Advanced startup options menu of Windows® system
Learn about advanced startup options menu of a Windows-based system.
There are many options in the advanced startup menu for a Windows-based system. You can select any of these options with the help of the cursor key in the keyboard. The advanced startup options include three types of Safe Mode options - Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. The other options include Enable boot logging, Enable VGA mode, Last Known Good configuration mode, Debugging mode etc. The Enable Boot Logging will create a log file to identify problematic drivers and services. The Enable VGA mode will use the current video driver and start the Windows in 640 x 480 modes. The Last Known Good Configuration will get most recent settings. The Directory Services Restore Mode will perform a directory service repair. The Debugging Mode turns on debug mode in Windows system.
Here are some notes on advanced startup options menu for a Windows system:
- Safe Mode
- Last Known Good Configuration
- Points to keep in mind
The initial option in the advanced startup menu of the Windows system is the Safe Mode. The Safe Mode allows users to start the system in a limited state. It is needed for the system suffering normal booting issues. In the Safe Mode, only basic files and drivers will be loaded. There are different Safe Mode options displayed in the Advanced Menu. The ‘Safe Mode’ allows only drivers and files. The ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ is useful in connecting the system to a network connection at the booting time. The ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt’ allows adding appropriate commands to troubleshoot the Windows system.
Last Known Good Configuration
Another important option included in the advanced startup menu of the Windows system is the Last Known Good Configuration. The option is useful in repairing the problematic system. You do not have to restore the data from the backup in this method. The CurrentControlSet subkey in the HKLM folder of system registry will always be updated when the system is shut down by the user successfully. The Last Known Good Configuration will repair the system by restoring information from this updated registry key.
There are some points to keep in mind while using advanced startup options menu for a Windows system. You need to take care of selecting the required options only. Avoid typing any command in the Command Prompt, if you do not have much technical knowledge. The last known good configuration may remove some recent settings. So, do not select the particular step without a good backup. Always seek the help of any technician while working with the advanced startup options.
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