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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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Accessing Files in a 'reduced-functionality' Vista PC

If your installation of Microsoft Windows Vista is locked into reduced functionality mode due to an expired trial period or a licensing error, you can access your files and most of your programs through the Vista's safe mode without having to use Internet Explorer as a file browser or being logged out automatically after an hour.

You will not, however, be able to access safe mode with network support. USB support is present, allowing you to copy data off your machine.

Software such as Office and most non-3D applications will work just fine in safe mode, and though the default monitor resolution is locked at an ugly 800x600, you can easily change this anywhere up to 1600x1200 using Vista's built in video drivers.

To change video resolution in Windows Vista safe mode:

Right click on an empty area of the desktop and select 'personalize.' Choose 'display settings'. Use the 'resolution' slider to change your monitor to the desired resolution. Wide screen monitors are unfortunately not supported. Click 'ok' and accept the resolution change.

By now, you should have a good idea of the variety of options available in Windows Vista's safe modes. Chances are good that if you can boot into safe mode in the first place, one of the above processes is the solution for your computing dilemma.

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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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