Learn about advanced startup options available for Windows® system
Discuss the advanced startup options available for Windows system. What are the precautions that need to be taken while using these options?
The advanced startup options or advanced boot options allow the user to start the computer system in any of the troubleshooting modes provided by the system. The advanced startup options provided with Windows systems are most commonly used by the system administrators or the IT professionals. The safe mode option is one of the advanced startup options that are used by the common people as a troubleshooting step. Many of the programs and features offered by the Windows Operating Systems cannot be accessed in advanced startup options. The advanced startup options provided with the Windows systems are repair computer, safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, boot logging, debugging mode, last known good configuration, enable low resolution video etc.
Discussed below are things to keep in mind while using the advanced startup options:
- Steps to access the options
- Precautions to be taken
- Points to remember while using the options
Steps to access the options
The steps to access the startup options for the Windows systems are similar for all the Windows Operating Systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The startup options provided to each of the Operating System users would be different. Close all the programs that are running over the system and restart the computer. While the system restarts, click and hold the F8 key. It would launch the options screen for the choices that the user can select depending upon the need. The screen would display the startup options for the Windows users. Press on enter key by highlighting the required option upon the screen.
Precautions to be taken
On certain instances, the advanced startup options would not load on the system. In such cases the user should check whether the system software has become corrupt. Remove the external storage devices or any other external devices connected to the system through the USB port. Check the CD/DVD drive and make sure there is no device inserted. Read the instructions regarding each of the advanced option on the Windows systems from the website and then access the option.
The user should be aware about the different advanced functionalities. The drivers and other software that are installed on the system for additional functionalities would not be available while accessing the advanced startup options. The advanced startup options selected by the user should not last long. The advanced options also include the utility to start the Windows normally. Choose the option while any confusion arises after launching the startup options screen.
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