's there for your protection. However, if you want to boot into Normal Mode, shut down the computer. When you hear the computer beep, start tapping F8 on your keyboard. Keep tapping it until you reach the Advanced Options menu. Once you've reached this, just select "Start Windows Normally".
Now it will boot you into Windows on Normal Mode, not Safe Mode.

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I have got a laptop which is running windows 7 ultimate. last night i compressed c drive of my laptop which contains the operating system. in morning when i started the laptop it showed message "BOOTMGR...


Try to boot your Windows 7 bootable DVD and check for errors and then restart. Keep Tapping F8 until you see the safemode options. Then get into the safemode and goto command prompt type the chkdsk c:/r after that a process completes and then try typing fixboot thats it. It will work. Let me know if the problem cant be resolved or if you have any doubt.

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Start PC, then just after BIOS screen loads, Press and keep tapping F8 until the safemode option screen come on. Choose Safemode.

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Disabling Automatic reboot during boot failure

press F8 when booting windows
then choose disable automatic restart on system failure
now it will appera a bllue screen with given windows error

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How to get into safemode with ibm t26 thinkpad

To get into safemode on a windows operating system then you must press F8 at startup. Keep tapping the F8 key and you should get a menu that says Start windows in safe mode and some other options. Choose safe mode and your there.

Sometimes a computer may have a boot menu set to F8 and you will be asked to load from the CD drive or hard driver. If thats the case then select the hard drive and then tap F8 again until the menu at the top appears.

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