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Beginners Guides: Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery

Beginners Guides: Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery - PCSTATS
Abstract: The first step to recovering a crashed computer is Windows Vista's Safe Mode. Knowing this will allow you to deal with bad software drivers, determine if it's a hardware or software error, and fight off virus attacks. Safe Mode is like a second chance to save your PC from certain doom!
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Use System Restore to revert your Vista install to a working state

The Windows Vista System Restore utility allows you to 'roll-back' the state of your operating system to a previously saved point. Generally speaking, these restore points are created automatically once per day, as well as whenever you install new hardware drivers or other major software changes are made.

Unlike the Windows XP system restore, they are NOT created every time you install any piece of software, such as a game or office application.

When you restore your system, you are reverting the Windows registry, all system files and your list of installed programs back to the state they were in when the restore point was created. Data is not rolled back, meaning you will not lose any files you have created since. Any software that has been installed since the restore point was created will be lost though.

To use system restore in Windows Vista safe mode:

Open the 'start' menu and type 'system restore.' Click 'next' and choose the restore point you wish to use by highlighting it and then hit 'next'. Make sure you have saved any documents, then click 'finish'. The system will restart and revert to the settings saved in the restore point.

As a side note, the 'last known good' advanced boot menu option will automatically load your most recent restore point, which can provide you with a bit of a shortcut, albeit with less flexibility.

Disable Startup Programs

If your Vista computer is loading to the Vista desktop and then freezing, restarting or going very sloooow, chances are a startup program is to blame. These programs load automatically as soon as Vista starts, so a problem here can disrupt your entire computing experience.

Fortunately, it's very easy to prune unwanted programs from the 'run on startup' list, without having to remove them completely from the computer.

How to disable startup programs with MSconfig:

Windows Vista comes with a utility called MSconfig which can also be used to disable startup programs. Open the 'start' menu and type 'msconfig' in the search bar. Hit ENTER. Navigate to the 'startup' tab.

The programs listed here run when Windows Vista loads, then generally stay resident in the taskbar. None of them are essential to the operation of Windows, so PCSTATS recommends you start with the 'disable all' button, then hit 'ok' and restart your computer in normal mode.

If Vista runs correctly, you can now go back to MSconfig and recheck some of the programs and restart until you find the source of the trouble.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
 Pg 2.  Loading Windows Vista into Safe Mode
 Pg 3.  Identifying the problem in Vista's Safe Mode
 Pg 4.  Disabling Problem Devices in Safe Mode
 Pg 5.  — Use System Restore to revert your Vista install to a working state
 Pg 6.  Removing Viruses and Malware
 Pg 7.  Accessing Files in a 'reduced-functionality' Vista PC

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