Advanced Startup Options for Windows® Vista
What are the advanced startup options for Windows Vista?
Windows Vista provides advanced options for the users that make the starting up of the system possible in advanced troubleshooting modes. Any problem that makes the Windows Vista operating system non-functional can be diagnosed and solved by using the advanced startup options. This is done by making a slight modification in the startup of Windows Vista temporarily. The basic step by which the issue can be identified is by starting Windows in Safe mode since you can then eliminate default settings and device drivers if it starts up without any issue. Other options are mainly for system administrators and IT professionals and these advanced options include Directory Services Restore Mode and Debugging Mode, etc. It also has an 'Enable Boot Logging' option that makes troubleshooting easier by giving a list of all drivers that get installed during the starting up of the system.
Discussed below are some points that can help users to have a clear idea of advanced startup options in Windows Vista:
- Repair your computer
- Safe mode
- Points to keep in mind while using these options
Repair your computer
'Repair Your Computer' is an advanced option in Windows Vista and gives a list of recovery tools that can be used to repair the files that are used for starting up Windows. It is capable of running diagnostics or tools that can restore the system. It is also capable of scanning and fixing the issue by copying or overwriting the files so that the computer can start up perfectly the next time. This can thus be used as a Windows repair and recovery tool that can solve all issues related to the starting up of Windows.
'Safe Mode' is an advanced option provided in Windows Vista. You require only minimum drivers and services while starting Windows in Safe Mode. It also has another option of 'Safe Mode with Networking' and 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'. Both these advanced options start Windows in safe mode. The network drivers and services that are required to access the Internet or computers that are connected to the same network are included in 'Safe Mode with Networking'. 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt' is mainly for administrators and IT professionals and uses the command prompt window instead of Windows Vista interface during startup.
As soon as the Windows logo appears on the screen, the user should press the 'F8' key to access the advanced startup options. Troubleshooting for all the programs should be done only after ensuring that the system is in 'Safe Mode'. The 'Repair Your Computer' option cannot be used to fix issues related to personal files, virus attacks, and hardware failure. It is also not capable of creating backup. Make sure that the startup programs are temporarily disconnected if you experience any difficulty.
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